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    A great day of cricket - and that's the way it should be. The fifth day of Test matches should matter, and for too long now, it hasn't. Chittagong awaits a fitting finale tomorrow, with everything on the line. Bangladesh can land a historic Test victory by chasing down the remainder of the runs, while England will be vindicated for making the journey and going ahead with the tour.

    The first four days of the Test have proven that the red-ball format of the game is fit and thriving, with two flawed but swashbuckling sides giving their best. It has swung back and forth, and England deserve credit for heading to the subcontinent when - like Australia did - they could have easily stayed at home.

    Now, Sabbir Rahman and Taijul Islam could be national heroes within 24 hours.On his Test debut, the former was 59 not out overnight and he inflicted all sorts of damage throughout the day.

    The day started disappointingly for the tourists, who with a tail such as theirs, would have wanted more. Broad shouldn't have ran but did, while Batty should be reading a delivery like that better and not be caught plum LBW. It was the sign of what was to come. Cook followed Bangladesh’s lead by opening the bowling with two spinners, Batty and Moeen Ali. But he lacked faith in the spinners, and was conservative in his field placings.

    Of course, that can be expected. Moeen has the bite but not the control, while Rashid lacks a bit of both, and Bangladesh raced along at four runs per over for a while before Batty shone, dismissing Mominul Haque, Mahmudullah, and Mushfiqur. Why was he given just two overs after that?

    Batty ended the crucial partnership of the innings - Sabbir's 87-run stand for the sixth wicket with Mushfiqur - and England got rid of two debutants, Mehedi Hasan and Kamrul Islam Rabbi, to give them hope. Sabbir was absolutely brilliant, though. Full credit to him. Bangladesh's middle order is stubborn and tough, and is incapable of being run through, despite England's intentions. I think the hosts were shrewd today, performing like it was an ODI match, and their blistering start took a lot of the pressure of the lower order.

    Still, it's all to play for. And, whatever happens, it has been a magnificent Test match. Bangladesh are fighting to prove its suitability as a host for international teams, and they are doing more than a fair job. Whatever happens on the final day, Bangladesh can take great encouragement from this match. This is, after all, a team that has lost all eight of their previous Tests against England.
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    By the way, it's worth remembering that England's top order continues to flounder - and Bangladesh dismissing them twice for under 300 runs, even if England did deploy only four specialist batsmen, was a terrific feat. That quartet (Cook, Duckett, Root and Ballance) made a meagre 96 runs between them.

    Elsewhere today, Kohli inspired India to take a 2-1 lead over NZ in the ODI series. Dhoni got to 9,000 Test runs, but it's Kohli who was the more impressive. 26 ODI hundreds for him now, and only three have scored more: Sachin Tendulkar (49), Ricky Ponting (30) and Sanath Jayasuriya (28). More impressive is his average while chasing - a gargantuan 90 - with Kohli posting 154 not out as Dhoni racked up 80, helping India post 289-3 after NZ were bowled out for 285.

    India lost their openers with only 41 on the board, before Kohli and MS Dhoni, who promoted himself to No. 4, added 151 for the third wicket to bring the equation down to 94 from 85 balls.

    Pandey won them the match, but it was all Kohli and Dhoni, after Rahane and Sharma were dismissed early. NZ didn't help themselves, dropping Kohli early on, and Dhoni fell on 80, but it was a regulation chase for the home side.
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    anyone know what time england/bangladesh are playing tomorrow?
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    (Original post by Angry Bird)
    anyone know what time england/bangladesh are playing tomorrow?
    Think it's a 5am start
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    Already game over in the Pakistan ban WI match, by the way.

    The hosts have a 342-run lead and are 114-1 with Azhar unbeaten on a half-century, but they will be disappointed to lose Aslam, who was on 50 when Gabriel angled in one on his pads just before stumps.

    It was a great day for Pakistan's bowlers, Yasir posting a four-for as Pakistan skittled WI for just over 200, before they grew a commanding lead by not scoring quickly but proving consistently ruthless in their running between the wicket and finding the gaps.
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    *sigh* only took England around 4 overs to wrap up the 2 wickets and England win by 22 runs

    So close and the fine margins just let us down

    Tough that Mustifizur Raham was out injured - I think he would've been sensational on the pitch.

