A good day for Bangladesh as they stave off the spin attacks

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The first ball of the day should’ve been an ominous one for the Englishmen as Taijul turned and deceived Woakes to get him out. A short while after that Taijul struck again and send Rashid home with a stunning catch from Sabbir Rahman. Stuart Broad was the last one and the sixth to fall prey to the debutante Mehedi Hasan Miraz. Miraz ended up with six wickets in the first day of his debut, a feat which hasn’t been repeated since 1969. England ended their first innings with 293 runs on the board.

Bangladesh started their batting calmly enough. Although the spinning trio of Batty-Rashid-Moeen was getting lots of turn from the pitch, Tamim and Kayes seemed settled and unfazed by it. Until the last over before lunch break that is. Moeen Ali produced two dream of a delivery to get rid of Imrul Kayes and Mominul Hoque in the same over.

Tamim and Mahmudullah looked sure stepped as they added 80 more runs. Tamim got his 16th Test half century and 5th against England. They looked to carry through but again at the brink of tea break Rashid pocketed Mahmudullah’s wicket with a regular leg break and a catch in the slip. Mahmudullah left with 38 runs.

Mushfiqur seemed to be in hurry and was scoring runs off the spinners with an attacking mindset. But Tamim fell on 78 to Batty, granting the bowler a wicket after 11 long years. Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur was expected to carry through the day but again the end of the session was the bane of Bangladesh batsmen as Mushfiqur was the first wicket claimed by a pacer in this match so far. A nervous Mushfiqur edged a catch of Ben Stokes which after some juggling tricks Bairstow managed to hold on to. Shafiul came as a night watchman and saw through the few remaining overs of the day without any major peril.

The day can be called a success for Bangladesh as they managed to bowl out England at 293 which is the lowest from the Englishmen against Bangladesh. They did manage to stack up runs without losing too many wickets despite a turning pitch and onslaught of a trio of spinners. Shakib and Shafiul will start day 3 and the Tigers still have the two debutante and eager batsmen in Sabbir and Miraz still to come. Bangladesh has the upper hand now and are expected to impose a lead on day 3rd.