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The ongoing Test match between Bangladesh and England in Chittagong is making a lot of news. The hosts have given the visitors a tough fight so far and the match is evenly poised at the end of the third day.
England’s skipper Alastair Cook won the toss and elected to bowl first. The Bangladeshi bowler proved his decision wrong straight away by reducing the visitors to 106 for 5. But a 68-run knock from Moeen Ali and 52 runs from Jonny Bairstow helped the English team to post a respectable total of 293.
Well, more than the Bangladesh’s performance and England’s struggle against the spinners, the poor umpiring decisions made the headlines after the conclusion of the first day of the Test. England’s middle-order batsman Moeen Ali was involved in five DRS interventions out of which three came in a period of six balls and surprisingly the umpire on all the three instances was Kumar Dharmasena, who is one of the best umpires in the game right now. But fortunately, the England batsman was able to review the decisions and the verdicts came out in his favor on all three occasions.
After the end of the day, when Ali was asked about the incidents, he said:“It was a tough pitch to the umpire, but what can I say? The guy gave me out three times!
‘I knew I had a hit the first one or gloved it – there was definitely something there. Root saved me on the other two.‘It was very tough. They were dirty runs. It was a massive mental challenge, especially with the reviews. I kept missing the ball and it hit my pad. I couldn’t figure out why.”
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