Dhaka - David Warner struck his 19th Test century before
all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan took three quick wickets to put Australia under
pressure in the first Test in Dhaka on Wednesday.
At lunch on the fourth day, the visitors were 199-7,
requiring another 66 runs to win with only three wickets remaining.
Glenn Maxwell was batting on 14 with Pat Cummins on two at
Bangladesh, who set Steve Smith's men a target of 265, have
never won in their five previous outings against Australia since gaining Test
status in 2000.
Left-arm spinner Shakib brought Bangladesh back into the
game with his triple strike after Warner hit 112 off 135 balls with the help of
16 fours and a six.
Shakib's spin partner Taijul Islam chipped in with two
wickets to peg back the Aussies, who made 217 in their first innings in reply
to Bangladesh's 260.
Australia appeared to be coasting towards their fifth
consecutive win against Bangladesh when Warner and Smith resumed on 109 for
Warner, who was unbeaten on 75 overnight, reached the
three-figure mark off 121 balls with a double off Taijul.
Shakib then trapped Warner leg before to give Bangladesh the
first breakthrough of the day.
It also ended Warner's 130-run partnership with Smith, who
was dropped by Tamim Iqbal on 29 at mid-on. But he failed to make most of the
reprieve, edging Shakib behind the wicket for 37.
Taijul then removed Peter Handscomb for 15 and Ashton Agar
for two while Shakib added the wicket of Matthew Wade (four) to his kitty.