Shakib, Tamim steady Bangladesh after Cummins onslaught

Shakib, Tamim steady Bangladesh after Cummins onslaught

Shakib, Tamim steady Bangladesh after Cummins onslaught

Lyon became on the second spinner from Australia to achieve this feat, after the great Shane Warne - who leads the charts with 708 Test wickets to his name. From there, Lyon was frustrated for much of the afternoon by Tamim's boldness and Shakib-al-Hasan's more considered approach to spin.

Australia captain Steve Smith (3 not out) and opener Matt Renshaw (6 not out) will look to build something concrete for the Aussies to stay in touch in the first of two Tests.

Spin king: Australia's Nathan Lyon, second from left, after the dismissal of Bangladesh's Sakib Al Hasan. "They bowl stump to stump and put pressure on your defence so I suppose that's one thing we will work on". "Run outs aren't ideal in any format of cricket, especially Test matches but it's a game", said Lyon. It's just part of the game.

In four previous matches, Bangladesh have never beaten Australia and only avoided an innings defeat once, although their last meeting was back in 2006.

So, four postponed Test series and hundreds of billions of tweets later, here we are, for what should be a close battle.

The pitch is not expected to be too similar to the one that England encountered on this ground a year ago, but it will be on the slower side with spin expected from day two. No doubt we'll get around each other.

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Asked which team he thought was ahead in the game, Lyon said that that the contest was "in the balance".

Each playing their 50th test matches, the Bangladesh pair dealt calmly with Cummins and his new-ball partner Josh Hazlewood to steer their team out of immediate danger after skipper Mushfiqur Rahim won the toss and elected to bat at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium. Now it's our chance to fight back and really test ourselves in these conditions. Talking to a lot of the boys, we are quietly confident in our own processes to get the job done here in Bangladesh.

"Richie Benaud was an unbelievable legend of Australian cricket and cricket in general". "They batted with objective and chose their bowlers very precisely unlike before when we were not sure what we really wanted to achieve".

Mehedy and Shakib took one wicket each.

Earlier, Pat Cummins, Lyon and Ashton Agar claimed three wickets each.

"It was probably one of the toughest days I've had in Test match cricket with the heat and the humidity".

After Lyon's 118 Test wickets on those fast, flinty Australian strips so beloved by the quicks, the next-best return by a finger spinner is Bruce Yardley's 79 (while noting that Bill Johnston took 101 with a hybrid of medium-pace and left-arm orthodox).

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