BAN vs AUS 2017: Nathan Lyon admits Chittagong Test to be Among his Hardest Test Games Ever
Nathan Lyon says Chittagong Test would be the toughest game of his career. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

BAN vs AUS 2017: Nathan Lyon admits Chittagong Test to be Among his Hardest Test Games Ever

Australian spinner Nathan Lyon had a tough day at the office during the first day of the second Test match against Bangladesh in Chittagong.The veteran off-spinner has once again proved to be the crucial bowler for Aussies, as his impressive display saw Bangladesh finish the day at 253/6. He claimed five wickets during the day, as he dismissed all the top order batsman in Bangladesh lineup.

“That’s up there with the hardest Test match cricket days I’ve ever had,” he said Monday (September 4). “This would be my 69th Test match, and I don’t think I’ve been tested like that physically.

“The pitch was pretty good, to be fair, there’s not much spin there at all. I think I bowled four straight ones early and all hit the pads. (The Heat) is just one of those things. This is why we do pre-season. You want to test yourself in the hardest conditions and see how you react.”

Lyon bowled 28 overs over the course of the day in humid conditions as he finished the day with an impressive 5/77. He had been the standout performer for the day in bowling, but Bangladesh was well-placed thanks to an impressive century stand between Mushfiqur Rahim and Sabbir Rahman.
BAN vs AUS 2017: Nathan Lyon admits Chittagong Test to be Among his Hardest Test Games Ever 1
CHITTAGONG, BANGLADESH – SEPTEMBER 04: Nathan Lyon of Australia celebrates his five wickets for the innings after taking the wicket of Shabbir Rahman Roman of Bangladesh during day one of the Second Test match between Bangladesh and Australia at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium on September 4, 2017, in Chittagong, Bangladesh. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

“They played well. Sabbir and the skipper, they batted well, they took the game on, they played some brave cricket. You’ve got to give credit where credit’s due. They played some good shots. But at the end of the day, I was pretty proud of our bowlers’ efforts to go out there and keep fighting all the way through to the 90th over.

“As I said before, that was the hardest conditions I’ve ever had. The wicket’s not doing much; there’s not much spin, there’s no bounce. So to challenge the Bangladesh batters as much as we could, I thought it was a pretty good day, to be honest,” he added.

Bangladesh had already won the first game in Dhaka, but they have also played good cricket in the first day of the second test. The hosts look to make history by winning the series against Australia, while the visitors look to better their record in the subcontinent after managing a mere two Test wins in the past decade.

Lyon will prove to be the decisive factor if Aussies need to win the Test match and square the series. Bangladesh, on the other hand, is looking to enjoy their cricket in the Test and will look to get a positive result after winning the first game.