Rah­man gives hosts hope

But Broad believes Eng­land can still win thrilling first Test match

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Stu­art Broad hopes a re­freshed Eng­land can snatch the fi­nal two wick­ets they need to deny Bangladesh vic­tory in an en­thralling first Test match in Chit­tagong.

The home side bat­ted su­perbly on day four as they reached 253-8 in a see­saw bat­tle that sees them re­quir­ing just 33 runs for a me­morable vic­tory.

Sab­bir Rah­man will be­gin to­day’s play on 59 not out, while Tai­jul Is­lam (11 not out) will pro­vide sup­port as the Tigers at­tempt to in­flict a fa­mous de­feat on Eng­land.

How­ever, Broad believes the tourists will be ready to rip into the Bangladesh tail af­ter a full night’s rest.

“It’s been an ex­cit­ing Test match through­out and the fi­nal day will be pretty nerve wrack­ing,” said Broad.

“Bangladesh have bat­ted su­perbly well but we’ll come back fresh make their bats­men try and make mis­takes.”

Bangladesh will feel they can chase down the tar­get of 286 if Rah­man re­mains at the crease.

The bats­man com­bined with Mush­fiqur Rahim for an 87run sixth-wicket part­ner­ship be­fore Eng­land claimed three wick­ets for 11 runs to keep the re­sult in the bal­ance.

But Rah­man rarely looked in trou­ble as he ex­pertly dealt with the Eng­land at­tack. Hav­ing counter-at­tacked while bat­ting along­side Rahim, to­day he will have to pro­tect his tail-en­ders to en­sure Bangladesh take a 1-0 lead in the two Test se­ries. With the game still firmly in the bal­ance, Broad is aware that Eng­land will have to pro­duce a dis­ci­plined bowl­ing dis­play on the fifth and fi­nal day. While the spin­ners have ex­celled on a turn­ing wicket, cap­tain Alas­tair Cook could well turn to his seam­ers who were able to stem the flow of runs when Bangladesh were on the at­tack.

“We’ll try and have a quiet first half an hour, make their bats­men try and make mis­takes and take our catches,” added the Eng­land quick.

“The key is to stop boundaries. The pitch is still do­ing enough for us to take wick­ets so our men­tal­ity will to be as dis­ci­plined as we can.

“It’s a fine bal­ance try­ing to take wick­ets and not con­cede runs and it will be pretty tense.

“But that is Test cricket and it never ceases to amaze.”

The fi­nal day’s play will get un­der way from 8am UAE time with Bangladesh hop­ing to se­cure a first Test vic­tory since their 143-run win over Zim­babwe back in 2013.

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