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Lyon picks 13 as Australia level series against Bangladesh

Nathan Lyon (centre) was the saviour for Australia in the Bangladesh tour
Nathan Lyon (centre) was the saviour for Australia in the Bangladesh tour

Australia 377 & 87-3 (Maxwell 25no) beat
Bangladesh 305 & 157 (Lyon 6-60) by seven wickets
Second Test, Chittagong, day four

Nathan Lyon picked a 13-wicket haul in the game as Australia dismissed Bangladesh for 157 runs in the second innings and chased down 86 runs to win the second and final Test in Chittagong, thereby levelling the series 1-1.

Earlier, Australia resumed their first innings with a score of 377 for nine, having a 72 run lead over Bangladesh. However, they could not add any more runs to it as Mustafizur Rahman (4-84) had Lyon (0) caught in the slips.

After a cautious start in their second innings, Bangladesh lost Soumya Sarkar (9) early in the innings and after a brief 21 run stand with Imrul Kayes (15), Tamim Iqbal (12) was stumped to give Lyon (6-60) his wicket in the innings.

With the spinners in action, the home side soon slipped to 43 for five, losing Kayes, Shakib Al Hasan (2) and Nasir Hossain (5) with Lyon being the wrecker in chief. Mushfiqur Rahim (31) and Sabbir Rahman (24) played steadily as they went into lunch at 83 for five.

The 54-run stand between Rahim and Rahman was finally ended by Lyon, who had the latter stumped while Pat Cummins (2-27) had the Bangladesh skipper caught behind.

From there on firm resistance from Mominul Haque (29) and Mehedi Hasan (14) helped Bangladesh post 157 runs before they were bowled out for 157 runs. Lyon contributed with a six wicket haul in the innings, to go with seven in the first innings.

Mustafizur (1-16) started the innings positively for Bangladesh with the wicket of his IPL captain David Warner (8) but Matt Renshaw (22) and Steven Smith (16) were dealing in boundaries to take Australia to 44 runs.

Both Renshaw and Smith fell in quick succession but Peter Handscomb (16 not out) and Glenn Maxwell (25 not out) ensured Australia chased down the target in 15.3 overs to complete a seven wicket win.

Lyon was named the player of the match while the off spinner shared the man of the series award with Warner.

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