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Alastair Cook and Kevin Pietersen dominate Bangladesh

First Test, Chittagong (day one, stumps):
England 374-3 v Bangladesh
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Alastair Cook and Kevin Pietersen celebrate
Cook became the fifth player to score a ton in his first Test as England captain

By Harry Reekie

Alastair Cook scored a century on his debut as Test captain and Kevin Pietersen hit 99 as England made 374-3 in the first Test against Bangladesh.

Cook led from the front with a supreme 158 not out while Pietersen answered his critics in style before being bowled one short of a deserved century.

The pair put on 170 for the third wicket as Bangladesh paid dearly for surprisingly putting England into bat.

Jonathan Trott (39) and debutant Michael Carberry (30) also impressed.

It left home skipper Shakib Al Hasan ruing his bad judgement all day as the visitors took complete charge on a flat pitch in Chittagong.

Cook's innings was the highlight, the opener joining a select group of players to have scored a century on their debut as England Test captain in the process.


Pietersen's more aggressive knock was no less satisfying for the visitors though.

Under significant pressure after a run of poor scores and questionable shots, the right-hander was almost faultless before being heartbreakingly bowled one run short of three figures.

The innings made a mockery of his recent struggles, with a renewed confidence against left-arm spin no doubt the most pleasing aspect for England team director Andy Flower.

However England also raised eyebrows by picking only four bowlers, including debutant Steve Finn and Stuart Broad, who had fitness worries earlier in the week, and Cook will hope that is sufficient to do the job when England finally take the field.

Hampshire opener Carberry wasted no time in making an impression courtesy of some attacking strokes against the new ball, although the left-hander escaped on 30 when wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim put down an edge from off-spinner Mahmudullah.

Carberry failed to capitalise on his escape though as Mahmudullah trapped his man in front the following over.

Cook, meanwhile, looked completely comfortable throughout at the other end, seemingly enjoying the responsibility of leading from the front and no doubt delighted to be given a chance to bat first.

The 25-year-old - England's fifth youngest captain - led his side to 104-1 at lunch alongside a typically patient Trott, who was retained at number three.

A big score was there for the taking but the Warwickshire batsman was unfortunate to see an appeal for caught behind off Rubel Hossain's bowling upheld by umpire Tony Hill, despite the ball appearing to simply balloon off his helmet.

With no umpire decision reviews available in this series, Trott trudged off angrily for 39, leaving a pumped-up Rubel with an out-of-sorts Pietersen to pepper.

Kevin Pietersen walks off
Pietersen answered his critics in style before being dismissed for 99

However, the fast bowler's chances were not helped when a crazy shy at the stumps from Mahmudullah hurtled into his kneecap in near comical fashion.

But all eyes were firmly fixed on Pietersen, who has badly struggled for runs so far on this tour - particularly against left-arm spin.

Shakib surprisingly decided against attacking immediately with a dual-spin attack, opting instead to continue with Rubel's pace from the other end, allowing Pietersen to find his feet at the crease.

Cook also continued to milk the bowling and a series of dabs and sweeps easily kept the scorecard ticking.

The skipper moved into three figures with an uncharacteristic slog for six over mid-wicket, joining AJ McLaren, Allan Lamb, Andrew Strauss and partner Pietersen in a select group to reach three figures in their first Test as captain.

Suddenly the life had drained from the home players and the England batsmen were allowed to fill their boots in ominous style.

Pietersen looked back to his very best in cruising to 99 but was then bowled by Abdur Razzak - another left-arm spinner - with a richly deserved century at his mercy.

Predictably, the 29-year-old was seething with himself after walking off but the damage had well and truly been done in a dominant day for the hosts.

A further half-century partnership between Cook and Paul Collingwood (32 not out) at the end simply rubbed salt into the Bangladesh wounds.

Indeed, the hosts' record of never having won a Test at the Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium could well be set to continue after a disappointing day for them.

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