Lyon claims four, Bangladesh 155-5 at tea

  • Off-spinner Lyon claims 4-58
  • Mushfiqur leads Bangladesh fight

DHAKA: Australia off-spinner Nathan Lyon wrecked Bangladesh's top order to restrict the hosts to 155 for five at tea on the opening day of the second and final test on Monday.

Humbled inside four days in Dhaka, Australia drafted in Steve O'Keefe in a three-pronged spin attack, a strategy they did not need since 1978, and Lyon was rewarded for his clever change of pace on a pitch where the ball kept low.

Bangladesh were reeling at 117-5 when Mushfiqur Rahim and Sabbir Rahman combined to take them to tea without any further damage with an unbroken 38-run partnership at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium.

Mushfiqur was batting on 29, while Sabbir was on 24 at the other end on a pitch which did not offer significant turn on the opening day but the ball often kept low.

Mushfiqur earlier won an important toss and unsurprisingly opted to bat against a spin-heavy Australia but the hosts did not get the start they were looking for.

Opener Tamim Iqbal did not look comfortable against the pace of Pat Cummins and was spilled in the slip by Glenn Maxwell off Australia's lone paceman.

Tamim, however, could not make the most of the reprieve and was dismissed leg before for nine by a quicker Lyon delivery in the 10th over.

Four overs later, Lyon was convinced he had trapped Imrul Kayes for four but the appeal was turned down.

Australia skipper Steve Smith decided to review the decision which was overturned after replays confirmed the ball would have hit the stumps.

Soumya Sarkar played positively at the other end, stepping out on one occasion to hit Lyon for a six as he and Mominul Haque, replacing Shafiul Islam in the side, embarked on rebuilding the innings.

Just when they looked like guiding the hosts to lunch without any more damage, Lyon sent a skidding delivery to trap Sarkar for 33.

On return, Lyon fashioned the fourth leg before dismissal of the session when he dismissed Mominul for 31, before Ashton Agar sent back Shakib Al Hasan, the architect of Bangladesh's thrilling 20-run win in Dhaka, for 24.

Australia dropped Usman Khawaja, replacing him with batting all-rounder Hilton Cartwright.

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