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Bangladesh stretch England in second Test

Chris Woakes and Adil Rashid atoned for another England top-order shortfall before Bangladesh's batsmen hit back on another fluctuating day of this Test series.

After lurching to 69 for five and 144 for eight in response to Bangladesh's 220 all out, the tourists relied on a magnificent 99-run ninth-wicket stand between Woakes and Rashid to snatch a slender 24-run advantage at the halfway point of the second Test.

The deficit was easily wiped out thanks to Tamim Iqbal's early blitz while Imrul Kayes (59 not out) and Mahmudullah (47) kept the run-rate motoring along to steer Bangladesh into a decent position of 152 for three at the close in Dhaka.

Zafar Ansari took his first two Test wickets, including bowling Mahmudullah off the last ball of the day, but Bangladesh will begin Sunday with a handy 128-run advantage, and with seven wickets remaining.

  • Watch day two highlights on ITV4 at 6pm this evening

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England gain unlikely first-innings lead in Bangladesh

Chris Woakes and Adil Rashid put on a 99-run stand for the ninth wicket to give England an unlikely first-innings lead on another fluctuating day of this Test series.

At 144 for eight in response to Bangladesh's 220 all out, the tourists seemed to be facing a sizeable deficit in a low-scoring second and final Test in Dhaka.

But Woakes (46) and Rashid (44no) batted sensibly and took advantage of a fatiguing Bangladesh, who took their foot off the gas after lunch on the second day, as England were eventually all out for 244 to hold a potentially priceless 24-run advantage at tea.

In their second innings, Bangladesh had reached 65-0 before they lost two quick wickets.

  • Watch day two highlights on ITV4 at 6pm this evening

Eleven suspected militants killed in Bangladesh raids

Security personnel conduct a police operation on the outskirts of Dhaka, Bangladesh, in July Credit: Reuters

Security forces in Bangladesh have killed at least 11 suspected militants in three raids as part of a crackdown against Islamic extremists.

Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan said the raids took place on Saturday morning in Gazipur, outside the capital Dhaka, and in the central district of Tangail.

The suspects were allegedly members of the banned group Jumatul Mujahedeen Bangladesh.

Firearms, bullets and meat cleavers were found during the raids.

The government has intensified its crackdown on suspected militants in the country following an attack at a Dhaka restaurant on July 1 left 20 hostages dead, including 17 foreigners.

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