Ali leads England fightback

DHAKA – Off-spinner Moeen Ali led England’s fightback after Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal’s eighth century gave the hosts a solid start to the second and final test at the Shere Bangla National Stadium yesterday.

Moeen took three of the five wickets Bangladesh lost for 31 runs in a batting collapse that left the host on 205 for six at tea on the opening day.

Shakib Al Hasan (five) and Shuvagata Hom (two) were at the crease for the hosts.

Tamim (104) and Mominul Haque (66) added 170 for the second wicket after Bangladesh lost opener Imrul Kayes for one run in the third over of the day.

Left-hander Kayes hit a short delivery from paceman Chris Woakes straight into the hands of Ben Duckett at point after Bangladesh skipper Mushfiqur Rahim had won the toss and opted to bat.

Tamim and Mominul took a bit of time to settle down but ensured England did not have many opportunities to make further inroads in the first session.

The duo launched a counter attack against some wayward English bowling and were particularly rough on debutant left-arm spinner Zafar Ansari, who has replaced off-spinner Gareth Batty in the side.

Ansari went for 36 runs in his six overs in the first session and did not get to bowl in the second.

Tamim, who did not score off the first 19 balls he faced, needed 60 deliveries to bring up his half-century and reached the three-figure mark with two consecutive boundaries off Moeen.

The left-hander hit 12 fours in his 147-ball knock and was given out on 66, caught down the leg side off Ben Stokes before overturning the umpire’s decision on review with replays confirming the ball had brushed his shirt.

Tamim fell leg before to Moeen after offering no shot to a straight delivery and this time failed to prolong his stay with another review.

Mominul was equally impressive and his innings featured 10 fours. He was castled by Moeen with a delivery that did not spin.

Moeen also picked up the wicket of Mushfiqur, who had earlier crashed to the ground after being hit on the side of his helmet by a bouncer from Stokes.

The paceman got the ball to move both ways and accounted for Mahmudullah and Sabbir Rahman, both caught edging behind, to make it a hugely successful second session for the touring side.

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