Tamim, Shakib take contrasting routes to similar success

Posted August 28, 2017

All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan already delivered the opening salvo in the build-up to the Test match, claiming the hosts have a better spin attack than the Australians for Bangladeshi conditions.

All three remain well adrift of the leading Test performers of the past six years, Lyon's fellow spinners Rangana Herath from Sri Lanka (305 wickets from 56 matches) and Ravi Ashwin from India who has snared 292 from 52 Tests with his off-spin.

The Australians have not won a Test series on the subcontinent since 2011, when they beat Sri Lanka 1-0, and have been preparing hard for the slow and turning tracks.

Bangladesh's downward slide continued when wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim, who made 18, was given out lbw off the bowling of Ashton Agar, who is back in the Test side for the first time since the 2013 Ashes series.

Nathan Lyon was fulsome in his praise for the partnership of the day, a 155-run stand that could possibly separate the sides once the first Test is done and dusted.

For the hosts, Shakib and Mehidy Hasan picked up one-one wicket while one Australian wicket fell through run-out.

"The amount of effort that goes in from those two to go in and perform like they did in those type of conditions.it was pretty tough out there, I'm not going to lie".

Usman Khawaja returned to the team while Ashton Agar will be playing a Test after four years.

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Usman Khawaja came in to join Matt Renshaw, but he tried to take a insane quick single only to be sent back and was run out for 1 to leave the tourists 2-14. 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.

Tamim, who is Bangladesh's highest scorer in both Test and ODIs, showed he belongs in a class of his own as he did not lose his composure while seeing off the pacers during the crucial early period. "And personally, I am very happy with the way I am bowling", he added.

Upon winning the lbw verdict that pulled him into the 250-wicket zone, Nathan Lyon paused briefly on his haunches before arising as Australia's second most prolific spin bowler after Shane Warne.

Soumya Sarkar was responsible for a brilliant run out to remove Usman Khawaja for one in the next over, before left arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan dismissed nightwatchman Lyon for a duck.

"For us, it's more looking to the future".

"We improved, but we didn't win the series".

That ended 2-1 in favour of India, but Steve Smith's men performed better than anyone thought they might.

"I didn't really see the run out, so I don't know how bad it was, but at the end of the day it's a game of cricket", Lyon said.