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Bangladesh stun Australia as underdogs triumph

30/08/2017 13:24 CEST, Reuters, http://www.marca.com/en/more-s...5fdea080e8b45d0.html

Bangladesh pulled off a fairytale maiden test victory over Australia on Wednesday as cricket witnessed a second triumph for the underdog in as many days with the Ashes protagonists both on the receiving end of surprise losses.

Less than 24 hours after Shai Hope's second century of the match secured a series-levelling victory for West Indies against England at Leeds, the Shere Bangla National Stadium on the outskirts of Dhaka became the venue of another upset.

Playing his 50th test, local talisman Shakib Al Hasan lit up the stadium with his all-round brilliance to script a famous 20-run victory that gives Bangladesh a 1-0 lead in the two-test series.

Australia tried their hardest to dampen home hopes when a 130-run partnership between David Warner and Steve Smith revived Australia's bid to chase down the 265-run target and salvage a win after being outplayed for a majority of the match.

Warner tempered his natural aggression but did not altogether abandon it, as was evident from the 16 boundaries and one six in his belligerent 112.

The southpaw conquered his spin demons to register a 19th test century, and second in Asia, but he fell just short of guiding Australia home on the fourth day of an enthralling encounter.

Skipper Smith led a charmed life at the other end, spilled at mid-on by Tamim Iqbal, but Australia's most assured weapon against Bangladesh's rampaging spinners could not make the most of his reprieve.

Shakib sent back Warner and Smith, who made 37, in the morning session when Australia lost five wickets.

The left-arm spinner then snuffed out whatever realistic hopes Australia had of making it five straight wins over Bangladesh by dismissing Glenn Maxwell with the first delivery after lunch break.

Pat Cummins, the lone paceman to taste success in the spin-dominated contest, blasted an unbeaten 33 down the order to inject some late excitement but was left stranded as Australia folded for 244.

Shakib claimed 5-85 and was the obvious man-of-the-match choice for his first innings score of 84 and a 10-wicket haul.

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