Shakib Al Hasan took 2 wickets for Bangladesh before lunch on Day 3    AFP
Shakib Al Hasan took 2 wickets for Bangladesh before lunch on Day 3 AFP

The Chittagong crowd saw an eventful morning on Saturday as 8 wickets fell on Day Three of the first Test between Bangladesh and England. Bangladesh replicated their performance in the first innings, dismissing big guns Alastair Cook and Joe Root early on as England failed to get their second innings batting a steady start. Bangladesh earlier had a disappointing end to their steady-looking innings, losing 5 wickets soon after Day Three’s game started. England, who initially looked to have the advantage having bowled out the hosts for 248 and acquiring a lead of 45 runs, but later were left struggling at 27 for 3 at lunch. FULL Cricket Scorecard: Bangladesh vs England 1st Test at Chittagong

At stumps of Day Two, Bangladesh had pulled off a commendable job, restricting a batting heavy England for 293. They had a decent start to their innings despite losing Mominul Haque for a duck as Tamim Iqbal stayed there at the crease for long, playing sensible cricket and scoring 78 runs. Skipper Mushfiqur Rahim missed on his half-century by 2 runs while Madmudullah scored 38 crucial runs. Senior player Shakib Al Hasan looked set at the crease with night watchman Shafiul Islam as the two remained not out at stumps.

However, the start of the Third Day bore no fruits for Bangladesh with the bat. Looking at the wicket, visitors’ skipper Cook went in with Moeen Ali to open bowling. The move turned out to be successful as Moeen dismissed the most crucial wicket at that point in time, that of Shakib’s. Shakib went for a big hit but was beaten by miles as wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow made no mistakes executing an easy stumping. The wicket unstabilised the Bangladesh innings as the team kept on losing wickets frequently after this. The line-up hardly had any technical batsmen left apart from Sabbir Rahman, who also made his Test debut with the match. However, he played a few good looking shots to prove his potential but could not last long. The regular fall of wickets worked away with the equilibrium in the Bangladesh batting and the team was soon reduced to 248 all out, handing the touring party a lead of 45 runs.

Though England looked to be in the gainer’s side, it did not last long. Cook came out to open batting with Ben Duckett with the change of fortune in the innings. Though the two tried providing their team a solid start, it was again Mehedi Hasan who struck early again, picking up the precious wicket of Cook. Next in, Joe Root, was sent back four balls after with an individual score of 1 while Duckett followed him, getting out off a Shakib delivery. At lunch, England struggle at 28 for 3 with Garry Balance at the crease. The visitors have a lead of 73 runs

Brief scores:

England 293 and 28 for 3 (Ben Duckett 15; Shakib Al Hasan 2 for 13) lead by 73 runs against Bangladesh 248 (Tamim Iqbal 78, Mushfiqur Rahim 48; Ben Stokes 4 for 26, 3 for 75)

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