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England continued their domination on Day Three after bundling Bangladesh quickly in the post-lunch session. Adil Rashid knocked off the tail fast which restricted the hosts reach a lead past 300-run mark. England batsmen Alastair Cook and Ben Duckett were asked to bat out any threat the hosts spinner’s posed, and that is what the pair did. Set a target of 273-runs to win the second Test of the two match series. Duckett in particular was aggressive against the likes of Mehedi Hasan and Shakib Al Hasan, who looked anything like their old devastating self. Going into tea England were in the driver’s seat at 100 for 0 with Cook not-out on 39* and Duckett not-out on 56* needing more 173 runs to win the Dhaka Test. LIVE Cricket Scorecard: Bangladesh vs England, 2nd Test at Mirpur

Set to chase a total of 273 runs England openers Cook and Duckett completely weathered away any storm the Bangladesh spinners were looking to cook up. Duckett in particular was aggressive sweeping both ways (conventional & reverse) to near precision. Duckett recorded his maiden Test half-century in 61 balls, which included six 4’s and a solitary six. Duckett has been heavy on Shakib with this left-arm spin coming in handy. Cook on the other hand, started rather slowly in comparison. Cook who had been a flop in the series so far came into his own. Cook slowly caught up with Duckett scoring runs off Shakib and Shuvagata Hom. Cook who got out in a ugly manner in the last Test playing the sweep used the shot to good use.

England claimed as three quick wickets to bundle out Bangladesh. Ben Stokes started the collapse getting the wicket of Taijul Islam in the very fist over after lunch. Rashid third wicket was Mehedi Hasan. Mehedi tried to his the ball out of the park only to edge the ball into the safe hands of Joe Root. Rashid’s final and Bangladesh’s last wicket was of Kamrul Islam Rabbi who hit a massive six off Moeen Ali. Rabbi swept with all his might managed to top-edge the ball into the hands of the bowler himself.

Bangladesh despite losing a wicket did not look one-bit nervous as Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim scored runs at a brisk pace in the first session of the day. England were unlucky not to pick up easy wickets as poor fielding meant Bangladesh lead stretched beyond the 200 run mark. England bowlers came into their own just on the Strokes of lunch nabbing two quick wickets. Going into lunch Bangladesh were 268 for 7, leading England by 244 runs

Bangladesh 220 (Tamim Iqbal 104 , Mominul Haque 66 ; Moeen Ali 5 for 57, Chris Woakes 3 for 30) & 273 (Tamim Iqbal 40, Imrul Kayes 78, Mahmudullah 47; Adil Rashid 4 for 52, Ben Stokes 2 for 41) lead England 224 ( Joe Root 56, Chris Woakes 46, Adil Rashid 44*; Mehedi Hasan 6 for 82, Taijul Islam 3 for 65) & 100 for 0 (Ben Duckett 56* , Alastair Cook 39*; Mehedi Hasan ) by 173 runs.