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Jan 16

Mushfiqur head injury overshadows New Zealand Test defeat of Bangladesh

• Player at centre of dramatic scenes after being hit on back of helmet
• Wicket-keeper returned to the ground after receiving treatment

Kane Williamson’s excellent 104 not out led New Zealand to an unlikely seven-wicket victory over Bangladesh in the first Test. But the result was slightly overshadowed by Mushfiqur Rahim being taken to hospital after being hit on the helmet by a bouncer.

Mushfiqur took his eye off a shorter delivery from Tim Southee and was struck on the back of his helmet, requiring an ambulance to come onto the Basin Reserve pitch and take the Tigers captain away to a nearby hospital.

Related: Bangladesh open for business and ready to take on world after England win

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Jan 08

New Zealand blast to T20 win over Bangladesh to seal series whitewash

  • New Zealand 194-4; Bangladesh 167-6
  • Black Caps win match by 27 runs and series 3-0

New Zealand completed a Twenty20 whitewash of Bangladesh with a 27-run win in the third and final international in Mount Maunganui.

The win was set up by a Corey Anderson’s 41-ball innings of 94 which helped New Zealand reach 194-4, and was underlined by a disciplined bowling effort headed by Ish Sodhi’s 2-22 off four overs.

Related: Kevin Pietersen’s quickfire 73 helps Stars to Melbourne derby win over Renegades

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Dec 04

Breaking boundaries: Bangladesh’s women cricketers

Gifted cricketers Chumki Akter and Ismat Ara were born in poverty in Bangladesh. Now they are playing the game at the highest level. Mark Seacombe hears how a British charity is offering young women the future of their dreams

At the age of 10, Ismat Ara was facing a wretched future. Like millions of girls born into acute poverty and deprivation in rural Bangladesh, she was destined for marriage in childhood, perhaps as young as 12, an abrupt end to her education and a life of drudgery. Or something worse.

Five years later, she is standing proudly, but nervously, on the turf of the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in the capital, Dhaka, resplendent in her blue and yellow strip, waiting to be introduced to Jos Buttler, captain of England’s one-day international cricket team. “I look forward to seeing you on television,” he tells her. A rising star, Ismat is now destined to play for the national women’s cricket team. “That is my dream,” she says, in her self-effacing, quiet way.

I feel the power when I have a bat or a ball in my hands

We wanted it to be a sport where the Muslim girls could dress modestly. It had to be cricket

As well as playing for her country Jesy is blazing a trail for women on TV as the first female pundit

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Nov 02

Reg Dickason vindicated after England tour of Bangladesh passes peacefully

The success of the security operation for England’s visit has encouraged hopes that more Test teams will tour Bangladesh

There remain reservations about how successful England’s expedition to Bangladesh was on the field, but as they arrive safely in Mumbai for the second leg of their tour, one man is entitled to look back on the first with satisfaction.

Reg Dickason, England’s security adviser, is the man whose advice was the single largest factor in the tour to Bangladesh going ahead and there has been no argument that the security arrangements for the players – and the press, who were incorporated unofficially into the plan along with a few stray supporters – were successful.

Related: England confusion over spin stretches back to Salisbury’s forgotten code | Andy Bull

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Nov 01

England in Bangladesh: report cards for the players who drew the Test series

England won the first Test and Bangladesh won the second as Alastair Cook struggled for a plan, Steven Finn toiled and Gary Ballance seemed anxious

By Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket Blog, part of the Guardian Sport Network

With his record on the subcontinent, not many would have predicted that England’s captain would be dismissed three times by a teenager, but Mehedi Hasan’s impeccable line and length on “spin or skid” pitches proved too much, even for Cook. There were signs that he was finding his celebrated batting rhythm in the second innings at Dhaka, when the four balls went to the boundary and his strike rotating pushes and prods kept the scoreboard moving. As captain, he never seemed to know quite what to do with his bowlers, for whom he needed a couple more fielders due to their inability to bowl one side of the wicket. He was clearly dissatisfied with his spinners but was curiously reluctant to go to Chris Woakes, who bowled just 25 overs in the series at an economy rate well under three.

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Related: Bangladesh claim historic Test win over England as collapse ensures tied series

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Oct 30

Bangladesh beat England by 108 runs in second Test to draw series – as it happened

11.56am GMT

So that is that. Bangladesh’s win was a thumping one, by 108 runs, with two days to spare. History has been resoundingly made, and it’s been an honour to tap out the first draft of it. Thanks for your company, your emails, your tweets and your good humour. English cricket won’t go down without a laugh.

11.21am GMT

Here’s our hot take on a quite astonishing Test.

Related: Bangladesh claim historic Test win over England as collapse ensures tied series

11.18am GMT

Man of the match is Mehedi Hasan, Mr Six For, who trots up with a glorious smile on his face and says “I’m really happy”. He can say that again. And he does.

11.13am GMT

My grandfather, John de Lisle, was a county cricketer who spent several years in Dhaka, working as a jute merchant. It would have surprised him to see Bangladesh become a nation, let alone a Test team, but I like to think he would have been cheering them on today. Test cricket has had a wonderful couple of weeks, and to have a young nation doing so well makes the whole game stronger.

Here’s a story on it – a great story.

Related: Bangladesh claim historic Test win over England as collapse ensures tied series

11.04am GMT

Man of the series will surely be Mehedi Hasan, the off spinner who took 19 England wickets, one for each of his tender years. He was accurate, tireless, painstaking, a real grown-up.

England need to sort out the way they play spin, and the way they deploy it. Alistair Cook had three slow bowlers here, but showed little faith in them, and set fields that just gave away easy singles.

11.00am GMT

So history is made, and history is invoked by Phil, our resident mononym. “To paraphrase Admiral Beatty at Jutland,” he writes, “there seems to be something wrong with our batsmen.”

10.57am GMT

The astonishing thing about this victory is not that it happened, but that it came so fast. England were 100-0 at tea, and cruising, with Ben Duckett making an electric first Test fifty. The first ball after tea, Duckett got a daisy-cutter, and then Mehedi stood tall and lured England into one of their all-time great collapses. They lost all ten wickets for 64 in 22.3 overs. Staggering stuff.

10.52am GMT

Finn is plumb lbw and Mehedi, the teenage wonder boy, has given his country their first win over England. He may also have given the rest of the world a laugh – but this win was no fluke, and a drawn series is the right result.

10.50am GMT

45th over: England 163-9 (Woakes 8, Finn 0) target 273 A pattern has already established itself for this partnership: Woakes takes a comfortable single half way through the over, and Finn uses his long reach to see out the rest. If they can just keep it up for a couple of days, England will be fine.

10.46am GMT

44th over: England 162-9 (Woakes 7, Finn 0) target 273 Woakes has been formidable for the past four months, but this is surely beyond him.

10.45am GMT

43rd over: England 161-9 (Woakes 6, Finn 0) target 273 Shakib was poor at the start of this innings, but he has had the last laugh – three of them in one over. And that catch, from Mominul, was phenomenal.

“Hey Tim,” writes Shammi Huda. “The last decade has been tough as a supporter of Arsenal fc and Bangladesh cricket…for the giddy highs there are always unspeakable lows, every silver lining has a cloud…but now, welcome to Tiger country! Great series commentary, look forward to Indian series.” Me too, but England may be dreading it.

10.40am GMT

Ansar sees off one ball but can’t cope with the next, clipping to leg and falling to a superb catch from Nominal at short leg. That was James Taylor-esque. It’s 161-9 and England still need more than a hundred. History is beckoning to Bangladesh.

10.38am GMT

Zafar Ansari, scholar and spinner, has to see off a hat-trick from Shakib, wit six men round the bat. He manages it, propping forward solidly.

10.36am GMT

Rashid, sent in ahead of Ansari after his first-innings heroics, has gone. Straight ball, stone dead, 161-8, and I am running out of exclamation marks.

10.34am GMT

Rashid given lbw first ball, and he looks a goner.

10.32am GMT

No doubt this time – Stokes b Shakib 25, flummoxed by the flight. England 161-7, sinking fast.

10.30am GMT

42nd over: England 157-6 (Stokes 21, Woakes 6) target 273 We already have a winner: Test cricket, again. The suspense is delicious.

10.29am GMT

Stokes survives, saved by the flick of ball on glove, which means he technically hit it. You couldn’t make it up.

10.27am GMT

Given lbw, he reviews. Looks outish…

10.26am GMT

Stokes goes down the track to Mehedi, fails to reach the pitch of the ball, and still lofts it over long-off. Immense.

10.25am GMT

41st over: England 150-6 (Stokes 14, Woakes 6) target 273 When the hundred came up, England were right on top. Now they are in a tight corner and a desperate scrap. Can Stokes, the dominant personality of the series so far, dig them out?

10.23am GMT

Stokes reprieved by Shakib off his own bowling – a tricky one, falling in front of him, but catchable.

10.22am GMT

40th over: England 149-6 (Stokes 13, Woakes 6) target 273 Stokes tries to live up to that last point with a slog-sweep off Mehedi, but it’s well stopped at square leg. With the lights on, Bangladesh need to keep up this momentum.

10.18am GMT

39th over: England 147-6 (Stokes 12, Woakes 5) target 273 Both batsmen are staying positive. Stokes will not go gently.

An email from Phil, who seems to have just the one name, like Beyonce. “With this first five batting order, England will get slaughtered by India. Changes need to be made, starting with Ballance and Moeen.” Ballance, for sure, but that seems a little hard on Mo, who made a crucial 60 at Chittagong. A 60 in this series is worth a hundred in most places.

10.13am GMT

38th over: England 143-6 (Stokes 10, Woakes 3) target 273 Woakes begins with a cool cover drive for three. But if one more thing goes wrong, England are surely sunk.

10.10am GMT

Bat, pad, pop, snaffle. Mehedi has yet another five-for, England are 139-6, and Bangladesh are now hot favourites.

10.07am GMT

An email from Jake Dodds. “A message from my Dad that I’m happy to share as it demonstrates both cleanliness and humour: ‘Just had quick shower, lost 2 wkts, if you count Ballance as a wicket.’”

10.05am GMT

37th over: England 137-5 (Stokes 9, Bairstow 2) target 273 Stokes survives an lbw appeal from Shakib, not that it bothers him – he then goes for a reverse sweep and misses, but gets away with it. And that’s drinks. Seldom has an hour belonged so utterly to one side: five wickets, 37 runs, mostly mayhem. But can Bangladesh finish England off, as they narrowly failed to do in Chittagong? The heart says yes, the head says probably.

10.00am GMT

36th over: England 136-5 (Stokes 9, Bairstow 1) target 273 Mehedi drops short and Stokes pounces with a stylish pull for four. He is happy to take up the gauntlet thrown down by Duckett.

9.57am GMT

35th over: England 129-5 (Stokes 3, Bairstow 0) target 273 Stokes chops out a two, then keeps out the rest and nicks the strike with a handsome back-foot push to the cover sweeper. England have the personality to rescue this – Stokes, Bairstow, Woakes, Rashid. The question is whether they have the skill.

“So,” asks John Starbuck, “is the sixth-wicket partnership going to rescue England again?”

9.53am GMT

34th over: England 127-5 (Stokes 1, Bairstow 0) target 273 Mehedi now has four wickets in this spell and ten in the match. The one that got Cook didn’t seem to do much, but Rob Key spots that it was a slower ball – an even-slower ball. Teenage kicks are not what they were.

9.50am GMT

No doubt this time, as Cook pokes straight to silly point and perishes to a juggling catch. That’s 127-5 and Bangladesh appear to be racing to their first Test victory over England. But Stokes and Bairstow, so effective together, may have other ideas.

9.47am GMT

33rd over: England 126-4 (Cook 59, Stokes 0) target 273 After surviving Shuvagata’s fifth ball, Cook plays and misses at the sixth. When Duckett was there, England were making a molehill out of a mountain. Now they’re making a minefield.

9.45am GMT

Cook survives by a whisker, again. Fabulous drama.

9.44am GMT

For lbw against Cook, who could be in trouble.

9.44am GMT

32nd over: England 124-4 (Cook 57, Stokes 0) target 273 So it’s a double-wicket maiden from Mehedi, who is having a spectacular debut series – 16 wickets at 17, and he is only 19. But Cook is still there and England have a near-reversible batting order…

9.41am GMT

Moeen has to go – it was clipping leg. Well bowled Mehedi, and that’s four wickets for 24 since tea. Another classic England collapse.

9.39am GMT

Mooen! Given lbw Mehedi. He reviews.

9.37am GMT

Gary Ballance’s nightmare continues as he somehow turns a long hop into a leading edge and hands a simple catch to the man at mid-off. Game absolutely on. Ballance’s Test career, not so much.

9.35am GMT

31st over: England 124-2 (Cook 57, Ballance 5) target 273 Cook trundles on.

9.34am GMT

30th over: England 118-2 (Cook 50, Ballance 5) target 273 So calm has broken out. But Bangladesh are still in with a very good chance.

“In answer to Ian Copestake and England supporters everywhere,” tweets Guy Hornsby, “WHAT HAVE I DONE?”

9.30am GMT

Cook plays a studious tuck into the leg side for two, and that’s his 52nd Test fifty – but his first of this series. Cometh the hour, cometh the Chef.

9.28am GMT

28th over: England 113-2 (Cook 47, Ballance 4) target 273 England break the chains, very gently, with three singles, all swept.

An unexpected request from Bill Walters. “Can the OBO page link to the match commentary tomorrow not include the match result please?” Ha.

9.26am GMT

27th over: England 110-2 (Cook 45, Ballance 3) target 273 Another maiden, from Mehedi to Balance. England are in danger of going into their shell.

An email from Michael Hunt. “Ignoring briefly that my phone wants to autocorrect ‘Duckett’ to ‘Sucker’,” he notes, “one thing very much in his favour has to be that ‘Duckett Wicket’ is sonically much more pleasing than the alternatives, no?” Yes, and so is Duckett whack it. He’s a cricketer who could have been dreamt up by Roald Dahl.

9.23am GMT

27th over: England 110-2 (Cook 45, Ballance 3) target 273 If Cook knows one thing after 135 Tests, it’s how to calm things down. He plays out a maiden over from Shakib which would have gone for 20 if Duckett had still been with us.

9.19am GMT

26th over: England 110-2 (Cook 45, Ballance 3) target 273 High drama in Dhaka: that may have been the moment this Test turned on. “Fine margins,” mutter the commentators, and although it’s a cliche, it’s never been truer. The one that got Root was only brushing leg stump; the one that didn’t get Cook was only just missing it.

9.16am GMT

It’s umpire Dharmasena, and he took a long time to raise the finger … and Cook survives – it was missing leg. Great review.

9.14am GMT

Given lbw, sweeping at Mehedi. He reviews.

9.12am GMT

25th over: England 108-2 (Cook 44, Ballance 2) target 273 In comes Gary Ballance, who’s been hopeless so far – though, to be fair, he is just as busy as Root, looking for singles, and he has already outlasted him.

“I can almost see,” says Ian Copestake, “how Guy Hornsby is feeling right now.”

9.09am GMT

Pinned lbw by Taijul’s arm ball. Root could have reviewed but didn’t, perhaps cowed by England’s abysmal reviewing earlier. He’s out for 1 and it’s game on.

9.07am GMT

24th over: England 105-1 (Cook 43, Root 1) target 273 Duckett is gone, but his spirit remains. Joe Root is instantly busy, shovelling into the gap at wide mid-on for a single, and Cook gets four more with yet another sweep. He’ll be reverse-sweeping before long.

9.03am GMT

First ball after tea, Duckett gets a grubber from Mehedi and he’s bowled. England 100-1. Still a fine innings and a great start to the run chase.

8.48am GMT

A tweet from Guy Hornsby. “I can’t even bring myself to say this is going well. Because, well, ENGLAND. As a 41-year-old man, we’ve been here many times.”

8.46am GMT

The tireless Dan Lucas is supposed to be in bed, but he seems to be keeping an eye on me. “The biggest moment for a young man from Northamptonshire since Matt Smith landed Doctor Who,” he repeats. “You mean my morning stint has been forgotten already?”

8.44am GMT

23rd over: England 100-0 (Cook 39, Duckett 56) target 273 Cook sees off Taijul, who has been the only threat. And that’s tea. England were as On It in that session as they were All Over The Place before lunch. Another 173 needed, and with 29 overs to go, they could just conceivably get there today.

8.41am GMT

22nd over: England 100-0 (Cook 39, Duckett 56) target 273 After reaching his fifty with a calculated stroke, Duckett celebrates it with a muscular one, pulling Mehedi for four to bring up the hundred at high speed. He has been terrific.

8.38am GMT

A canny little lap around the corner off Mehedi, and Ben Duckett has a fearless first Test fifty. The biggest moment for a young man from Northamptonshire since Matt Smith landed Doctor Who.

8.35am GMT

21st over: England 92-0 (Cook 39, Duckett 48) target 273 Taijul immediately makes Cook think, pinning him back on the crease with fullish deliveries when he should really be propping forward. Finally he sticks his right foot down the pitch and gets two with a watchful cover-push-drive.

8.32am GMT

20th over: England 90-0 (Cook 37, Duckett 48) target 273 Three singles from Mehedi’s over, and even he hasn’t managed a maiden today. The only person who has is Taijul, who has to come back on now, and does.

8.30am GMT

19th over: England 87-0 (Cook 35, Duckett 47) target 273 Cook eases a sweep away for another four off Shakib, who has one-day figures of 5-0-32-0.

