Moeen Ali scored 68 on Day 1    AFP
Moeen Ali scored 68 on Day 1 AFP

England s left-handed batsman Moeen Ali had all the luck on his side as he survived not one, but as many as three Decision Review System (DRS) appeals, on the first day of their opening Test against Bangladesh. England made 258 for 7 on the first day as their batsmen struggled against the Bangladeshi spinners, but Moeen stood strong with his innings of 68. However, he was lucky as at a time when he had not used any of the DRS appeals, Moeen was out leg-before but the Bangladeshis thought otherwise, and did not use appeal for the third umpire s intervention. FULL Cricket Scorecard: Bangladesh vs England 1st Test at Chittagong

Moeen, who came out to bat at No. 5 in the English line-up which struggled against the Bangladeshi bowlers on the first day, survived as many as three times against Sri Lankan umpire Kumar Dharmasena alone. Moeen got all three decisions against him adjudged out by Dharmasena, and went on to notch up his eighth half-century in his Test career. Moeen was eventually dismissed for 68, for which he faced 170 balls, struck 8 boundaries and 1 six to provide England the solidity which they did not get from any of their top order batsmen. ALSO READ: Mehedi 5-for spins visitors in trouble at stumps

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Jonny Bairstow struck a crucial 52 off 126 balls with the help of 8 boundaries, and he remained the second highest scorer for England at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong on Thursday. At stumps, all-rounder Chris Woakes was batting on 36 not out, having faced 77 balls and struck 5 boundaries. Alongside Woakes was Adil Rashid, doing well to reach 5 not out off 28 balls at stumps.