Australia wobble badly after Bangladesh rally to post 260 in Mirpur

Australia wobble badly after Bangladesh rally to post 260 in Mirpur

Shakib al Hasan came out with an all-round as Bangladesh tightened the screws on Australia on the very first day of the opening Test of the two-match series at the Shere Bangla National Stadium, here on Sunday.

After resuming in the morning at 3-18, Australia suffered a major early blow when captain Steve Smith was bowled through the gate for eight as he danced down the wicket to Mehedi Hasan, leaving Australia in disarray at 4-33.

Maxwell reached 23 before being stumped by Bangladesh skipper Mushfiqur Rahim, after charging down the wicket and completely missing a Shakib delivery.

Things picked up after Smith departed, as new batsman Peter Handscomb, and Matt Renshaw, who had watched on from the non-striker's end as wickets fell around him late on the previous day, went about trying to rectify the situation.

Such was Australia's state of mental fogginess that shortly after the resumption, Matthew Wade was needlessly lbw to Mehidy for 5. Their recovery owed much to Agar's unbeaten 41 from number nine and the spinner then dismissed Soumya Sarkar before stumps as Bangladesh ended day two on 45-1.

Risky opener Tamim Iqbal was unbeaten on 30 with nightwatchman Taijul Islam yet to score.

But an outstanding 155-run partnership from Tamim Iqbal (71) and Shakib Al Hasan (84) turned the tables on the Aussies.




Pat Cummins tore through the Bangladesh top order with three wickets in his first two overs to have the hosts reeling at 3/10 in Dhaka. Australia bundled Bangladesh for 260 in the first innings.

The Australians were then left to regret not reviewing Wade's dismissal in the first over after lunch.

Renshaw was on 14 when he was adjudged lbw to Mehidy but the southpaw reviewed the decision to prolong his stay after replays suggested the ball would have missed the stumps.

Shakib, who contributed with a valuable 85-run knock in Bangladesh's first innings, now has five-fors against every other Test-playing nation.

Australia were eventually bowled out for 217, which gave Bangladesh a 43-run lead, when Josh Hazlewood was removed by Shakib for five runs.

The Australian spinners, most notably Lyon, had found turn and bounce, but it was Glenn Maxwell who broke the big partnership with his only wicket of the innings when Tamim rocked back and shaped to cut, but succeeded only in lifting a catch to backward point.

Among his 16 hauls, 12 times he has taken five wickets at home.

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