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Nathan Lyon spins Australia to victory

AFP
Published : Sep 8, 2017, 12:19 am IST
Updated : Sep 8, 2017, 12:19 am IST

Bangladesh had been on a high after their historic first Test win over Australia. But Lyon brought them back to earth with a bump this time.

Australia's Nathan Lyon, right, celebrates with his teammate Peter Handscomb after the dismissal of Bangladesh's Taijul Islam during the fourth day of their second test cricket match in Chittagong. (Photo: AP)
 Australia's Nathan Lyon, right, celebrates with his teammate Peter Handscomb after the dismissal of Bangladesh's Taijul Islam during the fourth day of their second test cricket match in Chittagong. (Photo: AP)

Chittagong: Nathan Lyon spun Australia to a series-levelling win over Bangladesh on Thursday with a 13 wicket match-haul in the second and final Test.

Chasing 86 for victory on a deteriorating Chitta gong pitch, the visitors lost their top three batsmen before completing a seven-wicket win in the final session of the fourth day.

 

Glenn Maxwell, who hit the winning six to take his score to 25, and Peter Handscomb, on 16, helped Australia bounce back from their loss in Dhaka last week.

Bangladesh had been on a high after their historic first Test win over Australia. But Lyon brought them back to earth with a bump this time.

The off-spinner, who received the man of the match award, set up the win for the Steve Smith-led side after returning career-best match figures of 13/154.

Lyon claimed a third successive six-wicket haul to dismiss Bangladesh for 157 in their second innings. He took his series tally to 22 wickets, the most by an Australian bowler in a two-match contest.

 

Opener David Warner also stood out with two successive centuries in the series including 123 in Australia’s first innings that helped secure a crucial 72-run lead.

“We played some good cricket at times. To restrict them to what we did in the first innings was great. There wasn’t a great deal in the surface for Lyon, but he was remarkable,” Smith said of Lyon’s 7/94 that helped restrict Bangladesh to 305 in the first innings.

“I think he took 22 wickets for the series so that was a really good effort.... But credit to Bangladesh they really made us fight throughout the series,” he added.

The hosts lost their grip after bowling out Australia for 377 in their first innings without adding a run to the overnight total.

 

But Bangladesh skipper Mushfiqur Rahim believed the home batsmen were not good enough after electing to bat first.

“Credit to Australia. The wicket was pretty good to bat on,” said Rahim.

Scorecard
Bangladesh (1st innings): 305
Australia: (1st innings, o/n 377/9): M. Renshaw c Rahim b Mustafizur 4, D. Warner c Imrul b Mustafizur 123, S. Smith b Taijul 58, P. Handscomb run out 82, G. Maxwell c Rahim b Mehedi 38, H. Cartwright c Soumya b Mehedi 18, M. Wade lbw b Mustafizur 8, A. Agar b Shakib 22, P. Cummins lbw b Mehedi 4, S. O’Keefe (not out) 8, N. Lyon c Imrul b Mustafizur 0. Extras: (b8, lb3, w1) 12. Total: (in 119.5 overs) 377.
FoW: 1-5, 2-98, 3-250, 4-298, 5-321, 6-342, 7-346, 8-364, 9-376.
Bowling: Mehedi 38-6-93-3, Mustafizur 20.5-2-84-4, Shakib 31-3-82-1, Taijul 21-1-78-1, Nasir 6-2-14-0, Mominul 2-0-6-0, Sabbir 1-0-9-0.
Bangladesh (2nd innings): Tamim Iqbal st Wade b Lyon 12, Soumya Sarkar c Renshaw b Cummins 9, Imrul Kayes c Maxwell b Lyon 15, Nasir Hossain c Smith b O'Keefe 5, Shakib Al hasan c Warner b Lyon 2, Mushfiqur Rahim c Wade b Cummins 31, Sabbir Rahman st Wade b Lyon 24, Mominul Haque c Cummins b Lyon 29. Mehedi Hasan (not out) 14 ,Taijul Islam b Lyon 4, Mustafizur Rahman b O’Keefe 0. Extras: (b12) 12.
Total: (in 71.2 overs) 157.
FoW: 1-11, 2-32, 3-37, 4-39, 5-43, 6-97, 7-129, 8-149, 9-156.
Bowling: Cummins 11-3-27-2, Lyon 33-11-60-6, O’Keefe 22.2-6-49-2, Agar 5-1-9-0.
Australia (2nd Innings): D. Warner c Soumya Sarkar b Mustafizur Rahman 8, S. Smith c Mushfiqur Rahim b Taijul Islam 16, P. Handscomb (not out) 16, G. Maxwell (not out) 25. Extras 0. Total: (for 3 wkts, in 15.3 overs) 87.
FoW: 1-13, 2-44, 3-48.
Bowling: Mustafizur 5-1-16-1, Shakib 6-1-35-1, Taijul 4-0-26-1, Nasir 0.3-0-10.

 

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