Sun, Oct 30, 2016 - Page 11 News List

Bangladesh recover in second Test, lead by 128

AP, DHAKA, Bangladesh

Bangladesh’s Imrul Kayes yesterday plays a shot during the second day of the second Test against England in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Photo: AP

Opener Imrul Kayes yesterday hit 59 not out as Bangladesh reached 152-3, gaining a useful 128-run lead against England at stumps on the second day of the second Test.

Fellow opener Tamim Iqbal struck a fluent 40 before England made inroads with two quick wickets, leaving Bangladesh on 66-2.

Kayes and Mahmudullah combined for 86 runs and appeared to take firm control, but Mahmudullah played a reckless shot against the last ball of the day to be dismissed for 47.

Zafar Ansari took 2-33 on his England Test debut.

Earlier, Chris Woakes and Adil Rashid combined for 99 runs as England were all out for 244 in their first innings, taking a 24-run lead after Bangladesh’s 220.

Mehedi Hasan claimed 6-82 for Bangladesh, his second time taking six wickets in as many tests.

Bangladesh made a fluent start to their second innings, courtesy of Tamim Iqbal (40 off 47 balls) who showed sustained aggression before being caught at leg slip by Alastair Cook as Ansari’s maiden wicket brought an end to the 65-run partnership.

Two balls later, Ben Stokes got Mominul Haque for 1 with a short delivery, leaving Bangladesh on 66-2.

Kayes and Mahmudullah stalled England’s sudden charge, using their feet well against the spinners.

They seemed to be taking control of the Test before Mahmudullah’s dismissal ended the day for Bangladesh in disappointing fashion.

Rashid and Woakes had survived some anxious moments to earn an important lead for England, which at one point were 76 runs behind with only two wickets left. Woakes won a video review on 2 and survived a dismissal on a no-ball off Sabbir Rahman on 38.

They put on England’s highest ninth-wicket partnership in Asia, eclipsing 83 runs by Norman Gifford and Keith Fletcher against India in 1973.

Off-spinner Mehedi Hasan broke the stubborn partnership when he found the edge of Woakes for 46 with the new ball.

Left-arm spinner Taijul (3-35) then got Steven Finn to wrap up the innings and prompt an early tea.

Rashid was unbeaten on 44.

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