Published: Mon, August 28, 2017
Sport | By Cecil Buchanan

Bangladesh vs Australia, 1st Test

Bangladesh vs Australia, 1st Test

Lyon and recalled left-arm spinner Ashton Agar spun through the Bangladesh middle-order and tail to finish with a combined six wickets.

"It was probably one of the toughest days I've had in Test match cricket with the heat and the humidity".

Bowlers dominated on the opening day of the first Test between Bangladesh and Australia as 13 wickets fell in a match that remains in the balance in Dhaka.

On a pitch offering turn and plenty of bounce for the spinners, Bangladesh were unable to bat out the opening day, Nathan Lyon (3-79) and fellow slow bowler Ashton Agar (3-46) sharing the last six wickets after Tamim had fallen to the part-time off-breaks of Glenn Maxwell.

Shakib Al Hasan then removed nightwatchman Nathan Lyon for a duck to bring the Tigers back to the game.

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After Mushfiqur Rahim elected to bat with the sun shining down at Mirpur's Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Bangladesh suffered an early collapse as Cummins dazzled with the new ball.

Both players have regularly appeared in limited overs matches against Australia, and Shakib has played in the Big Bash League, however the passing Australian fan could understandably have been relatively unfamiliar with the pair.

Shakib said Bangladesh would be hoping to capitalise on Australia's poor run in recent South Asia clashes. However Tamim and Shakib played aggressively, challenging the tourists' mettle in humid conditions. The man to the right, by the way, is transporting a fridge Agar (left) appears to have lost a bet as he was also asked to pose alongside fellow spinners Nathan Lyon and Mitchell Swepson in a moody-looking Darwin before the team headed out for the tour Meanwhile, vice-captain David Warner notched up a few lengths in the pool A couple of years ago, Australia's famed pace attack looked like they were about to audition for The X Factor. It was a meek ending for Tamim, who spooned a catch to David Warner at backward point. Such has been the reluctance of Australia to schedule Tests against Bangladesh, it has now been 11 years since their last series, when Jason Gillespie made the unlikeliest double-century in Test history. To overtake him in the wickets column is something pretty special.

Imrul Kayes looked a long way away as far as adapting to number three was concerned while Sabbir Rahman hardly justified his position at number four in Test format. Nafees, who was part of the commentary team in the opening Test match, said this could be the beginning of a new dawn for Bangladesh as they showed how to handle pressure without losing their objective. The batsman reviewed the decision however replays showed a clear edge, leaving the Tigers precariously placed inside the first half an hour. Despite forecast rain and plenty of nearby cloud cover, the weather remained fine, the temperature above 30 degrees.

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