Bangladesh take lead thanks to Shakib’s five-fer

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Bangladesh (1st innings) : 260 in 78.5 overs (Shakib 84, Tamim 71, Nasir 23; Agar 3/46, Cummins 3/63, Lyon 3/79)

 

Australia (1st innings) : 217 in 74.5 overs (Renshaw 45, Agar 41*, Handscomb 33; Shakib 5/68, Mehidy 3/62, Taijul 1/32)\

 

Bangladesh have taken a lead of 43 run in Mirpur against Australia  thanks to Shakib Al Hasan’s 16th five-fer in Test. Shakib has finally become only the fourth cricketer in Test history to take 5 wickets against all the nine opponents.

 

After an eventful first day in the first day of first Rocket Test, Bangladesh started the second day with the big wicket of Australia skipper Steve Smith. Smith added only 2 more runs to his tally from yesterday before Mehidy bowled him out on 8. At 33/4, Australia were in deep trouble but a 69 run partnership between Matt Renshaw and Peter Handscomb rescued them from the early damage. Taijul finally broke the partnership by dismissing Handscomb lbw on 33.

 

Shakib returned to his second spell last over before lunch and gave another breakthrough to the tigers. Renshaw was caught in the slip on 45. First over after the lunch break, Mehidy grabbed the wicket of Matthew Wade on 5. Glenn Maxwell gone after scoring 23, he was Shakib’s third victim.

 

Bangladesh were on verge of taking a big lead in the first innings but Pat Cummins and Ashton Agar’s 49 runs partnership in the 9th wicket rescued Australia. Finally Shakib struck after the Tea Break and got rid of Cummins on 25. Shakib took the last wicket of Josh Hazlewood and Australia were all out for 217.

 

In the first day, Mushfiqur Rahim won the toss and elected to bat first. Bangladesh were all out for 260 runs thanks to two half-centurion Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal. Shakib scored the highest 84 runs. Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon all picked up three wickets each.

 

In reply, Australia finished the day one 18 for 3 in 9 overs. David Warner was the first victim of Mehidy who trapped him lbw on 8. Usman Khawaja was run out on 1. Couple of overs later Shakib grabbed the wicket of Nathan Lyon just before end of the day’s play.