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Bangladesh gain control after Shakib's five-for

Bangladesh 260 and 45 for 1 (Tamim 30*, Taijul 0*) lead Australia 217 (Renshaw 45, Shakib 5-68, Mehidy 3-62) by 88 runs
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Shakib Al Hasan marked the first day of his 50th Test match by scoring a half-century; on the second day, he continued the party with a five-wicket haul. There is every reason to think that by the end of this match, he might be celebrating Bangladesh's first ever Test win over Australia. But that is getting ahead of proceedings. For the time being, Bangladesh will be content with the strong position in which they find themselves at stumps on day two.

It was a day that began brilliantly for Bangladesh. Australia walked out on 18 for 3, and within three overs they had stumbled to 33 for 4 when Steven Smith danced down the pitch, tried to flick Mehidy Hasan through the leg side and was bowled. Smith is easily Australia's best player of spin - three centuries in four Tests in India earlier this year attest to that. To lose him in these conditions was to hand Bangladesh complete control.

There was a fightback of sorts from Australia, first through a 69-run partnership between Peter Handscomb and Matt Renshaw, and then a 49-run stand involving Ashton Agar and Pat Cummins. But Bangladesh remained well on top. By the close of play their first-innings lead of 43 had ballooned back out to 88, with nine wickets in hand. Only Soumya Sarkar, who rashly holed out to a juggling Usman Khawaja at long-on off Ashton Agar, had fallen for 15. Tamim Iqbal was set on 30, with nightwatchman Taijul Islam yet to score.

But the key man on this day, as on the first day, was Shakib, who for the eighth time in his Test career combined a half-century with a five-wicket haul. Only Ian Botham has done so on more occasions (11), though from more than twice as many Tests. Shakib also joined Muttiah Muralitharan, Rangana Herath and Dale Steyn as the only bowlers with Test five-fors against all nine possible Test opponents: next stops, Ireland and Afghanistan.

Shakib finished with 5 for 68, and created a couple more chances besides. He had a fine partner in Mehidy, who collected 3 for 62, while Taijul was the only other wicket-taker: nine wickets fell to spin, and there was one run-out. Notably, while there was decent turn, there was also variable bounce - some kept low and others kicked sharply off the surface - and this too will play on Australia's minds when they enter their second innings.

Not that batting was impossible: Handscomb and Renshaw handled things well during their partnership, though in the end Handscomb's habit of playing deep inside his crease brought him undone when on 33 he missed one from Taijul and was rapped on the pads dead in front. Renshaw likewise failed to capitalise on his solid start, caught at slip for 45 when he poked at a Shakib delivery shortly before lunch.

Such was Australia's state of mental fogginess that shortly after the resumption, Matthew Wade was needlessly lbw to Mehidy for 5. Australia had both reviews remaining and the two men in the middle - Wade and Glenn Maxwell - were the last pair before the bowlers. But Wade declined to ask for a review that would have saved him - replays showed the ball would have slid down leg side and Nigel Llong's decision would have been overturned.

Maxwell made a confident 23 before he was lured out of his crease by Shakib, who turned the ball past the outside edge and Mushfiqur Rahim completed the stumping. Shakib might have had Agar stumped as well, but some exaggerated bounce off the pitch tricked Mushfiqur as it did the batsman. Another opportunity went begging when Cummins skied one towards cover off Shakib on 11 and Shafiul Islam dropped a straightforward chance.

Cummins and Agar took those reprieves and used them to bat together for 25.2 overs, displaying impressive patience and technique that some of their top-order colleagues might learn from. For a while, it even looked like they might lift Australia close to Bangladesh's total of 260. But on 25 from 89 balls, Cummins tried to drive Shakib through the off side and was bowled; Agar finished unbeaten on 41 off 97 when Josh Hazlewood was taken at short leg off Shakib for 5.

Australia were not the only ones struggling: umpire Aleem Dar had two poor decisions overturned on review, first when he gave Renshaw lbw off a Mehidy delivery that would have sailed well over the top of the stumps, and then when he adjudged Cummins caught behind down leg off Shafiul Islam, when all the ball had touched was thigh pad. Both times, Dar self-admonished with face-palms. Australia, all out for 217, might have collectively done the same.

All round Shakib


Cricketers to score a half century and take ten wickets in a match on more than one occasion. Shakib al Hasan (2 times) joins Richard Hadlee (3 times) to this unique feat.

Rare Partnership


Runs added by Steven Smith and David Warner - Highest fourth innings stand in Asia. There have been only four century stands for Aus in Asia in the 4th innings.

3 Year Wait


Centuries for David Warner away from home. He has 14 in Australia. Last time when Warner scored a century away was in 2014 against Pakistan at Abu Dhabi

Poor in Asia


Usman Khawaja's average in Asia from 9 innings. His highest score is 26. He averages 63.73 at home though.

Long time coming


Number of five-wicket hauls for Nathan Lyon in the second innings of a Test in Asia. He has five 5-wicket hauls in Asia out of the 10 he has taken in his career.

Tough Ask


Instance of Australia chasing in excess of 200 to win a test in Asia.The only time they achieved it was against Bangladesh in 2006 at Fatullah.

Tamim in form


Instances of Tamim Iqbal scoring a fifty in each innings of a Test. This is his 50th Test as well.

Spinners dominate


Wickets taken by Bangladesh Spinners out of the 48 wickets to fall to bowlers in the last three Tests played at home.

Elite list


Number of bowlers to take a five wicket haul against all Test playing nations. Shakib joins Murali, Steyn and Herath to this feat

Failing to convert starts


Instances where Peter Handscomb has crossed 15 runs from his 9 innings in Asia. In 7 of those knocks he has been dismissed between 15 and 35.

Unlucky Number 8


Single digit scores for Steven Smith in his last 23 innings. 3 of those times he has been dismissed for 8.

Second Best


Number of spin bowlers from Australia to take more wickets than Nathan Lyon. Shane Warne leads the pack with 708 wickets while Lyon is on 249.

Poor start


Last instance of Bangladesh losing three wickets for less than 10 runs to start a Test.. This was against New Zealand at Dhaka.

Poor in Asia


Losses for Australia from their last 13 Tests in Asia .They have 1 and drawn 1.

11 year wait


Last time Australia and Bangladesh played a Test series before this.Australia beat Bangladesh 2-0.