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Gutsy Warner, Handscomb grind out fifties after Lyon’s seven-for

first_img(REUTERS) – David Warner made 88 not out and featured in two significant partnerships to lead Australia’s robust reply to Bangladesh’s first-innings total of 305 in the second and final Test yesterday.Smarting from their embarrassing defeat inside four days in Dhaka, Australia’s top order fired up to help them reach 225-2 as the tourists, still 80 runs behind, press for a pride-salvaging victory in Chittagong.Known for his explosive batting, Warner hit only four boundaries in his patient knock as he kept Australia on course for a handy first-innings lead which often clinches Test matches in the subcontinent.Peter Handscomb, Warner’s partner in their unbroken 127-run stand, braved Bangladesh’s relentless spin assault and dehydration, to remain not out on 69. His fourth Test fifty included five boundaries.Earlier, Nathan Lyon claimed 7-94, his second-best figures, as Bangladesh added 52 runs to their overnight score of 253-6 before collapsing.The off-spinner, who had claimed five wickets on Monday, struck with his second delivery of the day, dismissing Mushfiqur Rahim for 68.Ashton Agar dismissed the other overnight batsman Nasir Hossain for 45 with Matthew Wade, whose place in the playing XI was in doubt going into the Test, taking a fine catch.Warner then ran-out Mehidy Hasan before Lyon dismissed Taijul Islam to claim his seventh wicket.When Australia returned to bat, Mushfiqur took a spectacular diving catch to dismiss Matt Renshaw for four but Warner and Steve Smith raised 93 runs for the second wicket to overcome the loss.Warner defended resolutely, letting Smith dominate their partnership, before the Australia skipper was bowled through the gate for 58 by spinner Taijul Islam. Smith hit eight boundaries in his fluent knock.New man in Handscomb proved an able ally as Warner frustrated Bangladesh with his compact defence, scoring largely through singles and twos.The heat and humidity took a toll on Handscomb who looked dehydrated and needed medical attention towards the end before resuming to bat.Rahim wasted a stumping opportunity when Warner, then on 73, charged out to Mehidy Hasan and missed the ball which kept low and hit the stumper’s pad.Security was tightened around the match after the Australian team bus was hit by a rock on Monday.BANGLADESH 1st innings (o/n 253-6)Tamim Iqbal lbw b Lyon 9Soumya Sarkar lbw b Lyon 33Imrul Kayes lbw b Lyon 4Mominul Haque lbw b Lyon 31Shakib Al Hasan c Wade b Agar 24Mushfiqur Rahim b Lyon 68Sabbir Rahman stp. Wade b Lyon 66Nasir Hossain c Wade b Agar 45Mehidy Hasan run-out (Warner) 11Taijul Islam c Smith b Lyon 9Mustafizur Rahman not out 0Extras: (b-5) 5Total: (all out, 113.2 overs) 305Fall of wickets: 1-13, 2-21, 3-70, 4-85, 5-117, 6-222, 7-265, 8-293, 9-296.Bowling: P. Cummins 22-5-46-0, N. Lyon 36.2-7-94-7, S. O’Keefe 23-0-79-0, A. Agar 23-9-52-2, G. Maxwell 4-0-13-0, H. Cartwright 5-1-16-0.AUSTRALIA 1st inningsM. Renshaw c Rahim b M. Rahman 4D. Warner not out 88S. Smith b T. Islam 58P. Handscomb not out 69Extras: (b-4, lb-2) 6Total: (for 2 wickets, 64 overs) 225Fall of wickets: 1-5, 2-98.Bowling: Mehidy Hasan 20-2-53-0, Mustafizur Rahman 10-0-45–1, Shakib Al Hasan 15-0-52-0, Taijul Islam 15-1-50-1, Nasir Hossain 1-0-4-0, Mominul Haque 2-0-6-0, Sabbir Rahman 1-0-9-0.last_img read more