Bangladesh vs England, 1st Test, Day 3: As it happened...

Ben Stokes put England on top against Bangladesh with a four-wicket haul in the first innings.

Bangladesh vs England, 1st Test, Day 3: As it happened...

Chittagong: Live cricket score and live updates from Day 3 of the first Test match between England and Bangladesh. After losing Cook and Root early in the day, Ben Stokes hit a fifty under crucial circumstances to bring his team back in the game.


England lead by 273 runs and Bangladesh need 2 wickets to wrap up the proceedings for visitors. Ben Stokes was the stand out batsman for visitors, who scored 85 runs with 6 boundaries and 3 sixes to his name. On the other hand, Shakib-Al-Hasan was the best bowler for the hosts, as he took 5 wickets for 79 runs.

Over 76 | Score 228/8 | (Stokes 76*, Bairstow 37*)

Chris Woakes and Stuart Broad have done well not give away their wickets to Bangladesh. They need to add those important lower order runs for England to pile up the lead and make life miserable for hosts when they come out to bat.

Over 70 | Score 214/8 | (Woakes 7*, Broad 0*)

Some respite for the Bangladeshi players as they took 3 wickets to bring run rate down to some extent. The partnership between Stokes and Baristow was broken by Kamrul Islam, who bowled the right hander out.

Ben Stokes missed out on a deserving hundred, out for 85. Never the less an excellent innings from England's point of view.

WICKET: Jonny Bairstow b Kamrul Islam Rabbi 47 (95b)

WICKET: Ben Stokes lbw b Shakib Al Hasan 85 (151b)

WICKET: Adil Rashid lbw b Shakib Al Hasan 9 (18b)

Over 60 | Score 177/5 | (Stokes 76*, Bairstow 37*)

These runs will hurt Bangladesh later on. Stokes and Baristow are playing beautifully and they have put England in the driving seat. Hosts have suddenly lost the plot in the midst of this lovely partnership.

Over 50 | Score 138/5 | (Stokes 56*, Bairstow 24*)

Ben Stokes hammered six to reach his fifty. This has been a fantastic innings and he has bailed his team out of the trouble to an extent, along with Bairstow, who hasn't lost his focus with Strokes hitting big strokes every now and then. The partnership is now worth 76 runs. 

Over 43 | Score 108/5 | (Stokes 33*, Bairstow 17*)

TEA: Good comeback by Stokes and Bairstow. England are 153 runs ahead with five wickets in hand. With two days remaining in this match, the hosts would be unsure of what total should they keep in mind. The partnership between these two is now worth 46 runs.

Over 40 | Score 97/5 | (Stokes 27*, Bairstow 12*)

After Ali's dismissal, Stokes and Bairstow have looked far more convincing at the crease. Stokes has gone for a few bigs hits, but at the same time he has played the native format, the way it should be played. England would want a healthy partnership between these two.

Over 30 | Score 66/5 | (Stokes 11*, Bairstow 2*)

Moeen Ali was the next English batsman to be dismissed as he mistimed a sweep and Mushfiqur dived to grab on to a good catch. Shakib's third wicket of the innings also ended the 16-run stand for the sixth wicket.

WICKET: Moeen Ali c Mushfiqur Rahim b Shakib Al Hasan 14 (50b)

Over 20 | Score 46/4 | (Ali 9*, Stokes 0*)

Ballance was the next batsman to be dismissed as he worked one straight into leg slip off Taijul Islam's bowling. Throughout his stay, Ballance was looking vulnerable at the crease. Ben Stokes is the new man in and the onus lies now on the two left-hander to stitch a healthy partnership and get their team out of trouble.

WICKET: Gary Ballance c Imrul Kayes b Taijul Islam 9 (25b)

Over 11.2 | Score 28/3 | (Ballance 0*)

LUNCH: Bangladesh picked another wicket when he edged one towards short leg. This has been a great comeback by the Bangladeshi bowlers. They have managed to shift the momentum in their favour. More importantly, Cook and Root are back in the pavilion. England now lead by 73 runs with seven wickets remaining. This is turning out to be a very interesting Test match.

WICKET: Ben Duckett c Mominul Haque b Shakib Al Hasan 15 (34b)

Over 10 | Score 27/2 | (Duckett 14*, Ballance 0*)

Bangladeshi bowlers brought the team back in the game to an extent by picking two big wickets of Alastair Cook and Joe Root. Root was dismissed by debutant Mehedi Hasan, as he gave a low catch in the slip cordon. Shakib trapped Root in front of the wicket soon, and despite a review, there was no reprieve for the batsman.

Over 86 | Score 248/10 | (Sabbir Rahman 16*, Taijul 3*)

Ben Stokes picked the remaining two wickets in one over to give his side a 45-run lead over the hosts. While Cook was caught in the slip cordon, Kamrul Islam was bowled by the English all-rounder. Bangladesh would be disappointed with that batting effort.

WICKET: Kamrul Islam Rabbi b Stokes 0 (3b)

WICKET: Sabbir Rahman c Cook b Stokes 19 (32b)

Over 83 | Score 242/8 | (Sabbir Rahman 16*, Taijul Islam 2*)

Bangladesh lost two wickets in quick succession. The two breakthroughs were provided by Ben Stokes and Adil Rashid. Sabbir is the only established batsman left and he will have to take some chances today.

WICKET: Mehedi Hasan Miraz lbw b Stokes 1 (4b)

WICKET: Shafiul Islam c Broad b Rashid 2 (29b)

Over 79 | Score 237/6 | (Sabbir Rahman 14*, Shafiul Islam 2*)

England struck early today as Shakib was dismissed by Moeen Ali in the second over of the innings. New batsman Sabbir Rahman has played some confident strokes since his arrival at the crease. The hosts still need a partnership here.

WICKET: Shakib Al Hasan st Bairstow b Ali 31 (62)

At stumps on Day 2, Bangladesh survived some anxious moments after Rahim`s dismissal to finish the second day with 221-5. They were still trailing England`s first innings total of 293 runs by 72 with five wickets in hand.

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