“Greetings from Georgia,” says Paul Foley. “Yes, that one.’ 374 channels mostly of Russian TV – with a slab of ex-Soviet ’stans, and a smattering of others. There’s even an Arab version of Babestation. Arab Fun 2, seeing as you ask. I’m no expert, but on a cursory glance it appeared not particularly halal. But cricket? Sadly no. So thank you and the team for keeping me updated on this fascinating series.” Pleasure. “I’m hoping for a tie here, and then for Bangladesh to smash the Kiwis at Xmas and India in Feb.”

8.25am GMT

18th over: England 80-0 (Cook 29, Duckett 46) target 273 The runs keep on coming. Cook survives a lonely appeal for lbw from Mushfiqur behind the stumps, who was better placed than anyone to see that it was going down. And then Duckett nearly blows it, slicing a slog into the covers and just eluding the man racing in from the boundary. Puckett is not going to die wondering, nor should he.

8.22am GMT

17th over: England 75-0 (Cook 28, Duckett 43) target 273 Four singles as the openers make use of the spaces they’ve opened up with their decisive hitting. They need fewer than 200 now. Bangladesh are getting vertigo again.

8.18am GMT

16th over: England 71-0 (Cook 26, Duckett 41) target 273 Even Cook is sweeping for four now, as well as chopping out a cut for two. Chutzpah is catching.

Joe Haycock is looking ahead. “If Duckett succeeds here and scores a 100 (long way to go), and Ballance fails, what do England do for the first Test against India? Would then be very harsh to move Duckett but young Haseeb isn’t a middle-order player. Buttler?” Yes. They need right-handers. But they needn’t rule out moving Duckett: in India, it would be a compliment.

8.13am GMT

15th over: England 65-0 (Cook 20, Duckett 41) target 273 Six! From Duckett, who greets the returning Shakib with a gorgeous inside-out waft-loft over extra cover. He then misses a sweep, but he has 41 off 49 and has redeemed himself for that bad drop this morning.

8.09am GMT

14th over: England 51-0 (Cook 19, Duckett 34) target 273 Taijul, who did everything right except take a wicket, is taken off, mysteriously, as Mushfiqur turns to Shuvagata Hom. Cook waits for his moment, then cuts the last ball for four, utterly in character.

An email from Kimberley Thonger. “I’ve just stuck my wife’s last tenner on England getting to 250 for no wicket and then being skittled out for 266, losing the game. She’ll be dead chuffed with her winnings if I’m right.”

8.03am GMT

13th over: England 51-0 (Cook 15, Duckett 33) target 273 A couple of singles, and then Duckett pulls out the switch hit, for four. “Seriously good batting,” reckons Rob Key in the Sky commentary box, which has been better for the absence of the Eighties superstars. And that’s drinks, with England busy atoning for their omnishambles in the field.

“You have to wonder,” says Krishna Patel, “how much not having a decent opening partner has affected Cook’s own batting. Whenever he has had decent support (Lyth vs NZ, Ali in that one innings in UAE and Duckett today), Cook has never been the one to let his partner down. I’m loving how calmly he’s going about his business here.” Yes, he’s Mr Keep Calm and Captain On.

7.57am GMT

12th over: England 45-0 (Cook 14, Duckett 27) target 273 Tidy from Taijul as Duckett takes just a single, with another sweep. England have won the first set of this innings.

7.55am GMT

11th over: England 44-0 (Cook 14, Duckett 26) target 273 Cook clips Mehedi into the wide open space at midwicket for two. This opening pairing is threatening to make some sense. Like Hayden and Langer, they may both be lefties but they have nothing else in common, so they ask different questions of the bowlers.

7.52am GMT

10th over: England 42-0 (Cook 12, Duckett 26) target 273 Duckett isn’t having it all his own way. He just about survives a maiden from Taijul after cutting at thin air. And the Guardian auto-correct is determined to call him Puckett.

7.49am GMT

9th over: England 42-0 (Cook 12, Duckett 26) target 273 Duckett! The first ball of Mehedi’s over is lofted over midwicket for four. The second is swept well in front of square for four more. The third is pushed for a single into the covers. Great stuff and good thinking. There’s now no gully for Duckett, but there is for Cook, who plays and misses at a jaffa. A big hand, please, for Dan Lucas, the kind of guy who positively wants the 3.45am shift.

7.44am GMT

8th over: England 33-0 (Cook 12, Duckett 17) target 273 That’s enough of Shuvagata, reckons Mushfiqur, so Taijul Islam is called upon. He drops a bit too short and Duckett punch-cuts him to cover for one. The ball doesn’t seem to be doing too much too scary and these two are able to knock it around for four singles, middle-overs-of-an-early-2000s-ODI-style.

And that’s me done for the day. Tim de Lisle will be the man to take you through to the close.

7.40am GMT

7th over: England 29-0 (Cook 10, Duckett 15) target 273 The crowd is growing but they’re very quiet. You sense everyone on either side is nervous right now. Two singles from the over, the first of which sees Duckett equal his highest Test score.

7.37am GMT

6th over: England 27-0 (Cook 9, Duckett 14) target 273 We’re going to have off-spin from both ends as Mushfiqur makes his first bowling change early: Shuvagata is on fresh from having a bit of fun with the bat. He strays on to Cook’s legs and gets knocked round the corner for two, then sends a nasty little grubber just past the stumps and through the keeper’s legs for four byes. Under 250 needed now.

7.34am GMT

5th over: England 20-0 (Cook 7, Duckett 13) target 273 This is less inspiring from Duckett – back to back attempted cuts and misses then, when he does get wood on one, he’s dropped by Mahmadullah at first slip! It was a difficult chance at head-height, the ball coming through very fast and ricocheting away off the upturned fingertips. That was a lousy shot from Duckett though – the ball was far too close to cut.

7.30am GMT

4th over: England 18-0 (Cook 6, Duckett 12) target 273 Say what you like about Duckett: he’s got some nerve. He reads Shakib’s length perfectly and gets the first two boundaries of the innings with successive reverse-sweeps – both perfectly executed and all along the ground – through point. This is all going unsettlingly swimmingly for the tourists.

7.27am GMT

3rd over: England 7-0 (Cook 4, Duckett 3) target 273 Width again from Mehedi and Cook cuts him through cover-point for one. Duckett then has a fish at a low one outside off and will be glad to see it flash past the edge. He enjoys his survival by cutting for two.

On another note I really hope this is true. Did the ball come sailing down from over the stand?

@DanLucas86 great memories of Walshy. Caught my mate Morris Woodcock one handed behind the stand at Cheltenham Festival whilst eating a 99.

7.24am GMT

2nd over: England 4-0 (Cook 3, Duckett 1) target 273 Shakib from the other end. I thought it might be Taijul but no. There’s a short-leg, leg-slip, slip and short mid-on for Duckett and the first of these wears a full-blooded sweep square on the buttocks straight away. After just three balls the bowler comes round the wicket and Duckett pull-hoiks him to mid-on for his first run. Cook gets a single of his own to complete the over.

@DanLucas86 I think for a laugh, Eng should put on 43 for the 1st wicket, just to get our hopes up. It’s going to be 43/3 though, isn’t it?

7.20am GMT

1st over: England 2-0 (Cook 2, Duckett 0) target 273 Mehedi, to no one’s great surprise, is opening the bowling. His first ball is too wide and Cook gets England’s chase under way with a deft cut for a couple out to point. A couple of balls later the ball spits up like a slow-mo Joel Garner and Cook has to draw his bat away sharpish.

As an aside, happy birthday to this man. 52 today!

7.16am GMT

Interestingly, every innings in this series has been over in the 200s and you wouldn’t bet against that record continuing either way.

@DanLucas86 So no side will have scored over 300 and we are yet to have a Ton? Who wants to be a hero? Oh please Gary Ballance! #YORKSHIRE!

7.12am GMT

Bangladesh 296 all out. Despite cheeky 10th wicket stand they lost last 6 for 58 and have collapsed each innings of series. England need 273

7.10am GMT

67th over: Bangladesh 296 (Shuvagata 25) Shuvagata takes the shovel to the extreme, crabbing down on his knees and getting it fine over his shoulder. Ballance comes round and slides well to save one, which means Rashid can have a go at Kamrul… and all it takes is one ball. Rashid finishes with four for 52 and England will need to complete their highest successful run-chase in Asia to avoid defeat. This is set up very nicely!

7.08am GMT

A filthy long-hop from Rashid and Kamrul thwacks it straight up in the air. Down it comes and Rashid completes the job he started.

7.05am GMT

66th over: Bangladesh 293-9 (Kamrul 7, Shuvagata 22) Change of bowling: Moeen returns for Stokes. He has Kamrul Islam Rabbi lined up and, er, the No11 gets his first runs in his three Test innings by picking him from outside off and launching it way over cow corner for the first six of the innings. He follows this with a trio of textbook front- and back-foot defences. Couple of singles from the last two balls mean Shuvagata has the strike for the next over.

7.01am GMT

65th over: Bangladesh 285-9 (Kamrul 0, Shuvagata 21) Shuvagata once, twice, thrice – !!! – hoiks the ball out into the deep and declines a run. His side get four leg-byes via the ducking batsman’s shoulder in the interim – allowed as he’s taking evasive action I believe – down to fine-leg; more than the runs, it’ll bother England that the ball went through the top quite severely.

6.58am GMT

64th over: Bangladesh 281-9 (Kamrul 0, Shuvagata 21) No point in hanging about for these two. Shuvagata slams to mid-off and declines the run, and he’s rewarded when he crashes the next ball through cover for four. A single brings The Oxymoron on strike and he survives the remainder of the over.

“Might as well open with Root, as he’ll be in after 3 overs anyway,” reckons Simon Ward, looking ahead.

6.55am GMT

63rd over: Bangladesh 276-9 (Shuvagata 16) A single to Shuvagata, then Bairstow does well to collect one that both grubbers and spins past the outside edge. Rashid strikes with the final ball to take his figures to three for 49 – almost identical to Stokes’s three for 47 so far.

This is about the previous wicket, to clarify.

That’s 57 dismissals for Jonny Bairstow in the calendar year – a new England record!

10 to go for the world record.

6.53am GMT

Mehedi goes on the charge looking to slog a leg-break over mid-on but instead gets the thinnest nick to slip. England barely celebrate but they’ve bowled well to the tail.

6.50am GMT

62nd over: Bangladesh 275-8 (Mehedi 2, Shuvagata 15) Stokes continues and tries a yorker to Taijul, which the batsman digs out well and in fact sends tumbling, in a race against Gary Ballance, to the long-on boundary. The ball wins and that’s four runs. Ah and the sound has cut out on my TV, meaning it took me a moment to be certain that was that for Taijul. Here is Mehedi, who not only survives a run-out referral when backward-point threw down the stumps, but also picked up two as the ball ricocheted away. The lead goes beyond 250.

Chris Drew writes: “Given the likelihood of the match finishing in the next session, time to think about the first choice XI for the first Indian test?

6.46am GMT

Good ball from Stokes, a slightly full length and nibbling away from the left-hander, from round the wicket. Taijul looks to drive and nicks it to Bairstow, who takes well diving to his left.

6.43am GMT

61st over (part II): Bangladesh 269-7 (Taijul 1, Shuvagata 15) Three balls left for Rashid and the new man is Taijul Islam. Bit of a surprise that we haven’t seen Mehedi Hasan out with the bat yet as he’s meant to be fairly decent. He’s away with a single round the corner.

6.40am GMT

Here we go again. I’ll be with you for the next hour before Tim de Lisle gets up.

6.39am GMT

Fancy the canyon’s chances against most threats, to be honest.

Related: We must protect the Grand Canyon before time runs out

6.38am GMT

@DanLucas86 I fear it’ll all be over within four days, and Bangladesh will level the series…England really have no hope now.

I like this. Simple, understated and in the classic spirit of the OBO.

6.27am GMT

Lunchtime correspondence

“Morning Dan.” Morning, Phil Withall. “Surely the over hyphenation of cricket is a throwback to the origins of the sport. All those double-barrelled names were bound to find their way into the games terminology.” Shouldn’t that be “over-hyphenation”?

@DanLucas86 The only way this test could be more entertaining is if Sky to introduced KP to the studio with James Taylor & “The Big Cheese”

@DanLucas86 Hi Dan! Question: Why is Stokesy such a nob? Inquiring (Aussie) minds need to know. Cheers, Sarah (formerly UAE, back in UK).

6.04am GMT

61st over: Bangladesh 268-7 (Shuvagata 15) The 29th over of the session will be the last before lunch, then. Or rather half of it will: Rashid strikes and it spoken to by the umpires after giving the combative Sabbir a rather needless send-off. Bangladesh lead by 244. Another 30 makes them favourites if they’re not already. I’ll see you in 40 – that’s been a brilliant session of cricket.

6.02am GMT

The googly, I think, works for Rashid. Sabbir goes back, it keeps low and skids on, pinning him back in the crease and in front.

6.01am GMT

60th over: Bangladesh 267-6 (Sabbir 15, Shuvagata 14) It’s getting feisty out there now and Sabbir looks to get in on the macho game, playing a crunching cover drive up and over but short of the man at cover point. Shuvagata prefers the subtler approach, pushing his bat out and sending a deliberate edge wide of Cook and away for four to third man. Cripes, then Sabbir runs down the wicket and looks to seriously clobber it – it comes off the bottom end of the bat but still clears the bowler’s head and they get a couple. Oh and then the final – brilliant slower – ball takes the shoulder of the bat, but it drops just short of the charging bowler! Bangladesh lead by 243 and we will get one more over in.

5.54am GMT

59th over: Bangladesh 259-6 (Sabbir 12, Shuvagata 9) They’re dealing in boundaries at the moment. Shuvagata picks the length nicely and plays a delicate sweep, flat and behind square leg for four more very good runs, then goes more agricultural and crashes one through midwicket for the same. This partnership is worth 21 and, as they point out on Sky, 20 of those have come in boundaries. Bangladesh lead by 235 with five minutes or so before lunch.

5.52am GMT

58th over: Bangladesh 251-6 (Sabbir 12, Shuvagata 1) Shuvagata Hom, the new batsman, is no mug with the bat. He’s only played seven Tests but has a 50 (albeit against Zimbabwe) and his First Class average is a more-than-respectable 40. He gets a masterclass in cover driving from the non-striker’s end when Stokes bowls a low full-toss outside off-stump and Sabbir whistles it through extra-cover. That’s succour for the batsman, after Ben Stokes had words with him the ball before; I think just because he is Ben Stokes. Four more from the fifth ball! Back of a length and timed succulently behind point. After the failed review he gobs off again and the umpires get involved. Stokes looking like a bit of a [REDACTED] here.

Does any sport have as many hyphenated words as cricket?

5.50am GMT

There was no noise, there was no deviation on the ball, but there was daylight between it and the bat. Stokes looks a bit of a chump there.

5.50am GMT

Given not out but Stokes is so convinced he’s turning and celebrating before it’s even reviewed…

5.44am GMT

57th over: Bangladesh 242-6 (Sabbir 4, Shuvagata 0) I reckon Bangladesh will want another 60 here. They get four of them when Rashid drops short and Sabbir, who came heartbreakingly close to dragging his side to a brilliant win in the first Test, pulls hard through midwicket for the only runs of the over.

5.42am GMT

56th over: Bangladesh 238-6 (Sabbir 0) The lead is 214 – possibly tricky already but by no means one Bangladesh will be comfortable with and it’s starting to look a bit like England’s morning. That Ben Stokes has pushed it that way is little surprise. Wicket-maiden.

5.41am GMT

Ahem, see the 52nd over. A hint of reverse away from the batsman, on a good length and Mushfiqur pushes at it, away from the body. Through to slip it goes, where Cook holds a sharp catch.

5.36am GMT

55th over: Bangladesh 238-5 (Sabbir 0, Mushfiqur 9) Another belated change: Rashid for Zafar. His five overs yesterday went for 30, which isn’t a brilliant sign, although that was bowling to Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes. Rashid – who would also need to watch his back foot if the umpires were remotely bothered – tosses one up full and very wide of off-stump, so Shakib reaches and creams it to the cover boundary to move into the 40s, where this innings will remain for all eternity. Five down and England’s morning becomes a little bit less grim.

5.34am GMT

That’s a lovely ball from Rashid. A massive leg-break and Shakib unwisely looks to cut it out of the rough. A bottom-edge and down go the stumps.

5.29am GMT

54th over: Bangladesh 234-4 (Shakib 37, Mushfiqur 9) Stokes is breaking the tramlines with his back foot from round the wicket but the umpires aren’t calling the no-balls. The lost runs should annoy Bangladesh, although they might just want Stokes to get through his overs and through his spell on a very hot day: 36 degrees it said when I looked earlier.

5.24am GMT

53rd over: Bangladesh 232-4 (Shakib 36, Mushfiqur 8) Zafar continues and is once again shovelled away through extra-cover for four by Shakib. He’s bowled through the session and his length has got increasingly poor. Too short and cut against the spin for a couple more. I think this answers the following question:

@DanLucas86 I always feel guilty attempting to assess the performance of captains, but do you feel Cook is making the most, Dan?

5.20am GMT

52nd over: Bangladesh 226-4 (Shakib 30, Mushfiqur 8) This is going awfully for England: Moeen’s lone lbw appeal in his previous over would have been given out, hitting the top of middle, on review. We do have a much-needed change of bowling but it’s Moeen who’s being replaced – Stokes the new man. The batsmen see him off with the bonus of two singles, but the way they’re pushing away from their bodies doesn’t bode well for them if it starts reversing.

