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Ben Stokes leads England counterattack with bat and ball against Bangladesh

• First Test day three: England 293 & 228-8; Bangladesh 248
• Stokes and Jonny Bairstow combine to put tourists on top

Ben Stokes’ all-round tour de force almost single-handedly pulled England out of the mire on day three of the first Test against Bangladesh.

Stokes defied the searing heat and unfavourable pitch with a magnificent spell, spread across two days, that yielded four for 10 in 10 overs as Bangladesh collapsed from 221 for four to 248 all out, handing England a 45-run first-innings lead. After their top order wilted to Bangladesh’s spinners in the Chittagong cauldron and they were five wickets down with the advantage only 108, Stokes rode to the rescue once again with 85 from 151 deliveries as England closed on 228 for eight and a lead of 273.

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