Shakib five-for helps Bangladesh into 88-run lead

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Yesterday, the Tigers registered their maiden Test win over Australia after some brilliant cricket sealed a scintillating 20-run win, giving the hosts a 1-0 lead in the two match series.

In fact, Shakib Al Hasan's five-for and Taijul Islam's triple destablised the visitors in the second innings of the first Test.

Bangladesh players celebrate Shakib Al Hasan's wicket of Australia's Glenn Maxwell as they close in on victory.

The test career of spinner Steve O'Keefe has been sensationally resurrected, with the New South Welshman on his way to Bangladesh to replace the injured Josh Hazlewood in the Australian squad.

The lower order has got better.

Hazlewood's contribution to the Bangladesh tour may not be over yet, despite the left side strain that team physiotherapist David Beakley said would require "several weeks of rehabilitation".

The match unravelled for Australia in a disastrous hour before lunch when they lost five wickets after reaching a competitive 3-166.

A repeat was not forthcoming this time following another display of Australia's batting woes against spin.


Welcoming Steve Smith to the crease, Warner then turned the tide on the Bangladeshis by hitting 11 fours and 1 six to drive Australia towards their target of 265.

Going into the penultimate day, Australia might be the bookmakers' favourite, but they will know from experience a wicket could lead to many more.

"It's a great feeling, credit to the boys especially to Shakib", Mushfiqur Rahim said.

Former Sri Lanka cricketer and commentator Russel Arnold also expressed his happiness over neighbours' inspiring win.

Interestingly, this was also one of the most thrilling Test matches in recent times irrespective of the teams participating in them. This loss only continued Australia's woeful run in the Asian sub-continent, having won just one out of ten Tests in the last four years.

Australia could only manage to score 244 in their second innings, after getting bundled for a paltry 217 in the first.

Shakib confirmed his status as the world's top-ranked allrounder across all three formats, taking five-wicket hauls in both digs after top-scoring with 84 in the first innings.

With 66 runs separating them from victory, Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon worked together to score 29 runs before Lyon was caught by Soumya Sarkar at first slip off the bowling of Mehidy Hasan Miraz for 12. I hope we will get a wicket that will help us to win the series, ' he added.

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