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Tamim, Shakib out after fifties in their 50th Test
Tigers’ dashing opener Tamim Iqbal and all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan were out after hammering fifty each in the 1st innings on day-one of the 1st Test against Australia in their two-match series at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur on Sunday.
The Tigers were batting on 190/5 in 56 overs after Shakib’s departure from 5th stand at tea when skipper Mushfiqur Rahim (12 off 39b; 1x4) was on batting and all-rounder Nasir Hossain pairing him in the 6th stand without any collection off six balls.
Shakib was the Tigers last batsman end his innings with 84 off 133 balls, including 11 boundaries. He was caught by Aussies captain Steven Smith off Nathan Lyon bowling at 188/5 in 54th over.
Lyon delivered an extra bouncer to Shakib, which drifted in pitched and spun away sharply, Shakib jabbed hard at the delivery which flew off the shoulder of the bat to Smith who took a dolly at slip.
Tamim was out for 71 off 144b alls, including five boundaries and three sixes before his departure.
Tamim shaped to cut but this one turned, stopped on him, forcing him to check his shot. He went through with the stroke and ended up lobbing it straight to Warner at backward point.
On their 50th Test, Tamim and Shakib shared a figure of 155 in 41 overs in the 4th stand to carry the team collection to 165/4 in 45.3 overs from 10/3 in 4 overs.
Tamim fired three sixes and two boundaries off 119 balls to complete his 23rdfifty while Shakib faced 56 balls and hit seven boundaries for his 22nd fifty.
To recovering the Tigers early nightmare in the innings, Tamim was caught by David Warner off part-time off-spin bowler Glenn Maxwell’s delivery when the team collection at 165/4 in 45.3 overs.
Steven Smith-led Aussies bowlers demounted the Tigers batting line too early with 3/10 in 4 overs with their pace bowler Pat Cummins who captured all the three wickets for 29 runs.
Winning the toss Bangladesh opted to bat first and suffered early nightmare as opening batsman Soumya Sarkar was out for run-a-ball 8 with two boundaries while Imrul Kayes and Sabbir Rahman were left the ground with ducks.
Soumya was out at 10/1 in 1.5 overs while Imrul and Sabbir were in the 5th and 6th balls respectively in the 4th overs on the same collection of 10 runs.
Australian pace bowler Pat Cummins captured all the three wickets for 52 runs in 14 overs.
Glenn Maxwell and Nathan Lyon took one wicket each for 15 and 59 runs.