The Second Test between Bangladesh and England could have gone either way as the hosts finished day 2 at 152/3 with a lead of 128 runs.
No one would have thought that the game will be over by the third day as Bangladesh began well with the overnight batsmen Imrul Kayes and Shakib Al Hasan, who added 48 runs for the 4th wicket.
The opportunity was there for the batsmen to extend the lead as they were in a great position to do so. But, English bowlers brought their team back in the match after picking up the last 6 wickets for just 96 runs. Adil Rashid was the leading bowler with 4 wickets.
Now as England had to chase 273 runs for victory, the English openers provided the team an ideal start, with Ben Duckett going after the bowling from the beginning along with skipper Alastair Cook. The openers added a 100 run partnership in just 23 overs and were set to seal the series with another win.
However, it was the young sensation Mehedi Hasan, who halted the England’s score and sent six batsmen back to the pavilion one after the other, like he did so in the first test.
Hasan was supported by the Mr. Consistent- Shakib Al Hassan from the other end, who picked up 3 wickets in a single over, claiming 4 wickets in total.
Therefore, Bangladesh won the match by 108 runs and got their 8th victory in their overall Test cricket history.
The Test match was nothing short of an exciting encounter for any supporter and here are The 5 talking points from the match –
5) Rashid and Stokes brought England back in the game
At the start of day’s play when Kayes and Shakib were going smoothly after constructing a good solid partnership, it seemed as if the Bangladeshi batsmen were on course to post a total that would be out of reach of the English batsmen.
However, when Kayes departed after making a good 78 with the wicket courtesy of Moeen Ali, the collapse had begun with Shakib and skipper Mushfiqur also departing in quick succession. That is when Adil Rashid and Ben Stokes ran through the batsmen at the other end and finished with 4 and 3 wickets respectively with Hom remaining unbeaten with a hard fought 25 runs and the target for England was reduced to 273 for victory.
4) Cook’s return of form
With Cook’s opening partner literally tearing the Bangladeshi bowlers up at the start, Alastair Cook went about his business in his usual manner. He defended the spinners beautifully and looked all at ease for most parts of the innings.
He waited on the loose deliveries and rusted his defense as he always does and notched up yet another half-century in Test cricket.
He scored 59 runs off 117 balls before holding out to Mehedi Hasan yet again and became the 5th wicket to fall in the England innings.
3) Ben Duckett’s impact as an opener
With a slow and composed Cook at the other end, Duckett made his intentions clear from the start and took on the attack to the opposition.
Bangladesh as expected went with an all spin attack from the first over and the left handed opener was on the offense as well straight away.
He implemented the reverse sweeps pretty well and struck some wonderful boundaries and reached his fifty off just 61 balls
He got out scoring 56 runs off 64 balls with 7 boundaries and a six!
2) Mehedi Miraz’s dream patch continued
The former Bangladesh Cricket U-19 skipper was a on roll yet again as he bagged his 3rd fifer in 4 innings of the series!
Duckett however happened to be in the mood for big hits and Mehedi happened to be on the receiving end of it.
The young off-spinner’s confidence did not decrease one bit as right after Tea, the 19-year-old accounted for Duckett’s wicket and immediately the batsmen were on the back foot.
He went on to bag the wickets of Gary Ballance, Moeen Ali, Alastair Cook and Jonny Bairstow all in a hurry and came back to grab the last wicket of the innings in the form of Steven Finn.
He ended the day with figures of 77/6 in 21.3 overs and took his tally to a total of 19 wickets in the series receiving the player of the series as well in the process.
1) Kumar Dharmasena with another poor Test
Kumar Dharmasena has been under the hammer in the series as few of his crucial decisions were overturned and the same happened on day 3.
For instance, in the 26th over, he ruled Cook out LBW and the batsman sent the decision upstairs. The replays suggested that the ball was going on to miss the leg stump and the umpire had to change his decision.
Then in the 42nd over, Ben Stokes was adjudged LBW by Dharmasena and on review, it was found that the batsman had gloved the ball onto the pad and the umpire was again seen waving his hands to signal not out.
As expected the Srilankan has received a lot of criticism over the last few days for his decision making and is a concern whether he should be given games on turning tracks anymore.