Published: March 13, 2010
Bangladesh trailing by 445 runs with 5 wickets remaining in the 1st innings as the tigers lost 5 wickets on the second day of the first Test against England at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong Saturday afternoon. Mahmudullah scored 51 and Tamim Iqbal is on 81 not out.
Earlier in the day, England declared their first innings on 599 for six wickets.
Bangladeshi batsman Tamim Iqbal, who has become the fastest Bangladesh batsman to reach 1,000 Test runs, in just his 29th innings, was playing some tremendous shots.
Earlier on Friday, Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan won the toss and invited England to bat first.
The state-run Bangladesh Television and Satellite TV channel SuperSport have been telecasting the match live from the venue that began at 9:30am.
Alastair Cook cemented England’s strong position with a hundred against Bangladesh in his first Test in charge.
Alongside Kevin Pietersen’s much-awaited return to form, which ended agonisingly on 99 to a left-arm spinner, the pair formed the backbone of England’s dominant opening-day total of 374 for 3 on Friday.
Cook became the fifth England captain to score a hundred in his first match in charge.
Alastair Cook registered a new career-best but missed out on the chance of a double century on the second morning at Chittagong although his departure for 173 caused England few problems. Paul Collingwood moved effortlessly to 86 at the lunch break alongside Ian Bell, who barely broke sweat as he ended the session on 37, and England reached a total of 599.
Bangladesh’s bowling was better than the first day, particularly during the first hour, but that is hardly a ringing endorsement.
The second and final Test between the two countries will begin at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka on March 20.
Earlier, the visiting England crushed the hosts by 3-0 in the three-match one-day international series.
Bangladesh Squad: Shakib Al Hasan (captain),Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Junaid Siddique, Aftab Ahmed, Mahmudullah, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Naeem Islam, Abdur Razzak, Rubel Hossain, Shadahat Hossain.
England Squad: Alastair Cook (captain), Michael Carberry, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Paul Collingwood, Ian Bell, Matt Prior (wk), Stuart Broad, Tim Bresnan, Graeme Swann, Steven Finn.