(REUTERS)-Paceman Ben Stokes picked up the last two wickets in three balls to give England a thrilling 22-run victory over Bangladesh in the first Test at Chittagong yesterday, as the tourists maintained their perfect record against the South Asian side.It was England’s ninth straight Test win over Bangladesh but the hosts also had the chance to record a famous victory, requiring 33 runs when they resumed on 253 for eight on the final morning.“It was a really good Test match, I didn’t think we will be here on day five looking at that wicket,” England captain Alastair Cook said. “Such a tight game and credit to both sides.“Actually batters played pretty well on that kind of wicket. I am really happy that we showed our character and held our nerve towards the end.”Bangladesh debutant Sabbir Rahman (64 not out) and Taijul Islam (16) negotiated the first three overs safely, taking 10 runs off their target.However, Stokes trapped Taijul in front and Cook successfully reviewed the umpire’s not out decision to end the dogged ninth-wicket stand of 25.Bangladesh wanted Sabbir back on strike but Stokes needed only two more deliveries to dismiss number 11 Shafiul Islam leg before. The batsman’s attempt to review and overturn the decision proved futile and Bangladesh were all out for 263.Skipper Mushfiqur Rahim was proud that his team had competed so well despite this being their first test in 15 months.“The boys really showed their character, they fought really hard over the last five days,” he. “I am really happy that after 15 months we played a test like this.“Hopefully we’ll carry a bit of momentum forward from this Test.”Mushfiqur said the loss of their last six wickets for 27 runs in the first innings had proved crucial, and pointed to the 127-run sixth-wicket stand of Stokes and Jonny Bairstow in England’s second innings as another key factor.Stokes (2-20) was man of the match for his 85 in the second innings and four wickets in the first. Off-spinner Gareth Batty picked up three wickets for the touring side in the second innings.“Not just with ball in hand but the way he batted, he balances the side,” Cook said of Stokes. “Those cricketers don’t come around very often and he’s got an enormous heart as well. He’s a seriously good cricketer.”The second and final Test will be played in Dhaka from Friday.ENGLAND 1st innings 293 (M. Ali 68, J. Bairstow 52; M. Hasan 6-80)Bangladesh 1st innings 248 (T. Iqbal 78; B. Stokes 4-26)England 2nd innings 240 (B. Stokes 85; S. Al Hasan 5-85)Bangladesh 2nd innings (Overnight: 253-8; Target: 286 runs)T. Iqbal c Ballance b Ali 9I. Kayes c Root b Rashid 43M. Haque lbw b Batty 27Mahmudullah lbw b Batty 17S. Al Hasan c Bairstow b Ali 24M. Rahim c Ballance b Batty 39Sa. Rahman not out 64M. Hasan lbw b Broad 1K. Rabbi c Ballance b Broad 0T. Islam lbw b Stokes 16Sh. Islam lbw b Stokes 0Extras (b-9 lb-13 w-1) 23Total (all out, 81.3 overs) 263Fall of wickets: 1-35 T. Iqbal,2-81 I. Kayes,3-103 M. Haque,4-108 Mahmudullah,5-140 S. Al Hasan,6-227 M. Rahim,7-234 M. Hasan,8-238 K. Rabbi,9-263 T. Islam,10-263 Sh. IslamBowling:G. Batty 17 – 3 – 65 – 3,M. Ali 14 – 2 – 60 – 2,C. Woakes 7 – 3 – 10 – 0, A. Rashid 17 – 2 – 55 – 1,S. Broad 15 – 4 – 31 – 2, B. Stokes 11.3 – 2 – 20 – 2(w-1).
Emirates will increase capacity on its services to Egypt from 29 October 2017, with the launch of four additional scheduled flights every week to Cairo.The four new flights will increase the number of frequencies between the two cities to three each day, and take the total number of weekly Emirates flights serving Cairo to 21.“Emirates is committed to offering customers more flights choices, which will enable them to seamlessly connect to points across the Middle East, Asia, Americas, Africa and Australia including Bahrain, Muscat, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Hong Kong, New York, San Francisco, Cape Town, Entebbe, Melbourne, and Sydney; while experiencing the most comfortable and entertaining experience in the sky,” said Orhan Abbas, Emirates’ senior vice president commercial operations for Africa. “We will continue to invest in Egypt, empowering the local economy and helping it expand its business and tourism presence.”Similar to the current service between the two cities, the new flights will be operated by a 360-seat Boeing 777-300ER in a three-class configuration featuring 8 private suites and 42 Business Class seats; adding a total of 1440 seats each way per week on the route as well as 23 tonnes of additional capacity for cargo per flight.The additional Dubai–Cairo flight EK 925 will leave Dubai at 2050hrs and will arrive in Cairo at 2305hrs. The return flight, EK926, will depart Cairo at 0045hrs and arrives in Dubai at 0615hrs.As with all Emirates flights, customers travelling to and from Cairo can access more than 2500 channels of visual and audio entertainment on the airline’s award winning ice system, featuring the latest movies, music, audio books and games, as well as family-friendly products and services for children, including complimentary toys, kids’ meals and movies, priority boarding for families and the use of free strollers at Dubai International Airport.In addition to the onboard comforts and products, customers will experience the hospitality of Emirates’ multinational cabin crew while enjoying regional and international cuisine, as well as complimentary beverages. They will also enjoy extra generous Emirates baggage allowance of up to 40kg in Business Class and 50kg in First Class. The additional services also provide more opportunities for members of Skywards, the award-winning frequent flyer programme of Emirates airline, to earn Skywards Miles on their travel.Emirates started operations to Cairo in April 1986 with three flights a week. Operations have steadily grown with increases in both frequency and capacity between Cairo and Dubai to match customer demand. Today, Emirates operates 17 weekly flights between Cairo and Dubai. Globally, the airline employs more than 2000 Egyptian nationals in a variety of roles across the Emirates Group, including over 800 cabin crew.