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England vs Bangladesh 1st Test, Day 2: Bangladesh Make England Work

By on May 29, 2010

Bangladesh 172 for 2 (Siddique 53*, Islam 16*) trail England 505 (Trott 226, Shahadat 5-98) by 333 runs…

England encountered stubborn Bangladesh resistance as they struggled to press home their advantage on the second day of the opening npower Test at Lord’s.

The hosts may have amassed 505 on the back of Jonathan Trott’s fine double century, but Bangladesh responded to coach Jamie Siddons’ criticism last night by producing a display of infinitely more character.

Shahadat Hossain led a much-improved bowling performance to claim three quick wickets after lunch en route to figures of 5-98 as England failed to build fully on their overnight total of 362 for four.

Bangladesh’s attitude in the field was mirrored with the bat as the top order, in contrasting fashion, negotiated the new-ball threat and beyond on a pitch that has become flatter as the match has gone on.

They closed on 172 for two, trailing by a still appreciable 333 but having earned the respect of a subdued crowd and, no doubt, the England attack, of whom only Steven Finn gained tangible reward in 53 overs of trying.

He had Imrul Kayes fending to slip for 43 as the tactic of peppering the batsmen with short balls finally paid dividends, but it had taken more than two hours and may prompt a rethink overnight.

Tamim Iqbal benefited to the tune of 55 off 62 balls, an innings that was ended only by a run-out as the England pace bowlers demonstrated much the same indiscipline that blighted their Bangladesh counterparts yesterday.

Tamim put on 88 for the first wicket with Kayes before he set off in search of a quick single to cover point. Kevin Pietersen made good ground to his left to throw down the stumps at the non-striker’s end.

Kayes was more measured in making an occasionally unconvincing 43 which nevertheless featured a handful of compact strokes through the off side, while Junaid Siddique also survived a barrage of bouncers early on to move stealthily to a 92-ball half-century.

He demonstrated superb timing in reaching 53 by the close, accompanied by Jahurul Islam. That Jahurul spent 53 deliveries over his 16 not out said much for Bangladesh’s application.

Earlier, Trott converted his overnight 175 into a magnificent 226, his highest first-class score, the fifth highest in Tests at Lord’s and one which enabled the middle and lower order to play with considerable freedom.

Matt Prior made a breezy 16, Tim Bresnan 25 and Graeme Swann 22 off just 13 balls in an imposing first-innings total, although Bangladesh deserve great credit for the manner in which they fought back after a chastening start to the international summer.

The last four wickets tumbled for 42 runs in the space of seven frenetic post-lunch overs, England’s new-found aggression enabling Shahadat to become the first Bangladeshi to get his name on the famous honours board.

The innings, and probably the match, will be remembered for the contribution of Trott, who continued in much the same ruthlessly efficient manner that reaped such reward yesterday.

When he pulled Rubel Hossain in controlled fashion through midwicket to go to 200, he had faced 318 balls, and deservedly earned a standing ovation from team-mates and spectators alike.

Eoin Morgan had fallen to the 13th ball of the day, well caught by a tumbling Mushfiqur Rahim as he pushed at Shahadat, having added just four to his overnight 40.

Prior batted brightly before he was run out, belatedly sent back by Trott as he chased a second run to deep point and comfortably beaten by an accurate throw from substitute fielder Shamsur Rahman.

Trott was seemingly unaffected by Prior’s departure, surpassing the previous highest score for England against Bangladesh – Marcus Trescothick’s 194 on this ground in 2005 – before bringing up his double hundred.

He also overhauled his own first-class best of 210, made for Warwickshire against Sussex at Edgbaston in 2005, and matched Kevin Pietersen’s score against West Indies three years ago – England’s most recent double century – before perishing after lunch.

Having seen Bresnan superbly taken by Siddique, diving to his left at a solitary wide slip, off Shahadat, Trott steered the same bowler to Kayes at gully. He had faced 349 deliveries and hit 20 fours during almost eight and a quarter hours at the crease.

Swann revelled briefly in England’s carefree approach, driving then pulling Shakib Al Hasan for six as well as unfurling a switch-hit, only to locate Rubel at deep square-leg with a flat sweep.

James Anderson even managed a reverse-sweep before Shahadat bowled him through the gate. An impassioned roar reflected his delight, as well as a certain amount of frustration built up during 28 often trying overs.

A few hours later, the England bowlers knew how he felt.

Source: ECB

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