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Woakes and Rashid dig England out of hole

Press Association logoPress Association 29/10/2016 David Charlesworth

Chris Woakes and Adil Rashid have put on a 99-run stand to give England an unlikely first-innings lead on day two of the second Test against Bangladesh in Dhaka.

At 8-144 for eight in response to Bangladesh's 220 all out, the tourists seemed to be facing a sizeable deficit.

But Woakes and Rashid batted sensibly and took advantage of a fatiguing Bangladesh, as England were eventually all out for 244 to hold a potentially priceless 24-run advantage at tea.

The morning session belonged almost entirely to the hosts, for whom 19-year-old spinner Mehedi Hasan claimed his second five-wicket haul in just two Tests.

Having accounted for Alastair Cook and Gary Ballance last night, Mehedi made an early breakthrough this morning when Moeen Ali was bowled off an ill-advised sweep, while Ben Stokes inside edged Taijul Islam to short leg.

Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow rotated the strike well during the non-stop onslaught of spinners as they set about rebuilding the damage from 5-69.

But Bairstow fell for a busy 24 after playing across Mehedi to be trapped lbw, while Zafar Ansari made 13 before propping forward to Taijul and an outside edge was taken at gully shortly after Root had passed his half-century.

Root's resilient innings came to an end on 56 when he missed a straight delivery and was plumb in front for 56.

Despite dictating proceedings, Bangladesh relaxed the pressure, as captain Mushfiqur Rahim withdrew his frontline bowlers and gave seamer Kamrul Islam Rabbi and spinner Shuvagata Hom their first chance to bowl in the match.

Neither could keep the pressure on and Woakes and Rashid were allowed to steadily accumulate runs.

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