BANGLADESH NEED 33

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

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.

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