Warner, Handscomb tame Tigers in Chittagong

Rachel Hardy
September 7, 2017

Handscomb battled his way to 69 not out off 113 balls by stumps, while Warner played with remarkable restraint to remain unbeaten on 88 off 170 balls at the end of the day.

It was Warner's approach to within one run of his second hundred in as many innings that brought a change to the previously strong rapport he and Handscomb had enjoyed, notwithstanding the heavy rain that washed out the entire first session.

The tourists ground out the runs after that reprieve and typically explosive opener Warner had to endure what will surely have been a painful 74-ball wait between boundaries.

In contrast, Nathan Lyon, who ended with 7 for 94, chose to take the off and middle stump line and got his deliveries to skid.

Lyon, who became the first Australia spinner to open the bowling in a Test since 1938, may have already collected a five-wicket haul but he admitted he was not only challenged by the heat in Chittagong but also a batter-friendly pitch.

But with this innings, Warner will definitely be pleased as he managed to improve upon his indifferent sub-continental record.

With the visitors resuming at 225-2, vice-captain David Warner backed up his triumph in the first test in Dhaka with an uncharacteristically sedate century off 209 balls.

The West Australian's five overs of gentle seamers were unthreatening on a docile Chittagong wicket as Bangladesh's batsmen dealt with him easily. He said, "Still, we have set up a three-member inquiry team and they are investigating it. he incident took place at 6:30 pm at Mansurabad neighborhood on the way to the hotel". Obviously, they spread the field quite a lot so it's hard to hit boundaries.

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"We have talked about this, we don't get these chances every day".

"He's that talented, he's probably got it now".

"I think (the doubts) probably hit me in Sri Lanka (in 2016)", Warner said after his first Test century.

Australia postponed their 2015 tour of Bangladesh because of security fears in the South Asian nation, and also withdrew from the under-19 World Cup there past year for the same reason. He will always be known as an attacking player.

Bangladesh's Nasir Hossain had no hesitation to admit it was a defensive approach.

"I'm doing myself and the team as many favours as I can by trying to put on runs, as everyone else is".

Handscomb and David Warner showed true grit on Tuesday to leave Australia well-placed to push towards victory in the second Test, having fought bravely in stifling heat.

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