Hazlewood goes off early
Australia lost key paceman Josh Hazlewood quite early on day two. Hazlewood bowled three overs on day one. On day two, the tall right-arm fast bowler bowled only one over before suddenly feeling uncomfortable in his second over. He eventually left the field. In his second over, he clutched his left side, before signaling to captain Steve Smith that he would need the problem to be assessed. He did not return in the entire second innings and thus, Australia had to bowl with one pacer as the right-armer Pat Cummins took the workload solely upon his shoulders. Later a Cricket Australia spokesperson confirmed that he'd pulled up with a "sore side".
Positive intent from Bangladesh batsmen
Opener Tamim Iqbal hit a boundary in the very first ball of the day. That indicates the intention from Bangladesh. After top-order batsman Imrul Kayes and nightwatchman Taijul Islam got out, captain Mushfiqur Rahim came out to bat. As Tamim was calm and composed at the other end, Mushfiq was equally on song. Then came a flighted delivery from off-spinner Nathan Lyon. Mushfiq charged down the ground and smashed the delivery over the mid wicket fence for a six. There was fielder at long on and deep mid wicket. The ball was turning and sometimes even bounced awkwardly. But the Tigers captain showed aggression and gave the message that the Tigers are indeed in the driving seat.
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The ball disturbs the stumps at the non-striker's end after deflecting off Nathan Lyon's hands as Mushfiqur Rahim watches on COURTESY
From 186/5 to 186/8!
Bangladesh were batting well and piling runs against Australia. Mushfiq and middle-order batsman Sabbir Rahman was batting well and scoring valuable runs. Then Muhfiq got out in unlucky fashion, or should we say brilliance from Lyon in the last ball of the 68th over. It was a flight delivery in the trajectory of the middle- and off-stump. Sabbir ran down and hammered his drive straight back to Lyon, who got a bit of a hand on that as the ball deflected onto the stumps. Mushfiq was late to realise and react. Australia clinched a vital breakthrough. Such moments of brilliance often bring good fortune. And that’s what exactly happened. That run out certainly ignited the Australians and they produced a fine bowling performance at the end as Bangladesh were reduced to 186/5 to 186/8 in between overs 67.5 overs to 69.1. After Mushfiq’s run out, Bangladesh lost both Sabbir and all-rounder Nasir Hossan’s wickets within just nine balls. And so the momentum swung in Australia’s favour.
Soumya's costly dropped catch
Australia were under pressure while chasing 265 on a difficult pitch. At the end of the day, the dangerous David Warner played a great knock to keep Australia in the chase. But the left-hander gave a chance in the eighth over towards first slip against left-arm spinner Shakib al Hasan’s bowling. But fielder Soumya Sarkar missed it. It was a bad miss from the first slip fielder as he was kind of frightened to catch the ball. And that dropped proved costly at the end as Warner was not on 75 and leading from the front with a superb counter-attacking batting display to edge Australia ahead of Bangladesh. One tough catch was also dropped of captain Steve Smith off youngster Mehedi Hasan Miraz’s bowling in the 13th over as Imrul failed to hold onto the ball at silly mid on. But it was hit hard and it was a really tough chance. Soumya’s miss at first slip was horrible and at the end of the day, that dropped opportunity remains a big regret.