‘Hatts off to Tamim and Shakib,’ says Lyon

'Hatts off to Tamim and Shakib,' says Lyon

Tigers opener Tamim Iqbal and all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan came up with rescue acts to defy Australia to celebrate their 50th Test matches.

The duo responded to the occasion with such composure that it sent out a clear message to the Steve Smith led side about what to expect from the rest of the two-Test series.

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Aussie off-spinner Nathan Lyon who picked up three important wickets of Bangladesh batting line-up, was fulsome in his praise for the partnership of the day, a 155- run stand that could possibly separate the sides once the first Test is done and dusted.

“Tamim and Shakib took the game on. They were brave in their batting and played some incredible shots. Hats off to them,” said Lyon after the day’s play.

Tamim who is Bangladesh’s highest scorer in both Test and ODIs, tried to playing attacking against Lyon whenever he finds an opportunity. The opener hit the main threat as the first-choice off-spinner on a spinning wicket for a spectacular down-the-wicket six over extra cover in the his first over and then in the afternoon session, he hit Lyon for another six in the same area before a one-bounce four over mid-on off the very next ball.

“They were obviously uncomfortable trying to defend against me, so they took me on,” Lyon offered as explanation.

– Nazmus Sajid Chowdhury, Contributor, bdcrictime.com