BANGLADESH NEED 33
BANGLADESH battled to 253-8 at stumps on the fourth day of a thrilling Test in Chittagong yesterday, needing 33 for their first-ever win against England. Hopes of an historic Test victory rested with debutant Sabbir Rahman who was unbeaten on 59, after England set the hosts a target of 286 on a crumbling wicket. Sabbir shared an 87-run stand with skipper Mushfiqur Rahim before England regained the initiative with three quick wickets in the final session. Off-spinner Gareth Batty broke the late resistance with an awkwardly bouncing delivery that prompted skipper Mushfiqur (39) to give a catch to Gary Ballance at short leg. Pace bowler Stuart Broad then found some reverse swing to remove Mehedi Hasan (one) and Kamrul Islam (0), putting England back in charge. “I think it has been a brilliant Test match,” Broad said. “Both sets of players have shown considerable skill. The pitch hasn’t been great for the batsmen. “I think Bangladesh will be very proud with their performance. We are proud we have utilised our skills in these conditions.” Bangladesh coach Chandika Hathurusinghe was happy to see his charges taking the fight to the visitors. “I am really happy that they took 20 wickets,” he said. “I am happy to be still in the game in the fourth day against a team like England. I don’t think anyone gave us a chance four days ago.” The second and final Test will start in Dhaka on October 28.