Bangladesh v England: Tourists face battle to save second Test

Alastair Cook Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow

Zafar Ansari and Ben Stokes were England’s only wicket-takers in the Bangladesh second innings

England face a battle to prevent Bangladesh earning their most famous Test victory after an absorbing second day of the second Test in Dhaka.

The hosts closed on 152-3, a lead of 128 after 10 wickets fell in the day.

Mehedi Hasan took 6-82 as England were reduced to 144-8, but Chris Woakes and Adil Rashid put on 99 to give England a first-innings lead of 24 when all out.

England took three wickets in the last session as Imrul Kayes hit an unbeaten 59 and Mohammad Mahmudullah 47.

Mahmudullah was bowled by England debutant Zafar Ansari with the final ball of the day after the spinner had earlier dismissed Tamim Iqbal for his first international wicket.

Bangladesh’s only victories since their first Test in 2000 have come against Zimbabwe and the West Indies.

Teenager Mehedi stars again


Mehedi Hasan took 7 for 138 in the first Test in Chittagong

Mehedi, 19, tormented England in the first Test in Chittagong and became only the third spinner to take five wickets in the first innings of each of his first two Test matches.

Having taken two wickets on day one to reduce England to 50-3, off-spinner Mehedi bowled Moeen Ali in the third over of the day, with the England all-rounder playing an ill-advised sweep.

Ben Stokes was out in the following over, caught off Taijul Islam, bringing Jonny Bairstow to the crease, who put on 45 with Joe Root to steady the visitors after they had slipped to 69-5.

However, Mehedi returned to trap Bairstow lbw for 24 with his first ball of a new spell – and then had Ansari caught at gully for his fifth wicket of the innings.

More to follow.

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