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Bangladesh were in a formidable position at the end of Day One against England. The first Test of the two match series has so far belonged to the hosts’ in particular their teenage sensation Mehedi Hasan. Mehedi is a under-19 star and his transition into the Test has been a phenomenal one. Mehedi used his element of surprise to the mark and spin the likes of Alastair Cook, Joe Root and Jonathan Bairstow out of their misery. England were helped by Bairstow and Moeen Ali’s half-century, thanks to whom they are placed at 258 for 7 with Chris Woakes and Adil Rashid unbeaten on 36* & 5* respectively. FULL Cricket Scorecard: Bangladesh vs England 1st Test at Chittagong

Mehedi first ever Test scalp was another debutant from the England side Ben Duckett. Duckett was outdone by Mehedi, who offered no shot to a incoming delivery that spun sharply into him. Mehedi continued his good show with the ball, knocking off England’s No.4 Gary Ballance. Ballance was making a comeback of sort in the Test side, misread the delivery completely got to the ball very late. The ball had already struck him on his pads. Mehedi got Bangladesh the most crucial wicket from England’s side Root. Root was unlucky to give a simple catch to the keeper’ which was finally caught in slip.

Mehedi fourth wicket was England’s most reliable lower order batsmen Moeen Ali. Mehedi got the ball to get drift and spin away from the batsmen for a easy caught behind. Moeen made a valiant 170-ball 68, which included eight 4’s and one six. Mehedi has a long lay off for get to this first ever 5-for. Bairstow become Mehedi’s fifth scalp to hand him a dream fifer on debut. Mehedi got the ball to skid off the line and uproot his stumps for a well struck 52. With this Mehedi became the youngest Bangladeshi to take a five-for on debut and the seventh bowler overall in Test history. With this Mehedi became the youngest Bangladeshi to take a five-for on debut and the seventh bowler overall in Test history. Mehedi ended the day with figures of 5 for 64.

Apart from Mehedi, Shakib Al Hasan picked the remaining 2-wickets. Shakib first victim was England skipper Alastair Cook. Cook who went for a unconventional sweep shot, only managing to hit the ball from his forearm, back of his bat and finally on to his stumps. Cook added just 4 runs. Shakib’s second wicket was Ben Stokes. Stokes played down the wrong line and only to his his stumps uprooted from the ground. Shakib bowled 19 odd overs for just 46 runs.

England did have some bright spots in the batting as both Moeen and Bairstow got to well deserved half-centuries. Moeen did not look solid in the start of his innings against the spin of Mehedi and Shakib. Moeen survived as many as 5 reviews en-route his lucky eight Test fifty. Moeen added crucial for fourth and sixth wicket. Moeen added 62 with Root and 88 with Bairstow. Speaking of Bairstow, he himself came back into form with the bat. Bairstow struck a calm and comfortable half-century to help his team to some security. Bairstow made 126-ball 52 which included 5 fours. It indeed needed a special delivery to get his wicket.

England skipper Cook won the toss and opted to bat first on an almost dry looking track. Duckett made his debut for the team with Zafar Ansari and Haseeb Hameed being left out. Gareth Batty was included in the playing XI along with Gary Ballance, who is also making a return. Cook with this appearance , has become their most capped player in Tests. 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 258 for 7 ( Moeen Ali 68, Jonathan Bairstow 52; Mehedi Hasan 5 for 64)

(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)