Ban v Eng: Broad braced for tense final day

Stuart Broad was happy to be part of an exciting Test and looked forward to an England victory over Bangladesh on Day Five. "They have some high-quality players but we're in a big battle and we need to come out on top," he said.


Stuart Broad has toiled hard with the ball in testing conditions in Chittagong.

Stuart Broad is braced for one of the most nerve-wracking finales to a Test in his long career when England attempts to snatch a famous victory from Bangladesh in Chittagong on Monday.

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Sabbir Rahman was 59 not out at stumps on Day Four as Bangladesh closed on 253 for 8, needing just 33 runs to claim the biggest win in its history in the longest format. Bangladesh wasted no time in wrapping the England innings up on the penultimate day, bowling the tourists out for 240 early in the morning session.

England reduced Bangladesh to 140 for 5 in the afternoon session, but captain Mushfiqur Rahim (39) and Sabbir put on 87 for the sixth wicket to provide another twist in an enthralling opening game of the two-match series.


Gareth Batty took 3 for 65 and Broad (2 for 60) struck twice in the final session to seemingly give England the upper hand once again, but the Test is intriguingly poised and the big paceman is ready for a tense final day. "I'm glad the Test has been this exciting. I don't think anyone likes 600 v 600. Everyone is drawn to Test cricket when it is tight and exciting," said Broad.

"I've been fortunate to play 99 Tests matches and this would certainly be in my top five of nerve-wracking finishes. It shows how far Bangladesh cricket has come. They have some high-quality players but we're in a big battle and we need to come out on top.

It's a bit of a shame the game didn't finish [on day four] - there was excitement, a lot of noise from the crowd but from our point of view we're quite happy coming back. A lot of wickets have fallen in the first hour. We can get batsman on 60 not out coming in and starting again. It could be advantage us but 33 runs isn't a lot either."

Bangladesh coach Chandika Hathurusingha stressed the importance of Sabbir and Taijul Islam (11 not out) hanging in under pressure. "If we bat 10-15 overs, we will get that target. We have to get in there, spend as much time as possible in the middle," he said. "I am happy to be still in the game on the fourth day against a team like England. I don't think anyone gave us the chance four days ago."

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