In the pre-tour interview Australia captain Steven Smith commented that Bangladesh is currently through a strong form and the subcontinent has been always a challenge for the team. He also reminded that Australia has won only once against Bangladesh at their home and the current series will certainly not be easy, especially against spinners. Thus, the first Test, so far, has been going on as expected by the Aussie skipper.
In the first inning, Bangladesh scored 260 runs. The top scorers in the inning were Shakib Al Hassan who smashed 84 runs and opener Tamim Iqbal, striking 71. Bangladesh's inning was exhausted in 78.5 overs. In the following inning, Australia could not lift their score against the intensive defense of Bangladesh bowlers. In fact, when the visitors lost three wickets in the opening session of the second day, the defense turned into an attack. The inning rattled down from the start, as Australia's top batting order was scalped within no time.
Over a gap of 12 balls, David Warner, Usman Khawaja, and Nathan Lyon were removed by spin attacks. Australia was at 3 wickets for 12 runs by the end of seventh over. In the 12th over, Skipper Smith was down. After the early slog, the inning had a brief partnership between Matt Renshaw and Peter Handscomb. The fifth-wicket partnership brought 69 runs before the inning met the next slog. This began with Handscomb's wicket in the 33rd over. Matt Renshaw and Mathew Wade returned to the pavilion in consecutive overs after Handscomb. It was the prime setback for the visitors in the inning.
Spinners spearheaded Bangladesh's attack. Mehidy Hasan, Taijul Islam and Shakib Al Hasan restrained the Aussie advances with ingenious deliveries. The inning never paced up losing the big wickets without palpable contribution. By the final over before the tea break, Australia's chase was at 126 for 6 wickets. The lead is still 137 runs away and Australia has four wickets on hand. Bangladesh might pose a huge margin in the match.
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