Twitter Reactions: Bangladesh pull things back on day 3

Twitter Reactions: Bangladesh pull things back on day 3

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Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan reacts during the third day’s play. (Photo by DIBYANGSHU SARKAR/AFP/Getty Images)

The third and probably the most important day of the Bangladesh vs England first Test started with Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan and Shafiul Islam on the crease batting on 31 and 0 and the team score was 221/5. They had done well to bowl out England for 293 earlier but were not in a really great position to get a big lead and grab hold of the control of the game.

Moeen Ali was the first to strike on the day as he foxed Shakib to be stumped by Jonny Bairstow on his overnight score. There was a little juice left in the Bangladeshi batting after that and they were folded up for 248 runs and England held a valuable 45 runs first innings lead in hand. All-rounder Ben Stokes was the pick of the bowlers for his four-wicket haul while Moeen Ali got three, Adil Rashid had a couple and Gareth Batty got one wicket.

In their reply, the Englishmen were not off to a great start as Mushfiqur Rahim once again preferred to start with his spinners. Both Mehedi Hasan and Shakib found early success as they got rid of the openers Alastair Cook and Ben Duckett respectively. It was Mehedi who dominated the proceedings with the ball in the first inning, so this time the senior partner, left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan got into the act and grabbed a five-wicket haul to push the visitors on the back foot.

For England, it was the lower order pair of Stokes and Bairstow who got into the act and played a crucial knock that got them to a score of substantiality in the second inning. With individual scores of 85 and 47 respectively the duo got them close to 200. But they couldn’t see the day through and were dismissed with a few overs remaining in the day. At stumps, they had Chris Woakes and Stuart Broad at the crease and the team score read 228 runs. The overall lead they have managed thus far is 273.

Here is how Twitter reacted during the third day’s play: