Shakib helps Bangladesh claim 43-run lead against Australia

Sheri Evans
August 29, 2017

But that is getting ahead of proceedings.

Earlier in the day's play, Bangladesh put in no efforts to hide their plan of unleashing their spin barrel on the Australians.

First through determined and dogged batting, and eventually through expansive and thrilling strokeplaying, the pair turned the tide firmly in Bangladesh's favour through the second and third hours of the day.

Smith admitted that Australia would also have batted had he won the toss. To lose him in these conditions was to hand Bangladesh complete control.

Ashton Agar made 41 and Pat Cummins contributed 25, adding 49 runs for the ninth wicket in a defiant stand to lend a touch of respectability to the Australian total. But Bangladesh remained well on top.

Australia were all out for 217 in their first innings on Monday conceding a 43-run lead to Bangladesh.

Ashton Agar made the sole breakthrough in the second-last over, tempting Soumya Sarkar (15) into a skied drive that was caught by a juggling Usman Khawaja at long-on.

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

For Bangladesh, all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has been sensational with both bat and ball. Only Ian Botham has done so on more occasions (11), though from more than twice as many Tests.

Bowlers to have taken five-wicket hauls against nine different Test teams. Mehidy Hasan finished with three for 62.

Australia face a monumental battle to avoid an embarrassing defeat to Bangladesh which would leave them at risk of falling to their lowest ever Test ranking. It was not until Handscomb joined him at the crease that he found proper support from the other end.

Renshaw likewise failed to capitalise on his solid start, caught at slip for 45 when he poked at a Shakib delivery shortly before lunch. He seemed to confer at length with non-striker Glenn Maxwell before opting not to review the decision despite Australia having two challenges up their sleeve. Shakib might have had Agar stumped as well, but some exaggerated bounce off the pitch tricked Mushfiqur as it did the batsman.

As aptly described by ESPNCricinfo, Australia's late order batsmen Agar and Pat Cummins (25 from 90 balls) batted together for 25.2 overs - proving that the wicket was not as hard as advertised.

Australia headed to lunch at 6-123, and Matthew Wade had barely returned to the middle after the break when he was again walking back towards the boundary, out leg-before to a straight ball from off-spinner Mehedi Hasan for five.

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