An upset happened a day before when West Indies defeated England on their own backyard. A day later it was time for Bangla Tigers to step on the gas. It was Shakib who scripted this famous win for Bangladesh by picking 5 wickets each in both the innings and scoring a well-crafted 84 in the first innings.
Talking about match Bangladesh won the toss and decided to bat first. The decision though backfired immediately as they lost three wickets before crossing 10 runs. Then they have started a solid partnership between two Bangladesh star players Tamil Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan. The two flamboyant left hardens put up a 155 run partnership for the fourth wicket. Soon after Bangladesh found itself on the verge of a collapse, some good contribution from the lower order ensured that Bangladeshi bowlers have something to bowl at. Bangladesh was 260 all out in their first innings. Among Australian bowlers, Agar, Lyon and Cummins all took 3 a piece and Maxwell chipped in with a wicket to his name.
Australia, on the other hand, had the worse possible start after they lost 3 wickets on the day 1 itself. Their overnight score was 14-2. The next morning saw Smith completely foxed by Mehidy Hasan and then came Peter Handscomb to rescue his side. He along with opener Renshaw had 70 runs stand and after that Australia once again lost the plot before Agar and Cummins had 49 runs stand for the 9th wicket. Australia was all-out on 217.
Bangladesh came out to bat with a lead of 43 and again their batting woes continued as they kept losing wickets but Soumya Sarkar ensured that runs keep flowing of his blade and made a handsome 78 before edging one to Wade. Bangladesh never really get going and kept on losing wickets at regular intervals and were all out on 221. Lyon was the pick of the bowlers with 6 wickets to his name. Australia was set a target of 265 to win the match.
Coming out to bat, Australia lost 2 quick wickets, and then came a string solid partnership between Warner and Smith. Australia once was cruising with little over 100 required and 8 wickets in hand. Warner felt soon after his audacious century and Australia soon finds them in a spot of bother. They had literally no answer to spin trio of Shakib, Tajibul and Mehidy. Australia eventually was bundled out 20 short of target on 244. Some late hitting from Cummins took the match close otherwise it was curtains for Australia much before. Shakib with another fifer and a 10fer in the match was rightly adjourned the Man of the Match. This was Bangladesh’s first ever win against Australia in test matches history. This was also Shakib’s 50th test match and he made it memorable by picking up a 10 wicket haul and scripting a famous win for his side.
Article by Navneet.