Spinners strike as Australia bend towards defeat


DHAKA, Aug 30, 2017 (BSS)- Superb bowling display by Shakib Al Hasan and well supported by Taijul Islam as Australia lost five wickets in the opening session of day four, after a David Warner century, to leave Bangladesh closing in on victory in the first cricket Test of the two-match series in Dhaka on Wednesday.

Australia went to lunch on 199-7, needing another 66 runs to win the two-test series opener.

Warner reached triple-figures early on day four before being trapped lbw by left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan for 112, with Australia 158-3 and looking good through the first session.

Glenn Maxwell (14 not out) and Pat Cummins (two not out) were set to resume after lunch with a huge task on a turning with the Tigers smelling their maiden victory over Australia.

After resuming at 75 not out, Warner needed just nine overs on Wednesday to banish his subcontinent demons and achieve his second test century on Asian soil.

The big-hitting opener leapt into the air and pumped his fist after guiding Taijul Islam’s delivery to extra cover for two.

If Australia succeed in hunting down their target of 265, it will be their second-highest fourth-innings run chase in Asia.