Bangladesh have made history at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur on Wednesday, as the Tigers have beaten the mighty Australians by 20 runs in the first Test match to go 1-0 up in the two-match series. [বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ সাকিবের অনুপ্রেরণায় স্ত্রী]
And as usual, it is none other than the No.1 all-rounder in the world Shakib Al Hasan who is the hero of the match, and almost single handedly helped Mushfiqur Rahim’s team sail to victory and made the impossible possible.
Resuming the 4th day’s play on Wednesday morning, Australia were just 156 runs away from victory while the home side needed 8 more wickets to win the match. But eventually it was Shakib who made the difference between the two teams, picking up yet another 5-wicket haul.
Overall Shakib scored 89 runs in the match, including that 84 in the first innings, and also picked up 10 wickets. In the process, he also became the first cricketer in Test history to score 80+ in an innings and pick up 10 wickets in a match – twice.
And no wonder, thanks to such extraordinary performance, Shakib was adjudged the Man of the Match, and received USD 1,500 and a crest.
In the post match presentation, Shakib talked in his native language Bengali to better communicate with the crowd, and said, “Thanks a lot for coming to watch the match. We were not in a good position at the start of the day’s play. Still you came, because you had the belief in us. And this belief helped us big way to take inspiration and win the game.”
Then Shakib also went on saying, “Now I would like to share a personal experience with you. Yesterday evening, I was speaking to my wife, and said maybe the match was slipping away from our hand. But she told me, ‘If anyone can win Bangladesh the match from here, it’s you!”‘
– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com