5.16am GMT

51st over: Bangladesh 224-4 (Shakib 29, Mushfiqur 7) Another drop! Again it’s a mighty difficult one as Mushfiqur mistimes it and chipped just through the fingertips of Finn, reeling backwards at mid-off. To add insult to injury, that brought up the 200 lead. Earlier Zafar went too full to Shakib and was driven to the cover fence. Um, Alastair? Alastair? You know you have other bowlers, yeah?

5.12am GMT

50th over: Bangladesh 218-4 (Shakib 24, Mushfiqur 6) Moeen round the wicket with a leg-slip, short-leg and slip – by now the standard field in this series. The bowler appeals, alone, for lbw against Mushfiqur but it’s probably bouncing too much. The captain celebrates with a reverse sweep for four – the bat travelling in an aesthetically glorious Baryshnikovesque pirouette before connecting.

5.09am GMT

49th over: Bangladesh 214-4 (Shakib 24, Mushfiqur 2) Four to Shakib, violently crunching an overpitched ball through extra-cover. He should be gone next ball though, sending a sweep high in the air and down the throat of Duckett at deep midwicket, but the beleaguered opener drops the simplest of chances! Mahmadullah then survives a review making this something of a frustrating over for England.

5.07am GMT

In fact is straightens from outside leg. England lose one of their two reviews.

5.07am GMT

Given not out, but it’s straightened from leg and there’s no inside edge…

5.03am GMT

48th over: Bangladesh 208-4 (Shakib 19, Mushfiqur 1) Shakib goes back and wafts a cut out to point, where Stokes does a backward roll in fielding the ball. Impressive, but on another note Shakib is looking increasingly restless and, as such, loose out there.

4.58am GMT

47th over: Bangladesh 207-4 (Shakib 18, Mushfiqur 1) Utterly brainless from Shakib, who comes charging at Zafar and looks to slog it over long-on – where there is a man back for eff’s sake – and misses just as he did to get out in the first Test. This time though he misses it, as does Bairstow, and Bangladesh get four of the least-deserved byes in Test history. The next ball is a full-toss and he has a walk, and a heave, again, slapping a single to mid-on. The umpires refer a run-out shout final ball when Stokes throws down the stumps from backward square, but Mushfiqur is comfortably home. That’s drinks.

Imrul scored 71% of his runs behind square, illustrating the difficulty of playing at the ball; instead deflecting the runs late. #BanvEng

4.53am GMT

46th over: Bangladesh 200-4 (Shakib 16, Mushfiqur 0) England have pushed the door ajar and to no great surprise it’s Moeen who has done so, removing the set batsman. Imrul looked a touch wobbly this morning, unlike yesterday. Out comes the captain to play out the rest of a fine (for England) wicket-maiden.

4.48am GMT

Live by the sweep etc. Full and straight from Moeen, Imrul misses his big effort and I reckon that’s hitting either middle or middle and off.

4.47am GMT

45th over: Bangladesh 200-3 (Shakib 16, Imrul 78) Short-leg is no more for Zafar, who looks to have bowled a perfectly respectable maiden until Shakib top-edges a sweep very fine – to fine leg and skipping away for four, in fact. 200 up and Bangladesh lead by 176.

Nigel Richardson writes: “I agree with your preamble that England deserve to lose for their complacency, that of the admistrators in shoehorning a tour to Bangladesh into a schedule as a warm up to India. If you have to rest players for a Test match then you are clearly playing too many matches. It annoys me but I’m still up at 4am to watch it so I’m the sort of person who’s validating their decision. More pressingly, is it acceptable to finish off the bottle of wine I started last night at this time? It’s still dark…”

Important life decision.

Kick on for inebriated cricket watching (& hollering), or like sensible human?

We already know the answer.

4.43am GMT

44th over: Bangladesh 196-3 (Shakib 12, Imrul 78) It already feels like England need a change, albeit not at this end as Moeen is offering far more control and far more threat than Zafar. Mo said before this match that he’s concentrating on bowling maidens and that’s how the wickets will come and that’s looking exactly the case. The batsmen look much more cautious against him.

“Morning from beautiful, downtown Mauritius,” begins David Gaskell, who should be feeling smug even if he isn’t. “Isn’t hoping Bangladesh win, a bit patronising too? They seem on the verge of becoming a top rank side. Much against my expectations before the tour, I would now certainly pay to watch Bangladesh in England. Talking of Sky, were some of the commentators offered the chance to stay at home because of security concerns? No Gower, Beefy, Naz, or even Bumble. Don’t tell me Chittagong is more dangerous than Accrington. Maybe the broadcaster just ‘wanted a look’ at other commentators?”

4.39am GMT

43rd over: Bangladesh 194-3 (Shakib 11, Imrul 78) Sweep mania! Reverse from Imrul, looking to do something different, but Rashid is out there at deep point sweeping up. Then a few balls later he misses one and it shoots away for four byes, for the third time today. In between, Shakib looks to send a slog to Chittagong but can only drag it to midwicket for a single, then misses with the same but the appeal for lbw is turned down as it struck him a good 30 yards outside off.. I might have overstated the case with “mania”.

4.34am GMT

42nd over: Bangladesh 187-3 (Shakib 10, Imrul 76) Must have been a quick bathroom break for Mo as he’s back on the field and continuing his spell. Immediately he creates a chance for Root at first slip but it’s another tough drop, a lovely ball that drifts in and straightens taking the edge of Imrul’s bat and flying to Root’s right, where he dives but puts it down. A really difficult one, that but it does feel like a wicket is coming – Imrul looks far less secure than last night.

4.31am GMT

41st over: Bangladesh 184-3 (Shakib 9, Imrul 74) Moeen goes off the field for something or other and Zafar continues, albeit from over the wicket this time. He thinks it’s worked straight away when Imrul tries to sweep out the rough and the ball loops up to Cook at leg-slip. It was off the shoulder though and the celebrations are quickly cut short.

Even 200 is going to be a tough ask for England.

4.26am GMT

40th over: Bangladesh 181-3 (Shakib 8, Imrul 72) And again: four byes as one keeps low and scoots through poor old Bairstow’s legs to the straight boundary. There are elongated cries of “catch” when Imrul top-edges a sweep but it reaches the man in the deep on the bounce.

4.24am GMT

39th over: Bangladesh 176-3 (Shakib 8, Imrul 71) You know I was wrong about that lbw appeal in the last over: it was just pad first and wasn’t turning all that much; as such it would have hit the top of off. Four byes take the lead to 150, with too much turn, too much bounce and too much leg-side direction taking it away from Bairstow’s gloves and down to the rope. Zafar just hasn’t quite hit his straps yet this morning. Shakib gives him the charge and misses the ball down the leg side but it’s too far away from Bairstow to create a stumping chance.

4.20am GMT

38th over: Bangladesh 169-3 (Shakib 7, Imrul 69) It is interesting to see how the quicker balls from the spinners are generating more turn, in contrast to English conditions. Anyone want to explain that one? Another lbw appeal when Moeen fires one into the pads from round the wicket and England consider the review, but eventually decide against it. The right decision from Cook, I reckon, as it was turning too much and would have been umpire’s call on clipping off-stump at best.

4.17am GMT

37th over: Bangladesh 167-3 (Shakib 6, Imrul 68) Technically a drop by Cook when Imrul turns one round the corner and the captain, at leg-slip, sticks out his right mitt at full stretch; couldn’t cling on this time though and it was barely even a chance. Three balls and a single later, Shakib clumps one into short-leg Ballance’s shoulder on the full – again, not really a chance. It might not be the right line for lbw but Zafar is bringing those close catchers into play very nicely.

All these Sky adverts are making me wonder: is there anything worth watching on TV at the moment? The new season of Better Call Saul is miles away.

4.13am GMT

36th over: Bangladesh 165-3 (Shakib 5, Imrul 67) Imrul is beaten by a nice off-break from Moeen. Of the two bowlers we’ve seen today it’s Mo who looks to be getting the most turn, but then that’s hardly surprising for the senior spinner. He asks the question for lbw a couple of balls later, but it’s sliding past Shakib’s leg stump by a decent way.

4.11am GMT

35th over: Bangladesh 164-3 (Shakib 5, Imrul 66) Round the wicket from Zafar but the line he’s bowling looks a touch too leg-side to bring lbw into play I reckon; it’s a matter of inches though. Imrul adds one to his score and one to his lead with a shovel into the leg side, before Zafar goes a touch too full and on off this time, and Shakib drills it back down the ground to long-off for four.

4.09am GMT

34th over: Bangladesh 159-3 (Shakib 1, Imrul 65) Shakib plays out a maiden with absolutely no fuss.

“Morning (from Tanzania!) Dan.” Morning (from Kings Cross), Tim Miles. “I saw Esben in London last year…I had no idea I was potentially watching a fellow OBOer at the time, exciting stuff! Makes you wonder how many other times you see them without realising doesn’t it? No? Just me then….

4.05am GMT

33rd over: Bangladesh 159-3 (Shakib 1, Imrul 65) It’s Zafar Ansari from the other end, carrying on from last night when he took his first two Test wickets including one with the very last ball of the day. That slog sweep from Mahmadullah looks more and more brainless with every replay – certainly the 50 wasn’t worth the risk. Zafar has half a shout for a bat-pad catch but it was crucially missing the former half of that. Shakib gets off the mark with a shovel round the corner for one.

Speaking of Zafar, here’s more from Will Macpherson: “Yeah, I guess the great nonsense is not playing a warm-up in India, and the schedulers treating this as a warm-up. But Strauss and the coaches and the players just have to work with what they’ve got. And that means a bit of rest and rotation.

4.01am GMT

32nd over: Bangladesh 157-3 (Shakib 0, Imrul 64) Imrul should be gone second ball, I reckon! Bairstow whips the bails off just as he lifts his foot after leaving one from Moeen and – with minimal replays I might add – I think his foot was in the air. The umpires don’t bother with the review though and Imrul cashes in with a top-edged cut over gully for four.

3.58am GMT

Moeen Ali is warming up. We’re about to begin!

3.53am GMT

And on Room 237 and The Shining, Jesse Linklater writes: “Which part do you mean? Because the man-bear-pig (pig-bear-man?) definitely has Wendy’s eyes.”

It doesn’t, does it? I felt those observations were overreaching more than a bit.

3.52am GMT

An email comes in and it’s from this parish’s very own award-winning Will Macpherson.

“Dan, you’re definitely wrong about England ‘deserving to lose’ for having a look at other players.They have 7 Tests in 62 days. If Broad plays all 7, he will be done for for good – he has definitively been rested, nothing else. He will be rested for another Test in India i would guess.

3.37am GMT

Storms are forecast for about 3pm local time, which is 7am GMT by my reckoning. But then by my reckoning I had to get up an hour earlier than I needed to, while all my flatmates were getting ready to go out.

3.21am GMT

Good news for England.

.@englandcricket say @root66 is “fine” following his stomach illness yesterday #BANvENG #bbccricket

3.11am GMT

Genuinely can’t tell if this is a joke or not.

3.04am GMT

Cripes, I’ve been startled by an email! “Hello from Shanghai Dan,” begins Alex Butler, which explains a bit. “How much of a mistake was it to not blood Hameed in these conditions? With the abject nature of our top order he must be a shoo-in for the India tests and he seemed able in the warm up matches. Since Ballance’s grinding days seem over surely there is room for slow accumulation in that top order?”

Yes I agree. The original plan was to play Haseeb as an opener but Duckett impressed in the ODIs – to go with some astonishing numbers for little old Northants last season – so the selectors changed their minds. Which, in my humble opinion, was a mistake, although no one expected the spinners to dominate quite this much. I’d have had Duckett at four and dropped Ballance, and I said that before it was fashionable.

2.58am GMT

Away from cricket, this is quite a sad story: that of one of England’s oldest rugby clubs who are in dire peril.

Related: London Welsh still hopeful of financial saviour amid uncertainty over future

2.50am GMT

Oh thank god. It hasn’t started yet.

1.34pm BST

Morning folks. Well this is fun, isn’t it? As in, a big flan in the face for anyone who tells you that Test cricket is (a) boring or (b) dying fun. As in, no one even really minds if it’s over inside three days fun. As in, worth getting out of bed at 3.30am to follow fun. As in, worth getting out of bed at 12.30am* and on the night tube from Brixton to have the pleasure of OBOing fun.

You would think three of the four possible results could still happen here – all four if the rain suddenly turns torrential and washes out a day, bringing the draw into play. Bangladesh lead England by 128 runs with seven wickets in hand. If they can add another 120 then it’s going to be a thrilling fourth innings on this spinning pitch. If they can add another 150 then you would make them the very strong favourites to record one of the great Test wins – their first over England.

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Oct 30

Bangladesh claim historic Test win over England as collapse ensures tied series

England slump from 100-0 to 164 all out, chasing 273
• Test series ends 1-1 as Bangladesh beat England in Test for first time

A historic victory for Bangladesh, and a crushing defeat for England before they head off to even more taxing territory. As the home side celebrated joyously at the fall of the last wicket, Steven Finn, the dismissed batsman, stood there wondering why his request for a review was being ignored – there were no reviews left. This somehow epitomised a session in which England went from hopefulness to hopelessness in record time.

Needing an unlikely 273 for victory, England had managed to race to 100 for nought at tea with Ben Duckett delivering his best yet and Alastair Cook looking on admiringly. Suddenly anything was possible. Well, yes. Sadly for travelling supporters, who numbered about the same as the number of the employees of the England and Wales Cricket Board in Mirpur, this included England subsiding to 164 all out in the space of an hour and 50 minutes.

Related: England omnishambles signals Ballance’s exit and need for Cook to rethink

Related: Bangladesh beat England by 108 runs in second Test to draw series – live!

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Oct 29

Chris Woakes pleased with no-ball reprieve and rates England’s chances

• Partnership of 99 with Adil Rashid includes third-umpire intervention
• ‘They thought they had burgled a wicket. They did not say much afterwards’

There was one moment in another riveting day which must have left every cricketer of Test/county/ club/village/Observer XI standard in a state of some bewilderment. In the afternoon Sabbir Rahman, who bowls occasional leg-breaks, was summoned up as a potential partnership breaker and he proceeded to bowl a couple of deliveries that would have had the captain of the Observer XI casting around for some respectable alternative.

Related: Ben Stokes and Zafar Ansari help England hang on against Bangladesh

Related: England are still in a muddle over their batting and bowling hierarchies | Vithushan Ehantharajah and Dan Lucas

Related: Bangladesh v England: second Test, day two – as it happened

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Oct 29

Ben Stokes and Zafar Ansari help England hang on against Bangladesh

• Bangladesh 220 & 152-3; England 244
• Bangladesh lead by 128 runs after second day

Another captivating game is moving at incredible speed and under the floodlights of late afternoon it appeared to be racing away from England. Bangladesh were so close to their first Test victory against England in Chittagong but this time they may not freeze – for want of a more appropriate expression since every Dhaka day is sweltering.

To their frustration Bangladesh had to yield a 24-run first‑innings lead, but in the final session this often appeared no more than a pinprick as their batsmen cruised along at almost five runs an over on a pitch that is supposed to be a spinner’s paradise. In fact, it probably is a spinner’s paradise.

Related: England hang on with late strike but Bangladesh build lead

Related: England are still in a muddle over their batting and bowling hierarchies

Related: Tamim Iqbal tucks in and gives spinners and Alastair Cook food for thought

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Oct 29

Bangladesh v England: second Test, day two – as it happened

An unbeaten 59 from Imrul Kayes took Bangladesh to 152 for three and a 128-run lead against England, who were buoyed by the wicket of Mahmadullah with the final ball of the day

12.03pm BST

You know I still make Bangladesh favourites. They’ve got a decent lead very quickly and, despite Mahmadullah’s brain-fade, batting to come that has plenty of potential runs in it.

I’m off to

do more work,
but do join me again at about 3am GMT tomorrow morning for what promises to be a cracker of a fourth day. Cheers for reading and apologies for any tweets and emails I couldn’t use. Bye!

Related: Ben Stokes and Zafar Ansari help England hang on against Bangladesh

12.01pm BST

31st over: Bangladesh 152-3 (Imrul 59) Alastair Cook is told he can’t bowl Finn in this light, so Zafar returns. I guess this will be the penultimate over, although the way he’s taking his time could well make it the last. Imrul comes forward to the second ball and looks to defend, but is nutmegged outside leg-stump by the low bounce. There’s a sense of panic when he turns back and heads towards his crease, but he’s fine. Cook brings in the men from long-on and long-off to catching positions and the pressure tells! The very last ball of the day brings the wicket England wanted and they’ll be buoyed going into tomorrow. Bangladesh lead by 128 with seven wickets in hand.

11.59am BST

Utterly idiotic from Mahmadullah. He goes for the huge slog-sweep and ruins all his hard work by missing a straight one. Down go the stumps on the last ball of the day.

11.53am BST

30th over: Bangladesh 150-2 (Mahmadullah 46, Imrul 58) On Sky, Mike Atherton is talking about playing with his dog, which makes me want to be mates with Mike Atherton all the more.

Mahmadullah is playing a fine innings himself here, scurrying and busy, and moving to 46 from 54 balls with a clip to midwicket for a well-run two and a push to mid-on for one. The 150 comes up and we can start thinking about what kind of total Bangladesh will want to defend. Another 120 runs and it’d be a corker of a fourth innings.

