Nathan Lyon scooped career-best figures of 13 for 154 as Australia beat Bangladesh today by seven wickets in the second Test in Chittagong to deny the Tigers a first Test series win over them.
Off-spinner Lyon added 6-60 to his first-innings 7-94 to skittle Bangladesh for 157 on day four and become the leading wicket-taker for Australia in a two-Test series, with his 22 scalps topping the 18 J.J. Ferris took against England in 1887.
Australia lost first-innings centurion David Warner (22), Matt Renshaw (8) and Steve Smith (16) in their pursuit of 86 before Peter Handscomb (16 no) and Glenn Maxwell (25 no), who ended the game with a six, ushered them to a series-levelling triumph following their maiden Test match defeat to Bangladesh in Dhaka last week.
Lyon was the star performer, though, as he fell one short of equalling the record number of wickets in two-Test series, the 23 Sri Lanka spinner Rangana Herath collected against Pakistan in 2014.
The 29-year-old’s fellow spinner, Steven O’Keefe (2-24), ended Lyon’s hopes of matching Herath by bowling last man Mustafizur Rahman as Bangladesh were dismissed in 71.2 overs.
Lyon (0) had been the last man to depart in Australia’s second dig, snicking Mustafizur (4-84) to Imrul Kayes at slip as the tourists failed to add to their overnight 377-9.
Lyon then had Tamim Iqbal (12) stumped, Imrul (15) caught at cover and Shakib Al Hasan (2) snaffled by Warner at slip as Bangladesh slumped to 43-5, before a 54-run stand between captain Mushfiqur Rahim (21) and Sabbir Rahman (24) dragged the Tigers into the lead.
Sabbir was eventually stumped skipping down the pitch to Lyon, who went on to remove Mominul Haque (29) and Taijul Islam (4) during his second 10-wicket haul in Test cricket.
Lyon is now the leading wicket-taker in Tests in 2017, with his 46 scalps placing him above Indian spin duo Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja (44) and South Africa seamer Kagiso Rabada (39).
Australia’s next Test is the Ashes opener against England in Brisbane on November 23 but the one-day side will return to action later this month for a five-match ODI series in India.
Bangladesh, meanwhile, are moving on to a tour of South Africa, with the trip comprising two Tests, three ODIs and two Twenty20 internationals.