Day three: as it happened
Chittagong: Matthew Wade lost another battle with the decision review system while Glenn Maxwell and Pat Cummins had their own DRS misadventures as suffered yet another collapse.
A day which had started with so much promise for the tourists turned into a damp squib with the hosts – despite continuing to drop catches – looking likely to keep the tourists’ first innings lead in double figures after rain delayed the start of play. Needing only to draw the match to win the series, the Tigers spread the field to keep ‘s run rate in check while also taking regular wickets. lost 6-78 and were 9-377 when bad light stopped play, a first innings lead of just 72 after bowling Bangladesh out for 305 on Tuesday.
Wade, whose position in the XI had been in doubt leading up to the match, couldn’t heed captain Steve Smith’s call for more runs, trapped lbw to a moving ball from left-arm quick Mustafizur Rahman, who celebrated his 22nd birthday with a third wicket for the innings. In the first Test Wade made five and four, falling foul of the DRS twice, having failed to a review a decision that would have been overturned in the first innings before unsuccessfully challenging a call in the second dig.
Just as he had been in the first Test, Maxwell was at the crease with his former Victorian teammate when the call to review was made. The all-rounder was involved in another poor review the very next over when he departed for 38 when the third umpire was consulted for an inside edge off the bowling of spinner Mehedi Hasan. Cummins fell lbw to Mehedi shortly after, a successful review from the Tigers reinforced by Bangladesh’s Nasir Hossain, who could face disciplinary action after raising his index finger while standing next to the umpire.
Ashton Agar was dropped on 21 but fell one run later to Shakib Al Hasan, with Steve O’Keefe (eight) and Nathan Lyon (0) unbeaten at the close of play.
Earlier, David Warner made another century but only after being involved in the run out of Peter Handscomb in pursuit of his 100th run. Shakib hadn’t yet taken control of this match like he did the first Test of the series, but with a direct hit he ended Warner and Handscomb’s 152-run stand, with the Victorian gone for 82 after overcoming debilitating heat exhaustion the previous evening. Warner was himself almost run out, again forced to retreat as he looked for that elusive run. Finally, it came though, leaping into the air as is his custom after a drive through extra cover for four.
It was just his fifth boundary of the innings, while the 209 deliveries it took him to reach the mark made it the slowest of his 20 Test hundreds. He’d also been given lives on 52, when he was dropped at short leg by Mominul Haque, and on 73, when Mushfiqur made a mess of a stumping attempt.
His knock ended on 123, Mustafizur claiming the crucial scalp with a bouncer, caught at leg-gully by Imrul Kayes.
Hilton Cartwright and Maxwell moved into the lead, almost making it to tea before Cartwright edged Mehedi to slip on 18. It was a moment of redemption for the spinner, who had put down Maxwell at gully when he was on 10, before spilling a difficult, and painful, return catch with the West n on six.
After a terrific day two, Warner and Handscomb were looking to further close the gap, starting day three at 2-225, but their task was harder after a thunderstorm pushed back play until after lunch.