Australia 377-9 at stumps in Bangladesh Test

Rosalie Stanley
September 7, 2017

Earlier, David Warner made another century but only after being involved in the run out of Peter Handscomb in pursuit of his 100th run.

Warner scored just five boundaries and took 209 balls to bring up what was easily the slowest of his 20 Test centuries.

However, Warner did reach three figures, making 123 before Mustafizur Rahman removed him thanks to an Imrul Kayes catch. He carried on with his innings on Day 3 as well, scoring 82 from 144 balls with the help of 6 boundaries.

Mehidy dropped Hilton Cartwright on six off his own bowling, the straight drive bursting through the spinner's hands and hitting him in the rib cage.

Handscomb's innings came after there was pre-match speculation that his part-time wicketkeeping could be employed in place of Matthew Wade, who had struggled behind the stumps and with the bat in Mirpur. Agar's face revealed his realisation of the error he had made.

Bangladesh claimed four wickets in the 23-over final session to stay in the contest.

Left-arm spin bowler Taijul Islam (1-50) broke through in his first delivery of the innings by bowling Smith just as Australia appeared to be on course to survive the second session without losing any wickets.

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Bangladesh's Sabbir Rahman, foreground, walks back to the pavilion after his dismissal by Australia's Nathan Lyon. Bangladesh can be backed at 8/1 and the draw is on offer at 100/30.

Smith fumed as he walked from the ground after leaving an inviting gap between bat and pad for Taijul to exploit in his first ball of the innings. He stitched a partnership with the opener David Warner, taking on the Bangladeshi bowlers who were looking to repeat the heroics of the first Test.

"Team security personnel are now in discussion with local authorities while they investigate the cause, which is believed to have come from a small rock or stone", Sean Carroll, the security manager for Cricket Australia, said via a statement.

The 69-Test veteran moved past Jason Gillespie to seventh on Australia's Test wicket-takers' list in Chittagong with 261.

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

The Chittagong pitch offered just enough bounce for Mustafizur to make use of the bouncer, while at the same time gaining a modicum of reverse swing.

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