    Ben Stokes probably the man of the match.
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    (Original post by Zerforax)
    *sigh* only took England around 4 overs to wrap up the 2 wickets and England win by 22 runs

    So close and the fine margins just let us down

    Tough that Mustifizur Raham was out injured - I think he would've been sensational on the pitch.

    Ben Stokes probably the man of the match.
    Agree about Ben Stokes. Look forward to the Second Test starting on Friday and hope England's top order batsmen can make some runs.
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    Agree about Ben Stokes. Look forward to the Second Test starting on Friday and hope England's top order batsmen can make some runs.
    I'm not sure how the pitch will play in Dhaka.
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    Despite Bangladesh only needing 33 to win, there was never much doubt that England wouldn't win. Bangladesh just seem to be constantly throwing away games right at the end, must be tough supporting them.
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    Well done England - or should I say, well done Ben Stokes.

    It's hard to remember that Stokes - not too long ago - was being criticised for not having an impact. Since 2015, though, he has bagged three red ball MOTM awards and thrived in the limited overs arena. He has matured and grown, and at this stage, it's hard to remember that Stokes is the same man who endured that hellish final over in the World T20, missed a Test after punching a locker, and was sent home from a Lions tour.

    He capped a supreme allround performance with two wickets in three balls - his fifth and sixth of the match, to go alongside his total of 103 runs.

    Full credit to Bangladesh, who have never lost by a smaller margin and never removed all 20 England wickets before.

    Unfortunately for them, Sabbir just ran out of partners after Cook backed his seamers from the first over. The captain was absolutely right to avoid deploying the new ball, too.

    There are a few issues regarding England still, of course, but this was a fascinating Test match played between two fantastic yet flawed teams.

    Cook admitted that the option of turning to the new ball with his spinners - Batty, Mo and Rashid, even after the former's key three wickets yesterday - would have been a "gamble", which will hardly fill them with confidence.

    Something needs to be done about the umpiring level, though. Eight of sixteen reviews after a Dharmasena decision were overturned, which is a new record.
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    I absolutely love cricket! What an amazing win! England beat Bangladesh by 22 runs! It was so close! Well done to Ben Stokes and the entire England Cricket team! 🏏🏏🏏🏏🏏🏏🏏🏏
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    Highlights on every hour on sky sports 2 if anyone missed the morning session I've watched the highlights Ben stokes is getting better anyone agree with me? And who thinks that Haseeb Hameed and Ansari should play the next test match on Friday
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    Cook has hinted at "rotation" in the second Test.

    "I'm pretty sure there will be some changes," Cook said. "If we play the same side early on in the tour, we could have a lot of guys with not much cricket under their belts coming into a crucial Test a bit further down the line. We were clear before we came out here that we would rotate, so I'd imagine there might be a couple of changes."

    Broad and Woakes could be rested, you imagine, but I'd be tempted to jettison Ballance for Ansari, especially with the latter's first-class average so high. I think he averages over 30 in the County Championship, and can turn the ball away from Bangladesh with his left-arm spin, giving them something to think about. After all, the Bangladeshi batsmen seem to be thriving against Mo and Rashid - and, more worryingly, seem to be loving facing them.

    Moeen is intriguing: he is easily England's best spinner of a ball, but he is also often the most expensive, while Rashid struggles with length and is probably the poorest spinner of the trio, and Batty the most consistent but arguably the most incapable of delivering a 'magic' ball like Mo and Rashid sometimes manage.
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    Great match. A little embarrassing that it was so close to be honest though. Should be beating Bangladesh comfortably.
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    It will be interesting to watch the second test match on Friday there is only one test match left so England will have to win it to win the test series. I'm an England supporter but England should have won this match easily really. I really don't think that England have much chance against India, especially in the current form there in. I think England really need to focus on the batting especially in India because India always make big scores, as they have got great batsmen like Kohli and ms Dhoni.
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    I was really excited to watch Haseeb play in the first test match considering the way he's been playing in county hope he plays in the next test match it will be interesting to see what he can do in Bangladesh.
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    If anybody says Bangladesh doesn't deserve to play Test cricket, point them in the direction of this match would you?

