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Shakib Al Hasan carved through Australia’s batting line-up with a five-wicket haul as Bangladesh secured their first victory over Australia in Test history.
Australia opener David Warner deserves a lot of credit for his valiant 112, but in the end, it wasn’t enough to stop Bangladesh from escaping with a nail-biting 20-run win.
Starting off the day on 109/2, Warner and captain Steve Smith converted their 81-run partnership into a 130-run stand, during which Warner brought up his hundred.
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With Warner posing a major threat, Bangladesh needed to take him out. Shakib did exactly that in the 42nd over as he trapped the Australian vice-captain lbw for 112, which came off 135 balls and included 16 boundaries and a six.
Smith went on to make 37 before he was caught behind off the bowling of Shakib.
Shakib and Taijul Islam subsequently proceeded to scythe through Australia’s middle and lower order, which saw the Baggy Greens go from 171/4 at the time Smith was dismissed to being reduced to 199/8.
With 66 runs separating them from victory, Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon worked together to score 29 runs before Lyon was caught by Soumya Sarkar at first slip off the bowling of Mehidy Hasan Miraz for 12.
Even though Cummins struck another 16 runs by himself, it went in vain as Bangladesh completed their historic win when Josh Hazlewood, who has been ruled out for the rest of the series and the upcoming ODIs in India, was given out lbw off the bowling of Taijul for a duck.
Cummins remained stranded on 33 as Australia were bowled out for 244.
Shakib was the pick of the bowlers with five wickets, while Taijul snapped up three and Mehidy claimed two.
Smith was gutted to have lost the match, and said: “Yeah, it was a great Test match. Credit to Bangladesh – the way they played in the first innings. We fought back after the Tamim-Shakib partnership. We let ourselves down in the first innings. I thought it was pretty difficult to bat in the second innings with the variable bounce. The tail helped the batters around – no excuses for us [lack of match practice].
“The practice wickets were fantastic. The wicket spun from the first day, as I said we let ourselves down with the bat in the first innings. Warner has worked very hard, he played particularly well to score a hundred. It is one of those wickets where you are never really in. We were not able to stick to our game plan as long as we could in the first innings. Looking forward to the second game in Chittagong.”
Bangladesh skipper Mushfiqur Rahim was over the moon to have won, and said: “The performance has been consistent. Our spinners – Taijul and Shakib – were brilliant. Tamim and Shakib partnership set it up for us. There is a lot of room for improvement. 150 runs and eight wickets to take today, the boys showed character. Hopefully, in the next Test we will come harder and seal the series. Thanks to the crowd, we shall wish them .”
Shakib was named Man of the Match, and said: “It feels great to contribute for the team. I thank the crowd for coming in and supporting us. Don’t know who believed in us today or not, but during the drinks break, I told the rest of the team that ‘whoever has come to the ground today believes that we will win, so we can’t let these guys down’.
“Last night, I did not believe that we can win today. I really did not. But my wife told me that ‘Shakib, you will make Bangladesh win tomorrow.’ So, thanks to my wife for believing in me.”