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England have never lost against Bangladesh in all forms of cricket, and beat them fairly comfortably in the First Test.

But on the second day of the Second Test, England have found themselves on the back foot.

Bangladesh ended yesterday on 330-8 in the First Innings.

Today, in sweltering conditions, they scored another 89 runs, until England took the remaining two wickets, leaving Bangladesh with a First Innings total of 419, their highest ever Test score against England.

Iqbal top scored for Bangladesh, with 85 runs from 71 balls, including 13 fours and 1 six.

In England's reply, Kevin Pietersen just missed out on his half century, scoring 45 runs, but scored his 5,000th Test run in the process, the quickest player in history ever to reach the landmark.

England's best batsman of the day was Trott, who ends today on 64 not out, from 187 balls. He'll be hopoing to score his century when play resumes tomorrow.

Graeme Swann has been the pick of England's bowlers so far in this match, taking four Bangladesh wickets (those of Siddique, Jahurul, Razzak and Hossain) and Razzak, Shakib and Hossain are Bangladesh's three wicket-takers so far (taking the wickets of Cook, Pietersen and Collingwood respectively).

Shakib limited England's scoring. He bowled 15 maidens (overs in which no runs are scored) in 24 overs.

So England, leading the Series 1-0, end the second day of the Second Test 248 runs behind.


BBC Sport
21st March 2010
By Jamie Lillywhite

England on back foot against Bangladesh in Mirpur

Second day of the Second Test

Bangladesh VS England, at Mirpur

1st Innings
Bangladesh: 419
England: 171-3

Bangladesh lead by 248 runs
England lead the Series 1-0

Bangladesh: Iqbal, Kayes, Siddique, Jahurul, Mahmudullah, Shakib (C), Rahim (W), Naeem, Razzak, Shafiul, Hossain
England: Cook (C), Trott, Pietersen, Collingwood, Bell, Prior (W), Bresnan, Broad, Swann, Tredwell, Finn


Trott kept the England innings together with a determined effort

England found themselves on the back foot on day two of the second Test with Bangladesh in Mirpur, trailing by 248 after reaching 171-3 at stumps.

Bangladesh resumed on 330-8 and Shafiul Islam struck 11 fours in his 53, adding 74 with Naeem Islam (59 not out) before they were finally all out for 419.

In reply, Kevin Pietersen passed 5,000 Test runs before being caught for 45.

But Jonathan Trott batted for almost four-and-a-half hours for 64 not out as he and Ian Bell steadied the innings.

The first day was even stevens but there was little doubt that Bangladesh dominated proceedings on Sunday - helped by an economical spell of left-arm spin by captain Shakib Al Hasan, who sent down 15 maidens in 24 overs.

And they will be looking, ambitiously perhaps, towards a maiden Test victory over England to level the series at 1-1.


Frustrated: England's bowlers and fielders were given the run around by Bangladesh's tail-order during the morning session on day two of the second Test

It was certainly a wretched day for Alastair Cook, in only his second Test as England captain, who could not dislodge the Bangladesh tail until half an hour before lunch.

Of the 89 runs scored in the first 90 minutes, 45 came through the continually vacant third man area, and the young skipper looked increasingly bewildered with life at the helm.

But that should not detract from the performance of Bangladesh, who having shown dash and verve with the bat, were far more purposeful with their field placings and bowling.


Digging deep: Naeem Islam (59 not out) and Shafiul (53) added 74 for the ninth wicket as Bangladesh added 89 runs to their overnight total of 330-8

On another day of energy-sapping heat, Shafiul was initially shielded from the strike by Naeem but he quickly outscored his partner, backing away to hit fluently through the offside for successive boundaries to bring up the 350.

He dispatched a Graeme Swann long-hop to the mid-wicket boundary to bring up a half-century stand, and reached his own maiden fifty in his fourth Test from 47 balls, 44 of those runs coming in boundaries.


Cook found the Bangladesh lower order in defiant mood

Even after Shafiul was superbly caught low to his right by Matt Prior off the persevering Tim Bresnan, the runs continued to flow, many of them through the same third man region.

Naeem played the type of consolidating innings his team needed, reaching 50 from 150 balls, only the second time in their Test history that four Bangladesh batsmen had made half centuries in the same innings.

Second Test Fact

Bangladesh's 1st Innings score of 419 against England is only the seventh time in their history that they have scored more than 400 runs in an innings in Test cricket and their highest Test score in an innings against England.

Even number 11 Rubel Hossain, a man averaging 2.56 in domestic first-class cricket, was soon playing cover drives straight from the coaching manuals as England looked increasingly exasperated, but Swann finally had him caught behind, the spinner's 14th wicket of the series.

England had five overs to negotiate before lunch and although they did so, Cook's day went from bad to worse soon after the re-start as he swept straight into the hands of the one fielder on the leg side and departed for 21.


Early dismissal: England's reply got off to a shaky start when captain Alastair Cook was dismissed on 21 after attempting a slog-sweep

Trott, moved up the order to open to allow England to play five bowlers, took 33 balls to get off the mark and his reluctance to play any form of sweep to a spin-oriented attack saw the innings grind virtually to a halt.

He took until the 18th over to reach double figures, with Tamim Iqbal having reached 80 by the same stage of the Bangladesh innings on Saturday.

Even Pietersen, having scampered through for a risky single as is his wont to open his account, scored only one more run in his next 32 balls, before finally stepping down the wicket to loft his first boundary.


Quick off the block: Kevin Pietersen became the quickest batsman to 5,000 Test runs before losing his wicket

Trott should have been dismissed on 13 when he prodded forward to the probing left-arm spin of Shakib, but debutant Jahurul Islam spilled a reasonably straightforward low chance at short leg.

Pietersen, meanwhile, was fortunate on 30 when he played across a delivery from Hossain and was hit on the pad in front of middle stump, but umpire Tony Hill gave him the benefit of the doubt.

Having achieved his run landmark in only his 60th Test, Pietersen gave a catch to extra cover off Shakib's slow left-arm and the pressure increased in the next over when Paul Collingwood was trapped lbw on the crease by Hossain.

At that stage, another 113 were still needed to avoid the follow-on but Ian Bell played with positive intent and Trott, aided by some loose deliveries from Abdur Razzak, hit three fours in an over en route to a determined second Test half century.

The pitch remained in excellent order, with no signs of the numerous cracks widening, but England have much hard work ahead in the heat to avoid possible embarrassment.


Early bath: Paul Collingwood fell for a duck as Bangladesh restricted England to 171-3 at the close


Off to a flyer: Bangladesh's Tamim Iqbal had got the hosts off to a storming start in the second Test during the first session on day one


Eyes on the prize: Tamim struck a quickfire 85 on his 21st birthday before James Tredwell had him caught by Matt Prior


Early bath: Jahurul Islam was out lbw for a duck as England took three wickets before lunch


Back on the front foot: a quick half-century from Mahmudullah saw Bangladesh reach 250-5 at tea


Trapped: James Tredwell snared Shakib Al Hasan one run short of his 50 as England tried to turn the screw


Fight back: Graeme Swann took a trio of wickets on the opening day as England make inroads into Bangladesh's tail order and the hosts closed on 330-8

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Last edited by Blackleaf; Mar 21st, 2010 at 03:07 PM..