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Stokes puts England on top

England all-round Ben Stokes put his side in the driver’s seat with a fighting half century in the ongoing first Test against Bangladesh on the third day. Despite Shakib Al Hasan picking up five wickets, England were in a position of strength as they ended the day at 228/8 to take an overall lead of 273 runs. Stoke stroked his way to 85 runs after England’s top order failed miserably. He added important runs with lower order batsmen, especially with Jonny Bairstow as both shared a crucial 127 runs for the sixth wicket to revive the innings.

Bairstow fell three runs short of a well-deserved half century but Stoke continued his good work to lead their side to an comparative overall lead on a pitch that was playing tough for the batsmen. For the hosts, Shakib Al Hasan put brakes on the opposition with a 5/79 bowling figures.

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