Teenage spin­ner bags f ive on Test de­but

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

CHIT­TAGONG, Bangladesh (AP): TEENAGE OFF­SPIN­NER Me­hedi Hasan claimed five wick­ets on de­but as Bangladesh re­stricted Eng­land to 258 for seven on the open­ing day of the first Test yes­ter­day.

The 18-year-old Me­hedi re­turned fig­ures of five for 64 and tor­mented the English bats­men on a wicket that of­fered plenty of turn and vari­able bounce.

“The cap­tain told me to bowl just wicket-to-wicket,” Me­hedi said. “You need ac­cu­racy to thrive here (Test cricket). I am learn­ing.”

Moeen Ali top scored for

Left-arm spin­ner Shakib Al Hasan com­ple­mented Me­hedi’s five wick­ets with two for 46.

Me­hedi be­came the sev­enth Bangladesh bowler to claim five-for on de­but.

Eng­land were vis­i­bly trou­bled against the spin once Alas­tair Cook won the toss on his record-break­ing 134th Test for the tourists and elected to bat first.

Me­hedi claimed his first Test wicket when he bowled Eng­land opener Ben Duck­ett for 14 then col­lected a sec­ond in his next over when he trapped Gary Bal­lance leg be­fore wicket for one, get­ting the ver­dict on ap­peal.

Eng­land lost three wick­ets for three runs in 13 balls with opener Cook also de­part­ing cheaply for just four. The Eng­land skipper tried to sweep a turn­ing de­liv­ery and dragged the ball back on to his stumps.

With the side reel­ing on 21 for three, Ali and Joe Root started the re­pair job. Root was flu­ent while Ali was watch­ful and sur­vived a hand­ful of video re­views be­fore reach­ing his half-cen­tury, in­clud­ing three in six balls ei­ther side of lunch.

But Bangladesh man­aged to get the prized wicket of Root, who edged Me­hedi to first slip on 40, with five fours in 49 balls.

Ben Stokes (18) went on the at­tack but an un­playable ball from Shakib dis­man­tled his stumps to leave Eng­land in trou­ble at 106 for five.


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