Shakib’s Magic Keeps Bangladesh in Match

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Bangladesh was on a lovely position after the second day of the match but today it seems that England has gradually ascended on the dominating position. Thanks to Ben Stokes who has played a crucial part to all out Bangladesh at the early morning and then played a scintillating knock of 85 runs. Jonny Bairstow, the in-form and most consistent batsman of England in this year, collaborate Stokes to make a huge and effectual partnership of 127 runs under the tough circumstance for England.

The first hour of the day has seen a frustrating display from Bangladeshi Batsmen; Shakib tried to pinch the ball facing only his second delivery coming down the wicket and got stumped. After that, no Bangladeshi player was able to cope with the tremendous swing bowling from Stokes and eventually Bangladesh got packed within 248 runs. Stokes ended his venture with bowl securing 4 wickets and helped England to get a monumental lead of 45 runs.

However, Bangladeshi spinners were phenomenal after the collapse. Miraz struck first and sent off Captain Cook. Then Shakib al Hasan compensated his failure with bat by displaying some tremendous turns and forced England to stumble twice more before lunch. England went to lunch on 27 losing their 3 top order batsmen.

The first session saw wickets cascade, but as the day went on the pitch had shown it’s auspice to the batsmen. Stokes came to the crease under a tricky position and he magisterially dominated Bangladeshi spinners playing some magnificent sweeps and flicks. Bairstow rendered him a steady support on the other side of the crease and together they gradually piled up their lead to 234 runs.

Stokes played an all-round role today
Stokes played an all-round role today

Bangladesh tried to make an impact at the late afternoon. Debutant Rabbi provided a breakthrough as Bairstow got played on when he was on 47.  Soon Shakib sent Stokes to the pavilion for the second time in this game. Shakib attained his 15th five wicket haul at the end by trapping Rashid on LBW. Bangladesh fought really hard to mitigate English dominance then and opened up the tail of the English batting lineup. However, Broad and Woakes succeeded to survive today and England scored 228 runs.

England are already ahead of 273 runs and Bangladesh never won a test match chasing a target over 200 runs. In Asia, there are only 26 examples of chasing down 200+ runs in the 4th inning. Despite this fact, Bangladesh may seek some hopes by reminding their inning of 331 runs in the 4th inning on the same venue against the same opponent in 2010. However, after third day Bangladesh is surely under a pressurized situation and their batsmen have to toil really hard tomorrow to achieve some glory from this test match.