Bangladesh ahead in topsy-turvy Test

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Left-arm spin­ner Za­far An­sari dis­missed Mah­mudul­lah Riyad off the fi­nal ball of the day to bring Eng­land back into the con­test in the sec­ond Test af­ter Bangladesh surged ahead with 152-3 at stumps on the sec­ond day. Bangladesh made a con­fi­dent start in the sec­ond in­nings thanks to a flu­ent bat­ting by their top-or­der af­ter Chris Woakes and Adil Rashid shared 99 runs in the ninth wicket to give Eng­land a vi­tal 24-run first in­nings lead.

The hosts wiped out the deficit quickly and went for al­most five runs in an over in the fi­nal ses­sion to put the pres­sure back on Eng­land be­fore An­sari’s late strike restored some par­ity for the visi­tors.

An­sari ear­lier re­moved Tamim Iqbal for 40 to make the first in­nings cen­tury maker his maiden Test wicket and two balls later Ben Stokes got rid of Mominul Haque to put a brake on Bangladesh’s break­neck speed.

But Im­rul Kayes, un­beaten on 59, and Mah­mudul­lah shared 86 runs for the third wicket to help the home side claw back their ad­van­tage.

They were lead­ing Eng­land by 128 runs at the end of the sec­ond day’s play with seven wick­ets in hand, which must have given them hopes for set­ting a de­cent tar­get for Eng­land to chase in the fourth in­nings.

“I think a lead of 300 would be good enough,” said Bangladesh off-spin­ner Me­hedi Hasan, who starred with 682 in Eng­land’s in­nings.

“You can­not de­ter­mine any­thing at the mo­ment be­cause there is still a lot of cricket left in the re­main­ing three days,” he said. Bangladesh dom­i­nated the open­ing ses­sion of the day to claim five wick­ets putting Eng­land on the ropes be­fore Woakes and Rashid staged a fight­back.

Woakes made 46 while Rashid added an un­beaten 44 to lift Eng­land 244 from a pre­car­i­ous 144-8 giv­ing them a handy 24-run lead in the first in­nings. “I think the part­ner­ship was cru­cial be­tween us,” Woakes said af­ter the sec­ond day’s play. “The slim lead surely added some ad­van­tage. The game would have dif­fer­ent if we were 80 runs be­hind.” Their die-hard bat­ting over­shad­owed the bowl­ing hero­ics of Bangladesh’s teenage spin sen­sa­tion Me­hedi, who com­pleted his sec­ond five-wicket haul in as many matches.

Me­hedi broke the part­ner­ship with the sec­ond new ball when he forced an edge from Woakes at slip and five balls later left-arm spin­ner Tai­jul Is­lam, who claimed 3-65, wrapped up Eng­land’s in­nings.

Eng­land could have been dis­missed a lit­tle ear­lier if Woakes was not given a re­prieve when Sab­bir Rah­man had him caught by Mah­mudul­lah for 38 with a full toss de­liv­ery. Re­play con­firmed the ball was above the waist prompt­ing the um­pires to call Woakes back. Re­sum­ing on 50-3, Eng­land found them­selves in deep trou­ble in the morn­ing ses­sion be­fore Joe Root of­fered some re­sis­tance with 56 off 122 balls. Jonny Bairstow, who made 24, gave him some sup­port in their 45-run sixth wicket stand. Me­hedi, who claimed seven wick­ets in Bangladesh’s 22-run loss in the first Test, in­clud­ing 6-80 in a sin­gle in­nings, again drew first blood, bowl­ing overnight bats­man Moeen Ali for 10 in the third over. Tai­jul re­moved Stokes, the man of the match in the first Test, for a duck two overs later be­fore Root and Bairstow re­paired Eng­land in­nings. Me­hedi re­turned for his sec­ond spell to hit Bairstow plumb in front in his first ball, end­ing their re­sis­tance.

Tai­jul re­moved Root al­most iden­ti­cally to ex­pose Eng­land’s tail af­ter Me­hedi com­plete his five-wicket haul with the wicket of An­sari. — AFP

DHAKA: Eng­land’s Ben Stokes cel­e­brates the dis­missal of Bangladesh’s Mominul Haque, un­seen, dur­ing their sec­ond day of the sec­ond cricket test match in Dhaka, Bangladesh, yes­ter­day. — AP

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