Stokes prevents fairytale Tigers ending


Bangladesh’s fairytale ending was not to be on day five of the first Test, as Ben Stokes wrapped the match up inside the first hour to give England a 22-run win.

Sabbir Rahman was left stranded on 64 not out as Stokes removed Taijul Islam and Shafiul Islam in the same over. This prevented the Tigers from recording their first ever Test win over England.

The day began with a draw off the table, as the Tigers needed 33 more runs to record a miracle win, or England needed two more wickets. It was tense stuff as the runs ticked away.

But Stokes, who was superb with bat and ball throughout the match, was having none of it, and reviewed a not out LBW decision against Taijul.

DRS showed the ball crashing into leg stump, making for yet another overturned decision. The umpiring will certainly be in the spotlight in the coming days.

Shafiul had a slim hope of lasting against the fiery paceman, and this proved true as Stokes bowled the number 11 out two balls later to end the match.

Stokes was the obvious man of the match for his six wickets and vital 85 in the second innings, which probably saved the match for the visitors.

The second Test starts in Dhaka on 28 October.