Bangladesh Claim Historic Test Victory over Australia

Mirpur: Bangladesh clinched their first Test victory over Australia at the Shere Bangla National Stadium today. Australia’s batting collapsed to some expert spin bowling on the fourth day of play by Shakib Al Hasan, who took five wickets in the Australians’ second innings.

With the 20-run win, Bangladesh take a 1-0 series lead. Starting the day in a strong position – just two wickets down as they chased 265 – Steve Smith’s side could only muster 244 before being bowled out after lunch.

David Warner, who resumed at the crease with Smith in the morning, top-scored with 112.

The tourists began the fourth morning in a strong position at 109 for 2. They continued to tighten their grip as David Warner reached his 19th Test hundred and his second in Asia.

The left-hander compiled a 130-run partnership with Steven Smith, Australia’s highest century stand in the fourth innings in Asia.

But Bangladesh were back once that stand was broken. Despite the best lower-order efforts of Pat Cummins, left unbeaten on 33, Bangladesh sealed the win by 20 runs.

Bangladesh have now won Tests against England, Sri Lanka and Australia within the past year. In the previous 16 years of their Test existence, they had defeated only Zimbabwe and a second-string West Indies outfit ravaged by a player strike.