England complete narrow First Test victory in Chittagong
England completed a 22 run win over Bangladesh on the final morning in Chittagong to win the First Test.
Ben Stokes completed a man of the match performance by taking the final two wickets on Day 5 to go with his impressive 4/26 from the first innings and a critical 85 with the bat.
We always believe we can win from any situation,” Stokes said afterwards.
“The never give up attitude that has surrounded us the last 18 months has been brilliant to be part of. We always think we’re going to win and just keep doing it.
“We face a tough series when we go to India next month, let’s hope we repeat our ability to counteract the opposition when we go there and give them a real test.”
The sides went into the fifth and final day finely poised with Bangladesh resuming on 253/8, needing 33 runs to beat England in a Test Match for the first time, whilst England required just two wickets.
Taijul Islam was the first to depart, LBW by Stokes that saw the Bangladesh number ten removed for a gutsy 16.
Just two balls later, England wrapped up the victory as Stokes, once again, trapped Shaiful Islam in front of the stumps for a duck as England sealed a 22-run victory, Bangladesh’s narrowest defeat in their Test history.
Alastair Cook paid tribute to man of the match Ben Stokes after a stunning performance with both bat and ball.
“He’s tough to captain is but I wouldn’t like it any other way,” said Cook. "He is a brilliant cricketer. His type doesn’t come along too often.
“He allows us to have an extra seamer – he is the extra seamer – he’s got such a big heart and that’s why I wanted to throw him the ball this morning.
“We have three seamers and I fancy Ben, Chris (Woakes) and Broady to do the job.
“It really was an excellent Test match, just a shame someone eventually had to lose.”
The two teams will begin the second Test match in Dhaka on Friday.
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