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Tejas Rathi ∙ Aug 30 2022, 8:40 AM

#OTD in 2017: Bangladesh secure their maiden Test victory against Australia


image-l7fv9tcnBangladesh celebrating a win (PC: Twitter)

On this day, five years ago, Bangladesh registered their maiden victory against Australia in the longest format of the game. The occasion was the first Test fixture of the Australia Tour of Bangladesh in Mirpur.

Bangladesh take a nominal lead in first innings

image-l7fw7nu9Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal added 155 runs for the fourth wicket (PC: Twitter)

Batting first, Bangladesh were off to a precarious start with a triple strike of Pat Cummins in his first spell, which left them stuttering at 10/3. 

Arriving at number five, Shakib Al Hasan resurrected the team's innings with Tamim Iqbal. The duo were proficient to steer the team at a brisk rate, after setting their eyes on the pitch.

Shakib emerged as the top-scorer with 84 runs, while Iqbal contributed 71 to help the Tigers to finish on 260. Apart from Cummins, Nathan Lyon and Ashton Agar scalped three wickets each. 

In response, Australia fell to the brilliance of Shakib (five-for) and Mehidy Hasan Miraz (three wickets) to bundle out for 217. The opener Matt Renshaw was the top contributor with 45 runs. 

Shakib's five-for seals a thrilling victory for Tigers

In the second innings, Iqbal continued his bright form to hit 78 off 155 balls and added 68 runs for the fourth wicket with Mushfiqur Rahim (41). 

Then the contributions of Sabbir Rahman (22) and Miraz (26) paved the way for hosts to finish on 221 and pose a target of 265. Lyon was the pick of the bowlers for Australia with six scalps. 

image-l7fvxa03Warner's century went in vain (PC: Twitter)

Australia had a dismal start with the wickets of Renshaw and Usman Khawaja early. But the knocks of David Warner (112) and Peter Handscomb (37) kept the visitors in the hunt to chase down the score. 

However, Shakib ran down the lower middle-order in quick succession to secure a thrilling victory of 20 runs for Bangladesh.


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