Pat Cummins, Australia’s lead pacer, reckons that his team has a great chance of upstaging the hosts after an engrossing day 3 of the first Test in Dhaka. Chasing a target of 265, the visitors recovered from the loss of two early wickets to finish the day at 109 for two, still needing another 156 runs to go 1-0 up in the two-Test series.
Tamim Iqbal’s impressive 78 – a slew of rash shots against some disciplined Australian bowling saw them finish at 221, an overall lead of 264 runs. Against an attack that was missing Josh Hazlewood, who was later ruled out of the remainder of the tour with a left side injury, the visitors’ resurgence was led by Nathan Lyon – the off-spinner finished with impressive figures of six for 82 as Australia managed to keep the target down to manageable proportions.
Yeah I think it is a great position. I think the pitch seems to have mellowed out a little bit compared to day one. I mean, I think keeping our target to 260 (265) really kept us in the game and to finish off tonight like we did, if we have a good first hour tomorrow it should really set the game up. So I think we’re in a great position,” Cummins said, when asked about Australia’s comeback.
Batting for a second time, Australia lost Matt Renshaw (5) and Usman Khawaja (1) early, but a stirring unbroken stand of 81 for the third wicket between vice-captain David Warner (75*) and captain Steve Smith (25*) ensured that Australia ended the day as the better-placed team.
“As I said, that last hour or so should give us a lot of confidence, I am certainly really confident. Smithy and Dave (Warner) look like they had really good game plans out there and they were in control. So that is really promising and it is only 150 runs or so away, so a good couple of hours in the morning and hopefully we get pretty close,” the 24-year old pacer added.