Chittagong – The two-match Test series between Bangladesh and Australia ended in 1-1 draw as the Tigers conceded a 7-wicket defeat on day four of the 2nd Test at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium on Thursday, reports UNB.
For their maiden Test victory in the longest format of cricket against Australia, Bangladesh secured a 20-run win in the first match of the series against the Aussies which was also ended on 4th day on August 30 at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Mirpur in Dhaka.
Including this match result, this is the Tigers’ 5th loss against one win against the arguably the best Test playing nation Australia in their 6th meetings since July 2003.
Australia, having 377 runs in the first innings, opened the 2nd innings on 4th day’s 3rd session to chase down a target of 86 runs and reached their destination scoring 87 for 3 in 15.3 overs. Glenn Maxwell hit an over boundary to draw the winning line in the match last ball off Nasir Hossain.
Maxwell scored unbeaten 25 off 17 balls, including two boundaries and two sixes. Matthew Renshaw (22 off 40b; 2×4; 1×6), skipper Steven Smith (16 off 9b; 3×4) and Peter Handscomb (unbeaten 16 off14b; 2×4) were the other double digit scorers in the innings.
Mustafizur Rahman got the Aussies back to back centurion and man of the series David Warner (8 off 13b; 1×4) who hit a century of 123 runs in the 1st innings in Chittagong-Test following another one of 112 runs in the 2nd innings of Dhaka-Test.
Earlier, the Tigers posted a target of 86 runs giving the Aussies opportunity to chase that in more than three sessions as they finished the 2nd innings amid the 3rd session on day four at 157/10 in 71.2 overs, having 305 runs in the 1st innings.
Bangladesh skipper Mushfiqur Rahim scored the highest for the side with 31 off 103 balls, including one boundary, while number-8 Mominul Haque added 29 off 61 balls with two boundaries before he was caught by Patrick Cummins off Nathan Lyon at 149/8 in 59.1 overs.
Mushfiq was caught behind by Matthew Wade off Patrick Cumminsat at 129/7 in 52.3 overs.
The Tigers batsmen opened the 2nd innings in the 1st session on the day and were likely to hell-bent to depart from crease as early as possible in the first session as they let the Aussies to get five wickets for 43 in 19.5 overs after trailing by 72 runs in the 1st innings.
Soumya Sarkar (9 off 16b; 2×4), Tamim Iqbal (12 off 38; 2×4), Imrul kayes (15 off 35b; 3×4), Shakib Al Hasan (2 off 8b) and Nasir Hossain (5 off 18b; 1×4) dismally departed from the crease in gradual interval respectively.
Later on, Mushfiq and young hitter Sabbir showed a bit resistance to turn the game as they contributed 54 in 19.3 overs in the 6th pair, starting from distress of losing five wickets for 43 in19.4 overs, before Sabbir (24 off 59b; 2×4) was stumped by keeper Matthew Wade off Nathan Lyon at 97/6 in 39.1 overs.
Number-9 batsman Mehedi Hasan Miraz was another double digit scorer with unbeaten 14 off 54 balls, including a boundary.
Man of the match Nathan Lyon, who captured seven wickets for Australia in the 1st innings, captured six wickets for 60 runs in 33 overs while Patrick Cummins and Steve O’Keefe bagged two wickets each for 27 and 49 runs respectively.
The day’s play started with Australia resuming the 1st innings with an overnight score of 377/ 9 in 118 overs and failed to add any more runs on the day as Mustafizur Rahman sent overnight batsman Nathan Lyon back for duck. Lyon was caught by Imrul Kayes.
Aussies faced just 11 balls in the day’s first session to finish their first innings with their overnight lead of 72 runs. Steve O’Keefe was unbeaten on 8 runs.
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.
Bangladesh 2nd innings: 157/10 in 71.2 overs; Mushfiqur Rahim 31, Mominul Haque 29, Mehedi Hasan Miraz 14*, Sabbir Rahman 24, Imrul Kayes 15, Tamim Iqbal 12, Soumya Srakar 9, Nasir Hossain 5, Taijul Islam 4, Shakib Al Hasan 2, Nathan Lyon 6/60, Patrick Cummins 2/27, Steve O’Keefe 2/49.
Australia 1st innings: 377/10 in 119.5 (overnight 377/9 in118 overs); David Warner 123, Peter Handscomb 82, Steven Smith 58, Glenn Maxwell 38, Ashton Agar 22, Hilton Cartwright18, Steve O’Keefe 8*, Nathan Lyon 0, Mustafizur Rahman 4/84, Mehedi Hasan Miraz 3/93, Taijul Islam 1/78, Shakib Al Hasan 1/82.
Australia 2nd innings: 87/3 in 15.3 overs; Glenn Maxwell 25*, Matthew Renshaw 22, Steven Smith16, Peter Handscomb 16*, David Warner 8, Mustafizur Rahman 1/16, Taijul Islam 1/26, Shakib Al Hasan 1/35.