Eng­land stut­ter af­ter Bangladesh col­lapse

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DHAKA: Tamim Iqbal scored his eighth Test cen­tury be­fore Moeen Ali took 5-57 to help Eng­land dis­miss Bangladesh for 220 runs on the first day of the sec­ond Test yes­ter­day. In a topsy-turvy day’s play in Dhaka, opener Tamim made a quick­fire 104 off 147 balls while Mominul Haque scored 66 as the hosts surged to what should have been a com­mand­ing score of 171 for one. But Tamim’s dis­missal, lbw to Ali, sparked a spec­tac­u­lar col­lapse, as Bangladesh lost their last nine wick­ets for 49 runs with seven of their bats­men fail­ing to make dou­ble fig­ures.

Eng­land then suf­fered their own mini-col­lapse as they were re­duced to 50 for three be­fore rain brought an early end to pro­ceed­ings, 11.3 overs be­fore the sched­uled close of play at the Shere-Bangla Na­tional Sta­dium. Shakib Al Hasan re­moved Ben Duck­ett for seven be­fore young Me­hedi Hasan ended Alas­tair Cook’s in­nings at 14 through lbw.

Cook, who equalled Michael Ather­ton’s record of 54 Tests as Eng­land cap­tain at the start of play, was ini­tially given not out but the de­ci­sion was over­turned af­ter Bangladesh re­viewed. Me­hedi then dis­missed Gary Ballance for nine, the bats­man’s third sin­gle fig­ure score of the se­ries, to bring Bangladesh right back into the game, with Eng­land still trail­ing them by 170 runs. Ali was un­beaten on two at the close, leav­ing him cen­tre stage at the start of day two of the Test af­ter his star­ring role in the drama of the open­ing day.

Tamim and Mominul dom­i­nated the morn­ing ses­sion af­ter Woakes earned Eng­land an early break­through re­mov­ing opener Im­rul Kayes for one, with Duck­ett tak­ing a spec­tac­u­lar catch at point. Tamim smashed 12 boundaries but he be­came Ali’s first vic­tim of the day shortly af­ter driv­ing the same bowler for back-to-back fours through cover to bring up his third cen­tury in six Tests against Eng­land.

It ended his 170-run stand with Mominul, who had also looked solid un­til he too was bowled by Ali for 66. The all-rounders Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes shared the other five wick­ets as the tourists tight­ened the noose on a Bangladeshi side still reel­ing from the dis­ap­point­ment of los­ing the first Test by just 22 runs.

Bangladesh skip­per Mush­fiqur Rahim had called on his team be­fore the start of the Test to show more con­sis­tency and learn how to drive home their ad­van­tage at key points in matches. But the rapid suc­ces­sion of wick­ets in the af­ter­noon ses­sion pointed to Bangladesh’s con­tin­ued frailty in high­pres­sure sit­u­a­tions, se­verely dam­ag­ing their hopes of squar­ing the two-match se­ries.

Eng­land made two changes to the team that won the first Test last Mon­day in Chit­tagong, with left-arm spin­ner Za­far An­sari handed a Test de­but for Gareth Batty and pace­man Steven Finn com­ing in for Stu­art Broad who has been rested. Bangladesh picked all­rounder Shu­va­gata Hom ahead of Shafiul Is­lam in their only change. They are play­ing with just one spe­cial­ist fast bowler. —

DHAKA: Bangladesh’s Mominul Haque plays a shot dur­ing the first day of the sec­ond Test cricket match be­tween Bangladesh and Eng­land at the Sher-e-Bangla Na­tional Cricket Sta­dium. — AFP

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