Trott Leads The Way For England After Bangladesh Rally
Bangladesh 419 (Tamim Iqbal 85) v
England 171-3 (Trott 64no)
Second Test, Mirpur, day two
Jonathan Trott scored an unbeaten half-century opening the batting for England on day two of the second and final Test against Bangladesh in Mirpur.
The Warwickshire man was on 64 as England reached 171 for three at stumps, replying to Bangladesh's score of 419, which owed much to half-centuries from lower-order batsman Naeem Islam and Shafiul Islam.
Resuming on their overnight score of 314 for eight, Naaem (59 not out in 172 balls) and Shafiul (53 in 51 balls) put on 74 for the ninth wicket before Shafiul was caught by Matthew Prior off Tim Bresnan and there was more frustration for England as Rubel Hossain chipped in with 17 to push Bangladesh past 400.
He was eventually dismissed when he was caught by Prior, Graeme Swann picking up his fourth wicket of the innings to close with four for 114.
In reply, England started steadily, Alastair Cook (21) and Trott adding 29 for the first wicket before Cook was caught by Imrul Kayes off left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak.
Kevin Pietersen, now batting at number three, made 45 in 99 balls before Kayes snapped up another catch, Shakib Al Hasan the bowler this time and Paul Collingwood failed to score before being trapped in front by Rubel.
That left England at 107 for three but Trott, who has faced 187 balls, and Ian Bell, unbeaten on 25, guided England to stumps with no further loss of wickets.
England lead the series 1-0 after winning the opening Test in Chittagong by 181 runs.
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