Yet England had reason to feel confident after Duckett and Cook gave them a confident start in pursuit of an achievable target, before Mehedi Final scorecard for the second Test between Bangladesh and England at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka yesterday:
(Tamim Iqbal 104, M. Ali 5-57, C. Woakes 3-30) (J. Root 56; Mehedi Hasan 6-82) (overnight 152-3) Tamim Iqbal c Cook b Ansari 40 Imrul Kayes lbw b Ali 78 Mominul Haque c Cook b Stokes 1 Mahmudullah b Ansari 47 Shakib Al Hasan b Rashid 41 Mushfiqur Rahim c Cook b Stokes 9 Sabbir Rahman lbw b Rashid 15 Shuvagata Hom not out 25 Tajiul Islam c Bairstow b Stokes 5 Mehedi Hasan c Root b Rashid 2 Kamrul Islam c and b Rashid 7 Extras (b17, lb7, w1, nb1) 26 Total (all out, 66.5 overs) 296 Fall of wickets: 1-65 (Tamim), 2-66 (Mominul), 3-152 (Mahmudullah), 4-200 (Kayes), 5-238 (Shakib), 6-238 (Rahim), 7-268 (Sabbir), 8-273 ( Taijul), 9-276 (Mehedi), 10-296 (Kamrul) Bowling: Finn 3-0-18-0, Ali 19-2-60-1, Ansari 19-0-76-2,
struck with the first ball of the final session.
He bowled Duckett for 56 and then quickly removed Garry Ballance (five) and Moeen Ali (zero). Then came the coup de grace, the wicket of Cook, the only other half-century maker with 59. With Shakib having already removed Joe Root for one in the meantime, England were desperate for Jonny Bairstow to replicate his recent fine form. But Mehedi dismissed Bairstow to complete his second five-wicket haul in the match. The England wicketkeeper-batsman departed for three to leave his side precariously poised on 6-139.
Shakib then took Bangladesh to the brink of victory before Mehedi-the man of the match and of the series-trapped Steven Finn leg before. “270 would have been a helluva chase... probably,” Cook said after the match.
Stokes 12-2-52-3 (nb1, w1), Rashid 11.5-1-52-4, Woakes 2-0-14-0
Alastair Cook c Mominul b Mehedi 59 B. Duckett b Mehedi 56 J. Root lbw b Shakib 1 G. Ballance c Tamim b Mehedi 5 M. Ali lbw Mehedi 0 B. Stokes b Shakib 25 J. Bairstow c Shuvagata b Mehedi 3 C Woakes not out 9 A Rashid lbw b Shakib 0 Z. Ansari c Kayes b Shakib 0 S. Finn lbw b Mehedi 0 Extras (b4 lb2) 6 Total (all out; 45.3 overs) 164 Fall of wickets: 1-100 (Duckett), 2-105 (Root), 3-124 (Ballance), 4-124 (Ali), 5-127 (Cook), 6-139 (Bairstow), 7161 (Stokes), 8-161 (Rashid), 9-161 (Ansari), 10-164 (Finn) Bowling: Mehedi 21.3-2-77-6, Shakib 13-1-49-4, Shuvagata 6-0-25-0, Taijul 5-2-7-0. Result: Bangladesh won by 108 runs.
“Today we showed our inexperience in these conditions. When the ball got rolling we couldn’t stop it.” Earlier in the day Adil Rashid claimed 452 and Ben Stokes 3-52 as England dismissed Bangladesh for 96 to keep their victory target below the 300-run mark.
But the visitors squandered the chance to dismiss Bangladesh more cheaply, dropping a series of catches and allowing the hosts to build on their overnight 152-3.
Stokes was fined 15 percent of his match fee for breaching the ICC code of conduct, ignoring requests from the on-field umpires to stop “verbally engaging” with Bangladeshi batsman Sabbir Rahman. The English player admitted his offence and no formal hearing was need, the ICC, cricket’s global governing body, said in a statement. —AFP