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Bangladesh eye series triumph after maiden Australia win

Bangladesh eye series triumph after maiden Australia win”

It's often said that the biggest weapon of an athlete in his mind and Bangladesh proved exactly that.

Australia were forced to bat on the opening day itself, as they lost three wickets for just 18 runs at stumps.

Australia skipper Steve Smith was among those bemused by Shakib's pre-series assertions that a modest Bangladesh were capable of beating Australia 2-0 in the home series.

It wasn't all Maxwell's fault as only three Aussies managed to record a score over 20, but the wicket changed the tide and the fingers are being pointed in his direction. But only four others bagged 10 wickets in it - England's Trevor Bailey, New Zealand's Richard Hadlee, Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan and India's Harbhajan Singh - but none of them made a half-century.

"That's the thing with these conditions - you can never let up and think the job is done", the 28-year-old said.

Cummins hit a couple of sixes in his aggressive innings but ran out of partners after Taijul Islam trapped Josh Hazlewood leg-before.

Smith said Australia's first innings total of 217 had been their undoing.

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It's taken 17 years and five test matches but Bangladesh have finally defeated Australia in a test match.

Australian players David Warner had scored a brilliant century on Tuesday but his efforts went in vain.

Hazelwood and Pat Cummins were the two main fast bowlers who were picked for the Bangladesh tour as Australian selectors picked a spin based team. He had earlier scored an attacking 84 on the first day on a tough pitch and following it up by becoming only the fourth Test bowler in history to take a five-wicket haul against all current Test playing nations. Bangladesh will want to make sure that they keep the momentum with them.

"We were confident", Mushfiqur told reporters on Wednesday.

It was later confirmed that Hazlewood would fly home following the match, but he is not doubtful for this summer's Ashes series.

"I thought we did pretty well to be fair to get (244) on this wicket in the second innings".

Captain Steve Smith has lamented Australia's inability to learn from previous missteps on the subcontinent as Bangladesh stormed to an historic first Test win in Dhaka.



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