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Teenage spinner bags five on Test debut

Published:Friday | October 21, 2016 | 10:00 AM
Bangladesh's Mehedi Hasan Miraz shows the ball and Test cap for taking five wickets after end of the first day of their first cricket Test match against England in Chittagong, Bangladesh yesterday.

CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh (AP):

Teenage offspinner Mehedi Hasan claimed five wickets on debut as Bangladesh restricted England to 258 for seven on the opening day of the first Test yesterday.

The 18-year-old Mehedi returned figures of five for 64 and tormented the English batsmen on a wicket that offered plenty of turn and variable bounce.

"The captain told me to bowl just wicket-to-wicket," Mehedi said. "You need accuracy to thrive here (Test cricket). I am learning."

Moeen Ali top scored for England with 68 after surviving five video reviews while Jonny Bairstow made a gritty 52 to help England propel past 200 runs, which appeared unlikely at one stage.

"They were dirty runs today," Ali said. "It was a massive mental challenge especially with the reviews. I kept missing the ball and it hit my pad. I couldn't figure out why."

At stumps Chris Woakes, who looked solid, was batting on 36 with Adil Rashid on five.

VISIBLY TROUBLED

Left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan complemented Mehedi's five wickets with two for 46.

Mehedi became the seventh Bangladesh bowler to claim five-for on debut.

England were visibly troubled against the spin once Alastair Cook won the toss on his record-breaking 134th Test for the tourists and elected to bat first.

Mehedi claimed his first Test wicket when he bowled England opener Ben Duckett for 14 then collected a second in his next over when he trapped Gary Ballance leg before wicket for one, getting the verdict on appeal.

England lost three wickets for three runs in 13 balls with opener Cook also departing cheaply for just four. The England skipper tried to sweep a turning delivery and dragged the ball back on to his stumps.

With the side reeling on 21 for three, Ali and Joe Root started the repair job. Root was fluent while Ali was watchful and survived a handful of video reviews before reaching his half-century, including three in six balls either side of lunch.

But Bangladesh managed to get the prized wicket of Root, who edged Mehedi to first slip on 40, with five fours in 49 balls.

Ben Stokes (18) went on the attack but an unplayable ball from Shakib dismantled his stumps to leave England in trouble at 106 for five.