‘They are really strong square the wicket against spin ball and they will make it difficult to settle the length. They are very much attacking,’ Zafar Ansari told before the day’s play. English spinners executed their plan magnificently to retard Bangladeshi batsmen playing square and created some solid chances to get early wicket maintaining tight line and length. Bangladesh obviously may consider themselves lucky as England fielders dropped two catches and Bairstow missed a chance to stump Shakib. Later that Duckett dropped Shakib again at deep mid leg cordon and Shakib survived for the second time in the morning.
Ansari told that their batsmen would like to chase down anything less than 300 but so far it seems that Bangladesh is cruising to set a massive target for England under the context of the game. Shakib and Imrul’s shaky 48 runs partnership was ended by Moeen Ali who sent Kayes to the stand on 78 runs. Shakib’s fortunate venture was ended on 41 as he failed to pick up the length while playing a late-cut and got bowled by Rashid. Mushfiq followed Shakib in rash and all on a sudden Bangladesh lost their 6th 238 runs. Bangladesh stumbled again on the very last ball of the session as Sabbir trapped on lbw by Rashid.
But at the end of first session today, it’s clear that England have to make a history to win this match. England chased down 209 twice so far successfully on subcontinent soil. One was against Pakistan at Lahore in 1961 and the second one was against Bangladesh on the same venue in 2010. Bangladesh went to lunch having 244 runs lead and 3 wickets in hand. England may still in the game but it will be a mighty and ponderous chase for them.