Published: Thu, September 07, 2017
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Rain delays start in Bangladesh-Australia Test

Rain delays start in Bangladesh-Australia Test

Alongside David Warner who sits on 88 not out, Handscomb has kept Australia in the hunt for a series-levelling victory.

An unbeaten century stand between David Warner and Peter Handscomb led Australia's strong reply against Bangladesh on day two of the second and final Test in Chittagong on Tuesday.

Fellow Victorian Jones was in an nearly delirious state during his famous double hundred in Madras, when he lost staggering amounts of weight, vomited and needed assistance getting his clothes off at the end of play.

Australia's coach and veteran Darren Lehmann lauded the effort.

In brutal heat that Australia players have nearly universally declared the most oppressive they've played in, Warner struck just five boundaries on the way to his hundred. "Very special day and hopefully tomorrow they can kick on".

'You have to work really hard for your runs so, to get through in the way they played, was excellent.

Bangladesh took the new ball as soon as it was available and Mustafizur Rahman almost tasted immediate success when he induced a lazy drive from Glenn Maxwell but Mehidy Hasan spilled the catch at gully.

Angling his deliveries into Bangladesh's top four batsmen - all left-handers - the off-spinner trapped each of them LBW as they played for turn only to see the ball slide straight on and hit their pads.

Stumps were called with 13 overs remaining and Australia on 377-9 in their first innings, leading Bangladesh by 72 runs. And Monday's incident, when a stone was thrown at the team bus that broke the window and fortunately didn't hurt anyone, has reemerged safety concerns yet again. He said parts of the road back to the Australia team hotel was being repaired and there were a lot of pebbles.

"I was wanting (Jones) to stay out there because he was batting so well, and of course I didn't know just how distressed he was", Border later said.

"Obviously it's a different wicket to be fair". It will start spinning as the game goes on. Soon after the Day-1 play wrapped up, the visiting team bus along with the players was on the way back to the hotel.

Steve Smith looked in vintage touch for his flying 58 off 94 balls, before the captain had an inexplicable brain fade and cost himself a big century.

Warner's opening partner Matt Renshaw departed early, dismissed by fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman for four before the lunch break.

Earlier, Nathan Lyon claimed seven wickets to help bowl out the hosts for 305 in the first session. He had been at the crease for around two hours on a day where the temperature was in the low 30s, but felt like considerably more because of the extreme humidity. He's got to be confident in his game plan.

Bangladesh let Warner survive twice - on 52 and 73.

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