Dhaka - Bangladesh on Wednesday registered their first-ever win over
Australia in Test cricket, beating Steve Smith's men by 20 runs in a thrilling
match in Dhaka.
All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan took 5-85 to help the hosts
dismiss Australia for 244 shortly into the second session on the fourth day.
David Warner top-scored with 112 for the tourists, who were
chasing a victory target of 265 after dismissing the hosts for 221 in their
Shakib lived up to his billing as the world's number one
Test all-rounder, finishing with a match haul of 10 wickets with his left-arm
spin and making 84 in Bangladesh's first-innings total of 260.
Australia - who are touring Bangladesh for the first time in
more than a decade - are currently ranked fourth to Bangladesh's lowly ninth in
ICC Test rankings.
They appeared to be coasting towards their fifth consecutive
Test win over the minnows when Warner and Smith resumed the day on 109 for two.
Warner, who was unbeaten on 75 overnight, reached his 19th
Test century off 121 balls with two runs off spinner Taijul Islam.
But Shakib brought Bangladesh back into the game, dismissing
both Warner and Smith (37) to put pressure on the tourists.
Pat Cummins hit a valiant 33 not out after Shakib bowled
Glenn Maxwell (14) off the first ball of the second session, leaving Australia
tottering on 199-8.
Cummins hit three fours and two sixes to bring his side achingly
close to a win, but Shakib's spin partner Taijul brought the curtain down on
the innings with his dismissal of Josh Hazlewood for nought.
Hazlewood, who was already nursing an injury, has been ruled
out of the second and final Test of the series.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who was watching from the
stands, waved the nation's flag as the jubilant players embraced and celebrated
their historic win.
"It's a great feeling beating Australia, and I think it
was a great effort by the boys, especially Shakib," said captain Mushfiqur
Rahim of his all-rounder, who was named man of the match.
"Our performance in home conditions has been pretty
consistent and against England also we were very close in the first Test and we
beat them in the second Test.
"That's the belief we had and also our spinners did a
great job," he added, saying Bangladesh would now be looking to seal the
A dejected Smith said his men could have performed better
with the bat in the first innings when they scored 217, since the bounce and
spin proved especially devilish the second time around.
"It was a great Test match. Credit to Bangladesh, the
way they played," he said.
"The first innings, I thought the partnership between
Shakib and Tamim really set the game up for them. I thought we fought back
really nicely after that.
"We probably let ourselves down a bit in the first
innings with the bat. We probably needed to make a few more there."
Australia have not played a Test in Bangladesh since Ricky
Ponting's team visited in 2006, six years after Bangladesh were granted Test
They were due to play two Tests in the country in October
2015 but the tour was cancelled amid security fears after a wave of attacks by
Islamist extremists in the Muslim-majority nation.
The second Test will be played in Chittagong from September