Rahman gives hosts hope
But Broad believes England can still win thrilling first Test match
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.