Bangladesh opt to bat in Chittagong Test

Bangladesh opt to bat in Chittagong Test

Bangladesh opt to bat in Chittagong Test

With Bangladesh 1-0 up after their 20-run win in Mirpur last Wednesday, even a draw will give the hosts their maiden series win over Australia and a promotion to number eight in the ICC rankings.

Having taken nine wickets for the match to nearly haul his side to victory in Dhaka, Lyon found new ways to make a mark in Chittagong. The pitch is expected to take turn right from the word go, as was the case in the first Test.

Former Australia captain Ian Chappell said that lack of match practice for individual players may be one of the reasons behind their defeat to Bangladesh. Nathan Lyon took all the three wickets for Australia.

That is no mean feat for a man once dropped in India to make room for Xavier Doherty, who once averaged more than 140 with the ball in a series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates, and whose ability to perform as needed in the subcontinent had been in significant doubt as recently as this year.

Shafiul Islam was left out for Mominul Haque as Bangladesh won the toss and elected to bat first in the second match.

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Australia: Steve Smith (c), David Warner, Ashton Agar, Hilton Cartwright, Pat Cummins, Peter Handscomb (wk), Matthew Wade (wk), Steve O'Keefe, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Glenn Maxwell, Matt Renshaw, Mitchell Swepson and Jackson Bird.

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Soumya Sarkar tried to dominate Lyon, hitting him a boundary and a six in an over but he fell to a quicker delivery on the stroke of lunch, ending his 81-ball innings and a 49-run stand for the third wicket. "More importantly as a batsman, being dismissed in the nets doesn't count against your record".

Australia captain Steve Smith admitted he, too, would have preferred to bat.

Just as happened during the Dhaka Test, forecast rain stayed away, with the sun bursting through the grey sky.

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