Monday 31 May 2010 

England Cruise To Eight-Wicket Win Over Bangladesh

England Cruise To Eight-Wicket Win Over Bangladesh
England Cruise To Eight-Wicket Win Over Bangladesh
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England 505 (Trott 226) &163-2 (Strauss 82) beat
Bangladesh 282 & 382 (Tamim Iqbal 103, Finn 5-87) by eight wickets
First Test, Lord's, day five

England cruised to an eight-wicket win over Bangladesh on the final day of the opening Test at Lord's on the back of a five-wicket haul from Steven Finn and a swift half-century from captain Andrew Strauss.

Finn took five for 87 as England bowled Bangladesh out for 382 in their second innings and Strauss took advantage of some poor bowling to race to 82 as England closed on 160 for two to close out the game with a session to spare.

Bangladesh were bowled out just prior to lunch when Mahmudullah was caught by Matthew Prior off Tim Bresnan for 19 as their innings fell away and their chances of saving the game appeared to have gone the same way.

Resuming on 328 for five, Bangladesh continued to steadily accumulate runs before Finn struck to have Shakib Al Hasan (16) caught by Eoin Morgan and Junaid Siddique's patient innings of 74 in 162 balls was ended when he chipped Finn to Bresnan at mid-off.

The tall pace man, making his first Test appearance at home, then produced a fine delivery to dismiss Mushfiqur Rahim for an 11-ball duck, the wicket-keeper edging to his opposite number Prior.

Prior to Mahmudullah's dismissal, an ugly attempt at a shot moments before the end of the session, Bresnan had Rubel Hossain (4) caught by Andrew Strauss at slip as he tried to leave the ball alone.

Finn returned figures of five for 87 and Bresnan three for 93.

Having been shown the benefits of giving the batsmen little to work with outstide off-stump, the Bangladeshi fast bowlers were unable to stick to the blueprint as Strauss and opening partner Alastair Cook were fed a succession of deliveries which they tucked into.

Strauss struck six fours and Cook made 23 with four fours as England rattled along, reaching 50 in the seventh over and 100 in the 22nd.

Cook was adjudged to be trapped in front by Mahmudullah and Strauss departed when he edged the 88th ball he faced into the gloves of Mushfiqur as Shakib picked up a late wicket.

Jonathan Trott, who had done much to set up England's position with a first-innings knock of 226, won the match with a flicked boundary as he closed unbeaten on 36 alongside Kevin Pietersen, who made ten.

The second and final Test gets underway on Friday (4th June) at Old Trafford.

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