Australia Need Confidence-Building Bangladesh Win
Australia are being made to battle hard once again on the Sub-Continent in their Test match series against Bangladesh.
The Baggy Greens were stunned in the opening match of the series by Mushfiqur Rahim’s men, suffering a 20-run defeat at Dhaka.
The spin of Shakib Al Hasan caused the tourists all sorts of problems. The 28-year-old took five wickets in the first and second innings, ending the contest with match figures of 10-153.
It’s not the first time Steve Smith’s side have struggled in the turning conditions. They lost their last two series when travelling to Asia, losing to both Sri Lanka and India over the last year.
Only David Warner appeared to get to grips with the surface, scoring a fine century in the second innings that almost won the match for the Aussies.
Australia were in need of a response to avoid a first series defeat to the Tigers. Nathan Lyon has led the way in Chittagong in the second Test, taking seven wickets to bowl the home side out for 305 in their first innings.
Warner has continued his outstanding form with another measured innings. At the time of writing, he’s on course for his 20th Test century, highlighting his talent as one of the leading batsmen in the world.
The Baggy Greens’ early success in Chittagong has seen them swing the balance of the match in their favour, with odds of 4/11 with Bet365 to secure the victory.
It’s imperative that Smith’s men establish a healthy lead over Bangladesh to take into the third innings of the match as they cannot afford to be chasing another total of 200 plus to win the contest.
Australia need a confidence-boosting win to take their momentum forward in their bid to reclaim the Ashes from their old foes England in November.