Bangladesh has recorded a historic victory in Dhaka, guaranteeing its first historical Test win over Australia by 20 runs.
It was just going to take one. As an overnight accord, it was demonstrated spot on. When Bangladesh saw the back of century-creator David Warner and after that captain Steve Smith they smashed and bashed through a weak Australian middle order, recording a celebrated first Test victory in challenges between the sides.
Chasing 265 for victory, Steve Smith’s Australia looked set to win on the penultimate day of the first Test after David Warner hit 112. Australia were still top picks at 158-3, yet lost their last seven wickets for 73 runs. Pat Cummins scored an unbeaten 33 down the order to infuse some dramatization however it was insufficient at last as Australia were all out for 244.
Shakib (5-85) commended his 50th Test appearance by scoring 84 in the first innings and completing with a 10-wicket coordinate haul, an execution deserving of his status as the world’s best-ranked Test all-rounder.
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But, what an amusement! As far as it matters for Bangladesh, they have crushed England and Australia in continuous Tests at Dhaka – the first run through for the two events. Their home of cricket is rapidly turning into a fortification. Squaring an away series with Sri Lanka between times implies they are a group that can never be thought little of again.
In the interim, Australia’s Asian issue perseveres. Throughout the most recent 10 years, they have won two of 23 matches on the subcontinent. For all the advance made in India before in the year, this constitutes a huge mishap. They have four days turn it around, the second and final Test of the series beginning in Chittagong on Monday.
The second and final Test of the series starts September 4.