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Tigers collect 221 for 5 against Englands 293 in first innings


Dhaka – A half century from Tamim Iqbal and decent contribution from the middle order batsmen have put Bangladesh in a comfortable position against England in the first Test in Chittagong.
The hosts will rue losing the wicket of skipper Mushfiqur Rahim though, who edged a Ben Stokes delivery to the wicket-keeper few overs before stumps on Friday.At the end of the second day, the Tigers have 221 for 5, trailing by just 72 runs. The England team had posted 293 in their first innings.
In the beginning, Imrul and Tamim looked well in control, making 29, but Moeen Ali then caused some trouble. The hosts went to lunch with 29 for 2, as Ali bagged a brace without conceding one single run in his very first over.
Tamim Iqbal and Mahmudullah then kept the Tigers going, making 90 runs in the third wicket. Mahmudullah could not manage more than 38, but local hero Tamim hit his 19th Test fifty. His 78-run innings was crafted with seven fours. Following the fall of this duo, Mushfiq and Shakib Al Hasan added 58 in the fifth wicket as the Tigers look likely to take a lead in the first innings.
Mushfiq missed a fifty for two runs, but the hosts still have the likes of Sabbir Rahman and Mehedi Hasan Miraz yet to bat. At the end of the day, Shakib was batting on 31 while nightwatchman Shafiul Islam was yet to open his account.
Earlier in the morning, Taijul Islam struck twice while Mehedi Hasan Miraz bagged another wicket to net a six-for on debut as England were all out for 293.
England started Friday, the second day of the match, with 258 for 7 and Taijul picked the wicket of Chris Woakes (36) with the first ball of the day.
Taijul then made Adil Rashid, who made 26, give a catch to Sabbir Rahman while Miraz got Chris Broad (13) caught behind to end the English innings. – Agency


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