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Bangladesh v Australia: Shakib Al Hasan inspires hosts to historic Test win

Bangladesh v Australia: Shakib Al Hasan inspires hosts to historic Test win”

Australia appeared to be coasting towards their fifth consecutive Test win against Bangladesh when Warner and Smith resumed the day on 109 for two.

Australia skipper Steve Smith was among those bemused by Shakib's pre-series assertions that a modest Bangladesh were capable of beating Australia 2-0 in the home series.

"It was a great Test match, credit to Bangladesh the way they played", he added.

Instead, it was Nathan Lyon who took up the gauntlet, picking up six wickets as well as running out captain Mushfiqur Rahim. "I think it's a big statement", said Mushfiqur after the historic win over Australia in the first Test at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.

A similar triumph in next week's second and final test in Chittagong would result in Australia tumbling to No 6 in the world rankings.

After fighting tooth and nail to secure a lucrative pay deal, Australia's cricketers succumbed within four days to a Bangladesh side that earns a fraction of their salaries.

It also doubled his feat of smashing a half-century and grabbing 10 wickets in a Test match, and he joined Hadlee as only the second cricketer to achieve the feat a few times. "In the first innings the partnership between Tamim and Shakib really set the game up for them and then I thought we really fought back well after that".

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Shakib's display with the ball - in his 50th Test - was part of a fruitful day for the hosts as Australia continued to struggle on their travels, the tourists bowled out for 217 in spin-friendly conditions.

The likes of Shakib and Tamim Iqbal, who was unbeaten on 30, have proven to be adept at playing spin but left-arm offspinner Agar backed Australia's tweakers to make an impact on day three.

Shakib Al Hasan's two five-fors in the match contributed to clinching the first-ever victory over Australia in the first Test of two-match series.

Smith also was dismissed by a similar delivery which ended his innings of 37 of 99 balls.

Steve Smith contemplates his Australian team's defeat to Bangladesh.

Islam got Peter Handscomb (15), forcing him to edge to slip where Soumya Sarkar completed a tough catch. It was pretty hard batting here in the second innings and I thought we did pretty well to get 240 in the end.



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