The rise of Bangladesh as a cricketing force is an intriguing one. Ever since they made their debut in Test match cricket in 2000, there have been flashes of brilliance but not a sustained period of excellence, especially in the longest format of the game.
Bangladesh became the tenth nation in Test match cricket when they made their Test debut in 2000 against India in Dhaka. Understandably, they had the longest losing streak in Test cricket history with 21 consecutive losses between 2000 and 2002.
It has been a steady rise since then, with Bangladesh picking up their first Test victory in 2005 against a largely depleted Zimbabwe side, 5 years after they gained Test status. They secured a hard-fought draw in their next Test match to win their first Test series ever.
Bangladesh has made a name for itself for being one of the most challenging teams to beat at home as they have used their spin-friendly wickets to very good effect. This article will look at some of the historic Test victories in Bangladesh cricket.
3. Bangladesh vs Australia 1st Test, Mirpur, 2017
Bangladesh picked up their first victory against Australia in Test match cricket when they beat Steve Smith’s team by a mere 20 runs. This victory made the world take notice of this Bangladesh side as a force to be reckoned with in home conditions. This was also a major turning point for Bangladesh cricket as it was the first time they had upset cricket’s world order.
Having won the toss and batting first, Bangladesh made 260 in the first innings on a pitch that was offering enough for the spinners. The experienced duo of Tamim Iqbal(71) and Shakib Al Hasan(84) made crucial half-centuries while Cummins, Lyon and Ashton Agar took 3 wickets apiece.
An excellent bowling performance from the Bangladesh bowling attack restricted the Australians to 217, gaining a valuable first-innings lead of 43. Shakib Al Hasan(5/68) and Mehidy Hasan(3/62) were the wreckers in chief, taking 8 wickets between them. Tamim scored another vital half-century as Bangladesh finished with 221 in the 2nd innings, setting a target of 265 for the Australians.
With a gettable target, David Warner scored a brilliant century in the 2nd innings but Australia eventually fell short by 20 runs. Shakib Al Hasan was at it again as he took his second 5-wicket haul of the match to ensure Bangladesh’s victory. It was widely considered as one of the best individual performances in the subcontinent. Even though Bangladesh lost the 2nd test, they managed to tie the series at 1-1.
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2. Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Colombo, 2017
Before the aforementioned Australia series, Bangladesh shocked the cricketing world once before with a brilliant victory against Sri Lanka in Colombo. After receiving a hammering in the first test in Galle by 259 runs, Bangladesh bounced back brilliantly in Colombo to level the series.
Sri Lanka batted first and scored a decent 338 runs in their 1st innings, with Dinesh Chandimal scoring 138. Mehidy Hasan took three wickets while Mustafizur Rahman and Shakib Al Hasan took 2 scalps apiece. Bangladesh in reply scored a mammoth 467 in their first innings to take the game away from the Sri Lankans. A brilliant century from Shakib Al Hasan(116) was complimented by fifties from Soumya Sarkar(61) and Mosaddek Hossain(75).
Dimuth Karunaratne’s century helped Sri Lanka post 319 in the 2nd innings as Shakib Al Hasan took 4/74. Bangladesh were set a target of 191, which was modest, but considering the day 5 pitch at the Premadasa Stadium, it was quite tricky.
Bangladesh wobbled a bit at the start, losing two early wickets, but the experienced Tamim Iqbal took them over the line with a well-composed half-century. Considering the relative strength of the Sri Lankan side in their home conditions, it was quite a feat from Bangladesh after going 1-0 down in the series.
Bangladesh vs New Zealand 1st Test, Mount Maunganui, 2022
Although Bangladesh have made a name for themselves in Test cricket with some brilliant displays at home, a victory in one of the SENA countries has proven to be elusive. Bangladesh were written off before the series as they were up against the reigning World Champions in the longest format in their own backyard.
Devon Conway’s century helped New Zealand post 328 in their 1st innings with Mehidy Hasan and Shoriful Islam picking up 3 wickets apiece. Bangladesh replied with their 2nd highest total in SENA countries, piling on 458 runs in their 1st innings, with four batters scoring fifties. Buoyed by taking a 130-run lead, Bangladesh skittled out New Zealand for a paltry 169. Ebadot Hossain was the star of the show, taking 6 New Zealand wickets. Bangladesh chased down the target of 40 with ease, losing just 2 wickets. The fact that this win was against a full-strength New Zealand side makes the win even more special. Bangladesh lost the 2nd Test but drew the 2-match series 1-1. Now you can play at Krikya online casino for your very first cricket live betting games.