Australia wobble badly after Bangladesh rally to post 260 in Mirpur

by Jared Lewis August 28, 2017, 1:07
Australia wobble badly after Bangladesh rally to post 260 in Mirpur

The visitors went to stumps on day one at 3-18, having earlier bowled out Bangladesh for 260 with a disciplined performance in oppressive heat and humidity.

Cummins took the three wickets in 12 balls as Australia threatened to blow the hosts out of the Test before it had even begun, but an inspired rear-guard partnership between Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan stemmed the flow.

The Australians, outside of a frustrating Champions Trophy campaign, haven't played since their tour of India in March. This first Test will be the first between the countries since Ricky Ponting's side toured Bangladesh in 2006, winning the two-match series 2-0.

But Lyon insisted that while Bangladesh had the momentum, the game remained in the balance. Australia's spin duo of Lyon (3-79) and Ashton Agar (3-46) shared six wickets.

Warner was given out LBW off the bowling of Mehedi Hasan in the fourth over but quickly reviewed the decision, with replays showing the ball had clearly hit his bat first.

Dhaka: Australian captain Steve Smith said in the lead-up to this match that he wanted his four frontline bowlers to bear most, if not all of the wicket-taking responsibility, and hoped neither he nor Glenn Maxwell would need to roll the arm over. By the end of the day, Lyon took his career tally to 250 wickets, becoming Australia's second-most successful spinner in Tests behind Shane Warne.

Australia wobble badly after Bangladesh rally to post 260 in Mirpur
Australia wobble badly after Bangladesh rally to post 260 in Mirpur

"I think Patty cracked the game open for us but then they had a (big) partnership", Lyon said. "You've got to give them credit, they batted well, they bowled well", he said.

Glenn Maxwell's part-time offspin finally earned Australia the breakthrough with Tamim lobbing one to backward point to fall for a 71 which included three sixes off Lyon's bowling.

While much of the build up from an Australian perspective had surrounded Agar's return to the Test side, it was Cummins - another to make a stunning Test debut as a teenager - who stole the show early. "I've got some very good mates in this change room that I think are great, and no doubt when I get back home after this series, I'll sit down with my family and have a drink and celebrate that personal goal but let's just see how this Test match goes first".

Spinners Shakib Al Hasan, Mehedi Hasan and Taijul Islam, who combined for 20 wickets during their historic win against England previous year, loom as the key players for the host.

Speed demon Cummins earlier defied the draining 75 per cent humidity with a lethal opening spell to leave Bangladesh reeling at 3-10. But so infrequent have meetings between Bangladesh and Australia been that it also marked the first time either had played a Test against the Aussies.

"I think the two guys batted very fearless", Lyon said.

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