Shakib-Al-Hasan, the number one allrounder of the world today helped Bangladesh script history. His sensational bowling performance in both innings helped to ensure that Bangladesh didn’t lose momentum on their way to recording a first ever Test win over the mighty Australians. He backed up his first innings figures of 5 for 68 with another five wicket haul (5 for 85), picking up wickets when the team needed them the most, thus becoming the chief architect of a victory that will be remembered for decades to come.
The Aussies, themselves trying to pull off a sensational fourth innings comeback, fought with a lot of vigour. Vice-captain David Warner led the charge, putting his nightmare past in Asian conditions behind him, scoring a valiant 112, the 19th century of his career. He and captain Steve Smith were motoring along in the first hour of play on Day 4, but Shakib struck, removing Warner and Smith in quick succession. The Aussies began to fold like a pack of cards, with the Tigers picking up four wickets in the space of 10 overs. The teams went into the lunch break with only 3 more wickets to get and still 66 runs in the bank.
Glenn Maxwell, who is still looking to cement his place in the test squad, fell in the first ball after lunch to Shakib, but a valiant effort from Nathan Lyon and Pat Cummins created a few nerves in the Bangladeshi camp. The Bangladeshi skipper, Mushfiqur Rahim, decided to change the bowling attack after a barren period of 10 overs and brought on Taijul Islam who immediately trapped Lyon plumb infront. However, Cummins refused to back down, and partnered with the injured Hazlewood for the last wicket, even managing to smash a couple of huge sixes in a bid to shatter the hopes of the Tigers. In the end, Australia’s second wind failed to secure victory, as Taijul trapped Hazlewood LBW to complete the historic win with Australia falling 20 runs short.
The victory came infront of a packed and passionate Shere Bangla National Stadium in the presence of Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina who has been an avid follower of the sport in the country. This is just Bangladesh’s 10th Test win in 101 Tests but might just be the most pivotal of them all as it marks their breakthrough into cricket’s big league.
Brief Scores: Australia 217 (Matt Renshaw 45, Ashton Agar 41*; Shakib Al Hasan 5-68, Mehidy Hasan 3-62) & 244 (David Warner 112, Steve Smith 37; Shakib Al Hasan 5-85) lost to Bangladesh 260 (Shakib Al Hasan 84, Tamim Iqbal 71; Nathan Lyon 3-79, Pat Cummins 3-63, Ashton Agar 3-46) & 221 (Tamim Iqbal 78, Mushfiqur Rahim 41; Nathan Lyon 6-82) by 20 runs.
Sources: 1] Times Of India