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England leg-spinner Adil Rashid struck shortly before the lunch interval to peg back Bangladesh after they had made a free-flowing start to their pursuit of 286 for what would be their greatest Test victory.

On a gripping fourth morning i n Chittagong , the Tigers, whose previous highest successful fourth-innings chase was the 217 for six they made against the West Indies in July 2009, went to lunch on 86 for two.

Imrul Kayes was deeply impressive as he boosted Bangladesh’s charge early in their chase but he was snared by Rashid after a superb 43 from 61 balls to leave this first Test finely poised.

Bangladesh have only won seven of their previous 93 Tests, twice against an under-strength West Indies and five times over a lowly Zimbabwe, while this fixture is their first in the format in 15 months.

They seemed to approach their chase with a carefree attitude on a pitch that is still offering plenty of turn and some hints of variable bounce, but Rashid’s wicket sets up a compelling afternoon.

The tourists were only able to add 12 runs to their overnight score as Stuart Broad was ran out in the second over after attempting a quick single, while Gareth Batty was pinned in front by Taijul Islam.

Batty challenged the decision for the 20th review in the match, a world record, to no avail as England were all out for 240, largely thanks to the efforts of Ben Stokes (85) and Jonny Bairstow (47) yesterday.

Tamim Iqbal, Bangladesh’s top-scorer in the first-innings, started loosely with uppish drives to mid-off, with the second only just evading substitute fielder Haseeb Hameed, who spilled a tough chance.

Sharp turn defeated the opener and England thought they had a breakthrough when Joe Root finally caught the ball, via his boot, only for Tamim to survive when a review revealed the ball had beaten bat and glove.

But Tamim was extraordinarily dismissed off the next ball after inside edging Moeen onto his pad while new man Mominul Haque’s nick came off Jonny Bairstow’s fingertips and looped agonisingly over the slips.

It was a tentative start from Mominul but he grew steadily more confident while Kayes swept well early on and looked utterly untroubled until the penultimate over of the session, when he got a fine edge to a sweep which was taken by Root at slip.

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