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ICC criticises Bangladesh Test pitch after run spree

DHAKA: The International Cricket Council on Tuesday penalised the "below average" pitch in Chittagong after batsmen plundered more than 1,500 runs during last week's Test between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Five centuries and six half-centuries were smashed over five days at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium before the teams accepted a draw in the opening Test of the two-match series. Sri Lanka -- who declared at a colossal 713 for nine in their first and only innings -- criticised the pitch after the match. ICC match…

England spinners take two wickets in victory push

CHITTAGONG: England spinners Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid removed Bangladesh's opening pair as the visitors pushed for victory Sunday in the first Test, after setting the hosts a target of 286 runs. With plenty of time and wickets in hand, Bangladesh also fancy their chances after reaching 86-2 at lunch on the fourth day and needing another 200 runs for their maiden Test victory over England. In an evenly poised Test in Chittagong, Rashid got Imrul Kayes for 43 in the penultimate over before the break, to bolster confidence…

England wobble against Bangladesh spinners

CHITTAGONG: Bangladesh off-spinner Mehedi Hasan impressed on his test debut, striking twice to help restrict England to 81-3 at lunch on the opening day of the first test on Thursday. After touring captain Alastair Cook won the toss and elected to bat, the hosts flexed their spin muscles at Chittagong's Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium to reduce them to 21 for three in 12 overs. Joe Root showed how to tackle the home spinners, hitting five crisp boundaries in his fluent 38 not out. Moeen Ali was batting on 17 at the other end…

England cruise to series victory over Bangladesh

CHITTAGONG: Ben Duckett and Sam Billings hit half-centuries as England cruised to four-wicket victory in the third one-day international to win the three-match series against Bangladesh in Chittagong on Wednesday. Set a challenging target after leg-spinner Adil Rashid’s career best four for 43 restricted Bangladesh to 277-6, England passed the target losing six wickets in 47.5 overs with Duckett scoring innings highest 63 runs, his second fifty in the series. The visitors' victory also ended Bangladesh’s unbeaten run of…