11.49am BST

29th over: Bangladesh 147-2 (Mahmadullah 43, Imrul 58) Another overthrow after a pointless shy at the stumps by, I think, Ballance. It looks like he’s been exiled to the deep for that one. A googly out the rough takes Imrul by surprise and takes the shoulder of the bat, but there’s no catcher in place. Twice the batsman sweeps and the second time it works, beating the sweeper Duckett and skidding away for Imrul’s eighth boundary.

11.45am BST

28th over: Bangladesh 138-2 (Mahmadullah 40, Imrul 52) Into the last over then, which Moeen will bowl. Imrul misses a big sweep and is very careful to keep his back foot planted in the crease with Bairstow lurking ominously behind. Moeen needs to take a wicket to prevent this from being Bangladesh’s day, despite that 99-run ninth-wicket stand for England.

Er… it looks like we’re carrying on. Of course we’ve had the minimum overs for the day. It’s looking dark out there too.

11.41am BST

27th over: Bangladesh 135-2 (Mahmadullah 38, Imrul 51) John Starbuck writes: “Dan,TMS are reminding us that, as the clocks go back tonight, their official start time will be 03:45 GMT, so why bother going to bed? Those crazy, irresponsible TMS guys, eh?” I’m opening up the OBO tomorrow, so I’ve just spent Rashid’s over swearing loudly while Barry Glendenning and Gregg Bakowski laugh at me.

Imrul moves to a fine 50 with a reverse sweep that goes fine and fine down to third man. This has been an excellent innings from the man whom some thought of as a jumped-up ODI player before this series.

11.37am BST

26th over: Bangladesh 127-2 (Mahmadullah 36, Imrul 46) Woakes is off, Moeen is on with just three overs left. Bairstow, who is getting increasingly irritating behind the stumps, screams his head off for lbw against Imrul, who dug a full ball out with his bat about a foot away from his boot. Cook, unlike Mushfiqur this morning, is not impressed enough to call for a review. There’s a better shout a couple of balls later when Mahmadullah is hit on the pad from round the wicket, but Moeen turns away without appealing himself.

11.32am BST

25th over: Bangladesh 124-2 (Mahmadullah 33, Imrul 45) Another call for a catch from behind the stumps, but Rashid’s leg-break just looped up off the pad with daylight between bat and ball. Two singles from the over drop the run-rate below five, which is a victory of sorts for England. The lead is 100.

11.29am BST

24th over: Bangladesh 122-2 (Mahmadullah 32, Imrul 44) Two more boundaries: Woakes strays on to the ankles, Mahmadullah steps back and across and whips it fine for four to bring up the 50 partnership from 61 balls. Fine stuff that from the hosts, whose run rate is – incredibly – still around five an over. Root, incidentally, is off the field with an upset stomach. Then four balls later Woakes puts a half-volley in the slot and Imrul reaches into the coaching manual and pulls out the cover drive.

Oi, @DanLucas86, England needs a wicket! What are you planning to do about that? Howzat?!#BANvENG

11.22am BST

23rd over: Bangladesh 113-2 (Mahmadullah 27, Imrul 40) Nice shot from Mahmadullah, going back in his crease and punching against the spin to mid-on for just one. You kinda feel he deserved more. Imrul then brings out the reverse sweep and Zafar comes round to save a couple with a good slide. The Bangladesh batsmen play that shot well, getting across and right on top of the ball to smother the spin. A leading edge along the ground and through gully, off the googly, brings two more then a clip off the pads lands a foot or so short of Buttler at midwicket. “You are kidding me?” says a grumpy Rashid and his mood won’t be helped by Imrul thwacking the final ball on the pull, through midwicket for four.

11.19am BST

22nd over: Bangladesh 104-2 (Mahmadullah 26, Imrul 32) Belatedly, Chris Woakes is introduced to the attack and Mahmadullah’s single takes Bangladesh to 100 with minimal fanfare. Imrul reaches for a full, wide one and Bairstow appeals for a catch behind, but I’m not convinced he even believes that one himself given his grin. He cashes in with a glorious pull shot, from a waist-high short ball and crashed through midwicket with a lovely woody sound for four.

Simon McMahon updates us: “Arrived in Glasgow. Apparently ‘Joe and Casper’ are here too. Yeah, me neither. They’re YouTubers apparently. But at least Mrs McMahon kept me up to date with the cricket on the way through, asking at one point ‘so, do both teams get a go at batting and bowling every day?’ It’s been that kind of Test, hasn’t it?”

11.13am BST

21st over: Bangladesh 99-2 (Mahmadullah 25, Imrul 28) Change of bowling as Zafar, who looked increasingly confident, takes a break and is replaced by Adil Rashid. The leggie played a fine innings with the bat earlier and he turns one square out of the rough, albeit well outside leg-stump and almost worth calling a wide. Once again Imrul top-edges an attempted slog-sweep and again it lands safe, this time around backward square. They take two.

11.09am BST

20th over: Bangladesh 96-2 (Mahmadullah 24, Imrul 26) I’d haul Stokes off now, given he looks knackered and could well be England’s most effective bowler when the ball gets properly old. The covers are being readied, while on the field a pair of singles push Bangladesh’s lead to 72. The final ball induces an inside edge that thuds into pads when it could so easily have been stumps. Such are the fine margins etc.

11.03am BST

19th over: Bangladesh 94-2 (Mahmadullah 23, Imrul 25) It’s raining, so not sure how much longer this will last – I’d be surprised if we get the 10 remaining over in. Imrul lives dangerously, top edging a booming slog-sweep but the ball falls wide of Moeen at midwicket. It would have been hard for him to watch that one in the air. Although there’s little excusing the fielding sloppiness that allows a couple of overthrows a few balls later.

10.59am BST

18th over: Bangladesh 90-2 (Mahmadullah 20, Imrul 24) Stokes continues after drinks and it looks like the clouds have given way a bit – it’s certainly brighter there. Imrul drives and it comes off the thick outside edge, going through point and slightly in the air rather than booming through cover as he intended. The ball before that, Stokes got a bouncer all wrong and it was called a wide on height. The final ball is on the opener’s pads and whipped hard, square, aerially and safe for two.

“King of the wicketkeeper chat was surely Paul ‘Mad as a badger’ Nixon,” says Phil Russell. “His most celebrated comments have had plenty of airings previously, but my favourite remains the one where he innocently asks the batsman “Do you hold you breath when you play your shots?” Which as a subtle way of getting into a batsman head is so much better than the usual ‘come on lads, this lot are a bunch of [redacteds]’ nonsense that seems to proliforate these days.”

10.54am BST

Here’s some actual journalism I did.

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10.53am BST

It’s drinks.

10.52am BST

17th over: Bangladesh 85-2 (Mahmadullah 19, Imrul 21) Despite those two wickets, Mahmadullah reckons attack is still the way to go against Zafar and he waits for the full ball on middle, then clumps it nicely back over the bowler’s head for the 14th boundary of the innings. Imrul hasn’t scored a run since the 12th over.

Apparently Zafar Ansari also plays the piano. Any excuse for this.

10.47am BST

16th over: Bangladesh 81-2 (Mahmadullah 15, Imrul 21) There are ostensibly 12 overs left today after this one but it is very dark now and rain is forecast for around about now. A maiden.

10.44am BST

15th over: Bangladesh 81-2 (Mahmadullah 15, Imrul 21) Zafar continues and is looking better with every over. That wicket might have given Bangladesh second thoughts about trying to dismissively swat him from the attack. A lovely drifting ball turns and beats Mahmadullah, who eventually gets four with a very lovely sweep from outside off from the last ball. Good bowling and good batting in that over.

@DanLucas86 Zafar Ansari becomes the first person ever to deliver 40,000 words on civil rights and take a Test wicket in the same year

10.41am BST

14th over: Bangladesh 75-2 (Mahmadullah 9, Imrul 21) The new new man Mahmadullah (not a typo) is off the mark in style after Stokes takes a wicket with the first ball. A swivel-pull dismisses a short ball to fine-leg for four, then a lovely crisp cover drive doubles it. The clouds are coming over.

“Hi Dan.” Hi, Derek Walmsley. “I’m not really feeling Bairstow’s lyrical flow behind the stumps – bit blood and thunder for my liking. I wonder if you had any favourite wicket keeper cheerleaders? Matt Prior was a bit more bright and up tempo, and I remember the odd engagingly hysterical laugh from Gilchrist.”

10.36am BST

And there’s a dent in Mominul’s Test average. A good line, just back of a length from Stokes and he can’t resist a little prod. Cook goes to his left and clings on.

10.34am BST

13th over: Bangladesh 66-1 (Mominul 1, Imrul 21) Zafar Ansari’s first Test wicket quietens the crowd and brings the 5’3” Mominul Haque to the crease. He’s a fine player, with a Test average of 53 and three hundreds, including ones against New Zealand and Sri Lanka. I’d imagine Bangladesh will slow things down and just look to accumulate now…

10.32am BST

Shows what I know. Tamim plays a rare tentative shot and pays the price: prodding forward it goes from inside edge, to pad, to Cook at leg-slip.

10.29am BST

12th over: Bangladesh 65-0 (Tamim 40, Imrul 21) The batsmen are, understandably, watchful against Stokes. His third ball is short, wide rubbish angled across Imrul but he’s not tempted. He does pull hard at a straighter bouncer but doesn’t get hold of it, the ball tumbling to midwicket for just a single. With his final ball he knocks the stumps with his bowling hand, a no-ball, and looks to have hurt it a bit; indeed at the end of the over he runs off.

Andy Potts responds to the 10th over: “The way Bangladesh are scoring the ball will be roughed up in no time. Finn has never really shined as a bowler for England. What’s happened to Stuart Broad?”

Now, now. No Finn-bashing, @DanLucas86. #FinnsForFinn
(I hope this tweet produces a wicket as promptly as one did this morning.)#BANvENG

10.24am BST

Perhaps a bit earlier than he might have liked, Cook tosses the ball to Stokes. Tamim Iqbal has the strike. This could be fun.

10.23am BST

11th over: Bangladesh 61-0 (Tamim 38, Imrul 20) Another reverse sweep, another boundary to Tamim through the region formerly known as point. Zafir, to his credit, asks for a field change and gets it. Nonetheless, I’m about to curl up in a shivering ball thinking about what Virat Kohli and co are going to do to this attack. Four seamers for India, anyone?

10.20am BST

10th over: Bangladesh 56-0 (Tamim 33, Imrul 20) The boundaries are flowing and Bangladesh are scoring at an ODI rate. Imrul drops his hands and edges wide of the slips and down to the rope at third man to bring up the 50 for Bangladesh. A single, then Tamim plays an absolutely brilliant lofted cover drive, hard and over the close field for four more. This is cracking stuff.

Andy Potts writes: “I would have had Stokes open the bowling with his figures in the first innings to keep it tight and to keep the pressure on, then Ali at the other end to make things happen.”

10.16am BST

9th over: Bangladesh 46-0 (Tamim 28, Imrul 15) Down the leg side from Zafir and Imrul sweeps hard, but he can only get one as there’s a sweeper coming round. Tamim likes the sweep too and, when Zafir tosses one on off-stump he reverses it beautifully to pick up four more. He’s 28 from 28 balls now.

10.13am BST

8th over: Bangladesh 41-0 (Tamim 24, Imrul 14) “Catch!” is the cry as Imrul sweeps hard and in the air out towards square-leg. It goes too fast for Stokes out in the deep to pick it up and away the ball goes for four. It was a big ask for the Durham man to get to that.

At what point do we have to ask whether Finn will ever realise his clear potential?” asks Elliot Wilson. “It’s during sessions like these, where Finn really needs to find lightning in a bottle, that he tends to go missing.”

10.09am BST

7th over: Bangladesh 35-0 (Tamim 23, Imrul 9) Finn is off but it’s Zafir Ansari rather than Woakes. Ansari is another one I’m not sure about; yes he was the “next cab off the rank”, but that was a year ago and we’ve had an entire county season between the Pakistan series in the UAE and now, during which he was easily outbowled by Ollie Rayner. He overpitches to Tamim and again that bottom hand comes into play, drilling it through extra cover for four. Two balls later he flicks one just short of Cook at leg-slip. The camera angle on the replay doesn’t show us whether or not it carried but my suspicion is that it didn’t.

10.06am BST

6th over: Bangladesh 29-0 (Tamim 18, Imrul 8) Now Imrul gets in on the boundary game, sweeping very nicely from outside off and behind square for his first four and the first off of Moeen. Bangladesh lead in what is now essentially a one-innings match.

Speaking of Mo, here’s a good question from Neil Delaney: “Moeen was opening the batting last year & the bowling now. There can’t be too many others to do this. Sobers?” I don’t think Kallis ever opened the batting did he?

10.02am BST

5th over: Bangladesh 24-0 (Tamim 18, Imrul 3) Personally I’d have Woakes on for Finn; in fact I’d probably have opened with Woakes. In fact I probably wouldn’t have picked Finn, whose first-innings effort can kindly be described as anodyne. He twices asks for lbw against Tamim but with curbed enthusiasm, as the ball was twice going well down the leg side. Tamim gets his third boundary, using his bottom hand and excellent timing to shovel a full ball through extra cover. That levels the scores in no time at all.

“Your guitar hero is Bieber?” Asks Patrick Harvey. “For Shame! Try this instead.”

9.58am BST

4th over: Bangladesh 18-0 (Tamim 13, Imrul 3) A thick outside edge from the first ball goes to slip, but it was played with soft hands by Imrul and dribbled along the ground. After a leg-bye, Tamim plays a nice cut off a wide ball but can only get a single to point. When he’s in this kind of nick, Tamim is a lovely player to watch.

Mehedi just the third bowler to take a six-wicket haul in each of his first two Tests after Alec Bedser and Narendra Hirwani

9.55am BST

3rd over: Bangladesh 16-0 (Tamim 12, Imrul 3) Finn gives round the wicket a brief go to Imrul Kayes and to little avail. After a single he goes too full to Tamim, whose first innings hundred is looking increasingly outstanding. He looks good here, too, leaning into that ball and clipping it off his ankles with gorgeous timing and through to the midwicket boundary. Another overpitched ball is knocked in front of square leg for two more. The lead is down to eight.

9.51am BST

2nd over: Bangladesh 9-0 (Tamim 6, Imrul 2) It’s Moeen from the other end, with two slips in place for the left-handers. Mushfiqur didn’t use his spinners especially well as England’s ninth wicket eroded Bangladesh’s lead, so it’ll be interesting to see how Cook does. There’s a big shout for lbw when Tamim prods forward but he was hit outside the line, as both Moeen and Bairstow point out so Cook doesn’t review.

Jim Procter-Blain writes: “Just thought I’d point out that Justin Bieber is not a talented musician. If he was, then all those girls wouldn’t have been screaming to get out at his concert.” Arf.

9.47am BST

1st over: Bangladesh 7-0 (Tamim 5, Imrul 1) Steven Finn is opening the bowling for England and, after a couple of singles, he gets an inside edge from Tamim with a ball that rises sharply and clumps via bat into pad. In comes short-leg. Tamim gets his first boundary off a short, wide ball that he murders through point with a mighty cut. A leg-bye concludes the over.

9.37am BST

They’ve actually taken it early, which I didn’t realise, and now I’ve missed my chance to go to Tescos. Vending machine for crisps it it.

9.34am BST

John Ryan is angry. John Ryan didn’t get up early for this kinda crap. John Ryan has not been watching Tests for too long. “Bangladesh’s only hope of ever being a competitive test team is if there’s a rule change that allows them to have a new ball at the beginning of every over,” he writes. “One of the most shambolic few hours of cricket I’ve ever seen.”

9.27am BST

Bangladesh will have a mini session to negotiate before tea. In the meantime, Simon McMahon writes: “Morning Dan. I don’t know much about Belgian folk music, but I am going to Glasgow to see Justin Bieber tonight (escorting teenage daughters, that’s all, I’ve not got a ticket myself, you understand). Apparently he wants to be a real musician. Well, Justin, I want to play cricket like Ben Stokes and write songs like Neil Hannon, but it ain’t gonna happen. Anyway, cocktails on me if this Test is tied.”

I hate to say it but Biebs is a talented guy. I even quite like a couple of his songs though I couldn’t name any. I got a new guitar yesterday (early birthday present, thanks Liz!) and can’t do this.

9.25am BST

82nd over: England 244 (Rashid 44) Taijul continues and beats Finn, before ending England’s resistance a couple of balls later. England have a slim lead but it’s in the balance.

9.24am BST

That’s it. The new ball turns and bounces away from Finn’s bat. He follows it and gets the finest edge, which Mushfiqur takes well.

9.20am BST

81st over: England 243-9 (Finn 0, Rashid 43) To no great surprise, and as you can see from that big chunky text above, Bangladesh take the new ball straight away. Their reviews have been topped up too, like a number of lives when you get 100 gold coins in the original Super Mario.

9.19am BST

Woakes’s fine stand comes to an end. He likes the look of an off-break, on his pads, and flicks it round the corner, straight into the hands of leg-slip.

9.15am BST

80th over: England 242-8 (Woakes 46, Rashid 42) The last over with the old ball, presumably and we have a change of bowling: Taijul replaces Mehedi. There is nothing doing for Bangladesh, but it is OK to have periods of a Test where wickets aren’t tumbling. Perish the thought this goes into a fourth day.

