Shakib Al Hasan lit up his 50th test with all-round brilliance to help Bangladesh claim a handy first-innings lead over a listless Australia in the second test on Monday.
A day after rescuing Bangladesh from a top-order collapse with the bat, the left-arm spinner claimed 5-68 to help dismiss Australia for 217 and justify his status as he world’s top- ranked test all-rounder.
Having claimed a 43 run first-innings lead on a viciously turning track, Bangladesh further consolidated their position and were 45-1 at the close on the second day.
Soumya Sarkar threw his wicket away after scoring 15 but Tamim Iqbal was batting on 30 with nightwatchman Taijul Islam yet to open his account.
Bangladesh stretched their overall lead to 88 runs and Australia will have the unenviable task of batting in the fourth innings on a fast-deteriorating track at the Shere Bangla National Stadium.
Resuming on a precarious 18-3, the tourists soon lost captain Steve Smith, their best batsman.
Off-spinner Mehidy Hasan, who took 12 wickets at the same venue to inspire Bangladesh’s first test win over England last year, struck in his second over, sneaking one through the gate to dismiss Smith for eight.
Matt Renshaw and Peter Handscomb were subjected to a trial by spin with Mehidy (3-62) and Shakib hunting in tandem but the duo added 69 runs for the fifth wicket to halt the slide.
With the partnership blooming, however, Taijul trapped Handscomb lbw for 33 with a ball that kept slightly low, as it often did on a track offering variable bounce and prodigious turn.
Opener Renshaw soon joined him in the pavilion for 45, edging Shakib to slip.
Matthew Wade fell lbw for five to Mehidy and Shakib got Glenn Maxwell stumped for 23.
Ashton Agar made 41 and Pat Cummins contributed 25, adding 49 runs for the ninth wicket in a defiant stand to lend a touch of respectability to the Australian total.
Scoreboard at stumps on the second day in the first Test between Bangladesh and Australia on Monday in Mirpur, Bangladesh
Bangladesh 1st innings 260 (S. Al Hasan 84, T. Iqbal 71)
Australia 1st innings (Overnight: 18-3)
D. Warner lbw b M. Hasan 8
M. Renshaw c Sarkar b Al Hasan 45
U. Khawaja run out (Rahim, Sarkar) 1
N. Lyon lbw b Al Hasan 0
S. Smith b M. Hasan 8
P. Handscomb lbw b T. Islam 33
G. Maxwell st Rahim b Al Hasan 23
M. Wade lbw b M. Hasan 5
A. Agar not out 41
P. Cummins b Al Hasan 25
J. Hazlewood c Kayes b Al Hasan 5
Extras (b-15 lb-3 w-5) 23
Total (all out, 74.5 overs) 217
Fall of wickets: 1-9 D. Warner,2-14 U. Khawaja,3-14 N. Lyon,4-33 S. Smith,5-102 P. Handscomb,6-117 M. Renshaw,7-124 M. Wade,8-144 G. Maxwell,9-193 P. Cummins,10-217 J. Hazlewood
Shafiul Islam 6 – 0 – 21 – 0
Mehidy Hasan 26 – 6 – 62 – 3
Shakib Al Hasan 25.5 – 7 – 68 – 5
Taijul Islam 8 – 1 – 32 – 1
Mustafizur Rahman 8 – 3 – 13 – 0(w-1)
Nasir Hossain 1 – 0 – 3 – 0
Bangladesh 2nd innings
Tamim Iqbal not out 30
Soumya Sarkar c Khawaja b Agar 15
Taijul Islam not out 0
Total (for 1 wickets, 22 overs) 45
Fall of wickets: 1-43 S. Sarkar
To bat: I. Kayes, S. Rahman, M. Rahim, S. Al Hasan, N. Hossain, M. Hasan, S. Islam, M. Rahman
J. Hazlewood 3 – 1 – 3 – 0
P. Cummins 2 – 0 – 5 – 0
N. Lyon 9 – 3 – 11 – 0
G. Maxwell 3 – 0 – 17 – 0
A. Agar 5 – 0 – 9 – 1
Umpire: Aleem Dar
Umpire: Nigel Llong
TV umpire: Ian Gould
Match referee: Jeff Crowe