Brief Scores: Bangladesh 70/3 at Lunch (Soumya Sarkar 33, Mominul Haque 24*; Nathan Lyon 3-29) vs Australia.
Losing in-form Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes inside the first hour on Monday (September 4). However, the hosts staged a prompt recovery, riding on stodgy efforts from Mominul Haque and Soumya Sarkar in a 49-run stand for the third wicket, before losing Sarkar right at the stroke of Lunch.
Just when the hosts seemed to settle down, Nathan Lyon’s third wicket of the day ensured there was no confusion in choosing the winner of the session.
On a wicket that looked tailormade for batting, Mushfiqur Rahim won the toss and elected to bat first. It was no surprise that his Australian counterpart expressed the same desire. But Steve Smith would not have been disappointed as his lead spinner Lyon prised out two wickets early in the session to dent Bangladesh at 21 for 2. Australia, who chose to field only one pacer, like the hosts, did so for the first time since 1978. An even rarer occasion was on display when Lyon took the new ball, making it the first time since an Australia spinner – Bill O’Reilly – had opened the attack on the first day of a Test for Australia.