Bangladesh's batting disaster
Following Tamim Iqbal and Mominul Haque's brilliant 170-run stand for the second wicket, Bangladesh were well on their way to a handsome first innings total before disaster struck. After Tamim and Mominul were dismissed, the Tigers were skittled out for 220 in the face of some regular fall of wickets. And so, from 171/1 the home side were all out for 220, losing their last nine wickets for the addition of only 49 runs.
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Bangladesh opening batsman Tamim Iqbal raises his bat after reaching his eighth hundred DHAKA TRIBUNE
Tamim continues to make merry of England
Tamim seems to like the England bowlers a great deal as he smashed his third hundred against them in the longer version. In total, the southpaw has eight centuries to his name but whenever he faces England, he always ends up scoring heavily. Among his 44 Tests, the Chittagong cricketer has played against Friday's opposition six times, managing 696 runs with an average of 63.27, including a highest score of 108 in Old Trafford six years ago. His other two tons were scored at Lord's and Mirpur.
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Bangladesh's Mominul Haque blocks a delivery DHAKA TRIBUNE
Mominul burst onto the Test scene with bagful of runs. The Bangladeshi little-master holds the proud streak of blasting 50+ scores in 11 consecutive Tests in his short career of 19 matches. The left-hander's Test average of 53.41 is superb considering the Tigers rarely get to play five-dayers. A player like Mominul is often a forgotten man as he is not selected for T20Is or ODIs. So Test is the only format where Mominul can exhibit his talent. And the Cox's Bazar cricketer showed glimpses of his talent on Friday with a composed innings of 66. He formed a 170-run partnership for the second wicket with Tamim. Mominul hit 10 boundaries before being cleaned up by Moeen Ali.
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Sri Lankan umpire Kumar Dharmasena (R) was at the centre of attention yet again, this time in the Dhaka Test DHAKA TRIBUNE
Dharmasena's review conundrum
The Chittagong Test is remembered for 26 reviews and most of them came against Sri Lankan umpire Kumar Dharmasena. And on Friday, yet another review went against the former Lankan cricketer. The incident occurred in the 26th over when Tamim tried to glance a rising delivery from Ben Stokes. The batsman in question missed and Stokes duly appealed. Dharmasena raised the dreaded finger but Tamim appealed for the review straight away. TV replays displayed no connection between Tamim’s bat and the ball. And yet again, a Dharmasena call was overturned. The drama did not end there as two more Dharmasena calls were turned down - one when Mehedi Hasan Miraz got out and the other when Alastair Cook was dismissed. Both times, Dharmasena gave not out but hawk-eye turned the calls. Thus, Dharmasena’s review nightmare continues.
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Mushfiq writhes in pain after being floored by a Ben Stokes bouncer DHAKA TRIBUNE
Ouch, it hurts!
There were two occasions when the Bangladesh batsmen received painful blows to their body. First, in the 26th over, Stokes banged in a short delivery that crashed into Tamim's ribcage area. He went down on his knees before resuming his innings and going on to hit his eighth hundred.
Then in the 53rd over, a Stokes bouncer floored captain Mushfiqur Rahim, who was writhing in pain after being struck on the helmet. Sad memories of Australian cricketer Phil Hughes' passing away was being recalled by some when Mushfiq dispelled all the worries by resuming his innings. The wicketkeeper-batsman though was soon dismissed for four.
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Bangladesh's Mahmudullah was outfoxed by England's Stokes DHAKA TRIBUNE
Stokes and his reverse swing
Stokes gave a tough time to the hosts in the first Test courtesy his deadly execution of the reverse swing. Here in Dhaka, Stokes was on song with the ball again. Bangladesh were cruising in the first session but Stokes bowled a superb line and length, conceding only six runs in five overs before lunch. Stokes was equally brilliant in his second spell and took the key wickets of Mahumudullah in the 51st over and Sabbir Rahman in the 55th. The Durham all-rounder finished his miserly spell of bowling with 11-5-13-2 at tea.