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Nathan Lyon spikes Bangladesh as Australia level Test series with easy win

Nathan Lyon finished with career-best figures as Australia spun their way to a series levelling Test win against Bangladesh with a day to spare in the Chittagong Test

cricket Updated: Sep 07, 2017 16:51 IST

AFP, Reuters Chittagong
Nathan Lyon was the architect of Australia’s seven-wicket win against Bangladesh in the second Test at Chittagong on Thursday. The series ended 1-1.
Nathan Lyon was the architect of Australia’s seven-wicket win against Bangladesh in the second Test at Chittagong on Thursday. The series ended 1-1.(AFP)

Off-spinner Nathan Lyon was the hero as Australia beat Bangladesh by seven wickets in the second and final Test in Chittagong to level the series at 1-1 on Thursday. (FULL SCORECARD)

Chasing 86 for victory on a deteriorating day four pitch, the visitors lost their top three batsmen before Peter Handscomb and Glenn Maxwell steered the team home in the final session.

But it was Lyon who set up the win after claiming a match haul of 13 wickets. His 6-60 helped dismiss Bangladesh for 157 in their second innings.

Bangladesh lost the top half of their batting lineup to erase the 72-run first innings deficit and were reeling at 154-8 at tea on the penultimate day of the contest.

Mehidy Hasan was batting on 13 at the break, braving a bleeding thumb after a short Pat Cummins delivery brushed his glove before ramming into his helmet.

Taijul Islam was on two at the other end with Bangladesh leading by 82 runs.

Earlier, Australia could not add to their overnight score as Nathan Lyon fell for a duck and the tourists were all out for 377 at Chittagong’s Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium.

When they returned, paceman Cummins drew first blood when he had Soumya Sarkar caught at slip by Matt Renshaw for nine after forcing him onto the back foot.

Lyon, who had claimed 7-94 in the first innings, then seized the game by the scruff of the neck.

He beat an advancing Tamim Iqbal with turn and bounce and while the ball hit Matthew Wade in the chest, the wicketkeeper managed to collect it and whip the bails off to dismiss the batsman for 12.

Imrul Kayes then chipped Lyon to Glenn Maxwell at extra cover and in the spinner’s next over Shakib Al Hasan, the architect of Bangladesh’s memorable victory in the first test in Dhaka, edged him to David Warner in the slips for two.

Sabbir Rahman added 54 runs with skipper Mushfiqur Rahim but never really looked convincing.

Against the spinners, Sabbir played reverse sweep after reverse sweep, rarely connecting but somehow surviving until Lyon got him stumped for 24.

Cummins dismissed Rahim for 31 and took a diving catch to send back Mominul Haque, who made 29.

Wade, who has had a wretched tour with the bat, became the first Australian glovesman in 62 years to effect three stumpings in a test match.

First Published: Sep 07, 2017 16:47 IST

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