Bangladesh ahead in topsy-turvy Test


Dhaka—Left-arm spinner Zafar Ansari dismissed Mahmudullah Riyad off the final ball of the day to bring England back into the contest in the second Test after Bangladesh surged ahead with 152-3 at stumps on the second day.
Bangladesh made a confident start in the second innings thanks to a fluent batting by their top-order after Chris Woakes and Adil Rashid shared 99 runs in the ninth wicket to give England a vital 24-run first innings lead.
The hosts wiped out the deficit quickly and went for almost five runs in an over in the final session to put the pressure back on England before Ansari’s late strike restored some parity for the visitors.
Ansari earlier removed Tamim Iqbal for 40 to make the first innings century maker his maiden Test wicket and two balls later Ben Stokes got rid of Mominul Haque to put a brake on Bangladesh’s breakneck speed.
But Imrul Kayes, unbeaten on 59 overnight, and Mahmudullah shared 86 runs for the third wicket to help the home side restore their advantage.
They were leading England by 128 runs at the end of the second day’s play with seven wickets in hand, which must have given them hopes for setting a decent target for England to chase in the fourth innings.
Bangladesh dominated the opening session of the day to claim five wickets putting England on the ropes before Woakes and Rashid staged a fightback.
Woakes made 46 while Rashid added an unbeaten 44 to lift England 244 from a precarious 144-8 giving them a handy 24-run lead in the first innings.
Their die-hard batting overshadowed the bowling heroics of Bangladesh’s teenage off-spinner Mehedi Hasan who finished with 6-82, his second five-wicket haul in as many matches.—AFP

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