Stokes leads Eng­land to 22-run win over Bangladesh

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Ben Stokes took two wick­ets in three balls yes­ter­day to give Eng­land a ner­vous 22-run vic­tory over Bangladesh on the last day of the first cricket test.

Bangladesh re­sumed on 253 for 8, need­ing 33 runs to win with two wick­ets in hand, and got through the first three overs of the morn­ing, creep­ing 10 runs closer to vic­tory.

Stokes struck with the first ball of the fourth over, mak­ing a suc­cess­ful re­view for an lbw de­ci­sion against Tai­jul Is­lam, who was de­ceived by re­verse swing and failed to flick the ball off his pads. The re­view seemed spec­u­la­tive, but showed the ball was on course to hit leg stump.

Last man Shafiul Is­lam went to the crease need­ing to ei­ther sur­vive five de­liv­er­ies to the end of the over or quickly turn over the strike to Sab­bir Rah­man (64 not out).

He lasted only two balls and was out lbw not of­fer­ing a shot. He called for a re­view in vain, and Bangladesh’s in­nings was over on 263. It was the 26th video re­view of the test, and the 15th un­suc­cess­ful one.

“I was fairly con­fi­dent this morn­ing if I’m bru­tally hon­est,” Eng­land cap­tain Alas­tair Cook said. “30 odd runs and two wick­ets... I thought we’d cre­ate the chances, the doubt was whether we were good enough to take those chances. They might be half chances. But I thought we’d cre­ate enough to win the game so I was fairly re­laxed.”

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