Bangladesh Defeat Aussies By 20 Runs In The 2-Test series

Match Report-3

Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan schooled Australia in the first Test, taking a 10-wicket haul and scoring an impressive 84 in the first innings. While it was a seesaw battle on the field with respect to runs and wickets, amid the heat, there was a verbal dingdong between the players of both teams.

Shakib was the pick of the bowlers with five wickets, while Taijul snapped up three and Mehidy claimed two.

During the course of the match, Shakib gave Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon a send-off on the first day, while skipper Steve Smith and his deputy David Warner all reacted to the sledging at different points on Day Three and Four.

A planned tour of Bangladesh by Australia in 2015 was cancelled due to security concerns after an Italian charity worker was shot dead in Dhaka, and the Islamic State group claimed responsibility.

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. He reached his 19th Test ton from 121 balls before being trapped by Shakib.

Peter Handscomb, Matthew Wade and Ashton Agar were dismissed before lunch and Glenn Maxwell (14) went from the first ball after the interval, Shakib bowling the risky right-hander when he went back attempting a cut.

Shakib sent back Warner and Smith, who made 37, in the morning session when Australia lost five wickets.

But for all their dominance at home, Australia showed they remained a fragile side overseas who could be easily exposed by quality spinners. Their first victory in a Test against Australia came in the third series they played against the team ranked fourth in ICC Test rankings at the moment.

Tailender Pat Cummins fought valiantly, belting offspinner Mehedi Hasan for two sixes in one over on the way to an unbeaten 33, but it was all over when Taijul Islam trapped Josh Hazlewood lbw for a duck. "He was brilliant. We have been consistent in home conditions".

Bangladesh now have a 1-0 lead in the two match series and will strive for a historic series win in the second game to be played at Chittagong between September 4-8.

Matthew Wade (5) lasted just nine balls, while Glenn Maxwell's (23) departure had the visitors staring down the barrel of a 100-run plus first-innings deficit. I hope we will get a wicket that will help us to win the series, ' he added.



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