Nafees scored 138 in the first innings    Getty Images
Nafees scored 138 in the first innings Getty Images

This was Bangladesh s second series against Australia, and the first at home. It had taken Bangladesh three years to play Australia again in Tests, and by then they had already beaten Australia in an ODI, on English soil. Bangladesh stood with an outright chance to win at least one Test in the series, as it was in their own den.

At Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium, Fatullah, Bangladesh won the toss and elected to bat first in the first Test, in search of a defendable total. What followed was a surprise for the hosts supporters, a nightmare for those of Australia. Bangladesh vs Australia, Part 1: Novice Bangladesh s first visit to Australia

Brett Lee and Jason Gillespie had the experience to bowl at Bangladesh batsmen. With their impressive track records, the hosts were expected to stretch themselves to put up a decent total. Gillespie removed Javed Omar for 27. Habibul Bashar walked out to join Shahriar Nafees. Bangladesh were 51 for 1.

Though Bashar had good numbers against Australia, none expected Nafees, with a Test best of 51, to score his Test career-best against an Australia consisting of Gillespie, Lee, Stuart Clark, Shane Warne and Stuart MacGill. Bangladesh vs Australia, Part 2: Bangladesh fight hard at Cairns

Nafees and Bashar put up a 187-run partnership, still the 10th-highest partnership for any wicket for Bangladesh in Tests. Bashar continued with his form against Australia, scoring 76 before MacGill removed him.

But the performance of the innings came from Nafees. He put his feet to great use, not allowing Warne to toss up, catching everything on the full; and when Warne dropped short, he cut and pulled. A dejected Warne had to be taken out of the attack.

Nafees continued with Rajin Saleh (67) before falling for 138. Then MacGill stepped up. He claimed 8 for 108, but Bangladesh had reached 427.

Mashrafe Mortaza then got Mathew Hayden early. Mohammad Rafique dismissed Michael Hussey and Damien Martyn. Barring Adam Gilchrist everyone struggled against spin. By the end of Day Two the visitors were 6 down with Gilchrist and Lee at the crease with less than 150 on the board.

Lee departed early on Day Three. With only three partners available to accompany him, Gilchrist pulled off a single-handed effort to save Australia from an embarrassing collapse. Gillespie scored 26, adding 64 with Gilchrist for the eighth wicket.

Gilchrist s was the last wicket to fall, but his 144 had pushed the score to 269. Nobody else went past 26, which made the innings even more special. The follow-on had been averted.

Batting again, Bangladesh failed to repeat what they had done in the first innings. Identical 33s from Nafees and Saleh were the best their batsmen could produce. The hosts collapsed for 148, posting a 307-run target for Australia. However, batting on Day Four, it was a hard task for Australia, who had earlier had a freefall.

They looked way more comfortable batting this time. Hussey scored 37 before Hayden and Ricky Ponting took the score to 173 for 1. Then Hayden was run out for 72, and the collapse began.

Rafique, having already taken 5 for 62 in the first innings, now started to take out the Australians one by one. Martyn went on 183, Michael Clarke on 205, Gilchrist on 225 and Warne on 231. All 4 wickets fell to Rafique.

Lee then helped Ponting add 46 before falling to Mortaza. When Gillespie walked out, Australia still needed 30 with 3 wickets in hand. Clark and MacGill, the only men left, were hardly reliable.

At this stage Gillespie played his second crucial innings of the Test. They eventually won by 3 wickets as Ponting countered Rafique brilliantly. He eventually remained unbeaten on 118.

While Australia defeated Bangladesh for the third time, the hosts had Nafees knock and Rafique s 9 wickets from the match to remember. Gilchrist was adjudged the Man of the Match.

Brief scores:

Bangladesh 427 (Shahriar Nafees 138, Habibul Bashar 76, Rajin Saleh 67; Stuart MacGill 8 for 108) and 148 (Jason Gillespie 3 for 18, Shane Warne 3 for 23) lost to Australia 269 (Adam Gilchrist 144; Mohammad Rafique 5 for 62) and 307 for 7 (Mathew Hayden 72, Ricky Ponting 118*; Mohammad Rafique 4 for 98) by 3 wickets.