First session between England and Bangladesh in Chittagong saw carnage with eight wickets falling and 55 runs being scored. The subsequent sessions saw normalcy and composed batting – primarily from Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow to get England out of a mess and extend their advantage to 273 runs at the close of play.
Stokes was the ‘man of the day’ with four wickets to his name to complete a fifer and then scored 85 when the visitors were in trouble at 62/5. He received good support from Bairstow with the duo putting together 127 runs.
For Bangladesh, spin factor once again mattered with Shakib Al Hasan picking up five wickets. Day 4 promises to be another interesting affair with game hinging in England’s favour.
CLOSE OF PLAY! England close Day 3 at 228/8 and lead Bangladesh by 273 runs What a topsy turvy day this has been. The first session saw eight wickets fall and then England in trouble at 62/5 before Ben Stokes (85) and Jonny Bairstow (47) steadied the innings. At close, Chris Woakes (11) and Stuart Broad (10) stand in the middle. Props to Stokes who finished with a fifer and Shakib Al Hasan picked one himself in the second innings.
Bangladesh take a review as the ball gently caresses the pad and is taken by the fielder at forward short leg. There were hints of two sounds but it was the sound of the bat hitting the pad. And it is given not out.
Down to the final over of the day and Shakib Al Hasan will look to get Bangladesh one last breakthrough before close.
Two overs left in the day with lights from the stadium keeping things bright at the moment. Taijul Islam to bowl the first of them.
So the time is up in Chittagong but we have around six overs left to be bowled. The lights are on and its getting a little dark.
Adil Rashid lbw Shakib 9
An almost half appeal produces a wicket. Adil Rashid moved forward to defend but it was pad first and then the bat, confirms the review. It was pitching in line and going on to hit middle stump. And Shakib has a fifer! England are 213/8
Adil Rashid with a boundary and that brings up the 200 for England. The lead a comfortable 246 which looks good enough to defend on this pitch.
Ben Stokes lbw Shakib 85
Ben Stokes’ heroic effort comes to an end at 85. Pity it didn’t convert into a century. Kept it full on and Stokes tries to sweep but is struck pad first and the umpire gives it out. Pitched on middle and off and was straightening to hit the stumps. That’s end to a beautiful knock by Stokes.
BOWLED! Jonny Bairstow b Kamrul Islam Rabbi 47 England 189/6
Kamrul Islam did not give Bairstow much room and the ball after making connection with the bat only went on to hit the stumps. The partnership between Bairstow and Stokes was taking the game away from them but now Bangladesh are right back in it.
27.1 overs: England lose Moeen Ali to be in trouble at 62/5
57 overs: England move along to 166/5 with Ben Stokes on 72 and Bairstow on 34. A brilliant stand of 104 has kept England in the hunt. And they’re not looking all that perturbed
SIX! Taijul with a shortish delivery and Ben Stokes brings up his fifty in style. Swings his bat and the ball goes flying over deep midwicket. What a fantastic knock this has been!
Play underway in the final session of the day. There’s Bairstow and there’s Stokes. Bangladesh would look to stop this stand which has now put together over 50 runs. England are 115/5 and lead a competitive 160 on this pitch
TEA! England go into tea at 108/5 after Ben Stokes (33) and Jonny Bairstow (17) have steadied the ship for the visitors. The lead has increased to 153 runs. The first half of the session belonged to the Bangladesh spinners to put England in trouble but they’ve comeback strongly – much like the first essay.
With spin not doing the job for Bangladesh, here’s the pace of Kamrul Islam just before tea. And he starts off by getting plundered through the covers for a four by Stokes. And that also takes England past the 100-run mark
England are moving slowly but gradually with Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow. The England wicketkeeper in the process has become the highest scoring wicketkeeper this year edging past Andy Flower
Moeen Ali c Mushfiqur b Shakib 14
GONE! This time Moeen’s stay in the middle is short lived. The ball pitched outside off and Ali somehow managed to under-edge the ball onto the pads and then gloves it. Mushfiqur is alert behind the stumps to dive forward and take it. England are 62/5
Up next? Ben Stokes. England need him to replicate his early morning heroics with the bat now. He’s joined by Moeen Ali – the hero of the first innings.
Gary Ballance c Kayes b Islam 9
Ballance sweeps but it lands into Kayes’ lap at leg slip – well almost. Didn’t commit fully to the shot and the fielder does well to stand his ground to keep the ball in. England are 46/4
Play underway after lunch with Gary Ballance and Moeen Ali in the middle. And unsurprisingly, spin on offer in the second session. Shakib on one end and Mehedi Hasan on the other
Ben Duckett c Mominul b Shakib 15
Ben Duckett is the last wicket to fall before lunch as the leftie gets an inside edge on to the pad and it loops up to be taken by Mominul at short leg. England go into lunch at 28/3 and what an eventful session this has been. 55 runs scored and eight wickets have fallen.
