Saturday 5 June 2010 

Swann & Shahzad Tear Through Tigers After Tamim Ton

Swann & Shahzad Tear Through Tigers after Tamim Ton
Swann & Shahzad Tear Through Tigers after Tamim Ton
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England 419 (Bell 128, Prior 93, Shakib Al Hasan 5-121) v
Bangladesh 216 (Tamim Iqbal 108, Swann 5-76, Shahzad 3-45)
Second Test, Old Trafford, day two

Graeme Swann and Ajmal Shahzad shared eight wickets as Bangladesh collapsed from 153 for one to be bowled out for 216 and face the possibility of following on when day three of the second and final Test at Old Trafford begins.

England had earlier made 419 with Ian Bell scoring 128 and Matthew Prior 93 but as the final Bangladesh wicket fell shortly before the scheduled day two close of play time, England captain Andrew Strauss did not have to make an immediate decision over whether to bowl again.

Bangladesh's staggering downfall came after a second consecutive century for opening batsman Tamim Iqbal, who stroked 108 in 113 balls, hitting England's initially wayward bowlers for 11 fours and a six as he shared an opening stand of 126 with Imrul Kayes.

Kayes made 36 before he hooked Steven Finn to Shahzad in the deep to begin the clatter of wickets, Swann striking to have Junaid Siddique (1) caught by Prior before James Anderson had Tamim caught by the wicket-keeper as he tried to cut but only succeeded in edging behind.

Swann, who failed to take a wicket during the Lord's Test, made up for that failure by racing through the middle order to have both Shakib Al Hasan (10) and Mushfiqur Rahim (11) well caught by Anderson at slip, Jahurul Islam (5) bowled through the gate and finally Shahadat Hossain trapped in front without scoring.

That gave him figures of five for 76 and a seventh five-wicket haul and debutant Shahzad showed the value of bowling fast and straight to have Mahmudullah and Shafiul Islam comprehensively bowled for eight and four respectively.

He had picked up his maiden Test wicket when Mohammad Ashraful (11) steered him to Eoin Morgan at backward point.

Earlier in the day, Bell notched up his 11th Test century and it took a superb delivery from Shakib, that spun and bounced before clipping the top of the stumps to dismiss him having made an important 128 in 255 balls, having come to the crease on day one with England on 83 for three.

The partnership with Prior for the sixth wicket was eventually worth 153 when it was broken and afterwards, England's lower order failed a trial by left-arm spin.

Abdur Razzak had Swann trapped in front for 20 and Shakib completed his seventh five-wicket haul in Tests when Ajmal Shahzad drove him to Razzak at cover, Prior was caught by Jahurul as he attempted a reverse sweep, and Steven Finn was trapped in front without scoring.

England lead the series 1-0 after an eight-wicket win at Lord's.

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