2nd Test: Warner, Handscomb fifties put Australia on top against Bangladesh
Australia opener David Warner hit an unbeaten 88 on Tuesday to help his team to a commanding 225/2 at the end of the Day 2, reducing Bangladesh's first innings lead to 80 runs in the second Test. Fresh from his maiden century in sub-continental Asia, Warner combined two important partnerships to help his side in taking the upper hand. (SCORECARD)
He first put together a 93-run partnership with captain Steve Smith (58) after the loss of Matt Renshaw (4), which left Australia to 5-1. Warner then shared an undefeated 127 with Peter Handscomb.
Bangladesh let Warner survive twice - on 52 and 73. Mominul Haque dropped Warner at short leg off left-arm spin bowler Taijul Islam, while Mushfiqur Rahim missed a stumping chance off offspinner Mehidy Hasan.
Handscomb was unbeaten on 69 off 113, including five boundaries. He survived a video review taken by Bangladesh but the ultra edge detected an inside-edge.
Warner was uncharacteristically restrained in a knock in which he negotiated 170 balls and hit only four boundaries.
He began cautiously as Renshaw was out before lunch, chasing a leg-side delivery from Mustafizur Rahman (1/30) and giving Mushfiqur Rahim a diving catch behind the stumps.
Smith's counter-attack helped the side stabilize the innings. He sent the ball across the rope for eight times in his 58 off 94.
Left-arm spin bowler Taijul Islam (1/50) broke through in his first delivery of the innings by bowling Smith just as Australia appeared to be on course to survive the second session without losing any wickets.
That was the last time in the day Bangladesh managed to get any wickets as Warner and Handscomb kept them wicket-less thereafter, including the entire third session.
But offspinner Nathan Lyon remained the pick of the bowlers early in the test. He claimed 7-94 as Australia wrapped up Bangladesh's innings for 305 late in the morning session.
He struck with his second ball of the day, dismissing Rahim for 68, after Bangladesh resumed the on 253/6.
Rahim was surprised by the sharp turn and bounce that Lyon extracted from the pitch. In a chanceless innings, lasting 166 balls, Rahim hit five boundaries.
Rahim and Nasir Hossain combined for a 43-run partnership for the seventh wicket before Asthon Agar (2-52) struck, having Hossain caught behind for 45.
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.