Stokes inspires England resurgence in Bangladesh

Ben Stokes on the attack for England

Stokes hit six fours and three sixes in his 151-ball innings

Ben Stokes produced an outstanding all-round display as England built a lead of 273 after three days of the first Test with Bangladesh in Chittagong.

His spell of 3-9 saw the hosts all out for 248, losing 5-27 in 12 overs to concede a first innings lead of 45.

England then slipped to 28-3 at lunch and were only 107 ahead when Moeen Ali became the fifth man to depart.

But Stokes hit three sixes in a superb 85, putting on 127 with Jonny Bairstow (47) as England closed on 228-8.

The match remains delicately poised, though Shakib Al Hasan’s 15th five-wicket haul gave the home side hope.

England have won all eight of their previous encounters against the Tigers.

  • How the day’s play unfolded

Stokes shines with the ball…


Last man Kamrul Islam Rabbi sees his stumps shattered by Stokes

England had gained the momentum when Stokes took the important wicket of Bangladesh skipper Mushfiqur Rahim shortly before the close on day two.

And the tourists were handed an early gift on the third morning as Al Hasan charged down the wicket in a wild lunge at Moeen and was stumped off the second ball of the day.

Stokes bowled with hostility, sending down deliveries consistently close to 90mph and pinning the dangerous Sabbir Rahman – who hit three fours in his 19 – on the helmet with a bouncer.

The all-rounder extracted movement away from the bat off the seam and reverse swing inwards as England chose not to take the second new ball.

Leg-spinner Adil Rashid had nightwatchman Shafiul Islam caught at mid-on and, in the next over, Stokes swung one in to trap Mehedi Hasan Miraz lbw for one, before quickly capturing the final two wickets in six balls.

…and then with the bat

After his herculean display in the heat – a 10-over spell either side of the close yielding 4-10 – Stokes was back at the crease in the 19th over of England’s second innings.

He was impressively circumspect in the high-pressure situation, waiting 40 balls to hit his first boundary, but supported by the consistently purposeful Bairstow he began to deflate the home side and their band of patriotic followers.

The left-hander reached his half-century from 102 balls with a six and after Bairstow edged on to his stumps three short of a fifth successive fifty, Stokes recorded a third maximum with a mighty blow into the stands at mid-wicket.

He finally fell lbw after missing a sweep in the 65th over, not opting for the review despite pleas from partner Chris Woakes.

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