Lyon goes this time, Shakib strikes for the first time. Australia are 14/3 after 7 overs.#BANvAUS pic.twitter.com/i1hMhtzH58 — Bangladesh Cricket (@BCBtigers) August 27, 2017“Our plan is to bowl in the right areas on day two. Taking wicket is a matter of luck but if we bowl well, we will have things under control,” he said. Tamim and Shakib are both playing their 50th Test and the latter informed that his partnership with the Chittagong cricketer was vital.
“We don’t really talk that much. We just kept batting, as long as possible. The job was slightly easier for us since we are quite experienced now and played together for a long time. This is our 50th Test. We were batting well in the second session but those two deliveries which kicked on us cost us our wicket,” said the 30-year old all-rounder.
22nd Test fifty for Shakib Al Hasan in his 50th Test.Bangladesh: 99/3 #BANvAUS pic.twitter.com/IQHa0smSe9 — Cricbuzz (@cricbuzz) August 27, 2017
In his 50th Test - and first against Australia - Shakib brings up a classy half-century, his 22nd in Tests: https://t.co/pZR57wcCoh #BANvAUS pic.twitter.com/iFZVC7yd64 — cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) August 27, 2017Shakib also praised the middle- and lower-order for their valuable contribution as he said they were targeting a total around 250 at one stage. “It was turning from the start. We felt that it was going to be tough for them too. We wanted to get to 250, which we were able to do. I think Nasir [Hossain], [Mehedi Hasan] Miraz and Shafiul [Islam] added important runs,” said Shakib.
Shakib explained that Australia captain Steven Smith is the biggest threat currently facing Bangladesh right now in the first innings. He said Bangladesh need to check him early in order to restrict Australia.
OUT! A horror start for the Aussies as Lyon is trapped in front by Shakib for a duck. Australia 3-14... #BANvAUS— cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) August 27, 2017
I know that it's a little too early....but have a strong feeling about Bangladesh winning this Test. #BanvAus — Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) August 27, 2017“Smith is our biggest challenge. He is among the top batsmen in the world. His record speaks for itself. He made runs in India so bowling to him is a major challenge,” informed Shakib. “There will be pressure. Australia haven’t really done well recently in these conditions. Bangladesh wickets are different than those in India and Sri Lanka. So regardless of how much they have trained, it is not going to be easy,” he concluded.