Warner, Handscomb defy searing heat to lead Aussie fightback

Esther Moore
September 7, 2017

Following the defeat, Australia was determined to make amends for that loss in the second Test and Peter Handscomb epitomised that huge effort on the second day.

Bangladesh, who are 13/2 to win the match and secure a 2-0 win, took the new ball as soon as it was available and Mustafizur Rahman almost tasted immediate success when he induced a lazy drive from Glenn Maxwell, but Mehidy Hasan spilled the catch at gully.

The recalled Hilton Cartwright earlier made it to 18 before being dismissed with the final ball before tea.

The left-hander was stuck on 99 for a nervous 15 balls and departed on 123 when Mustafizur had him caught by a juggling Imrul Kayes at leg gully.

The covers were brought out on Wednesday about 30 minutes before play was due to begin as Bangladesh's monsoonal season finally made an impact after two days of clear conditions. Also, the Australian squad lost only one wicket of Matt Renshaw which is taken by Mustafizur.

Australian vice-captain David Warner has backed up his drought-breaking triumph in Dhaka with another century on day three of the second Test against Bangladesh in Chittagong.

The visitors still trail by just 80 runs and have eight wickets in hand.

Left-arm spinner Taijul (1-50) was the man responsible, finding the gap between Smith's bat and pad.

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David Warner was earlier jointly second on the list of most Test tons by an Australian opener alongside former captain Mark Taylor, who has 19 centuries to his name.

Hasan (11) and Islam (9) helped Bangladesh surpass 300 before Lyon struck again to finish the Bangladesh innings, leaving Australia four overs to bat before lunch.

"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.

Australia spinner Nathan Lyon also deserves a lot of credit as he claimed a seven-wicket haul.

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

When Agar had Shakib Al Hasan caught behind by Matthew Wade, the tourists were well on top but they were unable to build on that advantage.

"It is satisfying for myself but, at the end of the day, we're here to win games".

For a batsman who has been at the receiving end of severe criticism for his ordinary numbers before the Test series between Australia and Bangladesh, Warner has put an end to all such talks with two superlative innings which promise to change the perception about one of the finest batsman in contemporary cricket.

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