Root beds in after Mehedi stuns England

Thursday, 20 October 2016 - 13:15

Mehedi Hasan, Bangladesh's 18-year-old debutant, stole the show on the first morning of the first Test at Chittagong, as England's batsmen were served notice of the trial by spin that awaits on this winter's tour of the subcontinent.

Bowling with purpose and purchase on a lively pitch that offered turn and variable degrees of bounce from the outset, Hasan was thrown the ball for the second over of the match and responded to the responsibility with the wickets of his fellow new boy Ben Duckett, for 14, and Gary Ballance, for 1.

In between whiles, Shakib Al Hasan, Bangladesh's senior bowler, chipped in with the massive scalp of Alastair Cook for 4 as England slumped to 21 for 3 in the first 12 overs of the day, and had it not been for a typically serene counterattack from Joe Root, their lunchtime position of 81 for 3 could have been significantly more precarious.