The wicket fest continued on Day 2 of the Dhaka Test as Mehedi Hasan registered his second five-wicket haul, in the morning session, to reduce England to 163 for 8 at Lunch, at the Shere Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Saturday (October 29).
England resumed their first innings from an overnight score of 50 for 3 but their troubles against spin were exposed early on as both Mehedi and Taijul Islam struck less than four overs into the day’s play.
Hasan, who picked up two wickets on Day 1, struck with his sixth ball of the day as he cleaned up the overnight batsman Moeen Ali for 10. The England all-rounder went for a premeditated sweep but missed his shot completely as the ball went under his bat to clip the off stump.
Soon after the early wicket, Mahmudullah dropped the other overnight batsman Joe Root on 19 when the ball popped out of his hands, at first slip, and raced away before being fielded at third man. England had barely added five runs to their total when Ben Stokes, the new batsman, was sent back for a four-ball duck by Taijul Islam. Mominul Haque at forward short leg took a smart, forward-diving catch when the ball that turned in sharply, took the inside edge of Stokes’s bat and lobbed up off his thigh pad. Even as the umpires convened and eventually called for the third umpire’s help, Stokes had started walking off.
Coming together at 69 for 5, Jonny Bairstow and Root put on a defiant 45-run stand for the sixth wicket.. Root got his second chance when the cover fielder sent down his throw a tad late at the bowler’s end, giving England’s No.3 another reprieve when he was on 29.
Shakib al Hasan wasted a review when a leg before call against Root was turned down. The batsman carried on after the replays showed the ball had in fact hit the lower end of his bat as he tried to defend the ball back to the bowler.
Just as the partnership seemed to be picking up and nearing the half-century mark, Mushfiqur Rahim brought back Hasan into the attack who got a breakthrough right away by trapping Bairstow plumb in front of the stumps.
Root raised his half-century – 23rd in Test cricket- with a couple of Taijul in the 38th over. Zafar Ansari contributed 13 to England’s total on debut getting to lucky breaks in the process as the outside edges flew past the vacant second slip area. After two missed chances, Rahim stationed Shuvagata Hom – a move that paid off immediately as he pulled off a terrific diving catch to send back the England debutant, and hand Mehedi his second five-for in as many Tests.
Taijul got the big wicket of Root after pinging him on the back pad right in front of the middle stump. Disappointed with himself, the England No. 3 walked off on 54, leaving England in dire straits at 144 for 8.
When on 2, Chris Woakes was adjudged caught behind by umpire S Ravi but survived after calling for a review, as the replays found no involvement of bat or glove on the ball on its way to the keeper. Barely two deliveries after, Bangladesh challenged a not out decision against Adil Rashid for a catch a first slip, but were left disappointed again as the replays suggested no edge.
The duo put on unbeaten 19 runs for the ninth wicket and more importantly survived the last half an hour before going into the first break of the day. England are still 57 behind the hosts’ first innings score of 220.
Brief scores: Bangladesh 220 | England 163/8 (Joe Root 54, Jonny Bairstow 24)
England Trail by 57 runs.