Bangladesh-vs-England

Day Two of the second Test between Bangladesh and England turned out to a topsy-turvy affair. A total of 10 wickets tumbled in the entire day as both England and Bangladesh showed resistance with the bat in their respective innings. England faulted in their batting on Day two as only Chris Woakes and Adil Rashid helped a sinking ship stay afloat, somehow steering them towards safety. Bangladesh’s batsmen thwarted the minuscule lead achieved by the visitors’ by the end of day’s play to put themselves in a place of strength. As expected the Bangladeshi spinners wrecked havoc over the visitors’ as there famed batting line-up were downed to 144 for 8 before Rashid and Woakes provided some rear-guard action. LIVE Cricket Scorecard: Bangladesh vs England, 2nd Test at Mirpur, Dhaka

Mehedi Hasan was wrecker-in-chief as he picked up as many as six wickets to hand himself his second 5-wicket haul in Tests. Rashid and Woakes batted a total of 222 balls for their much needed 99-runs stand for the 9th wicket. Rightfully, Woakes became Mehedi’s 6th wicket, to round-off an already memorable debut series. In, reply Bangladesh were on the offensive from ball one with Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes racing at the speed of light. Tamim has time and again spoiled England’s party, and this was going to be no different. Tamim smashed his way to an almost run-a-ball 40, coming in 47 ball with the help of seven four’s.

Kayes on the other hand, bearded witness to the Tamim show. Tamim became Zafar Ansari’s first Test wicket as he gave a simple catch to Cook. Mominul Haque departed after just 2-balls adding only a solitary run to the score. Ben Stokes already had been Bangladesh’s Achilles heel and he continued to be so. Mahmudullah, who has batted with much grit all throughout came into bat with Bangladesh having only a slender 42 run lead. Post Tamim, Kayes took over and merrier-ed his way to a cracking 81-ball 59. Mahmudullah acted as the perfect foil to Kayes contributing 47 runs to their partnership of 86 runs. Ansari struck on the final ball of the day getting Mahmudulah’s wicket, who perished playing a poor shot with minutes to go for stumps.

With the match hanging in complete balance, and both teams having equal chance to win, Day Three will undoubtedly turn out to be an enthralling contest for all to attend. Much will depend upon Kayes who remained unbeaten on 47*. Kayes has so far adjusted to both the spin and pace of the England bowlers, will eye his fourth Test ton, more importantly he will want to ensure that Bangladesh does not end up in a soup. Bangladesh have a long and sturdy middle order in the likes of skipper Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, Sabbir Rahman and Shuvagata Hom.

Rahim almost ended up playing a match saving knock in the first Test will be eager to prove his batting credentials. Rahim has the skills to achieve quick runs and also stay put on the crease. Bangladesh’s most prolific all-rounder Shakib is yet to shine with the bat or ball in the second Test, will want to perform to the best of his abilities. Shakib is a big match player, and with the game in balance, there is no better opportunity for him to yield Bangladesh to a memorable win.

Sabbir Rahman was stranded alone at Chittagong as Bangladesh suffered a horrible collapse. He would want to erase all memories of the match. Rahman showcased that he has the talent and composure to bail his team out of any situation and play accordingly. Hom has so far in his seven match career hasn’t done anything extraordinary with the bat, but has the perfect chance to shine on international stage. Hom is known to be a aggressive batsmen and a quick-fire 30-40s from the young lad could do wonders for his career.

For England on the other hand, much will depend on their spin trio of Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid and Zafar Ansari. Ali has been one of most underrated bowler for England in the last few years. Ali’s contribution with the ball continues to be ignored and joked about in the media, but that hasn’t deterred his will, and he has been relentlessly picking wickets series-by-series. Rashid who is yet to cement his place in the side, has been dangerous and exhibited great guile against a low-on confident Bangladesh side. Ansari has started well in the second innings picking up two important wickets will want to cash-in on his first Asian adventure.

England’s go-to-man in the Test series has been Stokes. He was the man of the moment for England at Chittagong will be expected to rekindle his show with the ball. Stokes has used both the new and old ball with near perfect precision. Stokes in a way has been surgical with his strikes. England will also depend on Chris Woakes to control the flow of runs. Woakes after having a good outing with the bat, will be expected to use the ball to good effect. Steven Finn has been erratic in his bowling but he is known to perform when the teams is in trouble. Finn with the pace and height will want to bounce-out the opposition batsmen.

(Vishal Mehra is a reporter at CricketCountry, currently tripping on #BlackMirror and #TheFlashS03, enjoying his weekly dose of anime, monthly viewing of sitcoms, daily playing cricket once every few hours, and also venturing into table-tennis. Twitter handle is https://twitter.com/capturethecatch)