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Cricket | Australia tour of Bangladesh 2017

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Rahim defies Lyon in Chittagong

Captain Mushfiqur Rahim and Sabbir Rahman shared a century stand to help Bangladesh fight back from Nathan Lyon's five-wicket haul and lead the hosts to 253 for six on the opening day of the second and final test against Australia in Chittagong on Monday.

Leading Australia's three-pronged spin attack with the new ball in hand, Lyon claimed three wickets in the morning session and another soon after lunch to reduce Bangladesh to 85-4 at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium.

Sabbir and Mushfiqur arrested the slide with a 105-run stand for the fifth wicket.

Sabbir felt after tea but Mushfiqur was batting on 62 at stumps with Nasir Hossain on 19.

"The wicket isn't easy to bat on, but we did try to play till the end of the day," Sabbir told reporters.

"I am not really sure what is a good score here. We just have to bat as long as possible."

Desperate to level the series after being humbled inside four days in Dhaka, Australia went in with three spinners and a lone paceman in Pat Cummins, a strategy they had not employed since 1978.

Lyon was rewarded for his clever change of pace, and the Bangladesh batsmen paid the price for playing him on the back foot with the ball often keeping low.

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Mushfiqur won an important toss and unsurprisingly opted to bat against a spin-heavy Australian side but the hosts did not get the start they were looking for.

Opener Tamim Iqbal looked uncomfortable against Cummins' pace and was spilt in the slips by Glenn Maxwell.

Lyon ensured it did not really matter, however, trapping the opener lbw for nine with a quicker delivery.

Lyon said Australia bowled very well to pick off six Bangladeshi batsmen on "a pretty docile wicket".

"We got a bit fatigued in the later end of the day and gave too many free hits away," he said, describing Monday as "up there with the hardest test match cricket days I've ever had".

"This would be my 69th test match and I don’t think I've been tested like that physically."


Four overs later, Imrul Kayes fell in the same fashion after Australia successfully reviewed the original not-out decision.

Soumya Sarkar added 49 runs with Mominul Haque but Bangladesh suffered another setback on the stroke of lunch.

Lyon sent down a skidding delivery to dismiss Soumya for 33 and returned after the interval to claim Mominul for 31, the fourth successive lbw decision.

Ashton Agar took the important wicket of Shakib Al Hasan, the architect of Bangladesh's thrilling 20-run win in Dhaka, for 24 with under-fire Matthew Wade taking a fine catch behind the stumps.

Sabbir was not afraid to play his shots and stepped out to hit Lyon for a six in his belligerent 66 before Wade effected a smart stumping to give Lyon his third five-wicket haul in successive tests.

Mushfiqur was his usual composed self at the other end as he brought up his 18th test fifty.

BANGLADESH: Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Imrul Kayes, Mominul Haque, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (capt&wk), Sabbir Rahman, Nasir Hossain, Mehidy Hasan, Taijul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman

INDIA: David Warner, Matt Renshaw, Steven Smith (capt), Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Hilton Cartwright, Matthew Wade (wk), Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Steve O'Keefe, Nathan Lyon


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