Dhaka Test, Day 2
With 3 English wickets in the bag at the end of Day 1, Bangladesh couldn’t have hoped for a better start after their initial cock up with the bat. However, they needed it to continue the following day to put pressure back on England. Just in case if you missed the blog on Day 1, then you can read it here .
First Session –
Day 2 started 27 minutes earlier than usual to cover the loss time from yesterday. For Bangladesh, it was all about getting early wickets. Miraz continued from where he finished yesterday. He straight away got an edge of Ali which just fell short of the slip fielder. Things were looking promising and it didn’t take long for Bangladesh to strike. Ali tried to sweep Miraz, but the ball skidded on to hit the stumps. Bangladesh have got their start but couldn’t afford to sit back at all as the next man walking in was Ben Stokes, who has been exceptional with both bat and ball in hand. Taijul almost had Root but was dropped by Mushfiq – wasn’t an easy catch whatsoever. However, in the very next ball, Stokes was caught superbly for a duck at short leg by Mominul. Big wicket that for Bangladesh as England have lost their 5th wicket now. Baristow, the highest run-getter by a wicket keeper in this calendar year walked in and provided vital support to Root. The 6th wicket have always yielded big run for England in this series and England would have wanted the same again here. The partnership looked like threatening but not until when Miraz returned and got Baristow trapped him lbw to give Bangladesh a vital breakthrough. Ansari then became Miraz’s 5th scalp, his second ‘fifer’ this series. What a talent he his for Bangladesh.
Taijul then got the big fish Joe Root by skidding the ball and trapping him at the back foot for an lbw. With lunch in the horizon, Bangladesh aimed to finish off the English innings quickly. However, both Rashid and Woakes survived and teams headed for lunch with England at 163 for 8 wickets. Bangladesh will hope to wrap up the last 2 wickets as quickly as they can so to attain a decent lead. Looking how the pitch is behaving a lead of 40 plus could turn out to be a vital one in the end.
Second Session –
In the second session, Bangladesh would have ideally hoped to see off the final two wickets quick so that they could hold on to a lead. Any lead here would have been like gold dust. However, things didn’t plan out the way Bangladesh wanted it to be. England’s batting depth came into their rescue aided with poor captaincy by Mushfiqur Rahim. Not for the first time in this series, Mushfiqur Rahim has left the game slip away from Bangladesh with his appalling captaincy. Needing 2 wickets post lunch, Bangladesh were not aggressive at all to see it off. Is this the biryani effect? Who knows. Surely the ball was much softer and was easier to bat but defensive field setup + poor bowling changes + impressive batting by the lower order had Bangladesh in all sort of trouble yet again. Kamrul, the seamer, was given a shot – which was not a wise decision considering how the pitch was behaving. He didn’t help the cause either as all his loose deliveries were easily negotiated by the English batsmen. The momentum was all England then.
Sabbir was close to breaking the partnership when his full-toss was caught but only to be ruled out as a waist height no-ball. The decision did come from 3rd umpire, however, it looked like a misjudgment as the ball would have eventually dipped below the waist line. At one point it looked as if Bangladesh would take a healthy lead but Rashid and Woakes had plans of their own and managed England to get to the lead. The pairs resilient batting came to an end when Miraz took the new ball and got Woakes straight-away, his 6th of the innings. Hom produced a brilliant catch at leg slip to finally break the partnership. England then lost their last wicket almost immediately when Finn edged Taijul to the keeper. Without many options to reverse the ball Bangladesh had to rely on the new ball to finish the job.
England have taken a slim lead of 24 runs which will be crucial considering they were tottering at 145 for 8 wickets at one point. They finished at 244 runs at tea. Bangladesh need to bat sensibly here, any target of 250 plus should set a challenge for England. Will Bangladesh batsmen be able to score that sort of runs here is to be seen? Just praying and hoping that the Bangladeshi fans do not have to see another collapse.
Third Session –
Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes led the way for Bangladesh in their 2nd innings after tea. The pair started wonderfully well as they raised to 60 runs in 10 overs. When batting looked easy, Ansari, the debutant got the inside edge of Tamim’s bat which was caught by England captain Cook at leg slip. Tamim departed for 40 odd runs, leaving Bangladesh at 65/1. Mominul who played an impressive knock in the first innings didn’t last long as he edged his 2nd delivery to get caught at slips – a very loose shot to say the least. Bangladesh have lost 2 wickets in space of 3 deliveries. The scorecard says it is 66/2 but in reality, it is 42/2. Is there another collapse on the card?
Riyad walked in at No. 4 – with the intention to stay with Imrul at the end of the day. After a blistering start, Bangladesh needed another partnership in order to set a decent target. Riyad played some delightful shots to kick-start his innings. Bangladesh reached 100 runs in the 22nd over and the partnership that the Bangladeshi prayed for seemed to be going well. The pair added 50 runs and were looking threatening. Imrul reversed swept in the 27th over (not his first reverse sweep) to get to his 4th Test 50. Bangladesh were leading by 126 runs and the pair had 6 more minutes to negotiate until close of play. However, to the despair of 8,604 spectators in the stadium and millions watching it on the TV, Riyad played a poor shot (ffs) to get cleaned up by Ansari to the last ball of the day. All he had to do is defend it and continue tomorrow. England were looking doom and gloom until that point but this wicket has surely lifted them up. Things will be interesting on Day 3.
Another fantastic day of cricket was on the show today. Bangladesh picking early wickets to put England on the backfoot by taking 8 of their wickets for 143 runs. Rashid and Woakes built a massive partnership and gave England a 24 run lead as Mushfiqur was left clueless. Miraz being the pick of the bowler again for Bangladesh by claiming 6 wickets. Bangladesh came on to the second innings and was on a roll before losing 2 quick wickets. Riyad and Imrul did the most bit right except for the last ball where Riyad’s brain froze and lost his wicket playing an absolute s****y shot. Bangladesh will pray and hope this doesn’t trigger the next collapse. Bangladesh lead by 128 runs at close of play.
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