Published: March 24, 2010
England made regular breakthroughs to give themselves a chance to win the second Test against Bangladesh, reducing the hosts to 172 for six in their second innings at close on the fourth day on Tuesday.
Bangladesh are just 95 runs ahead with only four wickets in hand which made their job difficult to save the game that they ruled in the first two days.
Skipper Sakib al Hasan was still at the crease with 25 not out, giving his side some hope. He will resume batting with nightwatchman Shafiul Islam, who was yet to score.
Earlier in the morning, all-rounder Tim Bresnan compiled a Test-best 91 to give England a 77-run lead with a first-innings total of 496.
Opener Tamim Iqbal wiped out the deficit with a typically chancy a half-century, but no one else could play a big innings.
Tamim, who was caught by Steven Finn at point off spinner Graeme Swann for 52, had his fair share of luck as England fielders dropped him three times with spinner James Tredwell being the unlucky bowler on every occasion.
Wicketkeeper Matt Prior put the opener down when he was on 15, Tredwell failed to hold a sharp return catch on 26 and Jonathan Trott dropped an easy chance at point with Tamim three runs away from his second fifty in the game.
Tredwell was, however, was rewarded for his good efforts with the wicket of Junaed Siddique (34), whose drive hit captain Alastair Cook’s toe at silly-point and looped up for a simple catch for the bowler.
Bresnan had Mahmudullah caught by Prior for six and Swann dismissed debutant Jahirul Islam.
Jahirul, who made a duck in the first innings, had his first two scoring shots in Test – two sixes – before he was eventually bowled by Swann for 43. The biggest blow came from Stuart Broad who had vice-captain Mushfiqur Rahim bowled for three.
This was the dismissal that Bangladesh badly wanted to avoid before the close as they needed some one like Musfique to hold the fort on the crucial fifth day.
Broad had earlier also dismissed opener Imrul Kayes, who failed to prove his Test credentials once again having been bowled for four. Broad, however, needed some help from luck to get his wicket as the ball hit him on the thigh pad before it deflected onto the stumps.
England resumed their innings on 440 for eight and batted nearly 20 overs in the morning to add 56 runs.
Left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak (3-132) claimed two wickets, both with stumpings by wicketkeeper Mushfique, and Sakib finished with figures of four for 124 bowling 66 overs, the highest by a Bangladeshi in a Test innings.