England Take The Honours On Weather-Hit Day Three

England Take The Honours On Weather-Hit Day Three
England Take The Honours On Weather-Hit Day Three
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England 505 (Trott 226, Strauss 83, Shahadat Hossain 5-98) v
Bangladesh 237-7 (Zunaed Siddique 58, Tamim Iqbal 53)
First Test, Lord's, day three

England had the better of a weather-affected day three of the opening Test against Bangladesh at Lord's as they reduced their opponents to 237 for seven in reply to 505 to hold a lead of 268 runs at stumps.

After the entire opening session of the day was washed out, England struck quickly once the day's play got underway, their bowlers performing much better under cloudy skies than the sun of day two.

With the ball swinging, Steven Finn, who finished the day with four for 75, had Zunaed Siddique (58) caught behind as he tried to leave the ball and in Finn's next over he had Mohammad Ashraful (4) trapped in front.

Three overs later James Anderson produced a fine delivery which had Jahurul Islam caught behind by Matthew Prior for his second catch of the day and he should have had a third when Shakib Al Hasan edged Finn, but although he fumbled, Andrew Strauss snapped up the rebound to see the Bangladesh captain on his way for 25.

In between delays for bad light, Mushfiqur Rahim (16) was bowled by Finn to leave England in a strong position although with more bad weather forecast for the remaining two days, Bangladesh are just about still in the game.

Jonathan Trott's 226 and Andrew Strauss's 83 underpinned England's first-innings score before Shahadat Hossain returned five for 98.

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