David Warner and Steve Smith have guided Australia to safety at stumps on day 3 of the first Test against Bangladesh in Mirpur, Dhaka on Tuesday.
An unbeaten 81-run stand between David Warner and Steve Smith has given Australia a chance to bounce back in the first Test. David Warner, who has not been among the runs in the sub-continent, scored his 25th Test fifty.
Riding on Nathan Lyon’s 10th five-wicket haul, Australia bundled out Bangladesh for 221. With Tamim Iqbal’s 78 and a late surge by Mehedi Hasan, Bangladesh set Australia a target of 265.
Australia was set a target of 265 runs to win. Openers David Warner and Matt Renshaw made a steady start. But soon Miraz brought the breakthrough for the Tigers as he trapped Renshaw lbw for 5. Usman Khawaja’s stay at the crease was too little in this innings as well. He top-edged a sweep shot against Shakib Al Hasan and got caught in the deep for 1.
Warner, who has not managed to get runs under his belt in the sub-continent, scored his 25th Test half-century and was unbeaten at 75 at stumps.
Australia has finished the third day with 109/2 in 30 overs. They need 156 runs more to go 1-0 up in the two-match series. Bangladesh would like to believe they still can take rest of the eight wickets on day four.