Monday 22 January 2018 / 05:38 AM


A fighting century by David Warner was not enough to prevent Bangladesh from pulling off a historic maiden Test win over Australia in Dhaka.

After a tough first two days in the series opener, Australia wrested the momentum on day three and headed into Wednesday needing a further 156 runs for victory with eight wickets in hand.

But support for Warner was severely lacking, and Bangladesh’s slow bowlers did the job to seal a euphoric 20-run victory.

Warner (112) and Steve Smith (37) carried the tourists to within 107 runs of their target, but when Shakib Al Hasan removed both superstars in the space of four overs, the collapse was on.

Peter Handscomb (15), Matthew Wade (4), Ashton Agar (2) and Glenn Maxwell (14) all fell within a disastrous 10-over period as Shakib notched his second five-wicket haul of the Test and Australia crumbled to 8/199.

Maxwell’s dismissal on the first ball after lunch – attempting to cut a Shakib delivery that stayed low – was especially disappointing and again brought his suitability to Test cricket into question. 

Pat Cummins revived hopes of a miraculous victory with a superb 33 not out – including two big sixes – but he ran out of partners, with Nathan Lyon (12) dismissed by Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Josh Hazlewood (0) trapped lbw by Taijul Islam.

Shakib was an obvious man of the match, enhancing his reputation as a world-class all-rounder with a 10-wicket haul and a team-high 84 in the first innings. Opener Tamim Iqbal’s 71 and 78 were also integral to the result.

The defeat extended a miserable run in Asia for the Australian side, with February’s incredible win over India in Pune their sole success on the subcontinent since 2011 – losing 12 of 14 Tests during that time.

While Bangladesh need to string consistent wins together to be considered a genuine force in world cricket, this watershed victory has capped a stunning 12 months that has included first-ever wins over England, Sri Lanka and now Australia.

On the back of West Indies’ sensational upset of England at Headingley, Bangladesh’s heroics have provided a timely shot in the arm for the ailing Test cricket scene.

The second Test gets underway in Chittagong on Monday, with several Australian players facing a nervous wait to see if they retain their spots.

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