Bangladesh Cruise to Set a Tough Target for England

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Undoubtedly Bangladeshi bowlers gave a jerk to English batsmen during the first session of second day and indicated that England might fall short of Bangladesh’ 220 runs. Mehedi Hasan Miraz and Taijul Islam made themselves mystical to English batsmen which cost them to lose 6 wickets in the first session. England went to lunch shaking on 163 for 8.

Woakes and Rashid, however, had different plan. They resurrected England from abyss and punched back really hard. Together they put 99 runs partnership in the 9th wicket and helped England to take a lead of 24 runs.

Miraz gorgeously continued his campaign and become the first Bangladeshi to clinch five-wicket haul in the first two successive tests of career. He was greatly accompanied by Taijul, who took three wickets, to shatter English batting lineup.

England may consider this lead crucial during the tea break but Bangladeshi openers set a strong base to discard that consideration by putting a solid 65 run partnership. Tamim was astounding in this innings as well but suddenly got out on 40. Mominul Haque also followed him in no time and reminded the collapse of the first innings.

Kayes and Mahmudullah extirpate the fright as they piled up the lead to 128 runs and sealed the day’s play leaving some auspicious prospects for Bangladesh. Imrul Kayes scored his 4th test fifty but Mahmudullah thrown away his wicket in the final ball of the day offering an unnecessary slog shot. He fell 3 runs short from fifty.

The pitch is obviously playing a recondite role in Dhaka test. Sometimes it is stretching favors to batsman and sometimes it encourages spinners providing some sharp turns and bounces. But this pitch comprises runs in it as 346 runs have been scored today. To come up with a positive result, Bangladesh must play sensibly tomorrow and augment the lead as much as possible.

At the end of day two, it’s safe to say that tomorrow will be the decider of this match and maybe this match will also see an enthralling and nail-biting end like Chittagong.