Tamim Blasts Century As Bangladesh Build A Lead

Tamim Blasts Century As Bangladesh Build A Lead
Tamim Blasts Century As Bangladesh Build A Lead
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England 505 (Trott 226, Strauss 83, Shahadat Hossain 5-98) v
Bangladesh 282 & 328-5 (Tamim Iqbal 103, Imrul Kayes 75)
First Test, Lord's, day four

Any thoughts that England would easily wrap up a victory over Bangladesh ahead of the final day of the first Test at Lord's were extinguished as a Tamim Iqbal century enlivened the day four proceedings at Lord's, which finished with the tourists 105 ahead having been invited to follow on.

Replying to England's 505, they were dismissed for 282 in their first innings but after a 185-run opening partnership betwen Tamim Iqbal (103) and Imrul Kayes (75) set the stage for them to end the day on 328 for five in their second knock.

Tamim was in blistering form and having registered a stroke-filled half-century in the first innings, he went one better and followed Shahadat Hossain onto the honours board with a stunning innings that took just 101 balls; his century came up in just 94.

The left-hander smacked 15 fours and two sixes as he and, to a lesser extent, Kayes, tore into England's bowling, with Kayes reaching a maiden Test half-century before he was dismissed for 75 in 147 balls when he was caught by Ian Bell off Steven Finn.

Tamim had already departed when he pulled Finn to Jonathan Trott in the deep but Bangladesh were not about to collapse, Jahurul Islam and Junaid Siddique digging in to add 98 for the third wicket and frustrate England.

Jahurul made a solid 46 before he was caught and bowled by Trott and moments before stumps nightwatchman Shahadat Hossain failed to see out the day when he was bowled by Tim Bresnan for a duck.

The second new ball saw off Mohammad Ashraful, caught by Matthew Prior off James Anderson but Junaid survived a testing examination to remain unbeaten on 66 in 134 deliveries, and just as they did in Bangladesh, ensure that England will have to wait until the final day if they are to force a victory.

With 98 overs possible on the final day, England remain the favourites but if Bangladesh continue to bat as they have done in their second innings, the draw could come back into the equation as a likely outcome.

England had wasted little time in the early part of the day in getting into a position to enforce the follow on, both Finn and James Anderson finishing with four wickets, conceding 78 and 100 runs respectively in the process.

Mahmudullah (17) and Shahadat (20) were both bowled by Anderson while Rubel Hossain was caught by Alastair Cook for Bresnan's only wicket of the innings having made nine.

England took a strong position into the day thanks to Trott's 226 and Andrew Strauss's 83 in their first innings before Shahadat returned five for 98, taking four wickets on day two.

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