Overcast sky was foreboding a gloomy day ahead early in the morning, here in Dhaka, but as the first session of Dhaka test was going on, the sun gradually came up and shimmered. Bangladesh innings followed the pattern as like the weather. Their gloomy start later shined gloriously and after the first session they have scored 118 runs for 1.
It’s Mushfiq’s 50th test match and he started with luck as he won the toss and decided to bat first. The decision certainly is deemed perfect so far despite the early loss as Tamim and Mominul were hasty with their bat and scored quick runs. Especially Tamim was too much aggressive, played with ODI temper and picked up his fifty in no time. This is Tamim’s 8th fifty plus innings against England and second in the first innings. Mominul Haque also played some magnificent and confident shots to score his unbeaten 44 so far. Together they put 100 run partnership taking only 123 balls and went to lunch on 117 runs. 4.21 run rate in the first session clearly indicates their domination over English bowlers.
During the Chittagong test, 26 decisions were taken to the third umpire for further review and the trend continues as well in the first session. Two teams took one review each and in both cases Tamim Iqbal managed to survive.
Bangladesh has made one change in this game from the squad of last test as Shuvagata Hom replaces Shafiul Islam. For England, Zafar Ansari made his debut and Finn came to the squad in lieu of Batty and Broad.