Long road back for struggling Australia in Bangladesh Test

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Shakib al Hasan came out with an all-round as Bangladesh tightened the screws on Australia on the very first day of the opening Test of the two-match series at the Shere Bangla National Stadium, here on Sunday.

Right-arm off-spinner Mehidy Hasan bowled 26 overs and took three for 62 while the other wicket was taken by another slow-bowler, Taijul.

While not quite reprising his heroics from Trent Bridge in 2013, Agar again provided useful runs in the lower order, taming the spinners on his way to 41 not out, with most of his runs scored through the leg side.

For the hosts, Shakib and Mehidy Hasan picked up one-one wicket while one Australian wicket fell through run-out.

Maxwell reached 23 before being stumped by Bangladesh skipper Mushfiqur Rahim, after charging down the wicket and completely missing a Shakib delivery.

Matt Renshaw (6) and skipper Smith (3) were unbeaten at the close, with Australia seemingly requiring a partnership similar to the one that provided the bulk of Bangladesh's runs.

After being given out lbw off the bowling of offspinner Mehedi Hasan, Wade conferred with batting partner Glenn Maxwell but decided not to call for the DRS. Only Soumya Sarkar, who rashly holed out to a juggling Usman Khawaja at long-on off Ashton Agar, had fallen for 15.

Iqbal finished on 30 off 70 balls, which included two boundaries, while Taijul has yet to get off the mark.

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It was a frantic end to an eventful day in which the only batsmen to really shine were Shakib and Tamim, who compiled a 155-run stand.

Renshaw survived nearly two sessions, facing 94 balls for his 45 runs while Australia lost five wickets, until he edged to Soumya Sarkar at slip.

In fact, the Mirpur Test is Shakib's first five-day game against the Aussies.

Both tailenders batted with determination and occasional flair, each hitting a six during a stand which frustrated the Bangladeshi bowlers.

Wade then made the inexplicable call not to challenge his LBW dismissal despite Australia having two reviews to spare.

It means he has five-wicket hauls against all the teams playing the illustrious format, barring newcomers Ireland and Afghanistan, who received their Test statuses only in June.

Among his 16 hauls, 12 times he has taken five wickets at home.

Australia were eventually bowled out for 217, which gave Bangladesh a 43-run lead, when Josh Hazlewood was removed by Shakib for five runs.

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