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England require just five wickets to claim victory in the first Test but Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim and Sabbir Rahman are leading the home side’s pursuit of a famous win in Chittagong.

On a pulsating day four, the tourists were rattled when Bangladesh’s carefree approach to a target of 286 led them to 82 for one before lunch, although that became 140 for five as England’s spinners shared the wickets.

Mushfiqur (22no) and Rahman (25no) are refusing to give in, however, as they took Bangladesh to 179 for five at tea, setting up a potentially thrilling climax at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium.

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.

Crucially, the Tigers, whose previous highest successful fourth-innings chase was the 217 for six they made against the West Indies in July 2009, are the underdogs on a pitch that is still providing plenty of turn so they had nothing to lose after keeping their target under 300 this morning.

England were only able to add 12 runs to their overnight score as Stuart Broad was run 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 offering a tough chance with substitute fielder Haseeb Hameed could not grasp.

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 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 Imrul 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.

That tilted the balance and Batty recovered from a poor opening spell to put England on top with a double strike early in the afternoon.

A fuller ball saw Mominul trapped lbw for 27, with England overturning the umpire’s not out verdict on review, before Mahmudullah fell in almost identical circumstances in the next over – although his review was unsuccessful.

Moeen then flighted a delivery which spun sharply and drew the edge of Shakib Al Hasan’s bat, with Bairstow pouching, to put England firmly in the ascendancy.

But Mushfiqur and Rahman proved more obstinate, with the latter bludgeoning two straight sixes off Moeen to lower the target to 107 at tea.

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