Chittagong - Bangladesh battled to 253/8 at stumps on the fourth day of a
thrilling Test in Chittagong on Sunday, needing 33 for their first-ever
win against England.
Hopes of an historic Test victory rested with
debutant Sabbir Rahman who was unbeaten on 59, after England set the
hosts a target of 286 on a crumbling wicket.
Sabbir shared an
87-run stand with skipper Mushfiqur Rahim before England regained the
initiative with three quick wickets in the final session.
Gareth Batty broke the late resistance with an awkwardly bouncing
delivery that prompted skipper Mushfiqur (39) to give a catch to Gary
Ballance at short leg.
Pace bowler Stuart Broad then found some
reverse swing to remove Mehedi Hasan (one) and Kamrul Islam (0), putting
England back in charge.
Batty finished the day with 3-65 while
Broad claimed 2-26, but Sabbir kept Bangladesh in contention with a
gritty innings that included three fours and two sixes.
it has been a brilliant Test match," Broad said. "Both sets of players
have shown considerable skill. The pitch hasn't been great for the
"I think Bangladesh will be very proud with their performance. We are proud we have utilised our skills in these conditions.
was our first Test match here for six years. There's going to be 11
very disappointed and 11 delighted guys tomorrow. This is not going to
be a draw," Broad said.
Bangladesh coach Chandika Hathurusinghe was happy to see his charges taking the fight to the visitors.
"I am really happy that they took 20 wickets," he said.
am happy to be still in the game in the fourth day against a team like
England. I don't think anyone gave us a chance four days ago."
were drawn early due to bad light after England were told they could
only use their spinners and not the pace attack in the last five overs, a
condition they did not accept.
England's spinners earlier
dismissed Bangladesh's top five to leave them on 140-5, as Moeen Ali and
Adil Rashid chipped in with useful wickets.
Ali removed a
positive-looking Shakib Al Hasan for 24 just as the all-rounder was
trying to rebuild the innings after Batty trapped Mominul Haque (27) and
Mahmudullah (17) in the post-lunch session.
Rashid claimed Imrul
Kayes for 43 in the penultimate over before lunch. Kayes, who hit six
fours in his 61-ball innings, looked well settled until he misjudged a
sweep to get a top edge to Joe Root at slip.
Moeen handed England
their first breakthrough when he removed Tamim Iqbal for nine as
Ballance took the catch at forward short leg.
Just one ball
earlier, Tamim had survived a review after Root took a catch that
initially hit the body of a tumbling Ben Stokes at slip. The replay
indicated there was no bat or glove involved.
England were all out
for 240 in their second innings in the fifth over of the morning, after
adding just 12 to their overnight tally of 228/8.
spinner Taijul Islam trapped Batty leg before off his second ball after
Stuart Broad was run out on his overnight score of 10. Chris Woakes was
unbeaten on 19.
The second and final Test will start in Dhaka on October 28.