Tamim Iqbal notched up his 19th Test half-century AFP

Bangladesh continue to better England in the first of the two-Test series at Chittagong. Starting the post-lunch session on 29 for 2, they have managed to cross the 100-run mark without any causality. Bangladesh’s most relied batsmen Tamim Iqbal has once again led their teams resurgence against his favorite Test side. Tamim along with Mahmudullah batted out any threat from the England bowlers. Alastair Cook on the other hand, shuffled around with his bowlers but to no avail. The only bright spot for England was Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid who bowled their heart in the blistering heat and humidity of Bangladesh. Hosts going into tea were 119 for 3 with Tamim not-out on 55* trailing England by 174 . LIVE Cricket Scorecard: Bangladesh vs England 1st Test at Chittagong

England brasher Tamim continued his love-affair with them. Tamim before this match had in 8 innings two 100s and four 50s against the visitors at an average of 68.6. Tamim looked unfazed by the spin of Rashid or Moeen. Tamim used his feet to good use getting on both the front and back foot with much ease. Tamim with this achieved his 19th Test half-century in 131 balls with 6 marvelous boundaries to his name. Tamim has being well supported by Mahmudullah.

Mahmudullah has acted as the perfect partner to Tamim. Coming in at No.4 with his team cautiously placed 20 for 2. Mahmudullah looked anything but settled in the middle in the first session. Mahmudullah since the lunch has looked more secured with the bat. Mahmudullah slowly but steady has moved onto runs in balls. The pair of Tamim and Mahmudullah has accumulated 90 runs for the third wicket. Tamim with his knock has now more or at least one fifty+ score to his name playing against England since 2010.

As seen in the first session Bangladesh gifted a wicket just before the tea break. Rashid into his eight over got the ball to drift away from the batsmen and get a edge right into the hands of Joe Root at slips. England bowlers have toiled hard on a pitch which has some assistance to offer to the spinners. Rashid in particular has been the most troublesome while Moeen has looked the more menacing in this session.

Ben Stokes who came on to bowl after lunch looked to contain the scoring rate. Stokes also had a bit of tussle with Tamim in the middle. Tamim was helped by DRS as well with a decision against him being over turned. Third spinner in the side Gareth Batty was not able to make any impact in both the session.

Brief scores:

England 293 all-out ( Moeen Ali 68, Jonathan Bairstow 52; Mehedi Hasan 6 for 80) lead Bangladesh 119 for 3 ( Tamin Iqbal 55*, Mahmudullah 38; Moeen Ali 2 for 29 ) by 174 runs.

(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)