Australia's Batsmen Are Crumbling Again In First Test Against Bangladesh

Australia's Batsmen Are Crumbling Again In First Test Against Bangladesh

The highlight of Day 2 was Shakib Al Hasan's 16th five-wicket haul, which also made his the only fourth bowler to take a five-for in an innings against all nine Test nations. In all prospect, Australia will level the series but like Shakib mentioned before the series, "Previously the mindset (of Bangladesh team) was to draw against big teams - try to play five days, make a draw - but we never used to get the result".

Australia tried its hardest to dampen home hopes when a 130-run partnership between David Warner and Steve Smith revived Australia's bid to chase down the 265-run target and salvage a win after being outplayed for a majority of the match.

With catch after catch coming from Lyon's spinning skill, there were moments in Bangladesh's second innings where it looked like Australia might claw their way back into this Test.

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Bangladesh skipper Mushfiq called the performance consistent, appreciating Shakib and also Tamim for their contribution to win the match.

"Obviously, it's a huge achievement and now we can say it's a historic one as you have said before that we are going to play against Australia after 11 years".

Shakib first trapped Warner leg-before for 112 and, four overs later, had Smith caught behind for 37 to pile the pressure back on Australia.

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"I don't know about that but obviously after this Test match, they will show a lot more respect", Shakib replied when asked if Australia had given Bangladesh the respect they deserved.

He further added, "At home, we believe we can beat any side". Bangladesh scored just above 200 in the first innings before knocking over England's top order cheaply.

Bangladesh, in the first innings scored 260 runs in which Tamim Iqbal scored 71 and Shakib scoring handsomely for the hosts.

Bangladesh had failed to win their previous five Tests against Australia.

Quite the turnaround from a nervy first innings showing when six batsman were out for single-figure scores, leaving the Australians wobbling at 124-7 until Ashton Agar and Pat Cummins wrestled their way to the 200 mark.

The 26-year-old sustained the blow earlier in the game and it got worsened as the game progressed and eventually went off the field in the 35th over in the third innings of the game.

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