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Brilliant Stokes and Record day for Shakib on day 3

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Fantastic 85-run innings from Ben Stokes has left Bangladesh worried at the close of the third day of the first Test.

This day would also be memorable for Shakib Al Hasan who took five wickets as he claimed his 150th Test wicket to become the first Bangladeshi to reach the figure in the longer format.

The visitors concluded the day with 228 for 8, which means they have a 273-run lead leaving Bangladesh to platform one of their best Test performances to win in Chittagong.

After Mehedi Hasan Miraz had sent Alastair Cook (12) back to the pavilion with the score on 26, Shakib struck in back-to-back overs to remove Joe Root (0), and Ben Duckett (14) and England were soon tottering at 28 for 3.

The wicket of Root was a milestone one for Shakib, who became the first Bangladeshi to have bagged 150 Test wickets.

Taijul Islam then sent Gary Ballance (9) back before Shakib got first innings’ highest scorer Mooen Ali caught behind, which left English at a perilous 62 for 5.

Then it became Sokes show, who earlier in the day had a successful time with the ball, as he and Jonny Bairstow rebuilt the innings and staged a comeback.

The pair added 127 runs for the sixth wicket, before Bairstow (47) was bowled by Kamrul Islam Rabbi, which was the debutant’s maiden Test wicket.

Stokes helped himself to 85 with six fours and three sixes, soon followed Bairstow to the dressing room as Shakib had him leg before the wicket.

Chris Woakes and Stuart Broad will start the fourth day with a view to increasing the lead.

Earlier in the morning, Stokes struck three times in quick succession to bundle out Bangladesh, who could only manage to add a measly 27 runs to second day’s total of 221, being all out for a dismal 248.

Shakib surely won’t like to watch how he gave his wicket away; the left-handed getting stumped in his effort to whack a Moeen Ali delivery that was only the second ball of the day.

And that caused the team’s downfall, the lower order again failing to offer any meaningful fight.

Stokes had four scalps to his name while Moeen had three and Adil Rashid two.

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