Tamim, Shakib take contrasting routes to similar success

Tamim, Shakib take contrasting routes to similar success

Cummins tore through Bangladesh's top order to give Australia the early advantage on day one in Dhaka before the hosts stole back the momentum late in the day.

Lyon also lauded fellow spinner Ashton Agar (3-43) and quick Pat Cummins (3-63) for their efforts on day one, with Cummins' feats particularly noteworthy given the sapping conditions.

Spin king: Australia's Nathan Lyon, second from left, after the dismissal of Bangladesh's Sakib Al Hasan.

"It's not ideal losing three wickets but that's the game", Lyon said.

Mushifiqur followed suit in deploying off-spinner Mehidy Hasan from the start of the Australia innings and was rewarded with the wicket of David Warner for eight runs.

There is no more important player for Australia's chances in this series than the captain Steven Smith.

Tamim was the slower of the two, especially in the first session, but even then he attacked Lyon - the main threat as the first-choice off-spinner on a spinning wicket.

Mehedi Hasan removed David Warner for 8 and Usman Khawaja (1) was run out before Shakib Al Hasan got rid of Nathan Lyon for a duck at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.

However, veterans Shakib (85) and Tamim Iqbal (71) steadied the ship with a much-needed 155-run stand. The wicket of Mehedi, who gifted a simple catch to Peter Handscomb at short leg, meant Lyon moved past Richie Benaud as Australia's second most prolific Test spinner, behind only Shane Warne.

Steve Smith's team has not played a Test in Bangladesh in more than a decade and its preparations were hampered when its only practice game was washed out because of flooding in Fatullah.

"There's a long way to go in this Test match and this Test series".

Herath has claimed nearly 70 per cent of his wickets on home tracks in Sri Lanka while Ashwin was proved even more dominant in familiar climes with greater than 71 per cent of his victims falling on Indian soil. "I've got some very good mates in this change room that I think are great, and no doubt when I get back home after this series, I'll sit down with my family and have a drink and celebrate that personal goal but let's just see how this Test match goes first". Shakib lived dangerously at times but the world's top-ranked all-rounder showed his class on either side of the wicket before falling to Lyon for 84.

The 250th wicket, a skidder that trapped Taijul Islam, demonstrated one of the ways in which Lyon has grown. "I think Tamim and I applied ourselves", said Shakib.

Speed demon Cummins earlier defied the draining 75 per cent humidity with a lethal opening spell to leave Bangladesh reeling at 3-10. "They batted with objective and chose their bowlers very precisely unlike before when we were not sure what we really wanted to achieve".