Good morning,” began John Starbuck a while ago. “Being seen dead is actually very fashionable right now. Think of what they’re going to do in Strictly Come Dancing, let alone the little horrors who’ll be ringing our door bell all weekend. We insist they try to frighten us and the smaller ones are always non-plussed by this.”

9.12am BST

79th over: England 240-8 (Woakes 45, Rashid 41) Lovely wrists from Woakes, who cuts delicately through backward point for two – the sweeper coming round to prevent the boundary nicely. I don’t know if it’s just me but does it seem to be a thing with the modern batsman to have a propensity for playing wristy shots through the off side. Quite why Sabbir is still bowling is beyond me.

9.09am BST

78th over: England 237-8 (Woakes 42, Rashid 41) Mushfiqur and Mahmadullah go up for an lbw appeal against Rashid, but Mehedi shows about as much interest as I have in Bon Iver: it was going down leg and I reckon bat was involved. Three singles nudge England further ahead and this partnership up to 93: England’s highest for the ninth wicket in Asia.

9.07am BST

77th over: England 234-8 (Woakes 41, Rashid 39) Two singles from another fairly flat over, Rashid with a heave to midwicket and Woakes with a deft glance. This is suddenly looking easy for England’s tail.

More on that Woakes wicket courtesy of Cara Lewis, who has kindly, er, done my job and looked up the laws for me. Cheers for that. According to the laws, under “unfair play” it says:

“(i) Any delivery, other than a slow paced one, which passes or would have passed on the full above waist height of the striker standing upright at the popping crease is to be deemed dangerous and unfair, whether or not it is likely to inflict physical injury on the striker.”

9.04am BST

76th over: England 232-8 (Woakes 40, Rashid 38) Four to Rashid, who aims a big airy swipe at a wide, full delivery and sends a fine edge whizzing down to the third man boundary.

As for Woakes, the law according to Atherton says that it’s a no-ball if the ball would have passed the striker above waist height as he’s taking his normal stance on the popping crease. Sky’s ball-tracking shows that this would not have happened.

9.01am BST

75th over: England 227-8 (Woakes 40, Rashid 33) This is a bit disappointing: Sabbir can normally be relied on for some dirty, filthy, grimy stuff that’s ripe for the batsman getting stuck into. This, though, is a perfectly respectable over that Woakes gets a couple from, top-edging a pre-meditaded sweep over the keeper and slips.

It looks like the decision to give Woakes not out with that no-ball a couple of overs ago was wrong. I’ll explain more in a moment because I’ve got to get this entry up and tell you what happened sharpish.

8.57am BST

74th over: England 224-8 (Woakes 38, Rashid 32) A quick check confirms that that was the first no-ball called in this series. Despite this kind of thing. Rashid adds one to the score with a flick through midwicket.

This is the first ball from Sabbir. This wasn’t given as a no ball #BanVeng

8.54am BST

73rd over: England 223-8 (Woakes 38, Rashid 31) I’ll admit, I missed the rest of that over through laughing my backside off. No runs were scored from it, aside from the extra after that no-ball. Frankly England didn’t deserve it and Bangladesh deserved to be penalised more harshly.

8.53am BST

Oh Chris! Sabbir tosses down a ludicrously awful full-toss that’s begging to be spanked like the kind of enthusiast we’re not going to mention on this desk at the Guardian. Spank it Woakes does, only to pick out midwicket, who takes a nice catch. However the umpires check the height and decide that, at the point of impact, the ball was above waist-height and is thus a no-ball. What a terrible, terrible piece of cricket.

8.49am BST

72nd over: England 222-8 (Woakes 38, Rashid 31) Refreshed, Mehedi returns to the attack, which makes a lot of sense what with him being, er, really good. “So what sort of lead should England be looking for here?” asks cocktail enthusiast Simon McMahon. “100? 150? A declaration at 350-9 to give the Bangladeshi openers a tricky half hour before close?” Given the way one ball from Mehedi keeps low and Woakes just manages to jab his bat down on it, I’d be cautious about thinking that too far ahead. A single to Rashid gives England a first-innings lead.

8.46am BST

Well, two things I didn’t expect when I got up at 5am: 1) that the cricket had already started, and 2) that England would be on top midway through the day with the scores exactly level on 220. Do get in touch, email me here or tweet me here. This isn’t a bad observation from John Etheridge.

There’s a strong case for saying Rashid bats better against spin in Test cricket than he bowls it

8.43am BST

Morning. As if I’d be seen dead at a Bon Iver gig.

8.42am BST

71st over: England 220-8 (Woakes 37, Rashid 30) Sabbir Rahman, part-time leggie, comes on to bowl a couple of full tosses. However, Woakes and Rashid don’t get ahead of themselves and just putt some easy ones. A third single, off the back foot through cover from Rashid, brings England level. And with that, my stint comes to an end. Dan Lucas is here to take cover.

8.39am BST

70th over: England 217-8 (Woakes 34, Rashid 28) Shakib, getting nothing from Rashid, goes over the wicket and is immediately worked to midwicket for three. England are winning this battle by some distance now…

8.37am BST

69th over: England 214-8 (Woakes 36, Rashid 25) Just as Taijul Islam thinks he has the right pace, Woakes uses it to dab fine, again, for four. Finishes the over with a authoritative forward press and block.

A good time to wake up @Vitu_E. 2 hours ago I’d have been severely depressed, but we’ve saved this. What a beautiful thing Test cricket is.

8.34am BST

68th over: England 210-8 (Woakes 32, Rashid 25) Shakib is trying to elicit a mistake from Rashid, but the leggie isn’t taking the bait. When the third delivery is tossed above his eye line, he simply steps out and drives it through extra cover for one. Woakes returns the strike with a cut to the man at deep point. England trail by just 10…

8.30am BST

67th over: England 208-8 (Woakes 31, Rashid 24) Shuvagata’s stint is over, too. He’s replaced by Taijul Islam, who bowled very well this morning. Maybe the pitch has changed or these two are just very comfortable, but Taijul isn’t carrying the same threat with an older ball.

8.28am BST

66th over: England 206-8 (Woakes 30, Rashid 23) Good delivery from Shakib spins sharply and beats Rashid on the outside edge and hits his pad in front of middle and leg. Unfortunately for him and Bangladesh, the ball landed in the footmarks outside leg stump.

8.24am BST

65th over: England 205-8 (Woakes 29, Rashid 23) Unless he’s tired, no reason why Mehedi should not be bowling here. Shuvagata just not offering anywhere near the same threat and singles coming easily. The partnership has moved to 61…

@Vitu_E England have gone from 6/5 to 4/6 to win this in the last 15 minutes.

8.22am BST

64th over: England 203-8 (Woakes 28, Rashid 22) As expected, Kamrul is hooked and is replaced by Shakib and, oh look, a maiden. Funny, that…

8.20am BST

63rd over: England 203-8 (Woakes 28, Rashid 22) Another nice drive from Rashid brings two down to mid off.

8.18am BST

62nd over: England 201-8 (Woakes 27, Rashid 20) Can’t imagine Kamrul is getting another over this match: that one has gone for 10 which, given the moment, is a staggering gamble that hasn’t paid off. Rashid shows off with a lovely drive on the up through extra cover. Then Woakes gets in on the act with a late cut for another boundary.

8.11am BST

61st over: England 191-8 (Woakes 22, Rashid 16) I didn’t mention it before, but Shuvagata is operating around the wicket to the right-handers, who are more than happy to smother or play with whatever spin is there. When he does bowl on the off side, Woakes jabs him down the ground and, thanks to a mix-up on the fence, gets three.

8.08am BST

60th over: England 188-8 (Woakes 20, Rashid 16) That man on the fly is in the game, though again, jus ground fielding as Rashid hooks haplessly behind square. “Unbelievable that Bangladesh are going to let this ninth wicket partnership go for over 50, at a time when they could have taken control of the test. They won’t win now and, based on the last hour, don’t deserve to. In fact, they might be behind by 9 a.m.” Tell us what you really think, Jon Ryan!

8.05am BST

59th over: England 185-8 (Woakes 18, Rashid 15) Another new bowler at the other end: off-spinner Shuvagata Hom, who has eight wickets and an average of 59 from seven Tests, comes into the attack. There’s nothing particularly tricky about him or his action. But, having looked like getting away with just one from the over, another four byes help England crawl towards parity.

8.01am BST

58th over: England 180-8 (Woakes 17, Rashid 15) A seamer! My sweet fingers! For the first time in the innings, Bangladesh decide to see what seam can offer. Kamurl Islam Rabbi, who bowled a very good spell of reverse-swing in the second innings of the first Test, comes into the attack. There’s a bit of shape into the right-handers, but perfectly manageable. There’s a fielder out for the hook and he comes in to play as Woakes flips one around the corner for a single.

7.56am BST

57th over: England 176-8 (Woakes 16, Rashid 12) Another two, to the Ingerlund, and it looks like Bangladesh might be turning to pace for the first time in this innings. “Don’t know much about their queueing habits,” says John Starbuck, “but you obviously have in mind Volkskunstgroep Reuzegom.” You read my mind, John.

7.53am BST

56th over: England 174-8 (Woakes 15, Rashid 11) Another two from the over – one from an overthrow – keeps England going. “The only person worse than Bangladesh at finishing off an opponent is Hillary Clinton,” writes John Ryan, as the ninth wicket moves to 30. “This is the cricketing equivalent of not knowing how and when to close your email server.” Make Bangladesh Great


7.51am BST

55th over: England 172-8 (Woakes 14, Rashid 10) I’ve been informed by Will Macpherson – award-winning, of these pages, rugger father – that Rocket is actually the name of an online banking facility in Bangladesh, for those that were wondering. Two from the over.

7.49am BST

54th over: England 170-8 (Woakes 13, Rashid 9) Both right-handers exchange singles as Taijul looks to find that pace which caused a lot of problems this morning. Zaph Mann on email wonders if a 50-over approach would help England’s top order. It certainly didn’t do Bangladesh any harm, he also points out. For me, that’s why Ben Duckett played ahead of Haseeb Hameed. Only issue is that Duckett’s been a tad tentative (understandably so).

7.45am BST

53rd over: England 168-8 (Woakes 12, Rashid 8) Back underway after lunch. I’ll be with you for the next hour before Dan Lucas takes over to tell you all about some obscure Belgian folk band who once waited in line for tickets to Bon Iver. Rashid flicks a single to get underway before Woakes waves his bat in Mushfiqur’s face to allow a ball to sneak through for four byes.

7.38am BST

“If Bangladesh let England get over 200 they deserve to lose the game,” writes John Ryan. “Good teams – not even great ones – know how to twist the knife and seize the opportune moments to turn games in their favour. This is a chance to see if Bangladesh are moving on up, or just all talk.” Harsh but fair, John. Bangladesh hold all the aces right now and only some shambolic decisions from them (see: yesterday) will allow England to get anywhere near that.

7.31am BST

It’s too early to weave this in naturally, so please forgive me – but if you haven’t already watched People Just Do Nothing, you really should change that…

7.22am BST

Another email in the interval, this time from John Starbuck: “Watching the ITV4 highlights last night (be warned, folks, they don’t always broadcast 7-8 pm; it was 6-7pm because of some darts match) I saw that it was billed as the Rocket Test Series. Any idea what this refers to? It presumably isn’t the ice-lolly (‘suckers’ in the East Midlands) introduced in the 1950s-60s, or the Rocketman serial at Saturday kids’ pictures, and I can’t see anyone seriously advocating a salad leaf or the supposedly first rock ‘n’ roll 45, so what could it be?” I *think* Rocket, the series sponsor, relates to the paddle steamer boats that offer trips through the various rivers of Bangladesh.

7.12am BST

Ian Copestake emails in: “Just to reassure me, but wickets don’t actually improve do they these days? If not then Bangladesh might struggle to add ten runs to their eventual lead. Leaving England a massive 40 to win.” I like you’re thinking, Ian. They don’t improve, per se, but if the pitch dulls, then fewer balls will rear up and batsmen can just focus on consistent low bounce. Ergo, Bangladesh win by 10.

7.05am BST

Easy to lament England’s display but it has been very difficult out there. Taijul Islam has been turning the ball at pace, while Mehedi Hasan has benefitted from some variable bounce. I’m off to refuel. Back with you in a bit.

7.02am BST

52nd over: England 163-8 (Woakes 12, Rashid 7) Cracking shot from Woakes, as he rocks back and powers one through backward point, beating the fielder in the ring and the one patrolling the fence. It’s the first time today that anyone has had any joy in that region. And that’s that for the two-and-a-half-hour morning session. England have scored 113 for the loss of five middle order wickets.

6.58am BST

51st over: England 158-8 (Woakes 8, Rashid 6) Change of bowling: Mehedi Hasan replaced by Shakib Al Hasan. He’s not getting as much bite off the pitch as fellow left-armer Taijul. Woakes, sure enough that he won’t skid one on, leaves comfortably outside off stump.

6.55am BST

50th over: England 158-8 (Woakes 8, Rashid 6) Quality from Woakes, who goes forward and dabs a ball around the corner for the first boundary in 53 balls. The key was the length of the stride, which turned Taijul’s full delivery into a full toss .

6.52am BST

49th over: England 153-8 (Woakes 3, Rashid 6) Rashid seems happier to face Mehedi but is nearly undone by a ball that skids on. The ball bounces out of Mushfiqur’s gloves and onto the stumps, with Rashid out of his crease… but the bails don’t budge! Incredible.

6.50am BST

Well worth a listen during the lunch interval

The @englandcricket team spent time finding out about work being done in Bangladesh to help victims of abuse. We’ll hear more at lunch.

6.49am BST

48th over: England 151-8 (Woakes 2, Rashid 5) Rashid tries to wrist one into next week and nearly swings himself off his feat as the ball blows him a kiss as it fizzes through to Mushfiqur. He goes again for an attacking shot and drives uppishly to the man set back at three-quarters mid off for a single.

6.46am BST

47th over: England 150-8 (Woakes 2, Rashid 4) That’s both reviews used up by Bangladesh. Not that they should need them to make light work of England’s lower order. Mehedi, bored of the big turning off spinners, bowls a leggie that pitches short and allows Rashid to push into extra cover for one.

6.44am BST

No bat and the ball shown to be too high on impact for the projected path to be hitting the stumps.

6.43am BST

Extra bounce and turn from Mehedi has Rashid hanging back and pushing his hands at a delivery that moves into him. The ball squirts out to slip who takes the catch. Doesn’t look like there was bat involved so a chance they’re looking for the LBW, too…

6.41am BST

46th over: England 149-8 (Rashid 3, Woakes 2) Taijul’s quicker ball nearly does for Woakes, as the right-hander goes back to play a back of a length delivery, but nearly drags on as it scuttles off the surface. He also manages to finger of S Ravi, who has to retract his decision after giving him out caught behind.

If England don’t lose this Test then the bowlers will have done something remarkable – again

6.40am BST

Umpire S Ravi raises his finger as Taijul rips one through to Rahim, presumably, off the edge. However, Woakes reviews and the replays show clear daylight between bat and ball, with nothing accompanying the pitches on Ultra Edge.

6.37am BST

45th over: England 149-8 (Woakes 2, Rashid 3) Some poor fielding from Imrul Kayes, who reacts late to a shot in his direction, sees Adil Rashid survive a risky run that should have ended in his demise. Kayes, late on the ball, was also wayward with his throw.

6.35am BST

44th over: England 146-8 (Woakes 1, Rashid 2) An excellent 56 from 122 balls from Joe Root. Adil Rashid replaces him and hits his first ball over extra cover for two, like it’s not even a thing. Outrageous from #Rashenius.

@Vitu_E Never thought I’d enjoy a Bangladesh test series so much. Especially with 5am starts!

6.30am BST

Doesn’t matter how well you’re playing – you’d be lucky not to get out to a ball that not only goes straight on in a world of turners, but doesn’t bounce much either. Root is livid as his fine stand comes to an end.

6.28am BST

43rd over: England 144-7 (Root 56, Woakes 1) Woakes off the mark with a push off the front foot and tuck into midwicket. A single around the corner gives Root the strike for the next over, as Bangladesh rue allowing him to manoeuvre the ball so easily.

Spinners to take 5-for in 1st inns of each of his first 2 Tests:
Clarrie Grimmett, Nick Cook & Mehedi Hasan

6.24am BST

42nd over: England 142-7 (Root 55, Woakes 0) Root continues on his way, cutting behind point for a couple. Woakes is the man at the other end. Strange that he comes in lower than Ansari. In fact, to go by their respective stats, Ansari should probably be batting at number 10.

Unlucky thirteen strikes again for Ansari- 13 off his first over in Test cricket and now out for 13 in his first Test innings. #BanvEng

6.20am BST

41st over: England 140-7 (Root 53) A boundary for Ansari. By no means comfortable or pretty, but he’ll take it: pushing away from his body and just getting his edge past slip. Another, this time wider of slip, gets him two. He’s gone soon enough, though, giving Mehedi Hasan his second five-wicket haul in only his second Test – the first Bangladesh to achieve that feat.

6.19am BST

Brilliant bowling and, crucially, brilliant captaincy from Mushfiqur Rahim. After Ansari edges a couple of deliveries wide of slip, a second slip is put in. Mehedi bowls a quicker delivery that grips and again finds the edge, Shuvagata Hom takes an excellent catch, diving right across first slip.

6.15am BST

40th over: England 132-6 (Root 52, Ansari 6) Ansari at his doughty best, absorbing dot balls and picking up the odd single.

