Former Australia skipper Michael Clarke was left with an unbelievable sight when the Bangladesh team erupted in joy to celebrate their first Test victory over Australia in the Test format.
Defending a target of 264 runs on the fifth day in Mirpur, Bangladesh overcame the challenge from David Warner and Steven Smith to register a close 20 run win. The turning track proves too tough to handle for the rest of the Australian batting order as they slumped to 244 all out from being 158/2 at one stage when Warner and Smith were at the crease.
It was a low scoring Test whose development was dictated by the rank turner which was prepared to perfectly suit Bangladesh’s strength – their spinner.
Shakib Al Hasan to the fore
Shakib al Hasan, who became the fourth player to complete the set of five-fers against all nine opponents after Muralitharan, Herath, and Steyn, was declared Man of the Match for his superb all-rounder performance.
In the first innings, he made a match defining 84 to help Bangladesh post 260. He followed this batting show with a five wicket haul that saw Australia slump to just 217, giving the hosts a match winning lead of 43 runs.
Clarke was impressed as well as surprised with the performance Bangladesh came up with in the just concluded contest. He completely acknowledged the effort from the rising Test team and congratulated them on this historic win.
This loss will become another pain point for the Steven Smith led side as it adds one more embarrassing defeat to their record against Asian teams on their home soil.
“Congratulations Bangladesh didn’t think I would be writing this tweet but you need to give credit where credit is due.”
Congratulations Bangladesh 🇧🇩 didn't think I would be writing this tweet but you need to give credit where credit is due. 🏏🙏 #testcricket
— Michael Clarke (@MClarke23) August 30, 2017
Bangladesh has now gone up 1-0 in the 2-match series.