Stokes seals thrilling win for Eng­land

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

BEN STOKES took the last two Bangladesh wick­ets in three balls as Eng­land won a thrilling first Test by 22 runs in Chit­tagong yes­ter­day, nar­rowly de­priv­ing their hosts of an his­toric vic­tory.

Bangladesh, need­ing 33 runs for what would have been their first win over Eng­land in nine at­tempts, added just 10 runs to their overnight to­tal and were all out for 263 af­ter 20 min­utes of play on the fifth and fi­nal day at the Zahur Ahmed Chowd­hury sta­dium.

Sab­bir Rah­man, the overnight half-cen­tu­rion, was left stranded on 64 as the all­rounder Stokes dis­missed the other two bats­men in his sec­ond over.

Stokes had Tai­jul Is­lam lbw for 16 fol­low­ing a suc­cess­ful re­view, af­ter um­pire Ku­mar Dhar­masena ini­tially turned down a muted ap­peal.

Two balls later it was the turn for Bangladesh to ask for a re­view as Dharam­sena de­clared the num­ber 11 bats­man Shafiul Is­lam out lbw for a duck.

The re­play again came to Eng­land’s aid as Hawk-Eye in­di­cated that the ball was hit­ting off stump, mean­ing the um­pire’s ini­tial de­ci­sion stood.

Eng­land cap­tain Alas­tair Cook, who had flown back to Bangladesh only days af­ter at­tend­ing the birth of his daugh­ter back home, said that both sides had played their part in thrilling match.

“It was a re­ally good Test match, to think we were here on day five with that wicket,” Cook said af­ter the game.

“It was such a tight game, so credit to both sides. I’m glad we held our nerve, the qual­ity we have in our at­tack, we got it rev­ers­ing.”

De­spite com­ing ag­o­nis­ingly close to what would have been their most fa­mous Test vic­tory, Bangladesh cap­tain Mush­fiqur Rahim said he was proud of his team’s per­for­mance. – AFP

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