Cricket

Tamim hits unbeaten fifty a Tigers build lead

2017-08-29 09:07
Tamim Iqbal (File)

Dhaka - Tamim Iqbal scored his second half-century of the match as Bangladesh consolidated their lead over Australia on the third day of the first Test on Tuesday.

The hosts reached 133-3 at lunch to lead Australia by 176 runs on a turning pitch at Dhaka's Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.

Tamim, who made 71 in the first innings, was 76 not out at the break after Bangladesh resumed play on 45-1.

Skipper Mushfiqur Rahim was on 25 at the interval, with Bangladesh seeking their first-ever win over Australia in what is only their fifth meeting in a Test.

Off-spinner Nathan Lyon took both the wickets to fall in the morning, trapping nightwatchman Taijul Islam lbw for four and forcing Imrul Kayes to edge a catch to David Warner at second slip for two.

Mushfiqur hit Lyon for a four and six in the bowler's successive overs during his unbroken 66-run partnership with Tamim for the fourth wicket.

Tamim, unbeaten on 30 overnight, struck Pat Cummins for two fours in the first over of the day before surviving a strong lbw appeal at 42.

Australia reviewed the not out decision by on-field umpire Aleem Dar but in vain.

The left-hander dispatched Ashton Agar to backward point for four to complete his second fifty of the game off 109 balls.

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