Pride Goeth before fall
Staff Correspondent: It’s history for Bangladesh, made by its young cricketers! At Mirpur yesterday, the Tigers showed not only their talent but also their nerves that they wanted nothing less than a Test victory. Eventually, the Bangladesh side clinched their first-ever win over the Aussies by 20 runs in the first of the two-match Test series.
The historic moment came when spinner Taijul Islam trapped Australia’s number 11, Josh Hazlewood, with the other batsman, Pat Cummins, threatening the hosts that the victory might remain ‘too far’. Australia needed 21 runs to win but with their intent the Tigers denied Cummins any chance to come to strike again, in the match.
Setting Australia a target of 265 runs for victory, the hosts bowled the visitors out for 244 runs and earned the victory. In fact, Shakib Al Hasan’s five-for and Taijul Islam’s triple destablised the visitors in the second innings of the first Test.
In the morning session, Shakib bagged two big wickets of opener David Warner and Aussie captain Steve Smith.
The world’s number one all-rounder, Shakib, also took Glenn Maxwell immediately after the lunch, completing his 10-wicket haul in the match.
Taijul dismissed Peter Handscomb, Ashton Agar and Josh Hazlewood that paved the way of victory.
David Warner earlier helped Australia steady their innings with 112 runs after losing two early wickets in the second innings on Tuesday.
Aussie captain Steve Smith, who tried to fight alongside Warner, was trapped lbw at his 37 runs off 99 balls yesterday morning.
After Warner and Smith, a cameo from Pat Cummins (33), containing 3 fours and 2 sixes, tried to put resistance against the hosts again. But, Bangladesh spinners stopped the Aussie resistance and secured their historic triumph at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka.
In the second innings, Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal, who became the highest Test scorer for Bangladesh, blasted 78 runs setting a 265-run target for Australia.
Bangladesh Test skipper Mushfiqur Rahim’s 41 runs, the second highest score in the Bangladesh innings, also helped lift the score unbeatable.
The hosts took a 43-run lead in the first innings after bowling Australia out for 217.
Bangladesh skipper Mushfiq called the performance consistent, appreciating Shakib and also Tamim for their contribution to win the match.
“There is a lot of room for improvement. Hopefully, in the next Test we will come harder and seal the series,” he added.
Aussie captain Smith gave credit to the way Bangladesh played in the first innings.
“We fought back after the Tamim-Shakib partnership. I thought it was pretty difficult to bat in the second innings. The tail helped the batters around – no excuses for us,” he told the post-match presentation.