6.12am BST

39th over: England 131-6 (Root 52, Ansari 5) Single each to Root and Ansari. The latter has achieved this “notable” feat…

Ansari’s already faced the third most balls of an English batsman this innings…

6.08am BST

38th over: England 129-6 (Root 51, Ansari 4) A brace into the leg side and Joe Root has his 23rd half-century and a first against Bangladesh. He owes England a score on this tour and looks on his way to getting it. Remember, he was dropped on 17…

6.04am BST

37th over: England 126-6 (Root 48, Ansari 4) A muted appeal for a catch at bat-pad starts the over, but Ansari ignores the hoots and defends solidly for the rest of the over. Hand on heart, it doesn’t look like we’ll get another partnership similar to Root and Bairstow’s, but there’s a chance that pairs down the line could match their 99 deliveries, if not the 45 runs.

6.01am BST

36th over: England 126-6 (Root 48, Ansari 4) A boundary! Taijul serves up a quick, juicy full bunger and Root clubs is through midwicket for four. The first to the fence for 109 balls and 65 minutes. Joe Root then expertly wastes a few precious seconds by fixing his glove. What a pro.

5.56am BST

35th over: England 120-6 (Root 43, Ansari 3) Good tip and run to midwicket gets Ansari out of the firing line, as Mehedi sniffs a second Test five-for. And another, as Root returns the strike.

5.53am BST

34th over: England 116-6 (Root 42, Ansari 1) Two more edges – the second onto pad and ballooning over the head of Mushfiqur – and Ansari gets himself off strike. Root takes the reins and sees out the over.

5.50am BST

33rd over: England 115-6 (Root 42, Zafar 1) Poor from Bairstow, who was playing across the line as he was moving back. Zafar Ansari comes out for his first bat in England whites. Background: he’s got a solid technique and can bat for long periods. He spent a bit of time as an opener for Surrey – a problem position for them at the time – though it’s not something he particularly enjoys. His first Test run is an outside edge that just misses the glove of Mushiqur Rahim and deflects off his pad beyond the slips.

5.44am BST

Well done, Sara. Mehedi, returning to the attack, traps Bairstow in front first ball. It’s the easiest decision to be made and even Dharmasena makes no mistake.

5.43am BST

32nd over: England 114-5 (Root 42, Bairstow 24) Fairly comfortable so far for both batsmen, as the fifty partnership and lunch approaches.

You seem a bit lonely, @Vitu_E. But what can one tweet withoug jinxing anyhting? #BANvENG

5.40am BST

31st over: England Root 42, Bairstow 23) A couple of poor deliveries from Shakib don’t bring boundaries but do allow Bairstow and then Root to hit into the deep of the off and leg side, respectively.

5.37am BST

30th over: England 109-5 (Root 39, Bairstow 22) Softly, softly, Rooty, singly.

5.33am BST

29th over: England 108-5 (Root 38, Bairstow 22) A contrast to the previous over – Bairstow gets a full toss from Shakib that he bunts through midwicket for a couple. First runs for a while for him on the front foot.

5.31am BST

28th over: England 105-5 (Root 37, Bairstow 20) Outrageous last delivery of this over. Bairstow played the previous five deliveries off the pitch and on the back foot soundly enough, But, a touch infuriated, Taijul really sears one down – I could have sworn I heard the revs through the stump mic – and gets one to move off middle and leg to beat Bairstow comprehensively outside off stump. England’s twirlers need to take note: pace on the ball is king.

5.28am BST

27th over: England 105-5 (Root 37, Bairstow 20) Proper old school nudging and nurdling from Bairstow and Root. Bairstow in particular has got some success by monitoring the line of the ball and getting right behind it to deflect around the corner for singles. Root, meanwhile, is milking his forward press.

5.24am BST

26th over: England 100-5 (Root 34, Bairstow 18) Cover on the fence means that Bairstow can’t get value for a cut shot, but it does take England to 100. Despite the wickets, they have been going at just under four-an-over. Root tries to drive expansively but middles nothing but air as Taijul really rips this one past the outside edge. If England don’t lose another wicket in this session then it will be through luck rather than judgement.

5.21am BST

25th over: England 99-5 (Root 34, Bairstow 17) Ridiculous decision to use up one of your DRS calls on a hunch when so many decisions have been proved comprehensively wrong on this tour. Horror review, there, from Mushfiqur, though not the worst Root has been the subject of…

5.18am BST

Right out of the middle of the bat. Shakib, who had the best view after the standing umpire, didn’t react at all. Bangladesh burn a review.

5.18am BST

What looks to be a simple push back to the bowler from Root draws screams of an appeal from behind the stumps. Mushfiqur is convinced there’s pad first and opts for the review…

5.17am BST

24th over: England 97-5 (Root 33, Bairstow 16) Productive over, five from it. Root and Bairstow nippy between the wickets. It’s like watching a cuckoo clock hooked up to a car battery. Not sure who Mr Sunshine is.

5.13am BST

23rd over: England 92-5 (Root 31, Bairstow 13) Smart move from Mushfiqur Rahim. Given the success that Taijul Islam is having, he replaces the right-arm orthodox spin of Mehedi Hasan with Shakib Al Hasan, his left-arm equivalent. It almost pays dividends straight away: Bairstow skips down the crease to play across the line to midwicket and sends a leading edge in the air but just short of backward point.

5.09am BST

22nd over: England 91-5 (Root 31, Bairstow 13) Bairstow using his feet to get down to Taijul Islam, who responds with a few sharp deliveries to ensure the keeper-bat can’t get any elevation on his shots. As a result, JB readjusts to bat the ball away, eventually getting a single with a thick inside edge that beats bat pad. Andrew McGlashan, always good for a stat, has unearthed this gem:

England’s top-order doldrums (stats from Jan 1, 2016 for top 5). Only WI, SL, Zim have lower avg #BANvENG

5.06am BST

21st over: England 88-5 (Root 29, Bairstow 12) Now the ball is bouncing low. Luckily for Bairstow, as he rocks back to pierce the off side, the line is outside off stump, so bouncy knees allow him to get down and cut.

5.04am BST

20th over: England 84-5 (Root 28, Bairstow 9) Paddle dink from Bairstow gets him three runs inside fine leg. It was a delicate shot: Bairstow offering up the face of the bat like it had an array of soft cheeses on it, only to flip it at the last moment sending brie and camembert over his shoulder.

4.59am BST

19th over: England 79-5 (Root 27, Bairstow 5) That’s more like it. Watchful, patient yet still picking up singles here and there. For every unplayable delivery is a naff long hop or full toss. Put those away and avoid getting out to the former, yeah? Simple game, fellas…

4.57am BST

18th over: England 76-5 (Root 26, Bairstow 3) Taijul started pretty poorly but he is really doing a number on Root. Really showing the value in having bowlers that turn the ball away from batsmen.

4.53am BST

17th over: England 75-5 (Root 26, Bairstow 2) Probably the ugliest boundary Joe Root has ever pilfered. Mehedi, around the wicket to the right-handers, turns one down the leg side. Root pulls but under-edges between the keeper and leg slip for four. It’s not pretty, but they all count.

4.50am BST

16th over: England 70-5 (Root 22, Bairstow 1) DROPPED! A life for Joe Root who, on 17, props forward to defend against Taijul Islam and slides an edge off the face that is put down by first slip, who was already moving to his right. Three runs gets Root to the sanctuary of the nonstriker’s end, allowing him to watch on as Stokes falls. England have lost five wickets and all of them left-handers. Root is joined by fellow right-handed Yorkshireman Jonny Bairstow.

4.47am BST

Some quick bounce off the surface and Ben Stokes gets a thick inside edge onto thigh pad to give bat-pad a simple catch, albeit one that has him diving forward and requiring confirmation from the TV umpire. Stokes, though, was walking off the moment ball fell in hand. Oh my.

4.42am BST

15th over: England 64-4 (Root 17, Stokes 0) Quite impressive that Moeen Ali managed to misjudge that sweep on both line and length. Ben Stokes comes to the crease and is beaten by a couple of deliveries that turn, obviously, but also lift off a length. Stokes, watchful off the pitch, plays inside both. Bowler and batsman exchange a knowing look.

4.40am BST

Yeah OK, maybe that’s *too* positive, Mo… Mehedi floats a delivery up and Moeen goes to sweep, misses and has his off stump knocked back.

4.38am BST

14th over: England 60-3 (Root 17, Ali 6) Taijul Islam comes on for his first bowl of the innings and, peculiarly, cover is set back. We know this because the first ball is hit uppishly through that region to allow Root an easy single to start the over. It was put to Moeen Ali last night that both he and Root may start slowly today, but he refuted that by saying that they are best served to embrace their natural aggression against spin. Eight come from this over of left-arm spin, albeit four through byes.

4.34am BST

13th over: England 52-3 (Root 15, Ali 4) “An early morning for our UK viewers… if you’re with us.” We bloody are, Athers, grimacing with you as Moeen Ali manages to edge two of the three deliveries Mehedi Hasan sends down to end the 13th over, which started last night. He survives both.

4.26am BST

Not sure if you caught it yesterday, but there was a nice segment with Rob Key and Ben Stokes about how the latter plays spin. It wasn’t particularly informative: Stokes, not of our world, was unable to really describe how he does what he does, presumably because our tiny little human minds would not be able to comprehend his ludicrousness. Fair.

@Vitu_E evening Vish, has there ever been a tour where all the discussion was on the next tour? Feels like all this is a dress rehearsal.

4.07am BST

Morning all – Vithushan here (Vish is fine). Or is it technically still “evening”? Either way, what a savagely ungodly hour this is. I can’t even call back to a younger, bolshier time in my life when I might have known what this time of day feels like from the other side. Always been of the opinion that little good occurs after 3am. Right now, I stand by that. I thought I’d be able to wake up at a more humane hour to enjoy the last morning of British Summer Time (you’re welcome, forgetful OBOers). Alas, last night’s early finish due to rain has meant an early start today – 4:33am, bizarrely – in a bid to claw back some lost overs. As I step away in search of caffeine, ahead of the resumption of a key partnership between Moeen Ali and Joe “needs a big score” Root, let’s share an earworm – my alarm (crucially, a song I enjoy that is an easy enough listen not to jar every morning of every day):

1.40pm BST

Vithushan will be here soon. In the meantime, here’s a report from day one.

Bangladesh imploded on the opening day of the second Test as they lost nine wickets for 49 runs to fold to 220 all out and hand control to England in Dhaka, but the visitors lost three wickets before stumps as they failed to fully capitalise.

Moeen Ali led the charge after ending a 170-run stand between Tamim Iqbal and Mominul Haque, accounting for both batsmen, and he finished with five for 57 on a heavily cracked pitch offering plenty of turn.

Related: Moeen Ali’s five-wicket haul halts Bangladesh before England falter

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Oct 28

Tamim Iqbal tucks in and gives spinners and Alastair Cook food for thought

The innings of the Bangladesh opener will have cheered India, who will surely be unfazed by the underwhelming performance of England’s spinners

Watching Tamim Iqbal tuck into England’s spinners in the morning session, it was difficult not to fear for them in India. India have not lost a home Test since losing to England in 2013, winning every match bar one – and that was a washout. In Chittagong, the ball turned from the first over but in Dhaka, the pitch offered only intermittent help so Alastair Cook needed his spinners to give him control – and they could not. Though they improved in the afternoon session, the feeling persists that Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane and chums will not afford them that opportunity, unlikely to be fazed by whichever of Adil Rashid, Gareth Batty and Zafar Ansari England select. So perhaps they might find variety by way of four seamers, relying on Moeen Ali and Joe Root for spin – at least they are already in the team as batsmen. Batsmen who have to face Ravichandran Ashwin in helpful conditions. DH

Related: Moeen Ali fails to spin his words but turns up with five Bangladesh wickets

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Oct 28

Moeen Ali fails to spin his words but turns up with five Bangladesh wickets

• Moeen claims five for 57 in England’s best spin spell of the tour
• Worcestershire bowler has praise for Ben Stokes’ efforts with ball

Moeen Ali delivered England’s best spell of spin bowling of the tour so far, five for 57 from 19.5 overs, which transformed the game in the afternoon gloaming. But you would not necessarily guess so from listening to him afterwards.

Most international spinners are bluffers; they look to sow doubt where there is none, hinting at mystery that does not really exist. The most prolific exponent of delivering propaganda designed to have batsmen feeling nervous at night was, of course, Shane Warne, who would tell us how he had invented devious new deliveries before every series.

Related: Moeen Ali and Ben Stokes halt Bangladesh before England falter

Related: Tamim Iqbal tucks in and gives spinners and Alastair Cook food for thought

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Oct 28

Bangladesh v England: second Test, day one – as it happened

Moeen Ali and Ben Stokes inspired a collapse as Bangladesh were bowled out for 220, but England lost early wickets and ended day one on 50-3

12.23pm BST

And with that, we shall leave you for the day. Join us tomorrow morning for day two.

12.22pm BST

Here’s a quick report from day one. Vic Marks will be around with something later on, plus a few other bits and bobs for you.

12.21pm BST

“It’s 50:50 at the moment,” says Moeen Ali. Seems about right.

12.20pm BST

Sure, if my auntie had balls etc, but…

Take out Tamim and Mominul, and the dismissed batsmen today averaged 5.9!

12.04pm BST

Another enthralling day of Test cricket in Bangladesh. But think India would have enjoyed it more than anyone else

11.59am BST

Thoughts from Tom van der Gucht: “I remember the 2004-5 England side had, what I think Fletcher described as, “Bounce-back-ability” and you’d generally back them to return from seemingly buried positions based on a few inspired performances from key players such as Trescothick, Strauss, Flintoff, Harmy, Hoggy, Jones, KP, Giles, in fact pretty much everyone at one point or other pulled the team back from the brink and out of the mire at one point or other.Is this team too starting to develop that knack? Or are Bangladesh, statistically the weakest test team of all time, just flaky after 15 months out of test cricket and England have been a bit flukey? Then again, you’ve got to take your chances and all that…”

11.47am BST

And that’s your lot for the day. The rain has ended our fun for now: England will resume tomorrow and relying on Root and Ali to dig them out of a hole. Still, quite a day, in which they took nine wickets for 49 runs.

11.40am BST

Raining hard now. Make plans.

11.35am BST

12.3 overs: England 50-3 (Root 15, Ali 2) As has looked likely for a while, the rain has arrived and the batsmen are off in short order. It doesn’t look that hard but you’d imagine that’s it for the day.

11.33am BST

12th over: England 50-3 (Root 15, Ali 2) Joe Root is good at cricket. He leans back and strokes a beauty of a back-foot push perfectly between long-off and the cover sweeper, collecting four. Although he then badly misjudges the length of another from Shakib, going back where forwards looked like the bet, and just avoids feathering one to the keeper. Another two runs come with some sharp running after a shot to mid-wicket.

Alex Henshaw’s been running the numbers: “Gary Ballance’s last 20 innings for England – 9,9,1,17,8,28,70,23,43,6,14,23,0,61,6,29,0,1,23, 18”

11.28am BST

11th over: England 44-3 (Root 9, Ali 2) Mo got England out of a bit of a hole with the ball, and now needs to do the same with the bat. He gets off the mark with a couple via a thick outside edge, then carefully plays out the rest of the over.

11.27am BST

Lovely piece of bowling from Mehedi. Ballance lunges forwards, looks like he regrets the decision about halfway through the shot, and gets a thin edge through to Rahim. In fairness, not a massive amount he did wrong there – an excellent delivery.

11.24am BST

10th over: England 42-2 (Root 9, Ballance 9) A rare thing for this day – an uneventful over, as Root plays out a maiden.

11.21am BST

9th over: England 42-2 (Root 9, Ballance 9) Root strides forward and gets a single. Then Ballance goes back, tries a cut, completely misses, it deflects off his knee and they get two leg-byes. Some chirp around the bat, too. Lovely bit of business.

11.18am BST

8th over: England 39-2 (Root 8, Ballance 9) Root goes back to a couple he might not have gone back to, and gets a single. Ballance then confidently comes down the track and middles a straight drive, denied four runs only by the stumps at the non-striker’s.

11.15am BST

7th over: England 36-2 (Root 6, Ballance 8) That’s better from Ballance – he rocks back and punches one through the leg side off the back foot, and as Mehedi tries to adjust his length he goes too far, serving up a shin-high full-toss that is sent to around the same spot as the previous one. Mehedi comes back well though, beating the outside edge a couple of times, most notably with a peach from the last ball that turns past the bat.

11.11am BST

6th over: England 28-2 (Root 6, Ballance 0) Wonderful shot from Root – the ball is shortish but not a long-hop, and he has the skill to perfectly guide the cut behind and past point, to the boundary. No more runs from the over. Shakib twirls his hat around his finger.

W00000. Whenever I see an over like that, can’t help thinking about Shane Watson in Lumley Castle

11.08am BST

5th over: England 24-2 (Root 2, Ballance 0) Ballance, as has been his way for about a year, plays out the over in rather unconvincing fashion.

“England have become your standard Saturday cricket team,” notes Joe Hancock. “Three or four players who score all the runs and get all the wickets and the rest just field and eat the food at tea.” As long as they pay their subs…

11.05am BST

Cook is forced back and the ball thunks into his pads: Dharmasena says no to the appeal, Rahim takes an age to refer but it’s a good job he does, as it was rattling leg stump. Helluva day.

