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Bangladesh have looked the better team on Day One of the first Test versus England at Chittagong. After losing the One-Day International (ODI) series by 2-1, this is the ideal start for them in the first of the two-Test series. As believed it was the spinners who did the trick for home-side. It was the debutant Mehedi Hasan who shook the famed line-up for England drawing first blood as early as 10th over of the game. Hasan was relentless in the first session bowling 10 overs on the trot. England from 33 for 3 survived till lunch without any more casualties with Joe Root and Moeen Ali unbeaten at 38* & 17* respectively with team on 81 for 3. LIVE Cricket Scorecard: Bangladesh vs England 1st Test at Chittagong

Skipper Mushfiqur Rahim called upon the debutant Mehedi to showcase his talent with the ball and that is just what the young lad did. England were off to a cautious start with Alastair Cook and Ben Duckett batting without any hurry. Cook looked the more composed off the two batsmen, while Duckett was clearly battling nerves. Duckett became Mehedi’s first ever Test wicket. Duckett was outfoxed by Mehedi who offered not shot to a incoming delivery that spun in sharply. Duckett added just 14 runs in 35 balls.

Cook who looked good during his stay dead batted everything the bowlers had to offer. Cook in rush of blood moment gave his wicket away. Shakib Al Hasan who was into his first over, managed to tumble Cook. Cook went of a sweep shot which looked ugly from the outset. Cook lost his balance and managed to lob the ball from his forearm and on to his back of bat, only to have it rattle his stumps. Cook added just 4 runs in his 26 balls stay.

Mehedi continued his good show with the ball as he picked his second wicket in as many overs. Gary Ballance who came in at No.4 looked out of sort in his stay. Ballance misjudged the ball completely and played it very late to have it struck his pads. Mehedi got the ball to skid off the pitch, kudos should be given to the Mushfiqur who reviewed the on-field umpires decision. Ballance made just 1 run from 7-balls. England were loitering at 33 for 3 when Joe Root and Moeen Ali decided to anchor the English innings.

Root who was rested for the ODI leg was called back into the Test side, keeping in mind the India series. Root looked good against the spinners and was given a chance to settle in by allowing him to face fast bowlers. Root hit to back-to-back boundaries off Kamrul Islam Rabbi. Root remained unchallenged all throughout his batting stay till lunch. Moeen on the other hand kept on surviving close calls on numerous occasions. Moeen looked anything but comfortable against the spinners. Moeen in the second last over before lunch was helped by a unseen under-edge of the bat to remain unbeaten at 17* at lunch. Moeen and Root have added 60 runs for the fifth wicket.

Earlier in the day, England skipper Cook won the toss and opted to bat first on a almost dry looking pitch. Duckett made his debut for the team with Zafar Ansari and Haseeb Hameed being left out. Gareth Batty was included in the playing XI with Gary Ballance also making a return. Cook, has become the most capped player from England by taking on the field for the first Test against Bangladesh. This is Cook’s 134th Test one better than former England wicketkeeper-batsman, Alex Stewart s record of 133. Bangladesh on the other hand, named as many as three debut players in their playing XI in the form of Mehedi Hasan, Kamrul Islam Rabbi and Sabbir Rahman.

Brief scores:

England 81 for 3 (Joe Root 38*, Moeen Ali 17*; Mehedi Hasan 2 for 13 )

(Vishal Mehra is a journalist with CricketCountry, who enjoys his weekly dose of anime, monthly viewing of sitcoms, daily playing of cricket once every few hours moon, and currently venturing into table-tennis . His twitter handle is @capturethecatch)