Lyon salvages Australia pride

Quamrul Hassan | Update:

ustralian cricketers congratulate teamamte Nathan Lyon (2R) after the dismissal of Bangladeshi cricketer Sabbir Rahman tries to makes his ground during the fourth day of the second cricket Test between Bangladesh and Australia at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong on September 7, 2017. AFP

Spinner Nathan Lyon bagged 13 wickets in the Chittagong Test to help Australia record a 7-wicket victory over Bangladesh with a day to spare.

The win meant the two-game Test series was drawn 1-1, following the hosts' win in the Dhaka Test.

After his seven-wicket haul in Bangladesh's first innings, Lyon bagged six in the second as the Tigers were bundled out for 157, in just 71.2 overs.

In the morning, Australia lost their remaining wicket without adding a single run, their 377 giving them a 72-run first innings lead.

When the Tigers came to bat in the game for the second time, Pat Cummins dealt the hosts the first blow when he made Soumya Sarkar give a catch to Matt Renshaw, with the score on 11. Imrul Kayes and Tamim Iqbal then added 21, but Lyon removed both of them to make the hosts’ job difficult.

The Bangladesh side now needed Shakib Al Hasan to offer some resistance, but he soon also fell victim to Lyon’s spin. Steve O'Keefe then sent Nasir Hossain back to the pavilion and the hosts were down to 43 for 5.

Skipper Mushfiqur Rahim and Sabbir Rahman then added 54 in the sixth wicket to take the team past three figures. Mushfiq made 31, the team's highest, while Sabbir added 24. Mominul Haque contributed 29 more to make sure the hosts make at least 150.

Australian cricketer David Warner reacts after scoring a century (100 runs) during the third day of the second cricket Test between Bangladesh and Australia at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong on September 6, 2017. AFPSix-star Lyon were supported by braces from Cummins and O'Keefe in the demolition job.

Chasing a modest 86-run target, Australia, too, lost three wickets in qucik succession, but Glenn Maxwell (25) and Peter Handscomb (16) saw the game out. Opener Renshaw had a decent contribution of 22.

Mustafizur Rahman, Shakib and Taijul Islam claimed one apiece for the hosts.

Lyon was duly adjudged the Player of the Match while the spinner himself and David Warner, who slammed two centuries in as many games, were jointly declared Players of the Series.

 
   
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