Bangladesh spun their way to a first Test victory over Australia on Wednesday, with Shakib Al Hasan’s second five-wicket haul of the match securing a memorable 20-run win inside four days at the Shere Bangla National Stadium.Overnight batsman David Warner struck a belligerent 112 and added 130 runs with skipper Steve Smith but their efforts were in vain as the hosts took a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.Chasing 265 to win , Australia lost five wickets in an eventful morning session, and whatever hopes they had were snuffed out when Shakib bowled Glenn Maxwell with the first delivery after the lunch break.Pat Cummins scored an unbeaten 33 down the order to inject some drama but it was not enough in the end as Australia were all out for 244.10th Test win for Bangladesh ????5 vs Zim2 vs WI1 vs Eng/SL/Aus#BanvAus- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 30, 2017Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim was delighted to record the country’s first victory over Australia.”Obviously a great feeling, beating Australia,” he said at the presentation ceremony. (Well done Bangladesh! Sachin Tendulkar, Michael Clarke hail Bangla Tigers after historic Test win)”A great effort by the boys, especially Shakib and Tamim (Iqbal) were outstanding,” he said of the duo, who featured in a 155-run partnership to rescue Bangladesh from a top order collapse in their first innings.Shakib (5/85) celebrated his 50th Test appearance by scoring 84 in the first innings and finishing with a 10-wicket match haul, a performance worthy of his status as the world’s top-ranked Test all-rounder.advertisementHe was the obvious choice for Man of the Match.Resuming on 109/2, Warner batted with calculated aggression, while Smith was content to play second fiddle as they continued the good work they had started on Tuesday evening with some generous assistance from Lady Luck.(AP Photo)Warner survived a review before the southpaw brought up his 19th Test century, a second in Asia. Then, when the opener was on 106, he pulled a Shakib delivery and the ball flew past leg-slip before the fielder could put his hands together.David Warner..19th Test 1001st vs & in Bangladesh1st in the subcontinent2nd in Asia5th away 1002nd in 20172nd in 4th inns#BanvAus- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 30, 2017Smith was on 28 when Tamim spilled him at mid-on but Shakib was lurking round the corner with his left-arm spin to change the complexion of the match.Shakib first trapped Warner leg-before for 112 and, four overs later, had Smith caught behind for 37 to pile the pressure back on Australia.On a turning track where their frontline batsmen have struggled against Bangladesh’s three-pronged spin attack, Peter Handscomb, Matthew Wade and Ashton Agar all fell in quick succession prior to lunch.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 failing to pile up runs in the first innings had made their job tougher.”It was a great test match, credit to Bangladesh the way they played,” he added.”We probably let ourselves down in the first innings with the bat, probably should have made a few more there. It was pretty difficult batting here in the second innings and I thought we did pretty well to get 240 in the end.”Australia will slip one place to fifth in the Test rankings even if they level the series by winning the second Test in Chittagong from Monday. A second defeat would see them lose another place.Australia in Asia since October 2008….Tests: 23, Won 2, Lost 16, Drawn 5 (win% 8.70)Lost:10 in India3 in SL2 in UAE1 in Ban#BanvAus- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 30, 2017Australia in Tests in Asia in last 5 years:L L L L L L L L L W L D L L12 Losses1 Win1 Draw#BANvAUS- Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) August 30, 2017
All-rounder Thisara Perera has been named to lead Sri Lanka in the three-match ODI series against India, beginning December 10 at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPA) Stadium, Dharamsala.The 28-year-old will take over the captaincy from opener Upul Tharanga, whose captaincy saw Lanka slump to three 5-0 whitewashes this year.Perera, who was in charge of a depleted T20I side that played against Pakistan at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore last month, will lead the side in the 50-over international cricket for the first time.It seems that the national selectors might have handed the top role to Perera in the wake of his impressive handling of a young outfit when several first-choice players expressed their reluctance to visit to Lahore for third T20I against Pakistan.Perera, who made his debut in December 2009, has appeared in a total of 125 ODIs for Lanka, with a formidable strike-rate of 109.As a bowler, he has bagged a total of 133 wickets at an average of 32.62 apiece.However, his form has come under scrutiny in the recent times, scoring only 91 runs and bagging just four wickets in the five-match ODI series against Pakistan. He followed that with only 19 runs and three wickets across three T20Is.It should be noted that Lanka’s limited-overs side has undergone plenty of changes in the recent times.When Angelo Mathews stepped down from captaincy in July this year, the role was split and Tharanga was asked to lead the ODI side while Dinesh Chandimal was given the Test mantle.advertisementUnder Tharanga’s watch, Lanka were whitewashed 5-0 at home by India and 5-0 away by Pakistan before the team was beaten 5-0 in South Africa as well.As a result, Thisara became the seventh player to captain Sri Lanka in 2017, following Mathews, Lasith Malinga, Rangana Herath, Dinesh Chandimal and Chamara Kapugedera who all have borne the responsibility in one format or the other.