Shakib Al Hasan scored 84 runs    Getty Images
Shakib Al Hasan scored 84 runs Getty Images

Bangladesh s first solid partnership in the first Test was broken successfully by Australia as they removed Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan in the second session of opening day s play. Winning the toss at the Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur, Bangladesh elected to bat. Pat Cummins ran through the top-order, bagging the precious wickets of Soumya Sarkar, Imrul Kayes and Sabbir Rahman in succession in the very first session of the day. Experienced duo of Tamim and Shakib then provided stability to the Bangladesh innings, building a strong partnership before lunch.

They continued their work coming back for the second session. Though Nathan Lyon kept producing turn, both the players, having ample experience of playing in spin-friendly conditions, kept batting well. They read the pitch well, judged the balls right and showed good footwork which was missing in the batsmen who threw their wickets early on the day. Shakib, who was batting at 48 before lunch, was the first to get to his half-century while Tamim soon followed suit. They put up a 150-run partnership with some delightful display of batting. The partnership was finally broken by Glenn Maxwell, who bagged his first Test wicket since 2013. Maxwell managed to produce turn when Tamim least expected it, leaving the batsman in a dilemma to play or not to play the shot. As Tamim proceeded with the shot, he ended up edging it to David Warner at backward point to get out for 71.

Bangladesh also lost the wicket of Shakib, who was outwitted by turn and bounce produced by Nathan Lyon. Lyon, with the wicket of Shakib, equalled Richhie Benaud s Test tally of 248 wickets. Bangladesh lost 2 wickets adding 94 runs in this session.

Brief scores:

Bangladesh 190 for 5 (Tamim Iqbal 71, Shakib Al Hasan 84; Pat Cummins 3 for 29, Nathan Lyon 1 for 59) against Australia.