Bangladesh create history with Shakib's heroics
Tigers claimed their first-ever Test win over Australia and one of the most memorable in their cricket history after triumphing by just 20 runs on a thrilling fourth day in Dhaka.
Set 265 for victory, the Australians began the fourth morning in a strong position at 109 for 2. Having a good grip in their hand David Warner continued, scoring his 19th Test career century and second in Asia. Warner's 112 featured 16 fours and one six, but when he was lbw trying to pull Shakib, Bangladesh regained their hope. And after Smith was caught-behind trying to cut Shakib four overs later for 37, Australia still needed 94, and Bangladesh six wickets. It was once again game-on.
Warner and Smith looked good with 130 run stand on that sort of wicket which possesses good spin as well as bounce. Bangladesh ripped Australian batting lineup by the veteran World No.1 allrounder Shakib Al Hasan. Not surprisingly, the major contributors to this triumph were two of their most experienced players, Shakib andTamim Iqbal.
While Shakib has been Bangladesh's trump card, his fellow Mehedi Hasan had arguably been as impressive in Australia's first dig after accounting for both Warner and Smith. Shakib(MOM) scored 84 and took 10-153, his second 10wkt haul Where Tamim started slowly and was able to score 71 and 78 in both the innings.
"Yeah, it was a great Test match,"Steven Smith says. "Credit to Bangladesh - the way they played in the first innings. 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."
Bangladesh260 (Shakib 84, Tamim 71, Agar 3-46, Cummins 3-63) and 221 (Tamim 78, Mushfiqur 41, Lyon 6-82)
Australia217 (Renshaw 45, Shakib 5-68) and 244 (Warner 112, Shakib 5-85)
by 20 runs