Dhaka – A brilliant century by David Warner guided Australia to take a 72-run first innings lead against Bangladesh with one wicket in hand as the visitors scored 377 for 9 in 118 overs at stumps on the 3rd day of the 2nd Test at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium on Wednesday.The Aussies resumed the 1st innings with their overnight total of 225 for 2 in 64 overs in the day’s second session as the rain washed out the entire morning session and added 152 runs for 7 wickets in 54 overs in two sessions.The visitors’ 1st innings was spurred by David Warner’s century of 123 and two half centuries by Peter Handscomb (82) and skipper Steven Smith (58) against Tigers’ 305 all out in the first innings.Nathan Lyon (0*), who joined Steve O’Keefe (8*) in the last pair after the departure of Ashton Agar, faced just one ball when the bails were drawn for the 3rd day. The day’s game ended early before revised 67 overs due to bad light.On his way to 123, Warner faced 234 balls and fired seven boundaries in the 1st innings before birthday boy Mustafizur Rahman sent him back to the pavilion with the help of Imrul Kayes who took a brilliant catch at leg gully at 298/4 in 87.4 overs.Earlier, Warner hit a century with 112 runs in the 2nd innings of Dhaka Test.In the 3rd wicket stand, two overnight batsmen Warner and Handscomb contributed 152 runs in 45.2 overs starting from 98/2 in 28.1 overs after the departure of skipper Steven Smith on the 2nd day.On the 3rd day, Warner faced 64 balls and fired three boundaries to add 35 runs with his overnight score of 88 off 170 balls, including four boundaries, while his overnight companion Handscomb fired one boundary off 11 balls to add 13 runs more with his previous score of 69 off 113 balls, including five boundaries.Glenn Maxwell (38 off 98b; 3×4), Hilton Cartwright (18 off 28b; 2×4; 1×6) and Ashton Agar (22 off 35; 4×4) were the other double figure scorers for the visitors.Soumya Sarkar dropped an easy catch in slip area off Shakib Al Hasan which gave life to Ashton Agar at 373/8 in 116.1 overs but Shakib bowled out Agar (22 off 35b; 4×4) just in a four-ball gap at 376/9 in 117th over.Mehedi Hasan Miraz got Patrick Cummins (4 0ff 8b; 1×4) as his 3rd wicket at 364/8 in 109 overs after DRS appeal by skipper Mushfiqur Rahim.Glenn Maxwell (38 off 98b; 3×4) was caught behind by skipper Mushfiqur Rahim off Miraz at 346/7 in 106.3 overs, also called for a review appeal by the visiting side. Mustafiz trapped Mathew Wade (8 off 31b; 1×4) lbw by a full straight delivery which decided through DRS appeal by Aussies at 342/6 in 105.3 overs.Aussies’ two DRS appeals were unsuccessful while Bangladesh’s one saw the success to get Patrick Cummins. Mustafizur Rahman and Mehedi Hasan Miraz captured three wickets each conceding 84 and 93 runs in 20 and 38 overs respectively. Taijul Islam and Shakib Al Hasan bagged one wicket each for 78 and 82 runs in 21 and 30 overs in the innings respectively. Rain washed out the entire morning session of the 3rd day and the game resumed with a target to play 67 overs, but bad light curt short it to 54 overs.
Bangladesh 1st innings: 305/10 in 113.2 overs; Mushfiqur Rahim 68, Sabbir Rahman 66, Nasir Hossain 45,Soumya Sarkar 33, Mominul Haque 31, Shakib Al Hasan 24, Mehedi Hasan Miraz 11, Taijul Islam 9, Nathan Lyon 7/94, Ashton Agar 2/52.
Australia 1st innings: 377/9 in118 overs at stumps (overnight 225/2 in 64 overs); David Warner 123, Peter Handscomb 82, Steven Smith 58, Glenn Maxwell 38, Ashton Agar 22, Hilton Cartwright 18, Steve O’Keefe 8*, Nathan Lyon 0*, Mustafizur Rahman 3/84, Mehedi Hasan Miraz 3/93, Taijul Islam 1/78, Shakib Al Hasan 1/82. UNB news agency