Shakib Al Hasan smashes Australia in Dhaka Test
World number 1 all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan’s brilliant performance smashes Australia in First Test in Dhaka. This is the first Test win over Australia. Bangladesh won historic Dhaka Test by 20 runs and Bangladesh won on the fourth day of Dhaka Test. This Test win came to the whole nation of Bangladesh as a gift of Eid-ul-Adha which is going to be celebrated on Saturday.
Before this Test series in Bangladesh, Australia have come to Bangladesh to play Test Series after long 11 years. The last time Australia played Test series in Bangladesh in 2006. The current Bangladesh players have never played Test match against Australia before recent Dhaka Test. Though only Bangladesh ODI captain, Mashrafe Mortaza has experience to play Test match against Australia, but he is not in Test line up. Before Dhaka Test, Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan hoped to win one of two Test matches or both the Test matches. Shakib Al Hasan kept his word to win against Australia.
After winning the toss, Bangladesh Test captain, Mushfiqur Rahim decided to bat first and in the first innings, Bangladesh scored 260 runs with the help of Tamim Iqbal 71 (144) and Shakib Al Hasan 84 (133). Bangladesh fell in trouble when their top three batsmen got out when Bangladesh run score was 10. From that horrible position, dashing Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan dominated Australian bowlers with tremendous efforts.
In the first innings of Australia, Bangladesh spinners specially Shakib Al Hasan and Mehidy Hasan Miraz took the handle of the match. Australia got all out on 217 runs and Bangladesh claimed a 43 run lead. Shakib Al Hasan got 5 wickets in his bowling figure where Mehidy Hasan Miraz took 3 wickets. In the second innings, Bangladesh scored only 221 where only Tamim Iqbal stood on the crease with 78 runs (155) but he missed another ton. In reply, on third day of Dhaka Test, Australia was in good position losing only 2 wickets on the way of target 265. In leading position, David Warner broke the drought of century by scoring 112 (135). But the color of Dhaka Test has been changed on 4th day in the first session. Again Shakib Al Hasan thrashed Australia by taking 5 wickets for 85 and ensured the victory of Test match for the first time ever. Australia got all out on 244 runs and Bangladesh got a 20 run victory.
Winning Moments of Bangladesh against Australia in 1st Test in Dhaka
During presentation party, Mushfiqur Rahim says, “The performance has been consistent. Our spinners – Taijul and Shakib – were brilliant. Tamim and Shakib partnership set it up for us. There is a lot of room for improvement. 150 runs and eight wickets to take today, the boys showed character. Hopefully, in the next Test we will come harder and seal the series. It is like a snake moving all around [Keeping on this pitch?]. Thanks to the crowd, we shall wish them .”
When Shamim Ashraf Chowdhury called to give speech, Shakib Al Hasan says, “It feels great to contribute for the team. I thank the crowd for coming in and supporting us.”
Shakib then takes the mike and speaks to the crowd in Bengali. “Don’t know who believed in us today or not, but during the drinks break, I told the rest of the team that ‘whoever has come to the ground today believes that we will win, so we can’t let these guys down.”
“Last night, I did not believe that we can win today. I really did not. But my wife told me that ‘Shakib, you will make Bangladesh win tomorrow.’ So, thanks to my wife for believing in me.”
Steven Smith says, “Credit to Bangladesh – the way they played in the first innings. We fought back after the Tamim-Shakib partnership. We let ourselves down in the first innings. I thought it was pretty difficult to bat in the second innings with the variable bounce. The tail helped the batters around – no excuses for us [lack of match practice]. The practice wickets were fantastic. The wicket spun from the first day, as I said we let ourselves down with the bat in the first innings. Warner has worked very hard, he played particularly well to score a hundred. It is one of those wickets where you are never really in. We were not able to stick to our game plan as long as we could in the first innings. Looking forward to the second game in Chittagong.”
Bangladesh vs Australia | 1st Test | 4th Day
Australia tour to Bangladesh 2017
Australia squad: Steve Smith (c), David Warner (vc), Ashton Agar, Jackson Bird, Hilton Cartwright, Pat Cummins, Peter Handscomb, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Glenn Maxwell, Steve O’Keefe, Matthew Renshaw, Mitchell Swepson, Matthew Wade.
Bangladesh squad: Mushfiqur Rahim (c), Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Imrul Kayes, Shakib Al Hasan, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Sabbir Rahman, Nasir Hossain, Liton Das, Taskin Ahmed, Shafiul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Taijul Islam, Mominul Haque.
27-31 August First Test, Dhaka, Bangladesh won by 20 runs
4-8 September Second Test, Chittagong.