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In a befitting final session of Day 4 a thoroughly engaging Test in Chittagong, England and Bangladesh once again finished neck to neck at the close of play. Sabbir Rahman (59 not out), the debutant No. 7 batsman who has put in good performances in limited-overs recently, gave a solid account of his Test credentials with a fighting half-century to keep Bangladesh alive in the contest. For England, a fired-up Stuart Broad pulled things back in the final session with a fine spell of bowling that included two key wickets, after it seemed like Sabbir and Mushfiqur Rahim would run away with the chase.
In fading light, play was brought to a halt after the umpires deemed the conditions not good enough to let Alastair Cook operate with a fast bowler. With only 33 more to defend, Cook called for the end of the proceedings as he perhaps would’ve liked to have Broad operating from one end.
At stumps, Bangladesh reached 253 for 8, with Sabbir batting on 59 and Taijul on 11. Broad’s fantastic spell took England on the cusp of a victory, but at then end, they aren’t quite there yet. When Day 5 begins on Monday, the pressure levels would’ve attained equilibrium – Bangladesh are 33 runs away from a memorable victory and England need two wickets to deny them thatJust when it looked like Mushfiqur and Sabbir would steer Bangladesh through to a famous victory, England have struck twice to come back into the reckoning. First Batty removed Mushfiqur with the help of extra turn and bounce and then Broad, in a fiery spell of fast bowling, trapped Mehedi Hasan in front of the stumps. Sabbir has brought up a fine fifty – on debut – but England have their tails up now. Bangladesh 236 for 7, need 50 to win.With a fine spell of bowling right after Lunch, 39-year-old spinner Gareth Batty dented Bangladesh’s otherwise promising start to their chase of 286 on Day 4 of the Chittagong Test on Sunday (October 23). However, as has been the case all through the four days thus far, momentum kept shifting base constantly as captain Mushifqur Rahim (22 not out) and Sabbir Rahman (25 not out) – the last recognised batting pair – refused to go into a shell and took the spinners on. At Tea, Bangladesh reached 179 for 5, 93 of which came in the second session.
Bangladesh’s Test squad Mushfiqur Rahim (capt), Tamim Iqbal (vice-capt), Imrul Kayes, Mominul Haque, Shakib Al Hasan , Mahmudullah, Soumya Sarkar, Taijul Islam, Mehedi Hasan, Sabbir Rahman, Kamrul Islam Rabbi, Nurul Hasan, Shafiul Islam, Shuvagata Hom.
England’s Test squad Alastair Cook (C), Moeen Ali, Zafar Ansari, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Gary Ballance, Gareth Batty, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Ben Duckett, Steven Finn, Haseeb Hameed, Joe Root, Adil Rashid, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood and James Anderson.