Shakib Spins Bangladesh To Maiden Test Victory Over Australia

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Dhaka: Shakib Al Hasan picked up his second 10-wicket haul in Test cricket to help Bangladesh beat Australia by 20 runs at Mirpur and take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series. The southpaw picked up 5/85 in the second innings to script remarkable victory. He had earlier picked up 5/68 in the first innings.

This is Bangladesh’s 10th victory in their 101st Test match. This is also Bangladesh’s first victory against Australia in their fifth-ever Test against the Aussies. The last time the two countries met, Australia hammered the Tigers by an innings and 80 runs at Chittagong in 2006.

The hosts reduced Australia to 199/7 at lunch and placed the visitors in danger of losing the Test after David Warner hit a century on the fourth day Wednesday.

Shakib returned figures of 4/68 and his fellow left arm spinner Taijul Islam had 2/49 as Australia lost five wickets for just 37 runs in the first session, resuming the day on 109/2.

Australia still needed 66 runs with three wickets remaining to win only its third match in the subcontinent in the last decade on a tricky wicket that carried invariable bounce.

Glenn Maxwell, on 14, and Pat Cummins on 2 were set to resume the Australian batting in the second session. Shakib got the vital wickets of Warner and captain Steven Smith, who combined for 130 runs and gave Australia hope it might wrap up the test before lunch.

But Shakib dismissed the pair after they added just 13 runs to the overnight total. Warner hit 112 off 135 balls, including 16 fours and one six — his 19th test and first on the subcontinent. Smith also was dismissed to a similar delivery which he edged to the wicketkeeper and ended his innings on 37.

Islam got Peter Handscomb (15), forcing him to edge to slip where Soumya Sarkar completed a tough catch in a second attempt. Islam then removed Ashton Agar (2) with a return catch before Shakib trapped Mathew Wade (4).

Bangladesh set Australia a 265-run target after being dismissed for 221 in its second innings. In the last 10 years in the subcontinent, Australia played 23 matches, won 2, lost 16 and drew five Tests.

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