Siddique And Mushfiqur Hold Up England

Siddique And Mushfiqur Hold Up England
Siddique And Mushfiqur Hold Up England
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England 599-6 dec. (Cook 173) & 209-7 dec. (Shakib Al Hasan 4-62) v
Bangladesh 296 (Swann 5-90) & 191-5 (Zunaed Siddique 68no)
First Test, Chittagong, day four

Mushfiqur Rahim and Zunaed Siddique put on a partnership of 81 in 222 balls to take the first Test between Bangladesh and England into a fifth and final day in Chittagong.

Chasing an unlikely 513 to win after England's second-innings declaration on 209 for seven, Bangladesh closed on 191 for five with Siddique unbeaten on 68 and Mushfiqur on 47.

England resumed the day on 131 for five and they continued to press for quick runs, losing the wickets of Matthew Prior (seven) and Graeme Swann (32 in 25 balls) while Ian Bell was unbeaten on 39 when England decided that 512 was enough of a lead.

Left-arm spinners Shakib Al Hasan and Abdur Razzak shared six wickets, Shakib returning four for 62 and Razzak two for 53.

England then reduced Bangladesh to 99 for three and 110 for five to raise hopes of a victory inside four days but they were to be denied by solid batting from Siddique and Mushfiqur.

Tim Bresnan struck twice with the new ball to have Aftab Ahmed caught by Prior for 26 and Mahmudullah bowled for five and there was also a brace for Swann and one more wicket for Steven Finn, on debut.

Swann bowled Tamim Iqbal (14) and trapped Shakib in front (4) and Finn had Imrul Kayes (23) caught behind by Prior.

Siddique then faced 199 balls for his 68, which contained ten fours while Rahim used up 105 deliveries for his 47.

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