Dhaka Test, Day 3
Bangladesh led by 128 runs at the end of play on Day 2. Tamim and Imrul got Bangladesh to a flying start but England struck back by picking up 2 quick wickets. Riyad walked in at 4 and provided a vital support to Imrul taking Bangladesh’s lead past 100. It looked like the pair would see off the day safely but to the disguise of Bangladesh fan, a moment of madness by Riyad cost his wicket literally to the final ball of the day. Bangladesh had nothing but all to do on Day 3. Read all about Day 2 here.
First Session –
Imrul and Shakib marked their guard as they hoped to extend Bangladesh’s lead. Imrul started confidently, however, Shakib did not seem to be at his best – have to admit that his batting style keeps everyone at the edge of their seat. The pair ticked along to take Bangladesh’s lead to 150 runs with a bit of luck coming their way. Imrul was dropped twice by Cook and Root, whereas, Shakib had an lbw decision in his favor when given not out by the umpire. England chose not to review this decision, had it been reviewed Shakib would have had to walk back to the pavilion. Bangladesh reached 200 and lead by 176 runs. Imrul tried to sweep Ali, however, he completely missed it and was trapped lbw. Mushfiqur Rahim joined Shakib hoping to extend the lead further. Shakib riding his luck again as he tried to hit the ball out of the park but mishits it and the fielder in the deep drops a dolly!! – This is why his batting doesn’t fill me in with a lot of confidence. Mushfiqur’s fortune was as good as his partners as he also had been trapped lbw by Ali – England appealed half-heartedly and decided not to review it when the on-field umpire gave it not out. And yet again, if England had reviewed it that would have meant the end of the Bangladeshi captain. To make matters worse for England, Finn dropped Mushfiqur at mid-off – It was a good effort but a drop is a drop.
England were having a torrid time in the field as Bangladesh aimed to capitalize on their good fortune. The pair ticking along nicely riding their luck surpassed Bangladesh’s lead to 200 plus. England in search for a wicket looked at Adil Rashid – He didn’t disappoint as he bowled a ripper to get rid of Shakib – Trying to late cut a sharply turned ball only managing to inside edge it to the stumps. Bangladesh had lost half their side for 238 runs and lead by 214 runs. Rahim did not have a memorable 50th test match and he fell shortly after Shakib – Poor captaincy, wicket-keeping and as a batsman, Rahim had been poor. 238/6 – another collapse in the making?
Sabbir and Hom made sure the collapse was not on the cards as they batted with authority. The pair added 30 more runs to the total before Sabbir got out just before lunch. Bangladesh managed 268 for the loss of 7 wickets and lead by 244 runs – 116 runs were scored and 4 wickets fell in this session. 244 runs lead is already looking good with the pitch aiding the spinners big time and surely it won’t be easy to bat in the 4th innings. Bangladesh will hope to add as many runs in the next session to set a challenging total for England to chase – I reckon anything above 270 will be a solid target.
Second Session –
Bangladesh batters came into this session to accumulate as many runs if they could. Taijul showed aggression and spanked Stokes through mid-on to get a boundary before nicking one to the keeper. Mehedi may have been sensational with the ball but with the bat in hand struggled. He came down aggressively to tonk the ball over mid-off but only managed to get a thick edge to get caught at slips – Dejavu of collapse! Bangladesh were 276 for 9 at this point. It’s all down to Hom – who to his credit have been batting decently – needed help from the number 11, Kamrul. The pair added valuable 20 runs partnership as Bangladesh fell short of 4 runs to get to 300 runs. Hom remained unbeaten at 25 runs – a valuable innings none the less. Bangladesh have set 273 runs for England to chase – a commanding total by Bangladesh especially considering how the pitch has been behaving. Bangladesh can take lots of positive and the fact England’s highest 4th innings run-chase in the sub-continent is 209 v Pakistan will give Bangladesh a lot of confidence. It’s all down to the bowlers to get Bangladesh over the line and create history.
England’s captain Cook and Duckett began the chase exceptionally well. Duckett took the role of the aggressor and have toyed the Bangladeshi bowlers with ease. Cook supported Duckett from the other end and the pair were rattling along at 4 runs per over. Bangladesh defending a healthy score of 273 runs but the body language seemed very poor from the players. The approach was shocking, to say the least. Captain, Mushfiqur, was left clueless yet again – didn’t allow the bowlers to settle and kept changing things without much success. Taking nothing away from the England batsmen who took on the charge and never allowed the bowlers to settle in. Duckett, survived earlier on when he was dropped at slips by Riyad – a difficult chance but it surely did go begging. Duckett took full advantage and reached his maiden 50 in test cricket – a crucial knock considering the condition and situation of the match. This session completely belonged to England as they wrapped up the tail quick and finished unbeaten on 100 at tea. Bangladesh need wickets – the game can change quickly – the attitude has to be right.
