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England vs Bangladesh 2nd Test, Day 2: Swann And Shahzad Threaten Rout

By on June 6, 2010

Bangladesh 216 (Tamim 108, Swann 5-76) trail England 419 (Bell 128, Prior 93, Shakib 5-121) by 203 runs…

A rejuvenated England tore through Bangladesh on the second evening at Old Trafford, after ridding themselves of the mischievous figure of Tamim Iqbal.

England’s bowlers were thrown off their lines and lengths in a second successive century by the undaunted and powerful opener, but Tamim’s pluckier colleagues found the going much harder, collapsing to 216 all out to usher in the close.

Such was Bangladesh’s subsidence from 126 without loss, that they do not even know their immediate fate.

Trailing England’s 419 by 203 runs, Andrew Strauss could conceivably enforce the follow-on, with rain forecast over the three remaining days in Manchester. One thing is for sure – Bangladesh must now have given up all hope of winning this second npower Test.

After an anodyne opening by his high standards, Graeme Swann lured the Bangladesh batsmen into ill-advised shots to claim 5-76, while Ajmal Shahzad returned to take three wickets in a searing spell to remember on Test debut.

Such success seemed distant when England, who had already lost their last five wickets for 43 runs, then proceeded to waste the new ball.

After a relatively sedate start, Tamim took 13 from James Anderson’s fourth over, and his fierce cut off Steven Finn resonated with the sound of a gunshot.

Swann’s introduction barely concerned Tamim. Racing to 50 in 43 balls, Tamim took two steps down and hauled the off-spinner into the crowd behind midwicket.

Tamim had his first flutter when Shahzad’s inswinging yorker sent him tumbling like an amateur on an ice rink, but the ball somehow evaded man and stumps and Tamim survived to battle on.

Imrul Kayes looked less certain, but managed to stick around for 36 as Tamim led the charge to 126, their third meaningful opening stand in a row.

It came to an abrupt end in the 24th over when Finn, restored to the attack, induced Kayes to top-edge a hook which Shahzad held comfortably at fine-leg.

Junaid Siddique was unable to transfer his form from Lord’s, and surrounded with close fielders, he lingered on one before Swann brushed the top of his bat and had him caught behind sharply by Matt Prior.

Tamim too felt the force of England’s new confidence, but survived an edge to dab behind square for his century. In an astonishing sequence for the 21-year-old, he now has three hundreds and six fifties from his last 12 Test innings.

Tamim’s exit for 108, nicking behind an attemped cut off Anderson, was met with mixed feelings by the 11,200 in attendance.

The stage was set for Swann on a pitch he must dream about. He beat Jahurul Islam with a ripper through the gate, and lured Shakib Al Hasan into an unwise drive which he nicked to slip.

Mohammad Ashraful survived the best part of an hour before he flashed Shahzad hard to backward point for his maiden Test wicket.

Working up a pace from the Brian Statham End, Shahzad then cleaned up Mahmudullah and Shafiul Islam with a possible hint of reverse-swing. Either way, three wickets in 19 balls demonstrated that England have yet another fast-bowling option for an arduous year.

Swann completed the rout by having Shahadat Hossain lbw. With just two overs left in the day, the jubilant players headed in to await Strauss’ decision, which may not come until tomorrow.

England resumed on 272 for five, and the sixth-wicket pair were scarcely worried as they massaged their partnership to 153 on a muggy morning.

Their serenity allowed Ian Bell to complete his deserved hundred, taking 22 balls to move from his overnight 87 to his third century against Bangladesh.

He advanced to play two sumptuous shots through extra cover off Shakib’s second over, prompting the chastened captain to take the new ball immediately afterwards.

Prior had a let-off, again failing to roll his hands on a hook off Shafiul. Prior watched his top-edge fall fractionally short of deep square-leg’s hands, running round.

Fortunately for a player in search of a big score, Prior showed due diligence as Bangladesh tried to bounce him out. A back-foot cut for four off Abdur Razzak sealed a welcome half-century for Prior in 106 balls.

With that minor landmark passed, England’s wicketkeeper looked liberated, switch-hitting Shakib and using his feet to drive for a straight four.

It took a freak occurrence and a dream dismissal for a left-arm spinner, to break the impasse. From around the wicket, Shakib’s delivery pitched on leg stump, turned past Bell’s outside edge and clipped off. His 128 came from 255 balls.

Swann added a quick 20 before playing back to Razzak and going lbw, a dismissal that ushered in lunch.

Within 13 balls, England’s innings was over. First Shahzad leant into a flighted Shakib delivery and picked out extra cover.

That left Prior on 93 but with little batting left at the other end. He tried to be inventive in his choice of runs but could only pick out point’s hands with a reverse-sweep.

Finn lasted two deliveries, the final wicket and just reward for Shakib’s patient and thoughtful bowling. The Bangladesh captain finished with 5-121 in 37.3 overs, the seventh time in 21 Tests he has taken a five-for.

The Bangladesh flag flew at half-mast at Old Trafford in respect of those who lost their lives in the housing estate fire in Dhaka.

Source: ECB

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