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30-Aug-2017 07:55:00 GMT
Bangladesh v Australia, 1st Test, Mirpur, day 4

All-round Shakib steers Bangladesh to historical victory

Dhaka: Shakib Al Hasan picked up a fifer each in both innings of the first Test against Australia to take Bangladesh to a remarkable 20 runs win in Mirpur.

The win gave the hosts a 1-0 lead in the two match series.

Bangladesh got the improbable job done on the fourth day of the first Test as Shakib made the most of turn and variable bounce in the surface to apply pressure on the Australians.

The defeat would be doubly disappointing for the visitors as they looked to be in commanding position after the first hour’s play with Steve Smith and David Warner carrying the Australian hopes along.

Warner brought up his 19th Test ton and it looked like Australia were headed towards overturning their poor recent record in the sub-continent but all that changed in the hour before and after lunch.

Brief scores:
Bangladesh - 260 (Shakib 84, Tamim 71, Agar 3-46, Cummins 3-63, Lyon 3-79) and 221 (Tamim 78, Lyon 6-82)
Australia - 217 (Renshaw 45, Shakib 5-68, Mehedi 3-62) and 244 (Warner 112, Shakib 5-85)
Result - Bangladesh won 20 runs.

Shakib picked up his second ten wicket haul in Test matches to turn tables from Australia’s comfortable 158/2 in chase of 265 runs. He then picked up pivotal wickets of Warner, Smith, Usman Khawaja, Glenn Maxwell and Matthew Wade. He was ably supported by fellow spinners Taijul Islam and Mehidy Hasan who took charge with other wickets.

Despite injured Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins’ defence for the final wicket, it proved too late. Hazlewood was caught leg before by Taijul to seal the contest and for mad celebrations to begin in Dhaka.


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