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Bangladesh need 33 runs, England two wickets

Wisden India logo Wisden India 23-10-2016

Bangladesh battled to 253 for 8 in their second innings at stumps on the fourth day of a thrilling first Test against England in Chittagong on Sunday (October 23), needing 33 more for their first-ever win over the visiting side.

Hopes of an historic Test victory rested with Sabbir Rahman, the debutant batsman who was unbeaten on 59, after England set the hosts a target of 286 on a crumbling surface.

Sabbir shared an 87-run stand with Mushfiqur Rahim before England regained the initiative with three quick wickets in the final session. Gareth Batty broke the late resistance with an awkwardly bouncing delivery that prompted Rahim (39) to pop a catch to Gary Ballance at forward short-leg. Stuart Broad then found some reverse swing to remove Mehedi Hasan (1) and Kamrul Islam (0) to put England back in charge.

Batty finished the day with 3 for 65 while Broad claimed 2 for 26, but Sabbir kept Bangladesh in contention with a gritty innings that included three fours and two sixes.

“I think it has been a brilliant Test match,” said Broad after the day’s play. “Both sets of players have shown considerable skill. The pitch hasn’t been great for the batsmen. I think Bangladesh will be very proud with their performance. We are proud we have utilised our skills in these conditions. This was our first Test match here for six years. There’s going to be 11 very disappointed and 11 delighted guys tomorrow. This is not going to be a draw.”

Play was called off earlier than schedule because of bad light after England were told they could only use their spinners and not the pacers in the last five overs, a condition they did not accept.

“I am happy to be still in the game in the fourth day against a team like England,” said Chandika Hathurusinghe, the Bangladesh coach. “I don’t think anyone gave us a chance four days ago.”

England’s spinners earlier dismissed Bangladesh’s top five to leave them at 140 for 5, as Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid chipped in with useful wickets.

Moeen removed a positive-looking Shakib Al Hasan for 24 just as he was trying to rebuild the innings after Batty had sent back Mominul Haque (27) and Mahmudullah (17) in the post-lunch session.

Rashid claimed Imrul Kayes for 43 in the penultimate over before lunch. Kayes, who hit six fours in his 61-ball innings, looked settled until he misjudged a sweep to get a top-edge to Joe Root at slip.

Moeen had handed England their first breakthrough when he removed Tamim Iqbal for nine as Ballance took the catch at forward short-leg. Just one ball earlier, Tamim had survived a review after Root took a catch that initially hit the body of a tumbling Ben Stokes at slip. The replay indicated there was no bat or glove involved.

England were all out for 240 in their second innings in the fifth over of the morning, after adding just 12 to their overnight tally of 228 for 8. Taijul Islam trapped Batty lbw off his second delivery of the day after Broad was run out. Chris Woakes remained unbeaten on 19.

The second and final Test will start in Dhaka on October 28.

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