Wednesday 24 March 2010 

Cook And Pietersen Lead England To Nine-Wicket Win

Cook And Pietersen Lead England To Nine-Wicket Win
Cook And Pietersen Lead England To Nine-Wicket Win
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England 496 (Bell 138) & 209-1 (Cook 109no) beat
Bangladesh 419 & 285 (Shakib Al Hasan 96) by nine wickets
Second Test, Mirpur

Alastair Cook stroked an unbeaten century to guide England to a comfortable nine-wicket win and a series clean sweep over Bangladesh on the final day of the second Test in Mirpur.

England were set 209 to win after Bangladesh were dismissed for 285 in their second innings, and they got home, with Cook unbeaten on 109 and Kevin Pietersen on 74, in the final session having been pushed hard all game by Bangladesh.

Cook's well-paced innings, his second century in as many matches, came from 156 balls and included 11 fours, the last of those winning the game through square leg.

Pietersen faced 79 balls, hitting nine fours and a six, the pair putting on an unbroken stand of 167 for the second wicket after Jonathan Trott (19) was run out by Jahurul Islam and Mushfiqur Rahim at the end of the 13th over.

That brought Cook and Pietersen together and although Bangladesh worked manfully, six bowlers used by captain Shakib Al Hasan, England completed victory with a minimum of fuss.

Shakib had earlier been dismissed for 96, stumped off the bowling of James Tredwell as he went in search of a second Test century that might have set England a more challenging total.

He had already seen Shafiul Islam (28) and Naeem Islam (3) being dismissed by Tredwell, who finished with four for 82 and Abdur Razzak trapped in front by Steven Finn for eight; left with Rubel Hossain he was keen to get to his milestone quickly but picked the wrong ball to charge, Matthew Prior whipping off the bails with Bangladesh just 208 ahead.

Shakib faced 191 balls and hit 11 fours while Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann both picked up a pair of wickets.

Having won the One-Day Internationals series 3-0, England won the opening Test in Chittagong by 181 runs.

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