    Judging on the closeness of the contest and the way the home side played, you have to say Bayliss is bang on the money when he says Bangladesh won't be ranked number nine in the world for very long (probably at WI's expense, with them continuing to flounder in the UAE against Pakistan as I type this).

    What's clear is this: England have a world-class seam attack - even without Anderson, who is the jewel in their bowling crown. But they also have an average, middle of the road spin trio.

    Cook doesn't trust spinners to be match-winners rather than in-fillers because, let's face it, how many consistently game-dominating spin bowlers has England produced? Swann and Monty in the last decade. That's it.
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    If anybody says Bangladesh doesn't deserve to play Test cricket, point them in the direction of this match would you?

    Judging on the closeness of the contest and the way the home side played, you have to say Bayliss is bang on the money when he says Bangladesh won't be ranked number nine in the world for very long (probably at WI's expense, with them continuing to flounder in the UAE against Pakistan as I type this).

    What's clear is this: England have a world-class seam attack - even without Anderson, who is the jewel in their bowling crown. But they also have an average, middle of the road spin trio.

    Cook doesn't trust spinners to be match-winners rather than in-fillers because, let's face it, how many consistently game-dominating spin bowlers has England produced? Swann and Monty in the last decade. That's it.
    Our issue is that while we're great in home conditions, we struggle abroad and so if we traveled to England to play Test matches, I'd expect us to lose and possibly even by an innings..

    That said, we were missing probably 3 pace bowlers in Mustafizur Raham, Taskin Ahmed, Rubel Hossain, Al-amin Hossain etc so maybe we would travel better now than before?

    Can't ignore how little cricket we play which would help our sharpness too.

    But I always say to people now that Bangladesh have, and are continuing to, a squad of good crickets with the odd potential great in there. Our spine has a handful of very experienced played (Shakib, Tamim, Mahmadullah, Mushfiqur Rahim etc) and so only youngsters with real potential now get throw in (Mehedi with 6 wickets in the first innings).

    We'll continue to improve for the next 5-10 years and it's only when the current core squad retires that we'll go down and struggle like Sri Lanka currently are.
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    Our issue is that while we're great in home conditions, we struggle abroad and so if we traveled to England to play Test matches, I'd expect us to lose and possibly even by an innings..

    That said, we were missing probably 3 pace bowlers in Mustafizur Raham, Taskin Ahmed, Rubel Hossain, Al-amin Hossain etc so maybe we would travel better now than before?

    Can't ignore how little cricket we play which would help our sharpness too.

    But I always say to people now that Bangladesh have, and are continuing to, a squad of good crickets with the odd potential great in there. Our spine has a handful of very experienced played (Shakib, Tamim, Mahmadullah, Mushfiqur Rahim etc) and so only youngsters with real potential now get throw in (Mehedi with 6 wickets in the first innings).

    We'll continue to improve for the next 5-10 years and it's only when the current core squad retires that we'll go down and struggle like Sri Lanka currently are.
    Still, having not played a Test for 14 months, it was a fantastic performance - and these are exciting times for Bangladeshi cricket.

    Elsewhere, Dominant Pakistan are just six wickets away from going 2-0 up against WI, who are 171 for 4 needing a further 285 to claim victory. Brathwaite hit 67, and Blackwood is 41 not out, but it looks unlikely they will claw themselves out of this one after Pakistan declared on 227-2 with Shafiq on an unbeaten 58.

    That declaration may have seemed premature, but with the pitch offering little, Pakistan know they'll need all the time possible if they are to get rid of the Windies. We saw Yasir pick up two wickets - despite the pitch being placid - but Roston Chase and Jermaine Blackwood saw WI through to stumps with an unbroken fifth-wicket stand of 47 in 17.2 overs. It's worth remembering, too, that this is the same duo that helped West Indies saved the Jamaica Test against India in August.

    Yasir claimed Johnson early on, before Darren Bravo fell to Rahat, and Marlon Samuels also went to the former.
 
 
 

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