In 98 Tests so far, the Tigers have been triumphant eight times and lost 75 of them with 15 ending a draw. Since their inaugural Test in 2000 against India, Bangladesh have experienced many ups and downs.
Below, Dhaka Tribune
has listed 10 of the most memorable moments so far for the Tigers in the longer version of the game.
1. Bulbul century (against India, November, 2000)
Bangladesh played their maiden Test against neighbour India in November, 2000, in Dhaka. The Test was memorable in many ways for Bangladesh as middle-order batsman Aminul Islam Bulbul scored a 145-run innings. He batted for 535 minutes and hit 17 boundaries. Captain Naimur Rahman Durjoy bagged a six-wicket haul in the first innings. Bangladesh's batting collapse in the second innings meant India eventually won by nine wickets.
2. Multan Test (against Pakistan, September, 2003)
The Test series between Pakistan and Bangladesh in 2003 will be remembered for several reasons. Alok Kapali clinched a hattrick in the second Test, thus becoming the first Bangladesh bowler to do so. But in the third Test, played in the first week of September, Bangladesh came agonisingly close to defeating mighty Pakistan. At one stage, Pakistan were reeling on 132 runs for six wickets. But Inzamam-ul-Haq played one of the best ever Test knocks of his career, remaining unbeaten on 138 to steer Pakistan to victory.
3. Javed-Nafees stand (against Zimbabwe, January, 2005)
The marathon partnership came in the second innings of the second Test in Dhaka in January, 2005. Bangladesh won the first Test and battled to a draw in the second match to clinch the two-game series. Zimbabwe set a challenging 374-run target. Opening duo Javed Omar and Nafees Iqbal formed a brilliant 133-run partnership, batting together for 83 overs. Nafees went on to score 121 while Javed made 43. The stand proved to be crucial in the overall context of the game.
4. Tamim's twin tons at Lord's and Manchester (against England, May-June, 2010)
Opening batsman Tamim Iqbal scored back-to-back hundreds in the first Test at Lord's and the second Test in Manchester in 2010. Tamim scored 103 in the seconds innings and followed it with a 108 in the first innings in Manchester. The left-hander played two superb knocks against a formidable bowling line-up comprising Jimmy Anderson, Graeme Swann, Steven Finn and Tim Bresnan. The hundreds against in-form England earned Tamim the “Test Player of the Year” accolade, awarded by the Wisden Cricketer magazine in 2010.
5. Mushfiq's double (against Sri Lanka, March, 2013)
Mushfiqur Rahim became the first Tigers batsman to score a Test double hundred, against Sri Lanka in 2013. Mushfiq stitched together a 267-run partnership with Mohammad Ashraful on day three. Ashraful surpassed the previous highest score by a Bangladesh batsman (158), remaining not out on 189 after day three. Mushfiq was not out on 152. A day later, Ashraful was dismissed for 190 but Mushfiq carried his innings to register the Tigers' first double. The match ended in a draw.
6. Gazi's hattrick and century (against New Zealand, October, 2013)
Sohag Gazi became the first cricketer in Test history to take a hat-trick and score a century in the same match, against New Zealand in the first five-dayer in October, 2013. Gazi scored 101 not out in the first innings as Bangladesh post 501, in reply to New Zealand’s total of 469. Gazi took six wickets in the second innings, conceding 77 runs in 26 overs. The match ended in a draw.
7. Abul's ton at No 10 (against West Indies, November, 2013)
Abul Hasan made a scintillating century as a No 10 batsman on debut against the West Indies in the second Test at Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium in Khulna. Abul’s innings was constructed with 14 boundaries and three sixes. Bangladesh scored 387, thanks to Abul’s century. In reply, West Indies scored a mammoth 648. Abul was not out on seven in the second innings. Abul became only the second Test debutant in history to make a hundred coming in at No 10. Bangladesh lost the game by 10 wickets.
8. Shakib's century and 10 wickets (against Zimbabwe, November, 2015)
All-rounder Shakib al Hasan became the fourth player in Test history (after Alan Davidson, Ian Botham and Imran Khan) to score a century and bag a 10-wicket haul during the second match against Zimbabwe at SANS two years ago. Shakib scored 137 in the first essay and ended the match with magical bowling figures of 10 wickets, conceding 143 runs in two innings. Bangladesh won by 162 runs and Shakib was elected man of the match.
9. Tamim-Imrul partnership (against Pakistan, April-May, 2015)
Opening duo Tamim and Imrul Kayes put together a 300-run partnership against Pakistan during the first Test in April-May, 2015 at SANS. Tamim made 206 while Imrul scored 150. Their 312-run partnership came off 457 balls. In the process, Tamim became the highest run-scorer for Bangladesh in Tests. Pakistan scored 628 in reply to Bangladesh’s 332. Tamim-Imrul’s mammoth partnership in the second innings went on a long way in ensuring a draw.
10. Shakib's 217 (against New Zealand, January, 2017)
Shakib blasted a double century (217) against host New Zealand during the first Test at Basin Reserve in Wellington, leapfrogging the previous highest score by a Bangladesh batsman in five-dayers. Shakib added a 359-run partnership with Mushfiq for the fifth wicket - Bangladesh's highest for any wicket in Tests. Shakib’s innings was composed with 31 boundaries. Bangladesh lost the Test dramatically by seven wickets.