Third Session –
Bangladesh desperately needed to get an early wicket to have any sniff in turning the game their way. And boy o boy, the 19-year-old Bangladeshi sensation, Mehedi, got Duckett out first ball after tea by skidding through the ball past him. Bangladesh got their man and the mood suddenly have changed around the ground. Before things settled down, Shakib on the other end tossed it up at Root who did not commit was trapped behind as Bangladesh celebrated their second – upset tummy to blame? Bangladeshi bowlers were building pressure on the England batsmen by bowling very tight. Mehedi almost picked up Cook immediately, however, DRS came to his rescue. With constant pressure by the bowler’s Ballance completely mistimed a long-hop and Tamim grabbed an easy catch. Ali (the Bangladeshi son-in-law) was the next man in but he didn’t even bother the scorer as Mehedi got him plumb in front of the wicket – Mehedi’s 3rd wicket of the day.
England fell apart from 100/0 to 124/4 now. Bangladesh were right in the game and sensing that they could create history. However, they couldn’t have afforded to sit back knowing all about the long batting line-up of the English team. England were struggling as Cook survived his second lbw shout with the help of DRS again. His fortunes ran out in the next over as he was caught at silly point by Mominul – Mehedi picking him is 4th and 10th wicket of the match. Cook departed for 59, leaving England tottering at 127/5. However, England had their best batting pair in the likes of Stokes and Baristow at the crease. The pair have rescued England quite a few time in this series and the team needed them to step up again. Riyad did let Baristow know about the game situation and was constantly sledging him to get under his nerves – Riyad did get similar treatment when he was batting the day before (revenge perhaps?). It didn’t take long for Baristow to crack under pressure when Bangladesh’s go-to man Mehedi got the inside edge of his bat leading the ball to loop up in the air to be caught by Hom. A lot of emotions floating around and England have capitulated from a dominating position to lose 6 wickets for 39 runs.
The game has swung dramatically in Bangladesh’s favour since the tea break. Woakes who build a solid partnership with Rashid in the last innings was promoted to give support to Stokes. Bangladesh didn’t let the momentum go down as they constantly attacked England. Stokes tried attacking and came down the track only to mistime it towards the bowler. Shakib almost grasped it but unfortunately, it spilled out of his had – tough one but could this have been a costly drop? This didn’t stop Stokes from attacking as he clubbed a huge six down the ground.A couple of balls later, he attempted the reverse sweep but missed it. Bangladeshi boys went for a massive appeal and Dharmesena raised his finger to the home players delight. However, Stokes reviewed it and the faintest of touch on the gloves saved him yet again – DRAMA!! As a Bangladeshi fan, one would have thought is the luck fading away? Would Stokes be the man to take England home? Tension all around. Still attacking Stokes smashed Shakib’s short ball for a four. The next ball was a gem by Shakib as it clattered Stokes stumps to the delight of the Bangladeshi players and fans. Stokes, the last hope for England was on his knees – absolutely shattered. Little do Bangladesh cared, Shakib brought out the salute celebration – the fans were all delighted and over the place.
Rashid was promoted up the order but little did it matter as Shakib got him trapped plumb the very next ball. England reviewed it but it didn’t make any difference, Rashid was heading back and Shakib on a hat-trick. Ansari negotiated the hat-trick ball but fell in the next ball – Shakib claiming his 3rd wicket in the over. What made the dismissal amazing is that it was a team effort catch – the ball bobbled from Mominul and Imrul taking the rebound. Everything was going Bangladesh’s way – the players and the fans were ecstatic as Bangladesh were on the brink of history. It didn’t take Bangladesh long to create history as the last man in, Finn, was adjusted lbw and it was none other than Mehedi who finished the game with 12 wickets in the match.
100/0 to 164 all out – England have collapsed dramatically. They have lost all 10 of their wickets in the last session of the day. On the other hand, Bangladesh were delighted with their fight back in a dramatic style to register an impressive 108 runs victory. The series leveled on 1 all, the cup was shared by both the captains. The youngster Mehedi rightly bagged both Man of the match and Man of the series award. What a gem this lad has been for Bangladesh. 19 wickets in 2 match with 3 five-wicket haul by Mehedi – REMEMBER THE NAME!!!
An impressive victory to beat one of the top-ranked test nation is an incredible achievement. To be honest, Bangladesh should have won the series. However, the captaincy still remains an issue for Bangladesh. Let’s not dwell on the negatives now and celebrate the big moment. Will have an in-depth review about individuals in the upcoming blogs – so stay tuned.
Hope you all had a fantastic day, I am absolutely buzzing. The feeling is so special at the moment. I am literally struggling to finish this off. My emotions were like that of woman today – kept changing every minute of the game. Absolutely delighted with the win and hope that this is just the beginning – ‘etai shuru’.
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