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Shakib brilliance helps Bangladesh humble Australia

Shakib brilliance helps Bangladesh humble Australia

Shakib claimed five first innings wickets to help Bangladesh gain a 43-run lead and grabbed five more in the second to script a thrilling victory. Australia became the fifth team to have been beaten by the Bangladeshis in Tests so far (the other four being Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka, England and the West Indies). Off-spinner Mehidy Hasan and left-arm spinner Taijul Islam provided admirable support to Shakib and picked up vital wickets.

His back-to-back five-wicket hauls, propped up by his half-century, formed the cornerstone of Bangladesh's fight against the Aussies in the first Test at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.

"They had aggression but we also showed that Bangladesh can be an aggressive side", Mushfiqur said.

The match unravelled for Australia in a disastrous hour before lunch when they lost five wickets after reaching a competitive 3-166.

Australia's rapidly-diminishing hopes rested on Glenn Maxwell (14), but Shakib snuffed it out by going through his gates with the first delivery after the lunch break.

David Warner, who resumed at the crease with Smith in the morning, top-scored with 112.

"Obviously a great feeling, beating Australia", he said at the presentation ceremony. Despite the best lower-order efforts of Pat Cummins, left unbeaten on 33, Bangladesh sealed the win by 20 runs.

"At home, we believe we can beat any side".

Cummins hit a couple of sixes in his aggressive innings but ran out of partners after Taijul Islam trapped Josh Hazlewood leg-before.

O'Keefe was a controversial omission from the original squad, having finished as Australia's leading wicket-taker during the series in India earlier this year, including a match-winning 12 wickets in the opening Test in Pune.

Along with Shakib, Tamim Iqbal was also great in both innings and it was the 50th test match for both Shakib and Tamim.

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. Bangladesh set Australia a 265-run target after being dismissed for 221 in its second innings. "My question is, how many times do we get to play in these wickets in domestic cricket?" If the need arises Hazelwood will come out to bat in Australia's second innings but following that, he will fly back to his country.


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