England win by 22 runs against Bangladesh in the first Test!
All the hopes of Bangladesh team received a major jolt when Ben Stokes, the England all-rounder, swung the ball to hit the pads of Shafiul Islam. Though umpire shook his head to declare him not out but England players were confident, they decided to review it to give the first blow of the day to the Bangladesh.
The foot of Bangladesh players was in their as replays showed that Shafiul had not made a contact with the ball, the tension rose to another level went replays showed that bowl has pitched in line, they started shivering when it was confirmed that he is out and finally swallowed the fact that Bangladesh has lost their ninth wicket. the match. England players were on the top of the world as they scalped the much-needed wicket.
Bangladesh players were disappointed but still, they had their last hopes on Shafiul Islam. Memories of Brett Lee snatching the game from England in the year 2005 were still fresh in minds of England players but did not remain for long as Cook’s Shafiul was dismissed after a break of just one ball and it was Ben Stokes who again emerged as the wicket taking bowler for England.
The hosts were left devastated over the loss as this was like snatching a flesh from the jaws of a Lion. The phrase yet so near but yet so far seemed to be perfect for Bangladesh here.
A loss here would have been biggest upset for England but they were successful in showing a thumb to the loss. Though England won this game but they have been wary of Bangladesh ahead as this series is a roadmap for them of how they will deal with the Indian team on their tour next month here.
The Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim seemed to be quite happy with the team efforts as he showered praises on teammate and said “It was an even game, I thought the boys showed character, happy with the way we played after being away from Tests for the last 15 months. I think if we had managed to score 290 odd in the first innings, we could have chased down the target. The partnership between Stokes and Bairstow was very important, we will take some positives from this game. Sabbir has been outstanding for us, Mehedi was excellent in his first game. We will have a look and think about the pitch for the second Test, it was difficult but not unplayable. We will have to come up with good plans, we have a couple of good spinners who can take 20 wickets, we will have to execute our plans better”.
Surely, the captain is hoping for a turnaround in the next game and believes that players will make a different in the second fixture.