Shakib Al Hasan picked up 5 wickets on Day Three of First Test between Bangladesh and England    AFP
Shakib Al Hasan picked up 5 wickets on Day Three of First Test between Bangladesh and England AFP

It was an eventful day at the Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong as nation’s star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan picked up 5 wickets on Day Three of the first Test between Bangladesh and England. The day in the match turned out to be a roller-coaster as each of the sides made good efforts to keep their hopes alive to win the series opener. While Bangladesh batting ended abruptly early on, the team made a comeback with their bowling. England again gained control of the game as Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes put up a much-needed partnership as the English top-order batting faced a collapse. LIVE Cricket Scorecard: Bangladesh vs England 1st Test at Chittagong

It was Shakib Al Hasan who batted along with night watchman Shafiul Islam on Day Three. But the player could not continue for long as Moeen Ali dismissed Shakib in the very first over of the day. The experienced player went for a big shot but missed it completely, making it easy for Bairstow to stump him out. Shafiul Islam and Mehedi Hasan soon departed while Test debutant Sabbir Rahman played a few good strokes but failed to survive at the crease for long. Bangladesh ended their innings with 248 runs, handing England a 45-run lead.

England’s innings got a tumbling start. It was again young Mehedi Hasan who got their side the first breakthrough and that too pretty early. The bowler got the wicket of England captain Alastair Cook and Shaib Al Hasan took the cue from there to bag two more before lunch as England struggled at 28 for 3. While Joe Root departed for 1, Ben Duckett could not add more than 15.

Coming back from lunch, there was no change in scenario as Moeen Ali and Gary Ballance departed after making a brief partnership. It was not until Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes built up the most crucial partnership for the hosts that England batting looked to have a chance of getting a good lead. Stokes and Bairstow helped England gradually go past 100 and then 150. While they started off very slow, a six came later along with a number of boundaries to propell the runrate. Stokes completed his half-century while Bairstow missed on his for just 3 runs. Stokes’ innings ended with 85 runs on the board. At stumps of Day Three, Stuart Broad remained unbeaten at 10 with Chris Woakes at 11.

For Bangladesh, Shakib remained to be the most successful of the bowlers with 5 wickets of Day Three while Mehedi, Taijul Islam and Kamrul Islam Rabbi all bagged a solitary wicket each. Shakib went past the 150 wickets mark in his Test career. He picked trapped Root plum in front for just one run. Shakib s second wicket came in the form Duckett who was caught by Mominul at short-leg. Duckett added 15 runs to the teams total. Shakib had also picked 2-wickets in the first innings getting Alastair Cook for 4 and Ben Stokes for 18. Shakib in the start of the match was on 147 wickets. Shakib has 151 wickets in Tests and 65 wickets in Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) to top the list for his country. He is also the highest Bangladesh wicket-taker in One-Day Internationals (ODIs) with 207 wickets beating Abdur Rezzak.

Bangladesh had a very good start with the ball in both of the England innings. In the first, it was Mehedi Hasan who was the star. The bowling all-rounder gave Bangladesh their first breakthrough in form of Ben Duckett. Cook and Ballance departed soon as England struggled at 21 for 3. It was the pair of Moeen Ali and Joe Root that build up the first steady partnership of the innings. Root departed scoring 40 but Moeen stayed there to score 68 runs. Crucial contributions came from Jonny Bairstow (52) and Chris Woakes (36) as England got to 293 losing all their wickets at the end of the innings. Mehedi Hasan finished with a great performance, bagging 6 wickets on the first day of Test debut. Shakib and Taijul Islam both got 2 wickets each.

Chasing the target, Bangladesh got to a decent start. Imrul Kayes departed making 21, while No. 3 batsman Mominul Haque departed for a duck but Tamim Iqbal stayed at the crease. Mahmudullah played a brief but very useful innings of 38 runs. The innings was crucial in providing Bangladesh with the first stable partnership of the match. It was Mushfiqur Rahim, the skipper, who came out next to help the scorecard with his 48-runs knock. Tamim finished his innings scoring 78 runs with the help of 7 boundaries.

Brief scores:

England 293 and 228 for 8 (Ben Stokes 85, Jonny Bairstow 47; Shakib Al Hasan 5 for 79) 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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