Bangladesh's landmark victory against Australia
- Author: Jon Douglas Aug 31, 2017,
Aug 31, 2017, 1:08
All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan (5/85) played a major role in scripting his side's win as Australia were dismissed for 244 shortly into the second session on the fourth day. Shakib was once again the hero, adding five more wickets to his first-innings haul of five, ending with impressive match figures of 10 for 153. Smith said Australia would consider playing three spinners in Chittagong - including Steve O'Keefe, who replaces the injured Josh Hazlewood - if the conditions were suitable.
"Shakib and Taijul bowled really well".
The first Test between the two sides in more than a decade had loomed as an opportunity for Australia to overcome their terrible record on the subcontinent and notch their first series win in Asia since beating Sri Lanka 1-0 in 2011.
After the match, Shakib took the microphone and spoke to the crowd in Bengali, saying it was their belief and the faith of their supporters that carried them through.
The Australians slumped to 123-6 in reply to Bangladesh's 260, still 137 behind with only four wickets in hand. Still, we knew the pitch was helping the spinners and apart from the two batsmen [overnight batsmen Steve Smith and David Warner] they didn't have the experience to survive.
"At home we believe that we can beat any side, and we have that confidence".
"We're confident that if we get on a bit of a roll tomorrow we can knock them over". But Shakib got the vital wickets of Warner and captain Steven Smith, who combined for 130 runs, within 13 runs.
Smith said Australia's first innings total of 217 had been their undoing.
Warner's cut shot found his edge but Soumya Sarkar couldn't secure a tough catch at first slip.
On a turning track where their frontline batsmen have struggled against Bangladesh's three-pronged spin attack, Peter Handscomb (15), Matthew Wade (4) and Ashton Agar (2) all fell in quick succession prior to lunch.
Shakib removed Glenn Maxwell, who was considered the only final difficulty.
Tamim led the batting charge in his 155-ball innings but his dismissal off fast bowler Pat Cummins triggered a Bangladesh collapse.
The 26-year-old sustained the blow earlier in the game and it got worsened as the game progressed and eventually went off the field in the 35th over in the third innings of the game.