History Made, Bangladesh thrashed Australia

History Made, Bangladesh thrashed Australia

Australia 244/10 (70.5 overs)
Warner 112, Renshaw 5, Khawaja 1, Smith 37, Handscomb 15, Maxwell 14, Wade 4, Agar 2, Cummins 33*, Lyon 12, Hazlewood 0
Miraz 2/80, Shakib 5/85, Taijul 3/60

Bangladesh 221/10 (79.3 overs)
Tamim 78, Soumya 15, Taijul 4, Imrul 2, Mushfiq 41, Shakib 10, Sabbir 22, Nasir 0, Miraz 26, Shafiul 9, Mustafiz 0*
Lyon 6/82, Agar 2/55, Cummins 1/38

Australia 217/10 (74.5 overs)
Warner 8, Renshaw 45, Khawaja 1, Lyon 0, Smith 8, Handscomb 33, Maxwell 23, Wade 5, Agar 22*, Cummins 25, Hazlewood 5
Miraz 3/52, Shakib 4/54, Taijul 1/32

Bangladesh 260/10 (78.5 overs)
Tamim 71, Soumya 8, Imrul 0, Sabbir 0, Shakib 84, Mushfiq 18, Nasir 23, Miraz 18, Taijul 4, Shafiul 13, Mustafiz 0*
Cummins 3/63, Maxwell 1/15, Lyon 3/79, Agar 3/46

Bangladesh won the match by 20 runs
Man of the Match: Shakib Al Hasan

What an exciting match it was! After waiting for 11 long years, Bangladesh finally played a Test match against Australia and Tigers thrashed the Kangaroos in that.

The match was controlled by Bangladesh till the 2nd day but Australia came back strongly in the 3rd day. Bangladesh scored 221 runs in their 2nd innings and set a target of 265 runs ahead of the Kangaroos.

They had a tough start as they lost the wickets of Renshaw and Khawaja at a very early stage of their second innings but Warner along with Smith guided them to a safer place.

They made a brilliant partnership of 81 runs in the 3rd wicket partnership and played majestically. Smith was rock solid at one end while Warner played aggressively throughout his knock of 75 runs.

But their massive partnership was helped by the Bangladeshi fielders too as they missed two solid chances to get them out of the field. Soumya missed an easy catch of Warner in the slip and Imrul couldn’t grab the catch of Smith in short-leg.

However, both the batsmen started the 4th day brilliantly too and Warner was aggressive from the very beginning. On the other hand, Smith didn’t try to take any risk. Meanwhile, he quickly picked up his Test hundred.

Bangladeshi bowlers were trying hard to break this partnership and they became successful during the 5th ball of the 42nd over. Shakib bowled a straight one to Warner and it hit his pads.

Umpire Aleem Dar gave the decision in favor of the bowler and Aussie Vice Captain immediately took the review although it was not helpful for him.

After Warner’s dismissal, Bangladeshi bowlers were bowling brilliantly and they got the wicket of Aussie Skipper in a quick succession. It was the superstar Shakib again and it was bowled outside off stumps.

Smith ventured a cut but only managed to feather it behind. The Ultra Edge detected the spike. Mushfiqur merrily snapped it up and it was a fine grab. The match is still on Australia’s side and Bangladeshi bowlers need to perform brilliantly to get the control back.

Bangladesh were roaring at that time to get the wickets of two most experienced batsmen of Australia. Then, Taijul Islam joined the party as he took the wicket of Handscomb in the 2nd ball of the 48th over.

It was a stunned from the left-arm spinner and Soumya took a reflex-action catch right out of the top drawer. This wasn’t all that short, Handscomb made the cardinal sin of looking to cut that, only managed a thick edge that was absolutely flying. It was the 50th Test wicket for Taijul.

Suddenly, the situation of the match was changed completely. Bangladesh came back strongly in the match and magical Shakib strike again in the 4th delivery of the 52nd over.

It was Mathew Wade who had been trapped in front. He challenged the on-field out decision – though this looked plumb. It was pretty full and skidded in on middle from over the wicket.

A crease-bound Wade was beaten on the inside edge, having played around his front pad. The tracker suggested it would have gone onto crash into leg stump. Finally, Aleem Dar started to give good decisions.

After Wade’s departure, Agar came to bat in the middle but he failed to put on a similar performance like the first innings as Taijul Islam dismissed him with a simple off-spinning delivery in the last ball of the 55th over.

The delivery was tossed up nicely just outside off, the ball stopped on the batsman, who checked his drive and simply offered up a return catch with about 10 minutes to go for lunch. Australia went to lunch with no more harm.

After the lunch break, both the team came into the field and it was full of excitement. Australia needed 66 runs to win while Bangladesh were 3 wickets away from making history.

Glenn Maxwell came to bat after the Lunch break along with Cummins and Australia’s hope was depending on Maxwell. But he wasn’t successful as Shakib picked up his wicket in the first delivery after lunch. It was a bit low and it had small turn. Maxwell was beaten by the low bounce and it hit his stumps.

After Maxwell’s departure Lyon came to bat and he was making a good partnership along with Pat Cummins. But Bangladesh’s skipper, Mushfiqur Rahim was brilliant as his bowling change did the trick and broke that partnership.

Mehedi Hasan Miraz came back into the attack and got the wicket of Lyon. Tiger were roaring at that moment and injured Hazlewood came to bat as the last batsman.

But the match was not finished yet as Cummins started to show his batting charisma and quickly picked up some vital boundaries. They needed only 20 runs and Mushfiq again made a change. Taijul Islam who had been impressive from the beginning came back into the attack and got the wicket of Hazlewood.

It was a great fight from Cummins but he had nothing to do as he remained as the unbeaten batsman. Great win by Bangladesh and it is their first win over the mighty Kangaroos.

Playing XI:

Bangladesh: 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Soumya Sarkar, 3 Imrul Kayes, 4 Sabbir Rahman, 5 Mushfiqur Rahim (c & wk), 6 Shakib Al Hasan, 7 Nasir Hossain, 8 Mehedi Hasan, 9 Taijul Islam, 10 Shafiul Islam, 11 Mustafizur Rahman

Australia: 1 David Warner, 2 Matt Renshaw, 3 Usman Khawaja, 4 Steven Smith (c), 5 Peter Handscomb, 6 Glenn Maxwell, 7 Matthew Wade (wk), 8 Ashton Agar, 9 Pat Cummins, 10 Josh Hazlewood, 11 Nathan Lyon.

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