Tigers walked into history with a 20-run victory over Australia in the first test win over the cricketing powerhouses Australia held on Wednesday at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium at Mirpur.
Set an imposing 265 to win, the visitors were bowled out for 244 shortly after lunch on Wednesday’s fourth day, with star allrounder Shakib Al Hasan claiming 5-85 to finish with 10 wickets for the match.
But at one stage Australian seems to have taken control as they reached 158 for 2 but World’s leading allrounder Shakib al Hasan struck the killer blow dismissing the belligerent David Warner for a well compiled 112.
Tigers never looked back after Warner’s demise and wickets fell at regular interval with Shakib with his mesmerizing spin well supported by Taijul Islam and Mehidy Miraz, spun their web to snare the Aussie batsmen to their doom.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, an avid cricket fan could not control her deep passion for sports as she came down to watch the Bangladesh-Australia first Test match final moments at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.
The Premier entered the stadium when Bangladesh was closer to their historic maiden victory over Australia; she witnessed the final intense rites with great interest and expressed her joy by waving the national flag.
Australia started the fourth day on a strong position at 109 for 2 and were cruising at 158 for 2 but once Shakib got the prized scalp of Warner, it was over for Aussies. They went to lunch at 199 for 7 before finally being dismissed for 244 to lose by 20 runs.
Australia lost five wickets in the opening session of day four. After a hopeful third day’s play, Aussies were banking on David Warner and Steven Smith to shatter the Tiger’s dream of their victory over Australia.
Warner reached triple-figures early on day four before being trapped leg before wicket by left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan for 112, with Australia 158-3 and looking very safe and good through the first session.
After resuming at 75 not out, Warner needed just nine overs on Wednesday to banish his subcontinent demons and achieve his second Test century on Asian soil. This was southpaw batsman’s 19th Test century and scored on a track with ball spinning like a top with variable bounce.
The big-hitting opener leapt into the air and pumped his fist after guiding Taijul Islam’s delivery to extra cover for two.
Steve Smith, who survived a tight stumping decision from his first ball on day three and had twice been dropped, finally ran out of lives a short time later.
The skipper was dismissed on 37 after attempting a cut shot which caught his edge and was brilliantly taken by wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim.
Peter Handscomb (15) soon followed in similar fashion, poking at a Taijul Islam delivery which was caught brilliantly by Soumya Sarkar at first slip.
Matthew Wade narrowly avoided playing onto his stumps off his third ball faced and was soon trapped lbw by Shakib on four.
Ashton Agar, whose unbeaten 41 was a highlight of Australia’s first innings, lasted 13 balls before being caught-and-bowled by Taijul on two.
Australia lost their final three wickets just after the lunch break. Shakib Al Hasan finished his spells with 5-60, Taijul Islam bagged 3-60 while Besides Mehedi Hasan Miraj captured 2-85.
Shakib Al Hasan was named the player of the match for his impressive all-round performance in the match.
Tigers will now be dreaming of wrapping up the series as they move now to port city of Chittagong to face Australia in the second and final Test match on September 4.
A similar triumph in next week’s second and final test in Chittagong would result in Australia tumbling to sixth in the world test rankings.
Courtesy: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)