Al-Hasan powered Bangladesh lead Australia on second day

 . Last updated on August 30, 2017, 3:57 PM
Al-Hasan powered Bangladesh lead Australia on second day
Shakib Al Hasan knocked a half century in the first inning and knocked down five wickets in the second.


The second day of Australia Bangladesh Test put the latter as the dominant contender so far. With Australia's inning ending at 217 runs, Bangladesh was on lead by more than 43 runs. The host started its next inning by the evening session of the day. By the day's end, Bangladesh was at 45 for 1, pulling the lead closer to 100.

Shakib Al Hasan scored a half century on the first day in the first inning. In the next inning, he nicked a five-wicket haul. This made him the crux of Bangladesh's dominance in the match. The allrounder did it for the eighth time in Test. He is the next player in Test history after Ian Botham, who tallied 11 such claims.

Bangladesh has not won a single Test against Australia so far, but there is a strong chance that this status will change. In the first inning of Australia, Matt Renshaw's 45 was the highest score. Bangladesh also strengthened its attack with Mehidy. The spinner took three wickets for 62 runs.

Day two began with Australia losing its wickets in a quick succession. Chasing Bangladesh average score, the team fell to 33 for 4 wickets. The batmen in the team came out as futile defenses against Bangladesh attacks. Spin, known as the worst weakness of Australia emerged as the super weapon for Bangladesh. Even skipper Steven Smith, the best-known batsman to tackle spin could not read out the invasions surrendering his wicket.

By the afternoon session, Australia resisted with a moderate partnerships inning. First was the 69-run partnership between Peter Handscomb and Matt Renshaw, followed by the 49-run stand from Ashton Agar and Pat Cummings. They were short lived and so was Australia's inning.
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Bangladesh set off their inning with a winning grandiose. However, Aston Agar took down Soumya Sarkar as the first wicket. Tamim Iqbal then had Taijul Islam as the overnight batsman. By the end of the day, Sarkar was at 30 and Islam was yet to open his account.

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