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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

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