Shakib helps Bangladesh win Day 1 honours of Dhaka Test

Australia were 18-3 at stumps after bowling out Bangladesh for 260 on the opening day of the first Test in Dhaka on Sunday.

It was the off-spinner who struck to end a fighting 155-run Bangladeshi fourth wicket partnership, one which had threatened to undo the early work of Pat Cummins.

"They're not the Bangladesh team that people used to play against 10 years ago, they're actually a pretty decent side".

The opening Test at Mirpur will be the first between the countries since Ricky Ponting's side toured the country in 2006, winning the two-match series 2-0.

The session still would have belonged to Bangladesh had Shakib been there at its conclusion but, with only a few minutes remaining and on 84, Lyon finally found an edge and presented a simple catch to Steve Smith at first slip.

David Warner was given a reprieve by the third umpire from a lbw decision off Mehedi Hasan, but the spinner trapped the left-hander the same way with the very next ball.

Usman Khawaja came in to join Matt Renshaw, but he tried to take a insane quick single only to be sent back and was run out for 1 to leave the tourists 2-14.

During the course of the inning, Lyon passed Richie Benaud's mark of 248 wickets and went on to hit the 250 mark.

The stand was broken by Glenn Maxwell, dismissing Tamim, while Lyon nabbed Shakib.

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). It is to be noted that none of the members of the Australian cricket team, who resolved their long-standing pay dispute with their cricket board recently, have played a Test against Bangladesh in the past.

As recently as the lead-in to Australia's tour to India earlier this year, where the 29-year-old pocketed his career-best return of 8-50 in the second Test at Bengaluru, questions were aired about his potency on Asian pitches, against the game's most accomplished wranglers of spin bowling. Talking to a lot of the boys, we are quietly confident in our own processes to get the job done here in Bangladesh.

Young spinner Mehidy Hasan has been a revelation, while wicket keeper and captain Mushfiqur Rahim along with veteran all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan have kept things in check for the Tigers. But so infrequent have meetings between Bangladesh and Australia been that it also marked the first time either had played a Test against the Aussies, with both players having made their Test debuts after these teams' most recent red-ball clash 11 years ago.

"We have seen them do it before in Sri Lanka and India".

"I think it's in the balance".

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