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It took Bangladesh a little more than sixteen years to play their 100 Tests © Getty Images

Bangladesh played their first Test in October 2000, after participating in ODIs since 1986. While they participated in several editions of Asia Cup and other multi-tournaments, rarely had sides taken them on in bilateral series. Bangladesh first hosted a bilateral series when Pakistan toured them for a one-off ODI, in 1998-99. It was only fitting that the match was played at Bangabandhu National Stadium (earlier National Stadium), Dhaka — the venue of the first ever Test in Pakistan, back in 1955-56; Bangladesh went by the name East Pakistan at that time. Bangladesh also put up a decent show in the World Cup that followed, beating Scotland and felling Pakistan. By late 2000 they played their first Test. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Test at Colombo

It took Bangladesh a little more than sixteen years to play their 100 Tests. While they have improved significantly in limited-overs cricket, their performance in whites is certainly not sufficient for them to belong to the top echelon. Bangladesh have won only 8 of their first 99 Tests, drawing 15 and losing 76. No team has lost as many in their first 100 Tests. Despite their extended stretches of failure, however, Bangladesh have had shares of joy; while most of them have been moments of individual glory, there have been triumphs as well.

1st Test: against India at Bangabandhu Stadium, Dhaka, 2000-01

It was fitting that Bangladesh would play their first Test against India, their only neighbouring Test-playing nation. It was a historic moment for India as well: Sourav Ganguly, who would set multiple trends for the nation in the first half of the decade, led them for the first time, while Zaheer Khan (along with SS Das and Saba Karim) made their Test debuts. BAN hope for turnaround in historic 100th Test vs SL

Bangladesh had an excellent start in Test cricket. Sunil Joshi took 5 for 142, but that was not good enough to stop Bangladesh from reaching 400. Bangladesh’s 400 remains the second-highest score by any side on their maiden Test appearance, after Zimbabwe’s 456 — also against India.

They then restricted India to a 29-run lead, which was definitely commendable against a batting line-up consisting of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, and Ganguly. In fact, at 236 for 6 things had looked really bleak for India. BAN announce squad for 2nd Test vs SL: Mahmudullah dropped

Unfortunately, Bangladesh capitulated meekly in the second innings, for a mere 91. It was the first Test every single batsman of a side scored less in the second innings than in the first. India won comfortably by 9 wickets, Joshi doing most damage with match figures of 8 for 169 to go with a first-innings score of 92.

The Test obviously witnessed several ‘first’s for Bangladesh:

- Naimur Rahman became their first captain, took their first wicket (Das) as well as their first five-wicket haul (6 for 132)

- Shahriar Hossain faced the first ball (off Javagal Srinath)

- Habibul Bashar scored the first fifty (71)

- Aminul Islam scored the first hundred (145)

- Hasibul Hossain bowled the first ball (to Das)

- Al Shahriar held the first catch (of Dravid off Mohammad Rafique)

- Shahriar Hossain effected the first stumping (of Saba Karim off Naimur; Shahriar kept wickets when Khaled Mashud left field temporarily)

First drawn Test: against Zimbabwe at Bangabandhu Stadium, Dhaka, 2001-02

Bangladesh drew their sixth Test, but that had more to do with incessant rain than anything else. Zimbabwe piled up 431 after Bangladesh were bowled out for 107 by Travis Friend (5 for 31). At stumps on Day Three Bangladesh were 125 for 3 (Friend had struck twice more, and had also scored 81). Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test Day 5: Sri Lanka win series opener by 259 runs

Unfortunately, rain (resulting in a wet outfield) ensured there was no further play in the Test. This was Bangladesh’s only drawn Test in their first 27 attempts.

25th Test: against England at Bangabandhu Stadium, Dhaka, 2003-04

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It took Bangladesh less than three years to play 25 Tests © Getty Images

It took Bangladesh less than three years to play 25 Tests. Their 25th Test was also their first against England. Steve Harmison quickly reduced them to 72 for 6 before Mashud took them to 203. The new-ball bowlers — Mashrafe Mortaza and Mushfiqur Rahman — then hit back; despite a 137-run opening stand between Marcus Trescothick and Michael Vaughan, England secured a lead of merely 92.

This time Hannan Sarkar and Bashar gave Bangladesh a solid start, but Harmison, backed by Matthew Hoggard, made sure England did not have to chase more than 164. Vaughan guided the chase, taking England home by 7 wickets.

First Test win: against Zimbabwe at MA Aziz Stadium, Chittagong, 2005-06

Bangladesh’s first 39 Tests had yielded 3 draws and 36 defeats, numbers that were certainly poor advertisement for cricket’s newest Test-playing nation. Then, at MA Aziz Stadium, Chittagong, they had an excellent start: four men went past fifty (and two others got 49 and 48) as Bangladesh piled up a formidable 488.

