After an initial struggle, England pulled things back against Bangladesh on day 1 of the second Test at Mirpur. After losing Imrul Kayes early, Tamim Iqbal and Mominul Haque put on a 170-run partnership for the second wicket to put their side on a commanding position. When Tamim was dismissed for 104 and Mominul followed him to the pavilion after scoring 66, the floodgates opened as Bangladesh lost their last 9 wickets for just 49 runs and were dismissed for 220 in the first innings.
Moeen Ali was the wrecker-in-chief as he took his second fifer in Tests. He was backed well by Chris Woakes and Ben Stokes, who took 3 wickets and 2 wickets respectively. There was an incident in Bangladesh’s first innings in which a delivery from Ben Stokes hit the back of the helmet of Bangladeshi skipper, Mushfiqur Rahim, who was fortunate to survive in spite of using an old helmet (without any protection at the back).
In return, Bangladesh spinners struck early to have England reeling at 50-3 when the play for the day was called off early due to rain. Mehdi Hasan scalped two wickets while veteran Shakib-al-Hasan bagged one. Joe Root (15) and Moeen Ali (2) are at the crease for the Poms when the play ended.
Here are some of the interesting numbers from the match:
1- Alastair Cook becomes the first player to score over 10,000 runs as an opener in Tests.
5-57- Moeen Ali has taken a Test fifer for the first time outside of England. His previous best was 4/69 vs SA in Durban in 2015.
56- Johnny Bairstow has now 56 dismissals in 2016, joint most by an England wicketkeeper (Matt Prior in 2010).
63.3- Tamim Iqbal averages 63.3 against England in Tests. Only five men (at least 10 innings) have higher averages against England in Test cricket.
50- Mushfiqur Rahim is playing his 50th Test for Bangladesh, the third Bangladeshi to do so.
Tamim Iqbal has scored a fifty in at least one innings of each of the six Test matches he played against England.
54- Alastair Cook equals Michael Atherton's record of captaining England in most Tests.
2- This is England's 2nd Test of the last 110 since March 2008 that had neither Stuart Broad nor James Anderson.Published 28 Oct 2016, 16:05 IST