11.03am BST

4th over: England 24-1 (Cook 14, Root 2) Root spends the over trying to figure out how to get Shakib off the squre, but doesn’t manage it and that’s a maiden.

England have avoided the follow on

11.00am BST

3rd over: England 24-1 (Cook 14, Root 2) Root picks up another single with a rather more deliberate shot, then Mehedi drops short and Cook welts a four off the back foot, past cover. He then gets another four with an exceptional shot, the ball not quite as short but on a similar line, but he whips it in front of mid-wicket to the fence. A third four comes, but on the opposite end of the convincing scale: this one an uncertain push outside off, that comes off an thick outside edge and splits slip and gully. 13 runs from the over.

10.56am BST

2nd over: England 11-1 (Cook 2, Root 1) Root gets off the mark first ball, but only just – he goes right back to one and gets away with an inside edge just backward of square. Quite an over.

10.55am BST

Shakib is on from the other end, and initially Duckett decides that messing around will not do, running down the strip and hammering a six over long-on. A bye brings Cook to the strike, he pushes a single through mid-wicket but then Duckett plays a much less forthright stroke, uncertainly trying to turn the ball past leg slip but only gets an edge through to Rahim.

10.51am BST

1st over: England 2-0 (Cook 1, Duckett 1) The first two balls are shortish and outside offish, and both are circumspectly cut for singles. Then Mehedi bowls the jaffa’s jaffa, ripping past Cook’s outside edge and missing it by a hair. The Bangladeshis appeal, but in an unusual turn of events, Dharmasena gets the decision correct by turning them down.

10.48am BST

And in short order, 13 cricketers are back out for England’s innings. Alastair Cook and Ben Ducket to open for England, and it’s spin with the new ball for the hosts, Mehedi Hasan getting things started from around the wicket.

10.43am BST

“All-rounders, eh,” writes Gareth Fitzgerald. “That scorecard suggests we should just pack the side with them. Seriously though, all wickets taken by 5,6 and 8.”

10.42am BST

What a collapse! At about 50 minutes into the afternoon session, Bangladesh were 171-1 and going along very nicely indeed, but 22 overs, nine wickets and just 49 runs later they’re preparing to field. England have bowled well and fielded superbly, catches by Cook and Root close in to the spinners particularly special, but a good few of those wickets were rather generously handed over.

10.39am BST

Ali serves up his first ropey delivery in ages, and Taijul uses his bare bat to swipe a full-toss in front of mid-wicket for four. Another run comes in less convincing/intentional fashion via an inside edge, before Kamrul idly shoves at one that goes straight, edges and Root takes a superb catch diving to his left. A five-fer for Mo.

10.36am BST

63rd over: Bangladesh 215-9 (Taijul 0, Kamrul 0) Another maiden, as Kamrul barely lays a bat on a Woakes over.

@NickMiller79 If being an allrounder = batting average > bowling, @benstokes38 is just showing off now: #BANvENG batting ave 51, bowling 7

10.32am BST

62nd over: Bangladesh 215-9 (Taijul 0, Kamrul 0) Taijul, with an aesthetically pleasing stickerless bat, plays out a maiden, hitting a few, missing a few. Which frankly puts him up on some of his colleagues. The lights are on now, by the way – glum out there.

10.29am BST

61st over: Bangladesh 215-9 (Taijul 0, Kamrul 0) The man with the name of great religious harmony Kamrul Islam Rabbi is in. He survives two balls, but that’s another fruitful over for England.

10.27am BST

Shakib has been largely standing at one end watching, as the great man Tony Greig would have it, ‘cornage’ at the other end. And now he gets in on the fun, feathering an edge from a widish Woakes ball and Bairstow pouches another.

10.24am BST

60th over: Bangladesh 213-8 (Shakib 8, Taijul 0) “Great leveller eh, the game of cricket?” writes Krishnan Patel. “The England captain tying the shoelaces of an 18 year old kid. A PhD Ansari looking clueless.” Not quite a PhD (yet), but the general point taken. New bat Taijul Islam plays out the rest of the over, but not in great comfort.

10.21am BST

Mehedi requires a hand from Cook to tie his laces, and then we can begin. Mehedi goes for a big sweep, misses and is thunked on the pad. Umpire Dharmasena says no, but they go upstairs. There’s no edge, so the big question is whether it pitched outside leg….and it didn’t! It’s going to hit middle and leg, and once more Dharmasena is corrected by his pal with the gadgets.

10.16am BST

59th over: Bangladesh 213-7 (Shakib 8, Mehedi 1) Woakes gets one to nip in at new batsman Mehedi Hasan, and he squirts a single off an inside edge to get a single. Another successful over for England, though.

10.14am BST

Another shonky shot gives up a wicket, as Shuvagata tries to flay a wide half-volley with minimal footwork, but can only succeed in feathering one – perhaps off the toe of his bat – through to Bairstow, who takes a good low catch to his right.

10.11am BST

58th over: Bangladesh 211-6 (Shakib 7, Shuvagata 6) More Mo, and he gets some good tweak. Shuvagata whips one off his knees that hits the short-leg, Ballance, on the thigh and briefly pops up, but he can’t take the rebound. Technically a chance, but you’d have to be the most sadistic gym teacher to rip him for that one. The next ball is more emphatic though, as Shuvagata belts a cover drive to the boundary – a little airy, but a fine shot.

10.07am BST

57th over: Bangladesh 206-6 (Shakib 6, Shuvagata 2) Shakib helps one off his thigh for a single, then Shuvagata plays out the remainder of the over, pushing a few full ones away from the stumps.

10.03am BST

We’re back out for the evening session, not with Steve Lamacq and Jo Wiley. Looks like Chris Woakes will take the ball first up.

10.03am BST

5 for 31 in 13.3 overs is one hell of a fightback from England. Moeen & Stokes the deadliest double act since Mobb Deep. #BanvEng

9.45am BST

Quite the session. About 70 minutes ago Bangladesh were skipping along without a care in the world, Tamim and Mominul scoring runs at will, but a combination of excellent bowling from Stokes and Ali and some rather addled shots from assorted batsmen knocked five wickets back. England are in control.

9.43am BST

56th over: Bangladesh 205-6 (Shakib 5, Shuvagata 2) Shuvagata decides to sod this for a game of soldiers and goes over the top, but doesn’t get all of a hoik over leg and collects a brace of runs. A more circumspect shot nearly costs him, just getting an inside-edge on a big lbw shout. And that’s tea…

9.40am BST

55th over: Bangladesh 202-6 (Shakib 4, Shuvagata 0) Fresh meat Shuvagata Hom doesn’t look comfortable against Stokes, just about keeping a ball away from his stumps that skidded and kept low. Great bowling this, even if some of the wickets have been via poor shots.

9.37am BST

And another! Again, an avoidable wicket from the Bangladesh point of view, as Sabbir fences at one outside off, but Stokes did coax some away movement out of that one. What a collapse!

9.34am BST

54th over: Bangladesh 201-5 (Shakib 3, Sabbir 0) Sabbir Rahman is the new batsman. That catch looks better with every replay – because it slipped between Mushfiqur’s pads Cook had even less time to react – terrific instinct. That’s a wicket maiden. England have taken 3-13 in the last 11 overs, between Stokes and Ali.

9.32am BST

And then he’s gone. Mushfiqur comes down the track, tries to flick through mid-wicket but gets an inside-edge that goes through his legs, and Cook reacts brilliantly to take the catch at leg-slip, via a brief juggle. They’ve gone from 171-1 to 201-5 in just under an hour.

9.29am BST

53rd over: Bangladesh 201-4 (Shakib 3, Mushfiqur 4) Stokes rumbles on, and sends down a vicious bouncer that thunks Mushfiqur on the head. There’s concern for a short while, and a couple of stretcher bearers job on to the field, but they’re dismissively shooed away by the Bangladesh doctor. Stokes comes in for the last ball of the over and Mushfiqur edges directly through where about fourth slip would have been. Excellent spell this for Stokes – he’s 5-2-6-1 since coming on.

9.22am BST

52nd over: Bangladesh 200-4 (Shakib 3, Mushfiqur 3) Ali gets new bat Mushfiqur in some bother and the assembled go up loudly for lbw, but that was turning just down leg. Mushfiqur then gets going with a push for three through the covers and, combined with a Shakib single, that’s the 200 up for Bangladesh.

Meanwhile, Kandukuru Nagarjun has some thoughts on how England could approach the India Tests: “Both spinners and seamers can win Tests in India, but the catch is that they have to be attacking, world class bowlers. Picking spinners for the sake of it doesn’t cut it on the subcontinent. Here, off the top of my head, are the bowlers who have won Tests in India in the last twenty five years:

9.18am BST

51st over: Bangladesh 196-4 (Shakib 2, Mushfiqur 0) Bangladesh were going so well, but while England haven’t bowled terribly, at least two – perhaps all three – of the wickets to have fallen in the last hour have been more or less donated.

9.16am BST

Shakib…does not look comfortable. Stokes tucks him up a couple of times outside off, then he gets away from strike after gloving a single down to fine leg. Still, he looks like Bradman crossed with Pietersen compared to the shot Mahmudullah plays next up, neatly guiding a lazy edge straight to the skip at first slip.

9.12am BST

50th over: Bangladesh 195-3 (Mahmudullah 13, Shakib 1) Advance warning: clouds are gathering yonder and rain could be in the post. Shakib still rather keen on getting off the mark, denied by a fine stop at cover by Root, but then gets his first run with a push to a deep mid-off.

9.09am BST

49th over: Bangladesh 194-3 (Mahmudullah 13, Shakib 0) Stokes squares Mahmudullah with one on a decent length that shapes away, then clips him on the shoulder with a nippy short number. That’s another maiden – four of the last five have gone by without runs.

9.04am BST

48th over: Bangladesh 194-3 (Mahmudullah 13, Shakib 0) Ali might not be a world-class Test spinner, but he can bowl some world-class deliveries, as he draws Shakib forwards and gets one to rip past the edge, very unlucky not to catch it. Shakib jumpily tries to get off the mark, but remains on nought for now.

9.01am BST

47th over: Bangladesh 194-3 (Mahmudullah 13, Shakib 0) Mahmudullah plays a wafty drive to Stokes and it lands inches in front of gully. A curious laxness seems to have come over the Bangladesh batsmen, but as I type that Mahmudullah pushes a half-volley through the covers and to the boundary. Stokes gets the last ball to go the other way, dipping in at the batsman, but not enough to cause him any bother.

8.58am BST

46th over: Bangladesh 190-3 (Mahmudullah 9, Shakib 0) Shakib-al-Hasan is the new man. A wicket maiden, and suddenly England are back in this.

8.56am BST

A profoundly odd few minutes for Monimul, who firstly leaves one that turns just a fraction too much not to clip off stump, and then shifts back to one he probably shouldn’t have shifted back to, wafts a sluggish bat but can only get an inside edge onto middle peg.

8.54am BST

45th over: Bangladesh 190-2 (Mominul 66, Mahmudullah 9) Ben Stokes returns to the attack, and there’s a whiff of reverse straight away, the ball just leaning away from Mahmudullah. A couple of bunts to mid-wicket come to nothing, and that’s a maiden.

8.51am BST

44th over: Bangladesh 190-2 (Mominul 66, Mahmudallah 9) Ali continues, and they take a pair of singles, before Monimul goes down for a sweep, misses, but the ball catches his pad, or something, and flicks down to the ropes for four leg-byes.

8.49am BST

Morning all. Get yer emails to or yer tweets to @NickMiller79, if you like.

8.45am BST

Right, that’s drinks, which is also me – here’s your Nick Millers to take you through the rest of the day.

8.43am BST

43rd over: Bangladesh 184-2 (Mominul 65, Mahmudallah 8) Rashid cracks his first ball into Mominul’s pad again and there’s a loud appeal from Bairstow. But it’s going well down, and he’s probably just trying to ramp up the pressure. And Rashid’s doing a pretty good job of that himself, realising he’s bowling well now and calling Stokes in to second slip … so Mahmudullah comes down the pitch when he duly tosses full, and annihilates six over long-off.

8.39am BST

42nd over: Bangladesh 176-2 (Mominul 64, Mahmudallah 1) Mahmudullah off the mark with an inside edge, then Moeen hits Tamim on the pad – this is good from England. But, well, sake – next comes a long hop that’s rousted over midwicket for four.

8.35am BST

My days England needed that.

8.34am BST

Did it spin too much? Was there too much bounce?

8.34am BST

What was he thinking! Moeen angles in a flat one, Tamim has a look, offers the pad, it hits and he’s gone. Still, what a knock.

8.33am BST

41st over: Bangladesh 171-1 (Tamim 104, Mominul 60) Rashid is into this now, finding a bit of flight and drift, absolutely diddling Tamim with the googly. It’s so good he can’t get a bat on it, and then when he does an edge gets him three.

“I agree with you Daniel,” sayd Kevin Wilson. “Trying to beat India through spin bowling is going to be pretty fruitless. Can you imagine how much Kohli and Rahane will murder these three? Tell Mo he’s the only frontline spinner and Root has to pitch in. 8-11 should be Woakes, Broad, Plunkett and either Finn or Ball.”

8.28am BST

40th over: Bangladesh 167-1 (Tamim 101, Mominul 60) Moeen starts with two dots, but Tamim is after his century, dancing to leg to make room and lifting a brilliant shot over cover for four. AND THERE IT IS! He moves away again, inside-out again, this time zetzing through cover – he’s 101 not out. And what an innings it’s been, starting slowly but violent, vicious, brutal and cruel thereafter. Beautiful stuff.

8.25am BST

39th over: Bangladesh 159-1 (Tamim 93, Mominul 60) The batsmen milk Rashid for singles, three off the first four balls, but then a leg spinner of fuller length induces a false shot, a drive, as he tries to sneak the ball between bat and pad. He follows it up with a googly, and that’s a decent over; he might just be finding a groove.

8.23am BST

38th over: Bangladesh 155-1 (Tamim 91, Mominul 59) Moeen replaces Finn who, in the end, can’t be trusted as a second seamer. It’s a shame, but it still is. Anyway, one off Moeen’s over, the final ball of which is a jaffa, leaping off the pitch – Mominul thinks about playing it but convinces himself not to. I suppose, if we were were feeling generous, we might say England have been unfortunate, in that no piece of pitch misbehaviour has really helped them. If.

Meanwhile, elsewhere..

Australian Test squad shock: paceman Joe Mennie picked to face South Africa via @guardian_sport

8.18am BST

37th over: Bangladesh 155-1 (Tamim 90, Mominul 59) Rashid has a field set for legspinners and manages to keep it tight. One from the over. So, what do England do in India? Five seamers?

8.15am BST

36th over: Bangladesh 154-1 (Tamim 89, Mominul 59) Rob Key uses an interesting point talking about England’s improved consistency since lunch – “soaking up concentration”. The idea is that if you offer people lots of out balls, it’s less difficult to keep focused through an innings, whereas if you consistently ask questions, they’ve only so much discipline. The problem, though, is a flat track and two set batsmen – though there’s a bit of reverse -swing first up, Finn then delivers the ball on his line, pitching middle-and-leg, but Tamim simply snaps it through midwicket for four. And, well, oh dear, there’re four more, a wide one helped on its way through gully by Mominul.

“Not meaning to be negative,” means to be negative Steven Pye, “but I wonder what odds you can get on India to beat England 5-0 in the forthcoming Test series?”

8.09am BST

35th over: Bangladesh 145-1 (Tamim 84, Mominul 55) Strangled appeal following Rashid’s first ball, another legspinner that takes inside edge before pad. But he follows it up with a full toss that cedes one, and three more come when Tamim bumps to third man. This is better from England, in the way that a slap in the face is better than a heel to the solar plexus.

8.04am BST

34th over: Bangladesh 141-1 (Tamim 81, Mominul 54) It’s about time Finn attacked the body, though I shudder at the consequences of his getting it wrong. Anyway, he tries the line and length approach, pitching one to Tamim back of a length on middle-and-leg and moving it away – that’s the badger. As with Rashid, six of those and we’re talking – or talkin’ if you prefer, you youngster you. He manages another too – perhaps things are changing. Perhaps.

8.00am BST

33rd over: Bangladesh 138-1 (Tamim 79, Mominul 53) If England’s spin attack was a band, it would be… I’m going for Keane. In commentary, they think Rashid is trying too much and should just bowl six legspinners so at least Cook can set a field. And he does and it’s much, much better, giving no scoring opportunities until Tamim takes the final delivery off his pads to backward square-leg for a single.

7.56am BST

32nd over: Bangladesh 137-1 (Tamim 79, Mominul 52) The atmosphere in the ground is escalating as people keep arriving and Bangladesh keep scoring, Tamim caning Finn through midwicket. He responds well with a straighter ball, but it’s difficult to set a field to such erratic bowling – every ball should be there.

7.52am BST

31st over: Bangladesh 132-1 (Tamim 75, Mominul 51) Tamim takes two to fine leg, then Bairstow misses a thick outside edge! It’s low and tricky, but that’s what he’s there for, instead taking it on thumb. As punishment, he has to chase the next ball all the way to the fence as they run three and then Mominul stands and delivers, belting four over the top to bring up a chanceless fifty. Ten off the over, and England are in shtuck.

