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Bangladesh build healthy lead

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Bangladesh will take a healthy 128-run lead into the third day of an enthralling second Test in Dhaka, after swiftly erasing England's unlikely first-innings advantage of 24 runs.

The home side were 152-3 at stumps after Zafar Ansari (2-33) broke an 86-run stand between Mahmudullah (47) and Imrul Kayes (59no) with two minutes of play remaining - the spinner claiming his second Test wicket after removing Tamim Iqbal earlier for 40.

Bangladesh's position would have been stronger but for a 99-run stand for the ninth wicket between Chris Woakes (46) and Adil Rashid (44no) that enabled England to recover from 144-8 to 244 all out in their first innings - the tourists losing their way despite Joe Root's 23rd Test fifty, as teenager Mehedi Hasan (6-82) became the first Bangladesh player to take two five-wicket hauls in his first two Tests.

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With the cracked pitch expected to deteriorate in the coming days, Bangladesh - 1-0 down in the two-match series after their 22-run defeat in Chittagong - remain firmly in the hunt for their first ever Test win over England.

The tourists began the day 170 runs behind on 50-3 in their first innings and were quickly in trouble on a turning pitch as Moeen Ali swept across a Mehedi delivery and Mominul Hasan pounced at short leg to gobble up a bat-pad chance offered by Ben Stokes off Taijul Islam (3-65), who also had Root dropped at slip on 19 in the same over.

From 69-5 Root and Jonny Bairstow (24) carefully rebuilt with a sixth-wicket stand of 45 in 16.3 overs - the ball frequently spinning past the edge - the pair using their feet well to rotate the strike.

England's deficit was still a sizeable 106, though, when Bairstow played across the first ball of a new Mehedi spell and was lbw. Debutant Zafar Ansari could have gone for a duck, but was dropped off his fourth delivery faced, the ball deflecting past slip via Mushfiqur Rahim's gloves.

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With Bangladesh's spinners exercising expert control, 65 minutes and 18.1 overs passed without a boundary until Root cashed in on a Taijul full toss to pick up four and move within a couple of his fifty, which came up with a clipped two through mid-wicket.

His 122-ball vigil only came to an end when he played back to a Taijul delivery that slid on and trapped him lbw, making him the eighth man out after Ansari edged to second slip to become Mehedi's fifth victim of the innings.

At 144-8 Bangladesh had high hopes of earning a potentially decisive first-innings lead and might have done so had Mushfiqur not missed a stumping when Rashid had just six.

The skipper, increasingly desperate for a breakthrough as England whittled down the arrears, rotated his bowlers with little effect and Rashid brought up the fifty stand with a driven four on the up off seamer Kamrul Imran, who bowled just three overs for 16 runs.

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Bangladesh appeared bereft of ideas leading up to the new ball - with the absence of Mehedi and Taijul from the attack at times baffling.

Part-timer Sabbir Rahman did have Woakes caught at mid-wicket off a full toss on 38, but the all-rounder won a reprieve when the officials deemed the delivery a no-ball on the grounds of height. Replays suggested it was a harsh call.

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When the new ball was taken, the end of England's innings came swiftly to a close - Woakes caught around the corner off Mehedi, before last man Steven Finn snicked Taijul behind to go for a second-ball duck.

England's first-innings cushion didn't last long as Tamim followed his first-innings hundred up with a dynamic 40 off 47 balls, using the reverse sweep to particularly telling effect against Ansari to manoeuvre the field.

The spinner, given the chance to bowl ahead of Rashid, justified his captain's faith as Tamim picked out Cook at leg-slip to hand Ansari his first Test scalp.

Mominul, the only other batsman with a score of note in Bangladesh's first innings, fell to the first ball of the very next over as he edged Stokes to slip, where Cook held onto a comfortable chance.

There was to be no collapse, though, as Imrul and Mahmudullah combined in a bullish third-wicket stand that threatened to put the match out of England's reach.

The pair looked well set to see out the day until Mahmudullah swept wildly at a full Ansari delivery and was bowled with stumps imminent.

Watch extended highlights of today's play on Sky Sports 2 at 5.30pm, followed by The Verdict on the same channel at 6.30pm. Our live coverage of day three begins at 3.45am on Sunday once the clocks have returned to GMT time.


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