Australia are on course to chase down the 265-run target set by Bangladesh as two of their most experienced batsmen in the form of David Warner and Steve Smith are both well set, having finished day three’s play with a solid batting display.
Visiting paceman Pat Cummins admitted that the Aussies are in a good position to win the Test match but said the first hour of day four would be extremely crucial.
“I think it is a great position. I think the pitch seems to have mellowed out a little bit compared to day one. I mean, I think keeping our target to 260 really kept us in the game and to finish off [Tuesday night] like we did, if we have a good first hour [Wednesday] it should really set the game up. So I think we’re in a great position,” Cummins told the media after the day’s proceedings in Mirpur’s Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Tuesday.
Warner played a pivotal role in Australia’s surge during the difficult run chase and Cummins said the left-handed opener changed the mindset of chasing with his quickfire unbeaten half-century.
“David Warner is such a big player for us and you could just see it in his eye when he was out there. He was so focused. We always say ‘be the bull’ and he looked like he was ‘the bull’ out there; just focussed and taking the game on. He got his 50 rapidly and I think it just changes the whole momentum but also the mindset for the other batsmen who are to come in, just taking the game on. It is great,” explained the right-arm pacer.
Cummins took the crucial wicket of opener Tamim Iqbal when the Bangladesh cricketer was heading towards his ninth hundred and give the Tigers a healthy lead.
The brilliant delivery that get rid of Tamim was crucial in the context of the match and Cummins gave credit to wicket-keeper Matthew Wade and all-rounder Glenn Maxwell for reviewing the original decision.
“I think it just kicked off a length. I think the pitch is doing a couple of little things every now and then but it was just one that happened to kick up a bit and fortunately hit the glove,” said the 24-year old.
“I thought I heard something but I normally hear things when I bowl. It was actually Matty Wade, he definitely heard something. Glenn Maxwell at point (also heard it). They’re pretty good behind the stumps, Matty Wade doesn’t get too many wrong. He’s got a theory when point also hears something it’s normally a spot. It was a pretty good view, it was only a faint nick,” he concluded.