Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan joined a select group of bowlers to take a 5-wicket haul against all Test playing nations, after restricting Australia for 217 runs. His heroic efforts ensured that Bangladesh had a 43-run lead over the Aussies. The left-arm spinner joined the likes of Dale Steyn, Muttiah Muralidaran and Rangana Herath with his five-for.
The previous day, Hasan had delivered with the bat as well, scoring 84 runs and setting up a solid 4th wicket stand with Tamim Iqbal. Later on in the day, he proved to be equally lethal with the ball as Nathan Lyon, Matthew Renshaw, Glenn Maxwell, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood discovered the hard way. It was his 16th career 5-wicket haul and his bowling average was 32.68. Shakib and Tamim also occupy the top 2 spots in the all-time Bangladesh top scorers list.
“I think the two guys batted very brave,” said Nathan Lyon “They took the game on, which you have to do in these type of conditions. I’m going to sit here and give them credit. They’re two good players, they played some incredible shots out there and took the game on. Hats off to them.”