‘Partnership between Tamim and Shakib set the game’

Smith surprised at Bangladesh's 2-0 claim

Aussie skipper Steve Smith feels the partnership between opener Tamim Iqbal and all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan who had came to bat at number 5 in the first innings set the game for Bangladesh as Tigers registered their first ever Test victory against Australia by 20 runs.

“It was a great Test match. Credit to Bangladesh. The partnership between Tamim and Shakib set the game for them. We let ourselves down in the first innings and then we did not play well in the second innings,” Smith said in the post match presentation ceremony.

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The skipper also says he doesn’t have any complain against the wicket. “We needed someone to go out there and get a big score in the first innings. That was the difference in the end. No complaints, we got similar practice wickets. It spun from day one. Just that there was a bit of variable bounce today.”

However, Smith didn’t forget to praise opener David Warner who smashed a century in the second innings.

“I thought he (Warner) played really well to get a hundred. One of the wickets where you never felt in as such. We needed to get first innings lead. We are looking forward to the next game in Chittagong,” he signed off.

– Nazmus Sajid Chowdhury, Contributor, bdcrictime.com