The first Test between Bangladesh and England was played at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong. Batting first, England posted 293 and were soon struggling at 106 for 5, but thanks to Moeen Ali and Jonny Bairstow for their rescue act, they reached a respectable first-innings total. Moeen and Bairstow added 88 runs for fifth wicket and scored 68 and 52 respectively. Bangladeshi debutant spinner Mehedi Hasan picked 6 wickets for his side. In reply, Bangladesh began strongly but they lost the plot later on. From 221 for 4, they were bowled out for 248 and hence, England got the crucial lead of 45 runs. From England, all-rounder Ben Stokes scalped 4 wickets.
In the second innings, England once again had a poor start and this time, Stokes and Bairstow did the rescue act by scoring 85 and 47 respectively. England somehow posted 240 and gave the target of 286 runs to Bangladesh. Shakib Al Hasan was the pick among the bowlers for the hosts, who took five wickets in the second innings. While chasing, Bangladesh had the opportunity to create history but since no batsman was able to stick to the crease, except debutant Sabbir Rahman, who scored unbeaten 64, they lost the game by 22 runs. England’s comeback man Gareth Batty picked 3 wickets in fourth innings. Let us take a look at the statistical highlights of the first Test:
240 – Lowest total by England against Bangladesh after losing all 10 wickets in an innings of a Test, while their first innings total of 293 is now their second lowest.
142 Tests missed by Gareth Batty before playing this match. Batty now holds the record for missing most Tests for a team between appearances by breaking previous best of Martin Bicknell, who missed 114 Tests between 1993 and 2003. Apart from missing most matches, Batty also makes his comeback to the side after 11 years, 137 days and sets another record for third longest interval between appearances in a particular format post World War II. Since 1945, only two English players had such long interval in Tests and they are Derek Shackleton (11 years, 225 days) and Les Jackson (11 years, 345 days).
134 Tests for Alastair Cook – most by any English cricketer. The previous record-holder for playing most Tests as an English player is Alec Stewart, who played 133 Tests. Overall, Cook is currently standing at 11th position in terms of playing most Tests.
Lowest total by top 3 – At the score of 21, England lost their first 3 wickets in first innings which is lowest for them in their first innings of batting in Asia. The previous lowest total was of 22, which came against Sri Lanka in December 2007.
1,091 runs by Jonny Bairstow in 2016 – most runs by a wicketkeeper-batsman in a calendar year in Tests. Previous record holder for scoring most runs in a calendar as wicketkeeper-batsman is Andy Flower, who scored 1,045 runs in 2000.
Six 50 plus partnerships between Moeen and Jonny Bairstow for the sixth wicket in 2016 – most by any pair for sixth wicket in a calendar year in Tests. Previous record of five 50 plus stands in a year is held by Michael Clarke and Brad Haddin in 2008 and Asad Shafiq and Sarfraz Ahmed in 2014.
555 runs for sixth wicket between Moeen and Bairstow in 2016 – second most number of runs by any pair for sixth wicket in a calendar year. The record for most runs by any pair for sixth wicket in a year is held by Adam Gilchrist and Damien Martyn for 561 runs in 2002. The third highest run in this criterion is also held by an English pair — Bairstow and Ben Stokes for 551 runs in 2016.
1,059 runs for Bairstow at No. 6 or lower batting position in Tests this year – most by any batsman in a calendar year. The previous record holder in this criterion is VVS Laxman with 984 runs in 2002.
6 for 80, by Mehedi Hasan on his debut Test – fifth Bangladeshi bowler to take 6 wickets on debut and second best bowling figures in an innings in the same criterion after Sohag Gazi’s 6 for 74 in 2012 against West Indies.
49 balls faced by Cook in this Test – third lowest for him in a Test in Asia. Seven is the least number of balls faced by Cook in Asia, followed by 30 balls.
87 runs added for sixth wicket in fourth innings by Mushfiqur Rahim and Sabbir Rahman — fourth biggest partnership for sixth wicket by a Bangladeshi pair in fourth innings of a Test. Their record for biggest sixth wicket partnership in fourth innings is of 167, scored by Rahim and Junaid Siddique against England in 2010.
Sabbir Rahman becomes first Bangladeshi batsman to score above 50 in fourth innings of his debut Test.
18 wickets taken by Bangladeshi spinners in this Test – joint most wickets taken by their spinners in a Test and fourth such instance. Similar number of wickets were taken by Bangladeshi spinners against West Indies in 2009, Zimbabwe in October 2014 and November 2014.
Shakib Al Hasan becomes 10th left-arm spinner to take 150 or more wickets in Tests after Daniel Vettori, Rangana Herath, Derek Underwood, Bishan Singh Bedi, Tony Lock, Iqbal Qasim, Monty Panesar, Vinoo Mankad and Ravi Shastri.
Five runs scored by England’s second and third wicket partnership in this match – lowest for England. In the first innings, second and third wicket added only 3 runs, while in the second innings, they added only 2. Their previous lowest is of 12 on three occasions — January 1879, January 1982 and June 1972.
Second instance of Bangladesh opening their bowling with two spinners in a Test. Mehedi Hasan and Shakib did the job of opening the bowling for Bangladesh in the second innings of this Test. Their previous such instance came in November 2014 against Zimbabwe, when Taijul Islam and Shakib opened bowling in the second innings.
Bangladesh lost their last 5 wickets for 27 runs in first innings which is their lowest against England in terms of losing last 5 wickets. Their overall lowest is of 7 runs, which came against West Indies in 2002.
263.1 overs bowled by spinners in this match — the second most in a Test between Bangladesh and England. The record for most overs by spinners in a Test between these two teams is 292.4 overs in March 2010.
Bangladesh lost this Test by 22 runs, which is their smallest margin of defeat in terms of runs. Their previous smallest margin loss was by 77 runs against West Indies in November 2012. For England, this is their eighth smallest margin victory in terms of runs in Tests.
Sabbir Rahman’s unbeaten 64 is the fourth highest individual score by any batsman in fourth innings on debut while batting at No. 7 or lower batting position. Top three individual score in this criterion are by Mohammad Wasim 109 not out vs New Zealand in 1996, Tim Southee 77 not out vs England in 2008 and Kusal Perera 70 vs India in 2015.
Kamrul Islam Rabbi becomes third Bangladeshi player to grab a pair in his debut Test. First two Bangladeshi players in this criterion are Alamgir Kabir versus Sri Lanka in 2002 and Enamul Haque Jr versus England in 2002.