Australia skipper Steve Smith, as well as vice-captain David Warner and spinner Nathan Lyon have put Australia within touching distance of a 1-0 series lead over Bangladesh in Dhaka.
The Tigers began the day 88 runs in front and seemingly on track to post a big total for Australia to chase down in the final innings, however, steady wickets to Nathan Lyon wrestled the momentum back in Australia’s favour.
A Matthew Wade-pushed referral proved worthwhile for Pat Cummins as he removed the dangerous Tamim Iqbal for 78, before a stroke of luck from Lyon broke a 46-run stand to send the Bangladeshi skipper packing. Australia would claim the final five wickets for just 35 runs, setting themselves a reachable target of 265 to win.
Lyon finished with figures of 6-82.
David Warner got the Aussies started on a good note before being handed a stroke of luck when put down at first slip. However, Australia’s ability to collapse under pressure looked set to continue, with two wickets.
Matthew Renshaw was trapped in front for five by Mehidy Hasan Miraz before Usman Khawaja quickly followed him back to the sheds, caught sweeping off the bowling of Shakib Al Hasan.
Warner was joined at the crease by his captain Steve Smith and it was almost as short lived, with the skipper just millimeters away from being stumped on his first ball.
It was so close, in fact, that Smith was halfway off the ground when watching the replays on the big screen.
Given not out, Smith saw out the day (despite also being dropped at short leg) with Warner at the other end, the pair putting on an unbeaten 81-run stand to be 2-109, with Warner compiling a composed yet speedy 75 off 96 balls.
A successful day for Australia was only dampened by Josh Hazlewood being struck down with a side strain injury which is set to keep him out of the side until the Australian summer.
It essentially puts them three wickets down with 156 runs to win on day four.