England took a 273-run lead with two wickets in hand in the 2nd innings against Bangladesh after the 3rd day of their thrilling 1st Test at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong on Saturday.Chris Woakes and Stuart Broad were on batting with 11 and 10 runs respectively to resume the 2nd innings on the 4th day.Visiting England opened the 2nd innings, having 293 in the 1st innings, on the 3rd day and scored 228/8 in 76 overs, at stumps, to extend their lead that spurred by the 6th pair century-plus stand between Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow.Ben Stokes, who started his day’s work with a supreme spell of reverse swing to help pluck out Bangladesh’s last five wickets for 27 runs, stimulated his side by a plucky innings of 85 off 151-ball, including six boundaries and three sixes.
Stokes stayed with Bairstow for a partnership figure of 127 in 34.3 overs in the 6th wicket that played a pivotal role in lifting the English side to recover from near collapse.Bangladesh’s debut pacer Kamrul Islam Rabbi bowled out number-seven batsman Bairstow to depart the bulky 6th pair that finished at 189/6 in 61.4 overs, starting from 62/5 in 27.1 overs.Bairstow faced 95 balls for 47 with six boundaries. Ben Duckett, Moeen Ali and skipper Alastair Cook added 15, 14 and 12 runs respectively. Tigers’ senior spinner Shakib Al Hasan, also an all-rounder of world repute in all three formats of cricket, rocked the England 2nd innings 5 for 79 in 31 overs.Left-handed orthodox spinner Shakib showed the exit way to English big hammer-man Ben Stokes trapping lbw at 197/7 in 64.2 overs.Shakib started his show in the innings dismissing opening batsman Ben Duckett at 28/3 in 11.2 overs. His spin wizard roared for the three other batters –Joe Root, Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid– to fill the quota of five-wicket haul.Kamrul Islam Rabbi, Taijul Islam and Mehedi Hasan Miraz shared one wicket each for 24, 40 and 54 runs respectively.Earlier, Bangladesh resumed the 1st innings on the 3rd day with overnight score of 221/5 in 74 overs and played 12 overs more for 248/10.Including two overnight batsmen, the tail-ender five wickets — Shakib Al Hasan (overnight), Shafiul Islam (night-watchman), Sabbir Rahman, Mehedi Hasan Miraz and Kamrul Islam Rabbi — played gibberish innings failing to move on the 3rd day’s 2nd session that provided a 45-run lead in the 1st innings to the visitors.Sabbir Rahman scored 19 and Shakib out with overnight figure of 31 while no other scorer could touch the double figure on the day.On the way to 4 for economic 26 in 14 overs in the 1st innings, England pace bowler Ben Stokes dismissed Sabbir, Miraz and Rabbi on the 3rd day while took Bangladesh skipper Mushfiqur Rahim on the 2nd day.Moeen Ali bagged three wickets for 75 runs in the first innings while Pacer Adil Rashid two for 58.
England 1st innings: 293/10 in 105.5 overs; Moeen Ali 68, Jonny Baristow 52, Joe Root 40, Chris Woakes 36, Adil Rashid 26, Ben Stokes 18, Ben Duckett 14, Sturt Broad 14, Mehedi Hasan Miraz 6/80, Shakib Al Hasan 2/46, Taijul Islam 2/47.
England 2nd innings: 228/8 in 76 overs (at stumps); Ben Stokes 85, Jonny Bairstow 47, Ben Duckett 15, Moeen Ali 14, Alastair Cook 12, Chris Woakes batting 11, Stuart Broad batting 10, Shakib Al Hasan 5/79, Kamrul Islam Rabbi 1/24, Taijul Islam 1/40, Mehedi Hasan Miraz 1/54.
Bangladesh 1st innings: 248/10 in 86 overs(overnight 221/5 in 74 overs); Tamim Iqbal 78, Mushfiqur Rahim 48, Mahmudullah 38, Shakib Al Hasan 31, Imrul Kayes 21, Sabbir Rahman 19, Ben Stokes 4/26, Moeen Ali 3/75, Adil Rashid 2/58, Gareth Batty 1/51.