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Australia All Out For 217 In The First Test Against Bangladesh

Australia trail by 88 runs at stumps on day two.

28/08/2017 5:02 PM AEST | Updated 28/08/2017 10:28 PM AEST
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An Australian batting fightback in the first Test at Dhaka was not enough to stop Bangladesh gaining a first innings lead against the visitors on Monday after the home side bowled the visitors all out for 217.

Despite a strong partnership of 69 runs between opener Mat Renshaw and mid-order batsman Peter Handscomb, and also between tailenders Ashton Agar and Pat Cummins with a partnership of 49, the Aussies weren't able to survive a strong Bangladeshi attack on day two.

Australia trailed by 43 runs at the end of its first innings and now have a huge job ahead to limit the damage done by Bangladesh in its second burst with the bat.

In the end of Australia's collapse, it was Bangladeshi all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan that really tore through the Aussie batting order, taking five wickets for just 68 runs.

As strong as he was with the bat in Bangladesh's first innings -- notching up 84 runs -- Hasan also took to dominating Australia in his 50th International Test with the ball. The effort means he becomes the fourth-ever cricketer to achieve a five-wicket haul against all nine International Test-playing nations.

Bangladesh finished at 1 for 45 with a lead of 88 runs at stumps on day two after Usman Khawaja caught Soumya Sarkar out off of an Ashton Agar ball.

EARLIER...

The last time the Australian cricket team played a Test in Bangladesh, Jason 'Dizzy' Gillespie scored a double ton. It was a beautiful, improbable and joyous moment, but 11 years on things couldn't be more different.

In fact, Australia are crumbling on day two of the first Test against Bangladesh at Dhaka. Not long after the lunch break the Aussies were 7 for 125, trailing Bangladesh by by 131 runs, and things definitely weren't looking up.

In what looked like a picture of hope on day one, Nathan Lyon reached a career total of 250 wickets and seemed to have set the Aussies up positively for a strong first innings. After surpassing Richie Benaud's tally of 248, Lyon is now Australia's second-highest spin wicket-taker, behind Shane Warne.

Bangladesh finished its first innings with a total of 260 and Australia were going strong, until opener David Warner, Usman Khawaja and nightwatchman Lyon all fell for a collective nine runs before stumps on Sunday. And the situation hasn't improved since then.

At 3 for 18 at the start of day two on Monday, it looked like Steve Smith was going to have to salvage Australia's efforts, as he's done on so many occasions before, until he also fell for just eight runs.

That left Matt Renshaw and Peter Handscomb to try and pick up the pieces of Australia's first innings -- and with a partnership of 69 between them, it looked like they were turning things around. But they, too, fell to a strong Bangladeshi attack.

And things only went from bad to worse after the lunch break. Glenn Maxwell and Matthew Wade resumed Australia's struggling efforts, however a 90km/h rocket delivery from Mehidy Hasan Miraz saw Wade fall for 5 just minutes after returning to the pitch.

Seven overs later Maxwell also fell for just 23 runs after coming a little too far forward, misjudging a ball from Shakib Al Hasan and getting stumped by the Bangladesh wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim, leaving the Aussies eight wickets down.

Tail-end bowlers Ashton Agar and Pat Cummins were then left in the centre. Despite some near-miss moments, a dropped catch and a successful Australian review on a possible leg-before-wicket (LBW) decision, the pair scored the second-highest partnership of Australia's first innings as the visitors struggled closer to the close of play.

Agar and Cummins went into the tea break on 22* and 25* respectively before the match was briefly delayed by rain. The pair didn't last too long afterwards however, with Cummins bowled out by Shakib Al Hasan.

The final nail was put in the proverbial coffin of Australia's first inning after Josh Hazlewood was caught out for just five runs off a Shakib Al Hasan spinner.

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