Inspirational Shakib puts Bangladesh on top

Hosts finish day two of the opening Test with 88-run second inning lead against Australia

Reuters August 28, 2017
Best in the world: ShakibAl Hasan justify his status as he world's top- ranked all-rounder in the longest format of the game by claiming figures of 5-68 to dismiss Australia for 217 in first innings. PHOTO: AFP

DHAKA: Shakibal Hasan lit up his 50th Test with an all-round performance to help Bangladesh claim a handy first-innings lead over a listless Australia on the second day of the opening Test on Monday.

A day after rescuing Bangladesh from a top-order collapse with the bat, the left-arm spinner claimed 5-68 to help dismiss Australia for 217 and justify his status as he world's top- ranked all-rounder in the longest format of the game.

Having claimed a 43 run first-innings lead on a viciously turning track, Bangladesh further consolidated their position and were 45-1 at the close on the second day.

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Soumya Sarkar threw his wicket away after scoring 15 but Tamim Iqbal was batting on 30 with nightwatchman Taijul Islam, who is yet to open his account.

Bangladesh stretched their overall lead to 88 runs and Australia will have the unenviable task of batting in the fourth innings on a fast-deteriorating track at the Shere Bangla National Stadium.

Resuming on a precarious 18-3 on the second morning of the match, the tourists soon lost captain Steve Smith, their best batsman on the bowling of off-spinner Mehidy Hasan.

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Hasan, who took 12 wickets at the same venue to inspire hosts to their first Test win over England last year, struck in his second over, sneaking one through the gate to dismiss Smith for eight.

Matt Renshaw and Peter Handscomb were subjected to a trial by spin with Mehidy (3-62) and Shakib hunting in tandem but the duo added 69 runs for the fifth wicket to halt the slide.

With the partnership blooming, however, Taijul trapped Handscomb lbw for 33 with a ball that kept slightly low, as it often did on a track offering variable bounce and prodigious turn.

Opener Renshaw soon joined him in the pavilion for 45, edging Shakib to slip.

Matthew Wade fell lbw for five to Mehidy and Shakib got Glenn Maxwell stumped for 23.

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. Reuters


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