Pa­tient Iqbal leads Bangladesh to 221-5

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORT -

CHIT­TAGONG, Bangladesh (AP): OPEN­ING BATS­MAN Tamim Iqbal hit a pa­tient 78 as Bangladesh posted 221 for five against Eng­land by stumps on day two of the first Test yes­ter­day.

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.

“We are slightly at an ad­van­tage at the end of the sec­ond day,” Iqbal said. “We will gain the up­per hand if we can bat well in the first ses­sion. The wicket is not easy to play.”

Eng­land ru­ined Bangladesh’s chance to take com­plete con­trol of the Test by re­mov­ing cap­tain Mush­fiqur Rahim on 48, just two overs be­fore the end of play.

“If Mush­fiqur didn’t get out, I would have said that we had a good day,” Iqbal said.

Eng­land kept com­ing back into the match all day.

Just when Bangladesh looked like reach­ing lunch un­scathed on a pitch of­fer­ing plenty of turn and vari­able bounce, Moeen

Ali’s first over of off­spin 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 in the same over, in­duced Mominul Haque with ex­tra bounce to poke a shot to gully for a three­ball duck.


Bangladesh’s Tamim Iqbal on the go dur­ing his half-cen­tury against Eng­land on the sec­ond day of their first cricket Test match in Chit­tagong, Bangladesh, yes­ter­day. Iqbal made 78.

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