It was an action-packed third day of the first Test match between Bangladesh and England at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium with a total of 13 wickets falling but the visitors are in a much better position compared to the home side. England will start the fourth day on Sunday with the aim of extending their 273-run lead somewhere close to 320.
Shakib al Hasan bagged his 15th five-wicket haul and also reached the milestone of 150 Test wickets while Ben Stokes shone brightly picking up four wickets before striking a magnificent 85 to take England to a good position.
The home side made life difficult for the visitors where at one stage England were struggling on 62/5 in their second innings but Stokes, along with Jonny Bairstow, stemmed the slide adding 127 runs for the sixth wicket.
English skipper Alastair Cook was unable to make his record-breaking match a memorable one as the debutant Mehedi Hasan Miraz, who picked up six wickets in the first innings, dismissed him to start the proceedings.
Shakib then took charge, dismissing the dangerous Joe Root (one) and followed it with the wicket of Ben Duckett (15) as the visitors went to lunch on 28/3.
Moeen Ali survived his sixth review of the game after a catch at short leg was deflected off the helmet of Mominul Haque. But he too fell cheaply soon after as Shakib picked up his third while Taijul Islam removed Gary Ballance (nine); Bangladesh starting to sense a historical Test win.
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Bangladesh debutant Mehedi Hasan Miraz looks on as England duo Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow run between the wickets DHAKA TRIBUNE
Stokes and Bairstow held the ship together as the latter went past Andy Flower’s 1045 runs, the highest scored by a wicket-keeper in a calender year.
Bairstow (47) was dismissed to give paceman Kamrul Islam Rabbi his maiden Test wicket while Stokes at the other end reached his seventh Test fifty. But it was Shakib again who picked up the big wicket of Stokes but the left-hander had already done the job for his side and was out after scoring a valuable 85 off 151 balls with six fours and three sixes.
Adil Rashid was Shakib's fifth wicket while Chris Woakes (11*) and Stuart Broad (10*) will look to stretch the lead above the 300-run mark which will no doubt be a humongous task for the home side in the business stage of the Test match.
Earlier, it was the worst possible start for the Tigers who resumed the third day on 221/5 with Shakib at the crease on 31 not out. However, the way he was dismissed was nothing but a sheer lack of responsibility.
He went down the track to Moeen Ali in the second ball of the day and totally misjudged the ball to gift his wicket and put the home side under tremendous pressure. And the visitors duly cashed in on the opportunity and restricted the home side as Bangladesh lost their last five wickets for just 27 runs to give England a 45-run first innings lead.
Third day, stumps
England first innings 293 (Moeen Ali 68, Jonny Bairstow 52, Mehedi Hasan Miraz 6-80)
Bangladesh first innings R (B)
Shakib al Hasan st Jonny Bairstow b Moeen Ali 31 (62)
Shafiul Islam c Stuart Broad b Adil Rashid 2 (29)
Sabbir Rahman c Alastair Cook b Ben Stokes 19 932)
Mehedi Hasan Miraz lbw b Ben Stokes 1 (4)
Taijul Islam not out 3 (11)
Kamrul Islam Rabbi b Ben Stokes 0 (3)
Extras (b2 lb 4 w1) 7
Total (all out, 86 overs) 248
Fall of wicket: 1-29 (Imrul Kayes), 2-29 (Mominul Haque), 3-119 (Mahmudullah), 4-163 (Tamim Iqbal),
5-221 (Mushfiqur Rahim), 6-221 (Shakib al Hasan), 7-238 (Shafiul Islam), 8-239 (Mehedi Hasan Miraz), 9-248 (Sabbir Rahman), 10-,248 (Kamrul Islam Rabbi)
Bowling: Stuart Broad 8-2-12-0, Gareth Batty 17-1-51-1, Chris Woakes 7-2-15-0 (w1),
Adil Rashid 16-1-58-2, Moeen Ali 22-4-75-3, Ben Stokes 14-5-26-4, Joe Root 2-0-5-0
England second innings
Alastair Cook c Mahmudullah b Mehedi Hasan Miraz 12 (23)
Ben Duckett c Mominul Haque b Shakib al Hasan 15 (34)
Joe Root lbw b Shakib al Hasan 1 (4)
Gary Ballance c Imrul Kayes b Taijul Islam 9 (25)
Moeen Ali c Mushfiqur Rahim b Shakib al Hasan 14 (50)
Ben Stokes lbw b Shakib al Hasan 85 (151)
Jonny Bairstow b Kamrul Islam Rabbi 47 (95)
Chris Woakes not out 11 (30)
Adil Rashid lbw Shakib al Hasan 9 (18)
Stuart Broad not out 10 (26)
Extras (b2 lb8 pen 5 ) 15
Total (eight wickets; 76 overs) 228
Fall of wickets: 1- 26 (Alastair Cook), 2-27 (Joe Root), 3-28 (Ben Duckett), 4-36 (Gary Ballance) 5-62( Moeen Ali),
6-189 (Jonny Bairstow), 7-197 (Ben Stokes), 8-213 (Adil Rashid)
To bat: Gareth Batty
Bowling: Mehedi Hasan Miraz 18-1-54-1, Shakib al Hasan 31-7-79-5, Taijul Islam 15-2-40-1,
Kamrul Islam Rabbi 8-0-24-1, Mahmudullah 1-0-6-0, Shafiul Islam 3-0-10-0