Joe Root lbw Shakib 1
And the trend of spin prowess continues. Shakib Al Hasan strikes from the other end for Bangladesh. New man in, Joe Root tries to sweep but is struck lush on the front pad. The umpire says out but England choose to review. TV review says it was pitching middle stump, no bat involved and was going on to hit the middle stump. Big, big wicket for Bangladesh right before lunch. England are 27/2
Alastair Cook c Mahmudullah b Mehedi Hasan 12
Mehedi Hasan is at it once again. The England captain is taken by Mahmudullah at first slip after prodding at a Hasan delivery from over the wicket. England are 26/1
On come the England opening pair. Alastair Cook is joined by Ben Duckett and straight away, Bangladesh go for spin. Mehedi Hasan will aim to do more of the same as the first innings. Worth reminding that all of England’s wickets were claimed by spinners.
Kamrul Islam b Stokes 0
Kamrul Islam offers no shot to a delivery he expected to carry to the keeper but it creeps in and removes the off stump. Bangladesh are bowled out for 248 and hand England a lead of 45.
Sabbir Rahman c Cook b Stokes 19
Sabbir Rahman edges it to Alastair Cook at first slip off Ben Stokes. The soft signal from the middle is out but the umpires have gone upstairs for a visual confirmation. That’s a tough call to make. Hints of it being taken on the bounce but the decision stands. The fingers looked to be under the ball and the screen flashes OUT! Bangladesh are 248/9
Mehedi Hasan lbw Stokes 1
This is going exceptionally well for England. Ben Stokes traps Mehedi Hasan who was shuffling across to counter the reverse swing. The umpire immediately raised his finger but the Bangladeshi pair opted to REVIEW. And it’s not a tough call for the third umpire. It pitched outside off and was going on to hit the leg stump. Bangladesh are 239/8
Shafiul Islam c Broad b Rashid 2 (29)
GONE! Shafiul Islam tries to find the distance but can’t get enough power or elevation on that shot to be taken by Stuart Broad at mid on. Adil Rashid strikes in his first over of the day. Bangladesh are 238/7
Change in bowling for England. Adil Rashid comes on to replace Moeen Ali.
FOUR AND FOUR! Sabbir Rahman piling on the runs on his Test debut. Sweeps Moeen Ali beautifully not once but twice to reduce pressure after a touch-and-go review that went his way.
Shakib Al Hasan stumped Bairstow b Moeen Ali 31 (62)
Woeful start to the day for Bangladesh. Shakib Al Hasan comes darting down the track and goes for a big heave only to get nothing on the ball and Moeen Ali’s delivery spins away from him and Jonny Bairstow does the rest. That was rather needless and rather brainless! Bangladesh are 221/6
Tamim Iqbal keeps Bangladesh fighting against England, trail by 72 runs
Opening batsman Tamim Iqbal hit a patient 78 as Bangladesh reached 221-5 against England by stumps on day two of the first Test on Friday. The hosts trail by 72 runs and could hope to gain a first-innings lead after bowling out England for 293 in the morning.
In the middle were Shakib Al Hasan, on 31 not out, with nightwatchman Shafiul Islam yet to score after facing nine balls.
England ruined Bangladesh’s chance of taking complete control of the Test by removing captain Mushfiqur Rahim on 48, just two overs before the end of play.
Mahmudullah was the other notable scorer with 38.
Offspinner Moeen Ali took 2-66, both wickets in the same over in the morning session.
Just when Bangladesh looked like reaching lunch unscathed on a pitch offering plenty of turn and variable bounce, Ali’s first over flipped the complexion of the contest.
He bowled opener Imrul Kayes (21) with a quicker delivery that didn’t turn as much as Kayes expected, and induced Mominul Haque with extra bounce to poke a shot to gully for a three-ball duck.
Bangladesh was 29-2, and Mahmudullah joined Iqbal to keep England at bay for almost the entire second session. They used their feet well to neutralize the spinners, who operated tirelessly.
Legspinner Adil Rashid broke through by forcing Mahmudullah to edge to slip in the last over before tea, bring an end a 90-run partnership with Iqbal.
Iqbal, who brought up his seventh half-century in nine innings against England, survived a video review just two balls before the dismissal of Mahmudlluah, off Ali.
Offspinner Gareth Batty, playing his first Test in 11 years, snagged Iqbal, who was slowly approaching his third century against England. Iqbal hit seven fours in a knock in which he faced 179 deliveries.
Mushfiqur and Shakib looked like they would make stumps together, until Ben Stokes delivered a perfect leg-cutter to get the edge of the former.
Shaiful and Shakib survived the last overs against Stuart Broad and Stokes, who found reverse swing.
Earlier, teenage offspinner Mehedi Hasan returned figures of 6-80 to prevent England from going past 300.
Mehedi’s figures were the second best on debut for Bangladesh, behind Sohag Gazi’s 6-74 in 2012.
Left-arm spinner Taijul Islam struck with the first ball of the day, removing Chris Woakes, who edged to short leg on his overnight score of 36.
Adil Rashid survived a video review and kept England on track but fell for 26, caught at cover off the bowling of Islam.
In the 14th over of the morning, Mehedi finished off England with a successful video review of Broad caught behind.