7.49am BST

30th over: Bangladesh 122-1 (Tamim 70, Mominul 46) Finn has the hackysack from the other end and finds his spot second up, back of a length and springing up outside off, forcing Tamim to defend. And the next ball does similarly, dribbling if not quite spitting off the pitch and surprising Tamim, who takes it on the splice. One run from the over: a Lara-style knee-up pull that shows us how easy-paced this pitch is.

7.44am BST

29th over: Bangladesh 121-1 (Tamim 69, Mominul 46) Dearie me, it’d be so great if Rashid was great but he just isn’t nor is he going to be. After Tamim takes a single off his second delivery, a slow, wide one is caned through the covers but a dive from Duckett saves four and they run two. For his trouble Duckett earns himself a going-over from Bairstow after chucking the ball back halfway.

7.40am BST

Adil Rashid has the ball…

7.38am BST

Lunchtime email: “Could you ask Mac Millings why he would go and see Louis CK’s home in Charleston?” snarks Simon Ward. “He does seem to have paid a heavy price…”

But what a ringtone.

7.05am BST

Anyhow, I’ll be back presently.

7.04am BST

What a session for Bangladesh. They’ll have fancied themselves after winning the toss, but superb, confident, aggressive hitting from Tamim means they’re well ahead of the game given the speed at which they’ve scored and their need to bowl England out twice. Should the pitch deteriorate, they’re in with a great chance of squaring the series.

England, meanwhile, could do with bowling well; the occasional decent ball isn’t going to be enough.

7.02am BST

28th over: Bangladesh 118-1 (Tamim 68, Mominul 44) Stokes gets some lift which leaves Tamim – he sways gently out of the way. And Stokes has bowled pretty well this morning, it’s just that he’s had nae support from the other end so it’s been impossible for England to create pressure. But Stokes is doing his best, tempting Mominul to drive a fuller one last delivery of the session – an inside edge sends the ball into the off side and that’s lunch.

6.58am BST

27th over: Bangladesh 117-1 (Tamim 67, Mominul 44) Any turn that there is is so slow as to give the batters plenty of time to play for it; Mominul flips Rashid through midwicket for four. But a better ball looks as though it’s beaten then bat when Mominul misses a sweep, only for an under-edge to earn two just as Bairstow perks up. And to rub it in, next comes a cover drive that you could put in a museum; four more, and one over left of what’s been a brilliant session for Bangladesh.

6.53am BST

26th over: Bangladesh 109-1 (Tamim 66, Mominul 37) Again, Stokes sends one leg side, again Tamim tries to introduce some bat, and again he misses. But really, that’s not the line; flat though this track is, England need to bowl accurately on it. Next up, Stokes clatters one into Tamim’s sternum and ouch! that looks like it tickles – a replay shows it came off the inside-edge, and there’s a break while he recovers. Stokes is coming around the wicket now, swerving in around the umpire which must make him tricky to pick up. But Tamim handles him just fine, though England will take the maiden.

6.48am BST

The ball brushed the shirt having skirted past the gloves, and though Stokes doesn’t look convinced, it looks spot-on to me.

6.47am BST

Tamim looks pretty sure!

6.47am BST

Well, you can’t say it wasn’t coming. Stokes slants one across, Tamim misses with the leg-glance and it clips the gloves before being snaffled behind.

6.46am BST

25th over: Bangladesh 109-1 (Tamim 66, Mominul 37) Rashid replaces Ansari or, put another way, England have now tried everything in this session. “Boom, boom Tamim” chant some men in the crowd dressed up as tigers, stopping as soon as the camera pans away. Tamim and Mominul, meanwhile, bunt three singles and oh dear Alastair Cook, I mean what sort of captain calls heads in this situation.

6.41am BST

24th over: Bangladesh 106-1 (Tamim 64, Mominul 36) Tamim flicks to midwicket for two, first runs Stokes has conceded today, and three singles follow.

“Is Zafar Ansari being Kerriganed in front of our eyes?” asks Krishnan Patel. “Do you think the circumstance of debuts largely determines careers? This is really unfortunate for Ansari because pitch looks an absolute road.”

6.38am BST

23rd over: Bangladesh 101-1 (Tamim 60, Mominul 35) Mominul has quietly nudged his way to 30, but throws hands when Ansari starts his over with a full toss for the third consecutive time; the ball duly flashes all the way to the fence, behind square on the off side. And two singles later, it’s the 100 partnership, from 123 balls and what a confident, aggressive effort it’s been, 60 to Tamim with eight fours and 35 to Mominul with six fours, plus five extras.

6.33am BST

22nd over: Bangladesh 95-1 (Tamim 59, Mominul 30) Joe Root is shining the ball with the sleeve over his hand as England look for reverse, and Stokes the beats the bat for the first time, landing back of a length and jagging towards the left-handed Tamim’s off stump. It raps his thigh and there’s a strangled appeal, but pitched miles outside leg and was probably going over the top too. Another maiden.

6.28am BST

21st over: Bangladesh 95-1 (Tamim 59, Mominul 30) Ansari continues, and Tamim jams down a horizontal bat that sends the ball for four to fine leg. And then two deliveries later he flows into a cover drive that hisses to the fence – England are waiting for him to make a mistake, more or less, though Zafar has plenty of room for improvement, if only he can settle.

6.26am BST

20th over: Bangladesh 86-1 (Tamim 54, Mominul 26) How vex-up must Imrul Kayes feel – though perhaps less so as Ben Stokes comes into bowl, sometime later than I’d have brought him on, and I’ve significant captaincy experience in Test cricket. Mominul is circumspect, playing out five balls of a maiden, but the final delivery nearly takes his edge as he fences outside off – looked like that moved off a crack.

6.21am BST

19th over: Bangladesh 86-1 (Tamim 54, Mominul 26) More turn, and more notably, more bounce for Ansari – well, from one ball anyway, which climbs past Mominul’s gloves and into his midriff. Ansari’s into this now, and cedes just two from the over – the pitch looks to have a little more in it than just five overs ago, but Bangladesh won’t mind that, given their superior array of superior spinners.

Tamim (51 not out)

Getting great value for his shots

21 off 14 drives
11 off 3 pulls
9 off 3 flicks
3 off 1 sweep#banvseng

6.17am BST

18th over: Bangladesh 84-1 (Tamim 53, Mominul 25) But here’s some uneven bounce for Moeen, the ball sticking in the pitch and bouncing higher – maybe things are looking up for England. Maybe. Still, they’ve staunched the flow of runs, at least.

6.15am BST

17th over: Bangladesh 81-1 (Tamim 52, Mominul 23) England desperately need some control, but where the merry wives of Windsor are they finding that? Ansari tries a shorter one and finds some turn and bounce, but that’s not going to be his length – the pitch is offering help very erratically.

6.12am BST

16th over: Bangladesh 80-1 (Tamim 51, Mominul 23) Rob Key wonders whether the ball might grip more once it’s softer – it’s that kind of pitch. Meanwhile, we see that the delivery prior to the review – the one after which Bairstow appealed – actually hit pad before bat, but would’ve been umpire’s call had England reviewed. England’s spinners are going to get marmalised in India I’m afraid – Moeen bowls another expensive over, eight from it including a four over the top and down the ground that Tamim doesn’t even get all of.

6.07am BST

15th over: Bangladesh 72-1 (Tamim 50, Mominul 16) I wonder if England might have bowled Stokes a little earlier when the ball was doing something – now, they’re hoping it reverses. In comes Ansari for his second over and after Mominul takes a single, Tamim flips three to finest leg – that’s his 50, and off 48 balls, too. Not bad, given it took him 20 to get off the mark.

6.03am BST

14th over: Bangladesh 67-1 (Tamim 47, Mominul 14) Moeen’s first ball is a jazzer, spinning off a length past Tamim’s outside edge, but he’s not finding turn every ball. In a way that’s a problem for the batsman, as he doesn’t know what’s coming, but hard to set an attacking field in that context. Anyway Tamim then gets 2 into the off side before he tries a cut and appears to takes it on the pad first – there’s an appeal from Bairstow but Cook and Moeen, opt not to review. Next ball though, Tamim offers the pad, and when Dharmasena says not out, this time they do review to discover it was bouncing well over the top. Gosh, that was a bit desperate.

5.57am BST

13th over: Bangladesh 65-1 (Tamim 45, Mominul 14) Decent start for Ansari, an arm ball confusing Tamim who plays for the turn and edges three past slip. They skank a quick single next, and the throw misses – hit and it’s very close – after which Tamim, unwilling to let Ansari settle, comes down the pitch and cracks through cover for four. And then he does it again, this time driving inside-out past the bowler for four more. The last three overs have gone for 34 runs, and Tamim is seeing it now.

“Re Mac Millings’ bathroom overflow,” tweets Paul, “perhaps he might try Crudfunder”.

5.52am BST

12th over: Bangladesh 52-1 (Tamim 33, Mominul 13) Wide full toss to start from Woakes, and Tamim wastes no time twisting it to midwicket for four. Athar tells us that the pitch will get better for batting during the day and the sun is now out, which will quicken up the outfield even further. Oh, and there’s another wide one, Tamim with even more time than Louis Armstrong to square drive for four – what a shot that is. And they’re coming quickly now, Tamim raising the 50 partnership by crumping four more from outside off over midwicket! Woakes is getting sent for! 13 from the over, all of them to Tamim, and it might be time for Ansari.

5.48am BST

11th over: Bangladesh 39-1 (Tamim 20, Mominul 13) “Stay patient lads,” calls Bairstow after ceding four leg-byes and already it’s looking like that kind of day. Mominul takes Moeen for a single, then Tamim flips him to midwicket for three, and there’s very little to excite the bowlers or livebloggers here. We know who the real victims are.

5.45am BST

10th over: Bangladesh 31-1 (Tamim 17, Mominul 12) Woakes is back at Finn’s end and he’s already with the cutters. They get him naewhere, and his last ball is short and wide of off, giving Tamim plenty of time to rock back and cart it through midwicket for four. It’s going to be a long day for England.

“Just got back from seeing Louis C.K. live in Charleston,” emails Mac Millings, “Only to find the babysitter traumatised (normal) because my kids flooded the upstairs bathroom (slightly less common) and now it’s dripping buckets into the living room (somewhat concerning). I have to be up early tomorrow, to make sure the fundraiser my school unexpectedly asked me last week to organise for Haitian victims.of Hurricane Matthew goes smoothly tomorrow.

5.39am BST

9th over: Bangladesh 27-1 (Tamim 13, Mominul 12) Moeen continues and finds a modicum of turn, but nothing to trouble anyone, and then Tamim loses patience, prancing down the pitch and golf-swinging one through mid-off for four. Lovely shot.

5.36am BST

8th over: Bangladesh 21-1 (Tamim 8, Mominul 12) Finn carries on as Athar Ali Kahn says Imrul should’ve left the ball that got him alone. Not sure about that – it was there to be punished – but it’s one way of not getting out. He also says that England could be in the field a long time, and winning the toss gives Bangladesh a good opportunity to win the match – no doubt the absence of Broad is helpful in this aspect too. Who is going to take the 20 wickets that England need?

5.30am BST

7th over: Bangladesh 19-1 (Tamim 6, Mominul 12) It won’t be a full spell for the seamers, or for Woakes at least – Moeen is into the attack to enjoy some hard ball. He bowled a brilliant first spell in Chittagong but this pitch is skiddier and not gripping as much – it takes five deliveries for one to turn, Tamim playing down into the off side for one. I wonder if Moeen will be back, or if that was just an oddy to see what’s what.

5.27am BST

6th over: Bangladesh 18-1 (Tamim 5, Mominul 12) Tamim looks nervous after 20 balls on 0, then chases a wide one – it looks like 4, but Duckett gets a hand to it at point saving 2. And he’s got the taste now, pulling a short one to square-leg without getting all of it – they run 3. This brings Mominul onto strike, and he leans into a delectable straight drive for four more. Nine from the over.

5.23am BST

5th over: Bangladesh 9-1 (Tamim 0, Mominul 9) I wonder how many overs the quicks will get here – I’d reckon more or less a full spell, as Woakes hits a crack and moves the ball off the seam, away from Mominul who flashes and misses. But the pressure is released immediately when a scrambled seamer does very little and is clipped to square-leg for the first boundary of the innings. And there’s another, chopped off the toe between second slip and gully – not such a good over, that.

“Like Finn in and I really like Batty out,” tweets Jonah. “Hope Cook gets the young spinner on as soon as the seamers finish.”

5.18am BST

4th over: Bangladesh 1-1 (Tamim 0, Mominul 0) Finn’s second ball is a goodun, 83mph and on a length. Tamim comes forward and gets an inside edge, which drops shy of Ballance at short-leg, but prompts some chattering in the field. Much as I want to, I really cannot get on board with Finn’s fringe, though it is undeniably Watford. Maiden.

5.14am BST

3rd over: Bangladesh 1-1 (Tamim 0, Mominul 0) Kayes must be absolutely cursing himself. That was an absolutely miserable dismissal.

“Is it going to rain?” asks Jonah. “Be mighty vexed if I got up at 04:15 for English weather and we go off!”

5.11am BST

Short wide one from Woakes and Kayes climbs in with a square cut, but neither opens the face nor rolls the wrists, picking out the man at point who holds a splendid leaping catch above his head.

5.10am BST

3rd over: Bangladesh 1-0 (Tamim 0, Imrul 1) Woakes’ first delivery finds some bounce, hitting the shoulder of Imrul Kayes’s bat – maybe there’s more in this that seemed so initially.

5.08am BST

2nd over: Bangladesh 1-0 (Tamim 0, Imrul 1) Finn opens up with a full toss wide of off that Imrul thick bottom edges, almost hits his stumps; they run one. And Finn is on the money next up, moving one away from the bat – the slips appeal for a catch but no one else is interested. We then see an overhead shot of the pitch, and there are bare cracks, but not much dust – the track is much harder than in Chittagong.

5.03am BST

1st over: Bangladesh 0-0 (Tamim 0, Imrul 0) Woakes, who is playing because he hasn’t bowled much in the sub-Continent, has three slips, a gully and a short-leg. His second ball dies on its way through to Bairstow which tells us it’s going to be hard bloody work, but he gets a bit of inswing and carry immediately thereafter, confusing Tamim who is beaten after deciding to play inside it. Maiden.

4.59am BST

It’s a bit overcast in Dhaka, as Woakes prepares to to open the bowling.

4.58am BST

More Ansari. Apparently, he got a double first from Cambridge, but people don’t like to lazily bang on about it. Here he is as a student.

4.53am BST

Congratulations to @surreycricket‘s Zafar Ansari who makes his England Test debut in Dhaka. Go well

4.52am BST

I imagine standing next to Ben Stokes is a faintly mortifying experience. Now this is a man.

4.50am BST

Ben Stokes is explaining that he was getting caught on the crease against spin, so changed his trigger. It was slightly across himself, but now it’s either all the way down the pitch or all the way back.

4.47am BST

This really is a huge chance for Zafar Ansari. I know it was always the plan for him to play here, but had Batty had a belter in Chittagong, who knows. As it is, he can now cement himself for India.

4.45am BST

We’re all friends here, so an admission: I’ve just had a packet of Nerds for breakfast (raspberry and tropical punch, now that you ask). An excellent source of vitamin C. Anyway, share your most nutritious meals here.

4.37am BST

Alastair Cook would’ve batted too. He says the wicket will turn more, rather than ball one. He thinks he’s got a team to win the match, or at least he said that – it didn’t really sound like he believed it. But Finn and Ansari replace Broad and Batty, the first change reflecting the absence of James Anderson for at least the start of the India series.

Cook also says that he didn’t think about altering the batting – batters get more chances than bowlers on the basis that they might just get a good ball.

Here are the teams: debutant Ansari & Finn coming in for Batty & Broad; Ban call up Hom for Shafiul Islam. SS2 now

4.34am BST

Bangladesh make one change, and it’s an attacking one, the fast-medium of Shafiul dropping out and Shuvugata and his off-breaks coming in.

4.33am BST

Mushfiqur says the pitch looks dry, but should be better for batting than in Chittagong.

4.31am BST

So, Mark Ramprakash has presented Zafar Ansari with his cap; mixed messages there…

On the other hand…

11.29pm BST

Brian Clough once quipped that he quite liked the Boat Race, but couldn’t understand why the same teams get to the final every year, a sentiment not irrelevant to Test cricket. It’s now a generation since Sri Lanka cemented themselves as a staple, and with the demise of West Indies, the format is desperate for new blood.

Happily it appears to have found it, the manner of Bangladesh’s performance last week – in attitude, skill and testicles – a brilliant fillip for the game. Though they still need to prove themselves away from home, on their own patch they are a hard night for anyone, on which point it’s also worth noting the role played by the track at Chittagong which somehow managed to inspire simultaneously attacking and attritional cricket. If Dhaka is anything like as sporting, we’re in for another treat.

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Oct 28

Moeen Ali and Ben Stokes halt Bangladesh before England falter

Bangladesh reach 220 all out; England 50-3 at stumps
• Tamim Iqbal hits fine century but Moeen and Stokes fight back

We have another mesmerising Test on our hands, which is often the way when the bowlers hold sway. There were 13 wickets – and there might have been more but for the arrival of a fierce storm at 4.30pm – yet only one of them fell in the first half of a day when cricket was played under grey, brooding skies in Dhaka.

The raw figures are startling enough. After 41 overs Bangladesh were 171 for one with Tamim Iqbal batting brilliantly on 104. Thereafter 12 wickets fell for 99 runs. You cannot afford to miss an over in this series.

Related: Bangladesh v England: second Test, day one – as it happened

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