Collingwood Adds Century As England Stay On Top

Collingwood Adds Century As England Stay On Top
Collingwood Adds Century As England Stay On Top
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England 599-6 dec. (Cook 173, Collingwood 145, Pietersen 99) v
Bangladesh 154-5 (Tamim Iqbal 81no, Mahmudullah 51, Swann 3-40)
First Test, Chittagong, day two

Paul Collingwood scored 145 before Graeme Swann picked up three wickets to ensure England continued to dominate the first Test against Bangladesh in Chittagong.

Captain Alastair Cook was dismissed for 173 and after England declared on 599 for six, Bangladesh closed the second day on 154 for five, still 246 runs short of avoiding having to follow on.

Cook resumed on 158 but could only add 15 runs before he was caught and bowled by off-spinner Mahmudullah, ending a 93-run stand with Collingwood for the fourth wicket.

Collingwood continued to bat fluently, reaching his century in 157 balls, going on to hit ten fours and four sixes and putting on 184 for the fifth wicket with Ian Bell (84).

Collingwood was caught by Tamim Iqbal off Abdur Razzak and when Bell caught by Rubel Hossain off Shakib Al Hasan, England declared.

They then reduced Bangladesh to 51 for three, Stuart Broad striking to have Imrul Kayes caught by Matthew Prior for four and Zunaed Siddique caught and bowled for seven while Swann had Aftab Ahmed caught by Bell for one.

Iqbal then forged a partnership worth 94 with Mahmudullah (51) but they failed to see out the day, Mahmudullah gloving a sweep shot to give Collingwood a simple catch at slip off the bowling of Swann.

Swann struck again to bowl Shakib for one as he too failed to negotiate his way to stumps, leaving Bangladesh near certainties to be following on sometime on day three.

Iqbal, however, stayed firm at the other end, unbeaten on 81 in 115 balls. Nightwatchman Shahadat Hossain was yet to score and Swann finished with figures of three for 40.

Kevin Pietersen, who was bowled by Razzak for 99 on day one, was England's other major run-scorer in their innings.

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