Nathan Lyon’s 13 wickets helps Australia level Test series against Bangladesh

Australia came back strongly with bat and ball to win the second Test against Bangladesh at Dhaka and level the two-match Test series. Bangladesh opting to bat first after winning the toss , scored 305 runs in their first innings while Australia showed guts and determination with the bat to score 377 runs to take a crucial lead in the game.

Bangladesh failed to replicate their first innings performance as they were dismissed for 157 runs to see Australia require only a target of 87 runs to win the game. Steve Smith and co. completed the chase with 7 wickets in hand and went onto level the series after losing the first one in Mirpur.

Off-spinner Nathan Lyon was instrumental in Australia winning this game as he bagged seven wickets in the first innings to restrict Bangladesh to just over 300 runs. Sabbir Rahman and Mushfiqur Rahim played well for Bangladesh as they put on 100-run partnership in the first innings. Nasir Hossain also played a handy knock to see Bangladesh push their score beyond 250-run mark.

Australia lost Matt Renshaw early in the innings. David Warner and Steven Smith played well to put together 93 runs to see Australia placed in good position to post a decent total in their first innings. Smith scored 58 runs before he was cleaned up by Tajiul Islam to see Australia lose their second wicket. Warner continued to be aggressive as he added 152 runs with Peter Handscomb to put Australia in a great position to control the game. The left-handed batsman scored his second ton of the series. He scored 123 runs off 234 runs and was dismissed by left-arm seamer Mustafizur Rahman.

Handscomb played well in tough conditions as he scored 82 runs off 144 balls.  Glenn Maxwell and Ashton Agar also chipped in with crucial runs to see Australia post 377 runs in their innings. Bangladesh could have done a lot better given that they were only 72 runs behind. The batting lineup failed to produce anything as Nathan Lyon produced a scintillating spell to finish with six wickets in the second innings. Bangladesh got bundled out for a mere 157 runs to set Australia a target of 87 runs to win the game.

Bangladesh bowlers tried their best but Australia managed to win the game with Glenn Maxwell striking a huge six to finish things off in the game. Lyon was named player of the game for his 13 wickets against Bangladesh.

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