Tuesday 23 March 2010 

England Hold The Upper Hand Going Into Final Day

England Hold The Upper Hand Going Into Final Day
England Hold The Upper Hand Going Into Final Day
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Bangladesh 419 (Tamim Iqbal 85) & 172-6 (Tamim Iqbal 52) v
England 496 (Bell 138, Bresnan 91, Shakib Al Hasan 4-124)
Second Test, Mirpur, day four

Bangladesh will take a lead of 95 runs into the final day of the second Test against England in Mirpur but with only four second-innings wickets in hand, it is the tourists who hold the upper hand.

England extended their first-innings lead to 77 when they were dismissed for 496 and Bangladesh then closed on 172 for six, Tamim Iqbal hitting 52 and debutant Jahurul Islam 43.

England began the day with hopes that Tim Bresnan could make a century, but he fell nine runs short when Bangladesh wicket-keeper Mushfiqur Rahim smartly stumped him off left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak. He had faced 261 balls and played a key role in getting his side into the lead, putting on 143 with Ian Bell for the sixth wicket on day three.

Razzak ended the innings with his third wicket when he had James Tredwell stumped as he charged down the wicket for 37, leaving Steven Finn unbeaten without scoring.

Shakib Al Hasan returned figures of four for 124 having bowled some 66 overs.

In reply, Tamim hit five fours during his 82-ball innings but wickets fell as England began to take control. Imrul Kayes was bowled via his thigh pad by Stuart Broad and Tamim was next to go when he was caught by Broad in close as Graeme Swann struck.

Junaid Siddique's luck run out when he was caught and bowled by James Tredwell having hit the ball into Alastair Cook's foot at silly point only to see it balloon back to the bowler.

He had made a patient 34 and Jahurul's innings was ended when he was bowled trying to drive Swann against the spin; the shot perhaps a little expansive for the game situation.

Mahmudullah (6) then edged a good ball from Bresnan to be caught by Matthew Prior and England, who let a number of half-chances drop, Jonathan Trott missing the simplest of the lot, picked up the final wicket of the day when Mushfiqur Rahim was bowled by Broad, edging onto his pads and then the stumps having made three.

Shakib was unbeaten on 25 and Shafiul Islam was yet to score at stumps.

England lead the series 1-0 after a 181-run victory in Chittagong.

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