CTG test day 4
CTG test day 4

Bangladesh are off to a fluent start in their pursuit of 286 for victory against England in the first Test.

By lunch on the fourth day, the Tigers had eased to 86 as Alastair Cook employed his spinners to send back the openers at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong on Sunday.

Mominul Haque (19) and Mahmudullah (4) were at the crease for the hosts.

Bangladesh’s highest successful fourth-innings run-chase is 217 but looking at a target much higher than that on Sunday, the openers attacked the England bowlers and were off to a breezy start.

Imrul Kayes, in particular, took the initiative to take the fight to the bowlers but Tamim Iqbal (9) then fell to a venomous delivery from Moeen Ali, thanks to a sharp catch from Gary Ballance at short leg.

Kayes, however, pressed on and added another fluent 46 with Mominul Haque for the highest second-wicket stand of the match. The duo seemed comfortable dealing with spin as Kayes cracked six boundaries in his 61-ball 43.

The opener was undone by Adil Rashid’s legspin when he went for a sweep – a shot he had played with success several time before. The ball looped up as Joe Root moved across from slip to pouch it behind the wicketkeeper.

Earlier, Bangladesh bowled England out for 240 in the second innings.

England resumed on an overnight score of 228-8 but the hosts needed about 20 minutes to wrap up the innings as the tourists lost their last two wickets for 12 runs.

Stuart Broad ran himself out for 10 before Gareth Batty fell lbw to Taijul Islam, for 3.

Taijul returned 2-41 after Shakib (5-85) claimed his 15th five-wicket haul in Tests on the third day. For England, a superb allround effort from Ben Stokes had put them on a good position.