In the past 2 days, the lower ranked teams have stunned the top teams in test cricket. West Indies stunned England in their conditions by 5 wickets chasing down 322 while Bangladesh defeated Australia for the first time by 20 runs at Mirpur today. It was two close test matches with both these teams showing their worth in test cricket.
After being hammered in the day night test match by an innings and 209 runs, West Indies played with positive intent at Headingley, Leeds. England won the toss and elected to bat first. Shanon Gabriel and Kemar Roach bowled with great control dismissing the hosts for just 258 runs. Joe Root and Ben Stokes were the main contributors.
West Indies were struggling at 35 for 3 in the first innings as Shai Hope and Kraigg Braithwaite shared 246 runs partnership for the fourth wicket with both batsmen scoring centuries. Blackwood and Captain Jason Holder also contribute important runs for West Indies to help visitors post 427 runs with a lead of 169 runs.
The second innings of England saw contributions from Joe Root (72), David Malan(61), Ben Stokes(58), Moeen Ali quick fire 84, Chris Woakes(61*) score a massive total of 490 for 8 declare setting a target of 322.
On the final day, West Indies lost two early wickets of Powell and Kyle Hope. The first innings heroes Shai Hope and Kraigg Braithwaite again shared a 144 runs partnership for the 3rd wicket. Braithwaite was dismissed for 95. Blackwood and Chase contributed important runs with Hope. Shai Hope scored his second century in the match. The young West Indies batsman remained not out on 118 runs to steer West Indies to a historic 5 wicket win and level the series 1-1. It is their first win on England soil after 2000.
Bangladesh made history by defeating Australia for the first time in test cricket. On 27th August, Bangladesh won the toss and elected to bat. The hosts lost three early wickets for 10 runs. Shakib- AL- Hasan (84) and Tamim Iqbal(71) played with positive intent scoring half centuries. Both of them added 155 runs for the fourth wicket. The lower order could not contribute much and was bowled out for 260. Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, and Ashton Agar picked 3 wickets each.
Australia’s first innings got off to a poor start losing the first wickets for 14 runs. Matt Renshaw (45), Peter Handscomb(33), Glenn Maxwell (23), Pat Cummins( 25) and Ashton Agar remained not out on 41 helped visitors post 217. Shakib- AL- Hasan took 5 wickets in the first innings. Bangladesh got an important 43 runs lead.
Bangladesh second innings saw Tamim Iqbal scoring 78 runs. Rahim scored 41, Sabbir Rahman scored 22, Miraz Hasan 26 helped hosts to score 221 runs. Nathan Lyon took 6 wickets in the second innings. Australia was given a target of 265.
Usman Khawaja and Matt Renshaw were dismissed early. The experienced duo of David Warner and Steve Smith added 130 runs for the third wicket. Warner was dismissed for 112 after which, the visitors lost wickets at regular intervals. Pat Cummins remained not out on 33 runs. Bangladesh won the first test by 20 runs to take a 1-0 lead.
West Indies and Bangladesh win in test cricket have shown that they can surprise the big teams on their day. Both have a chance to secure history as Bangladesh can whitewash Australia as they meet each other in the second test at Chittagong from 4th September. West Indies will take on England in the 3rd test match at Lords from 3rd September.