Eng­land wins its first Test in Bangladesh

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

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 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.

“Prob­a­bly it was not in our favour, 33 runs and two wick­ets, but the boys put in so much ef­fort over the last five

‘It was such a tight game, so credit to both sides. I’m glad we held our nerve ... we got it rev­ers­ing.’

Alas­tair Cook Eng­land cap­tain

day. Af­ter 15 months, I’m re­ally proud,” Rahim said.

“Our boys fought it out which is re­ally im­pres­sive and hope­fully we’ll do the same in the next match.”

The match was Bangladesh’s first Test in nearly in 15 months but show­cased how the one-time whip­ping boys of in­ter­na­tional cricket have made steady progress in re­cent years.

The hosts played some im­pres­sive cricket dur­ing the match, with the debu­tant Me­hedi Hasan tak­ing six for 80 in Eng­land’s first in­nings.

Bangladesh had ap­peared on course for a com­fort­able first-in­nings lead but lost their last six wick­ets for just 27 runs to give Eng­land a cru­cial 45-run lead.

They then had Eng­land reel­ing at 52 for five in the tourists’ sec­ond in­nings be­fore Stokes and Jonny Bairstow turned the match with a part­ner­ship of 127 for the sixth wicket.

Stokes was named man of the match for tak­ing six wick­ets in the two in­nings and also scor­ing a swash­buck­ling 85 in Eng­land’s sec­ond in­nings which in­cluded six fours and three sixes.

“We started off pretty well but we have a long way to go from here,” said Stokes.

The sec­ond and fi­nal Test will start in Dhaka on Oc­to­ber 28 be­fore Eng­land then head to In­dia for a five-Test tour. –

Photo: AFP

Eng­land’s play­ers cel­e­brate af­ter beat­ing Bangladesh dur­ing the fi­nal day’s play of the first Test cricket match at Zahur Ahmed Chowd­hury Cricket Sta­dium in Chit­tagong on Oc­to­ber 24.

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