An experienced Rafique (5 for 65) and a fresh-faced Mortaza (3 for 59) then bowled out Zimbabwe for 312. Bangladesh got only 204 in the second innings, but Zimbabwe fared worse against Enamul Haque Jr: his 6 for 45 gave Bangladesh a 226-run victory.

First series win: against Zimbabwe at Bangabandhu Stadium, Dhaka, 2005-06

Bangladesh had their tails up following the Chittagong victory. All they needed to win the series was a draw at Bangabandhu Stadium. Enamul once again did a splendid job, taking 7 for 95 to restrict Zimbabwe to 298, but Douglas Hondo (6 for 59) hit back, and Bangladesh were bowled out for 211.

A quick burst from Mortaza reduced Bangladesh to 37 for 4, but Tatenda Taibu (153*) duelled with Enamul (5 for 105). Zimbabwe got to 286. Nafees Iqbal (elder brother of Tamim and nephew of Akram Khan) got a hundred, and Bangladesh calmly played out time, finishing on 285 for 5.

50th Test: against New Zealand at University Oval, Dunedin, 2007-08

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Bangladesh played their 50th Test at Dunedin where they — not surprisingly — lost comfortably © Getty Images

Bangladesh played their 50th Test at Dunedin where they — not surprisingly — lost comfortably. Only Tamim Iqbal (53) put up any resistance as they were skittled out for 137 against some clinical swing bowling from Chris Martin, Kyle Mills, and Jacob Oram.

New Zealand responded with 357 with hundreds from Matthew Bell and Oram. Tamim top-scored again, this time with 84, adding 161 for the opening stand with Junaid Siddique (74). Unfortunately, they crashed to 254 against Daniel Vettori and lost by 9 wickets.

First overseas Test win: against West Indies at Arnos Vale, Kingstown, St Vincent, 2009

A conflict between West Indies Cricket Board and West Indies Players’ Association meant that West Indies fielded a significantly weak team in their home series of 2009. Mortaza’s Bangladesh grabbed the opportunity with both hands.

Things did not begin well. Bangladesh got only 238 (nobody reached 40), and West Indies secured a 69-run lead. Then Tamim came to the forefront with a hundred, adding 146 with Siddique. Set 277, West Indies collapsed to 181 against Mahmudullah (5 for 51) and Shakib Al Hasan (3 for 39).

First overseas series win against West Indies at National Cricket Stadium, St George’s, 2009

To clinch their first overseas series, all Bangladesh needed was a draw. They started well, bowling out West Indies for 237. Bangladesh stumbled to 232 themselves in response (no one reached fifty).

This time Shakib rose to the challenge, with 5 for 70. The target of 215 was tricky against Kemar Roach and Darren Sammy, and it indeed seemed so at 67 for 4. Then Bangladesh found a new hero in Raqibul Hasan, who got a defiant 65. Shakib shepherded the rest of the chase with a rollicking 97-ball 96 not out, and that was that.

75th Test against West Indies at Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium, Khulna, 2012-13:

Debutant Abul Hasan was the star for Bangladesh in their 75th Test. He walked out at 193 for 8 and smashed a 123-ball 113, taking the team score to 387. It all went downhill for Bangladesh from there: Marlon Samuels slammed a double-hundred while Darren Bravo and Shivnarine Chanderpaul got hundreds, and West Indies declared with a 271-run lead. Abul conceded 113 — exactly the same number of runs he had scored.

For a while it seemed Bangladesh might claw back into the Test, especially at 226 for 5, but a short burst from Tino Best (6 for 40) show them getting shot out for 287. West Indies won by 10 wickets.

First win against a major nation: against England at Mirpur, Dhaka, 2016-17

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Bangladesh had won only 7 of their first 94 Tests © Getty Images

Bangladesh had won only 7 of their first 94 Tests — 5 against Zimbabwe and 2 against a second-string West Indies — which did not speak too highly of their calibre. They needed to defeat one of the big guns to announce themselves to the world of cricket.

That moment came at Mirpur in 2016-17. England had taken a 1-0 lead, but there was still one Test to play. Tamim, the man who can do no wrong against England, set up the tone with 107 on a turning pitch. Bangladesh reached 220.

England reached 144 for 8 before Chris Woakes and Adil Rashid added 99 for the ninth wicket. However, despite conceding a 24-run lead, Bangladesh looked firm favourites on a track that was deteriorating rapidly — more so after a spectacular spell from young Mehedi Hasan Miraz (6 for 82).

This time Imrul Kayes (78) came to the party, while Tamim, Mahmudullah, and Shakib got into their forties. Alastair Cook and Ben Duckett then added a serene 100 for the opening stand in pursuit of 273, but the floodgates opened the moment the first wicket fell: Mehedi (6 for 77) and Shakib (4 for 49) spun out England for a mere 164.