Stokes’ late strike puts Eng­land even

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Tamim Iqbal scored a half-cen­tury as Bangladesh made a solid start yes­ter­day against Eng­land in the first Test in Chit­tagong be­fore skip­per Mush­fiqur Rahim was bowled just be­fore the close.

Eng­land pace­man Ben Stokes dis­missed Rahim three overs be­fore the stumps af­ter the Bangladesh cap­tain looked to have taken his side to a com­fort­able po­si­tion with a solid in­nings of 48 runs. Bangladesh sur­vived some anx­ious mo­ments af­ter Rahim’s dis­missal to fin­ish the sec­ond day with 221-5, trail­ing Eng­land’s first in­nings to­tal of 293 runs by 72 with five wick­ets in hand.

Shakib Al Hasan, who shared 58 runs with Rahim for the fifth wicket, re­mained un­beaten on 31 overnight along with night­watch­man Shafiul Is­lam, who was yet to open his ac­count. Tamim ear­lier top-scored with 78 for the home side, his 19th half-cen­tury and fifth against Eng­land, be­fore he got a top edge when he at­tempted a cut off off-spin­ner Gareth Batty.

Tamim, who hit seven fours, added 90 runs with Mah­mudul­lah (38) for the third wicket to steady Bangladesh’s in­nings af­ter Moeen Ali took two wick­ets in one over be­fore the lunch break to rat­tle them.

Tamim got a re­prieve at 55 through a tele­vi­sion re­view af­ter be­ing given out just be­fore the tea break. Adil Rashid, who ear­lier dropped a tough catch of Tamim at 28 off Moeen, broke the left­handers’ part­ner­ship when he had Mah­mudul­lah caught at slip by Joe Root. The hosts had been 29-2 at lunch af­ter Moeen bowled opener Im­rul Kayes for 21 off his very first ball and then had Mominul Haque caught by Stokes at slip for a duck. Ear­lier, 18-year-old debu­tant off-spin­ner Me­hedi Hasan claimed the fi­nal wicket of Stu­art Broad to fin­ish with 6-80 as Eng­land added just 35 runs to their overnight 258-7 be­fore they were all out. Left-arm Tai­jul Is­lam took the other two wick­ets that fell in the morn­ing in Eng­land’s in­nings to re­turn with the fig­ures of 2-47.

Tai­jul dis­missed overnight bats­man Chris Woakes (36) off the first ball of the day as Mominul took the catch at for­ward short leg. Adil Rashid was given out leg-be­fore off Me­hedi in the next over but the de­ci­sion was over­turned af­ter re­view as re­plays in­di­cated the ball had been miss­ing leg stump.

Rashid made good use of his for­tune to score a brisk 26 be­fore a fine div­ing catch at cover by Sab­bir Rah­man off Tai­jul ended his in­nings.

Broad also prof­ited from the De­ci­sion Re­view Sys­tem as he was given out by um­pire Kumar Dhar­masena off Tai­jul be­fore it was over­turned.

In a night­mare Test for the um­pires, with eight of their de­ci­sions over­turned in five ses­sions, Bangladesh also ben­e­fited from the re­view sys­tem at the end of the Eng­land in­nings. Um­pire Chris Gaf­faney ini­tially de­clared Broad not out off Me­hedi, but wick­et­keeper Rahim im­me­di­ately de­manded a re­view which showed the ball took a sharp edge be­fore go­ing into the hands of the cap­tain. — AFP

CHIT­TAGONG: Bangladesh’s Tamim Iqbal de­fenses a yorker ball dur­ing the sec­ond day of their first cricket test match against Eng­land in Chit­tagong, Bangladesh, yes­ter­day. — AP

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