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Fired-up Stokes puts England in command

An inspired Ben Stokes revived England with ball and bat on the third day against Bangladesh on Saturday to put the visitors firmly in control of the opening test in Chittagong.

Fired-up Stokes puts England in command
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Ben Stokes

Stokes produced a brilliant effort to complete figures of 4-26 on a pitch largely unresponsive to pace bowling, triggering a batting collapse as Bangladesh were dismissed for 248 to give England a first-innings lead of 45. Stokes then walked in to bat with England tottering on 46 for four in the second innings and propped up his team with a fighting 85. 

At stumps, England had reached 228 for eight for an overall lead of 273. Chris Woakes (11) and Stuart Broad were unbeaten at the crease. England were in dire straits at 62 for five but Stokes added 127 for the sixth wicket with Jonny Bairstow (47). 

Brief scores: 

England 293 & 228/8 (Stokes 85, Bairstow 47, Shakib Al Hasan 5/79) vs Bangladesh 248 (Tamim Iqbal 78, Stokes 4/26, Moeen Ali 3/75).

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