Bangladesh took a 128-run lead with 7 wickets in hand against giant England after the 2nd day’s play of the 2nd Test at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur on Saturday.The 3rd wicket partnership of 86 runs by Imrul Kayes and Mahmudullah helped Bangladesh to score 152/3 in the 2nd second innings.Bangladesh opened the 2nd innings (having 220 in the 1st innings) and collected the figure in 31 overs with top-order batsmen playing in one-day style, featuring opener Tamim Iqbal’s 40 off 47-ball with seven boundaries.Imrul Kayes was at stumps with top-scoring 59 off 81 balls that witnessed eight boundaries while Mahmudullah added 47 runs facing 57 balls involving five boundaries.
In the 3rd wicket stand Kayes and Mahmudullah played 17.5 overs innings to carry the team total to 152/3 in 31 overs from 66/2 in 13.1 overs.Zafar Ansari made the first breakthrough dismissing Tamim who was caught by skipper Alastair Cook, at 65 in 12.5 overs. Later, Ansari bowled out Mahmudullah who scored 47 runs off 57 balls hitting five boundaries. After Tamim’s dismissal, Mominul Haque came to pair Kayes, but faced unfortunate departure for a single as he was caught by Alastair Cook off Ben Stokes bowling at 66/2 in 13.1 overs.Ansari conceded 33 runs for two while Stokes 20 for one wicket.Earlier, England took a 24-run 1st innings lead against Bangladesh spurred by the Chris Woakes and Adil Rashid 9th wicket stand of 99 runs on day-2.The home side off-break spinner Mehedi Hasan Miraz and left- arm orthodox Taijul Islam dominated the 1st innings bagging six and three wickets respectively. This is the 2nd time Miraz pulled six wickets in an innings, after Chittagong Test where he bagged 7 wickets for 138 runs on his debut.England resumed the 1st innings on the 2nd day with overnight score of 50/3 in 12.3 overs and ended at 244/10 in 81.3 overs.Number-3 overnight batsman Joe Root and number-9 Chris Woakes boosted the side scoring 56 and 46 runs respectively. Both faced 122-ball each and fired four boundaries apiece. Adil Rashid was another notable scorer in the innings with unbeaten 44 off 107 balls, including two boundaries.The 9th wicket 37.1 overs long innings partnership between Woakes and Rashid carried the team total to 243/9 in 80.4 overs from 144/8 in 43.3 overs.When the Tigers’ spinners working well before lunch, the Tigers’ skipper Mushfiqur Rahim decided to send his two off form bowlers — pacer Kamrul Islam Rabbi and spinner Shuvagata Hom — to deliver bowl from 58 to 63 overs to concede 27 runs in six overs, delivering three-over each, that decision gave chance the English 9th pair to set on the crease and to add 80 runs more in 28.4 overs, after lunch.Miraz broke the 9th pair for his 6th wicket dismissing Woakes who was caught by Shuvagata at 243/9 in 80.4 overs.Miraz bowled out overnight batsman Moeen Ali at 64/4 in 14.3 overs to make breakthrough on day-2 as well as to continue his authority in the first innings bagging six wickets for 82 runs in 28 overs, the amount 28-over Miraz delivered is more than one-third of the total overs delivered by Bangladesh bowlers.On his way to six wickets in the 1st innings, Miraz dismissed — Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Zafar Ansari and Chris Woakes on day-2 while English skipper Alastair Cook and Gray Balance on day-1.Taijul captured his all three wickets on the 2nd day dismissing — Ben Stokes, Joe Root and Steven Finn — for 65 runs in 25.3 overs. All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan took one wicket for 41 runs in the 1st innings. In the 1st innings, Bangladesh collected 220 with Tamim Iqbal’s century of 104 and Mominul Haque patient 66 runs.Tamim and Mominul also stayed for 170 off 38.5 overs in the 2nd wicket stand that spurred Bangladesh innings.Miraz jolted the England in the 1st innings, earlier on day-1, bagging two-wicket for 26 runs.
Bangladesh 1st innings: 220/10 in 63.5 overs; Tamim Iqbal 104, Mominul Haque 66, Mahmudullah 13, Shakib Al Hasan 10, Moeen Ali 5/57, Chris Woakes 3/30, Ben Stokes 2/13.
Bangladesh 2nd innings: 153/3 in 31 overs(at stump); Imrul Kayes batting 59, Mahmudullah 47, Tamim Iqbal 40, Zafar Ansari 2/33, Ben stokes 1/20.
Englans 1st innings: 244/10 in 81.3 overs(overnight 50/3 in 12.3 overs); Joe Root batting 56, Chris Woakes 46, Adil Rashid 44 (not out), Jonny Bairstow 24, Alastair Cook 14, Zafar Ansari 13, Moeen Ali 10, Mehedi Hasan Miraz 6/82, Taijul Islam 3/65, Shakib Al Hasan 1/41.