Pat Cummins (C) took three wickets in the first four overs of the day to give Australia a great start to the first Test in Dhaka. (AP: A.M. Ahad)
Honours remain something close to even after the first day of Australia’s Test series against Bangladesh, with the opening chapter in Dhaka hit by rain.
Australia had a strong final session of the day, taking the last five Bangladesh wickets for 70 to dismiss the home side for 260.
However, the tourists then lost David Warner, Usman Khawaja and nightwatchman Nathan Lyon in a dramatic period before stumps to be 3-18 after day one.
Both sides enjoyed spells of dominance in a fluctuating day that started brightly for Australia but quickly became a gripping contest.
Having won the toss and chosen to bat, Bangladesh soon found itself struggling at 3-10 after a devastating spell by Pat Cummins saw Soumya Sarka (8), Imrul Kayes (0) and Sabbir Rahman (0) all fall to catches behind the wicket.
Cummins took the three wickets in 12 balls as Australia threatened to blow the hosts out of the Test before it had even begun, but an inspired rear-guard partnership between Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan stemmed the flow.
First through determined and dogged batting, and…
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