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Last Updated: Friday, 27 May, 2005, 16:49 GMT 17:49 UK
England close on massive Test win
First Test, Lord's (day two, stumps)
Bangladesh 108 & 90-5; England 528-3d

Michael Vaughan
Michael Vaughan played some attractive shots in his 120

England are on the verge of a crushing Test victory having reduced Bangladesh to 90-5 in their second innings after declaring on 528-3 at a sunny Lord's.

Marcus Trescothick and Michael Vaughan punished the poor Bangladeshi bowlers, both cashing in with fine centuries.

Scoring 194 and 120 respectively, they added 255 together before Ian Bell sparkled with an unbeaten 65.

Simon Jones and Andrew Flintoff then terrorised the tourists' batsmen, who struggled even more than on Thursday.

England only began bowling after tea, and there was the familiar combination of poor technique and over-optimistic strokeplay from the Bangladeshi upper order.

Matthew Hoggard got the ball rolling when Nafees Iqbal fenced into the slip cordon, before Jones claimed two wickets.

Habibul Bashar was out mistiming a pull for the second time in the match and Javed Omar was well held by Graham Thorpe at short leg.

Then Flintoff, denied the chance to bat, steamed in to take two middle-order wickets as youngsters Mohammad Ashraful and Mushfiqur Rahim were dismissed by two fiery, short-pitched deliveries.

The last act of the day had Aftab Ahmed playing some good shots to be 26 not out, the best score in the match by a Bangladeshi batsman.

The day had begun with England 188-1 and Vaughan and Trescothick were soon scoring boundaries at an alarming rate.

That said, they had to weather some early problems.

Trescothick was missed by Mashrafe Mortaza off his own bowling when 87 and Vaughan, already dropped on Thursday, was lucky to survive an lbw shout by the same bowler on just 24.

Marcus Trescothick
Trescothick looked thrilled to gain his first Test century at Lord's

Trescothick barely put a foot wrong after his let-off to club 23 sometimes brutal boundaries in what was easily his best Test score at Lord's.

For his part, Vaughan joined Sir Jack Hobbs as the only other man to reach centuries in three consecutive Test innings at HQ.

And he was beginning to time his drives and pulls exquisitely when Mortaza got one to bounce a little extra to take the outside edge.

Bell became the fourth England batsman to be dropped by the woeful Bangladeshi batsmen when Ashraful put down a chance off the hard-working spinner Mohammad Rafique.

By then, Rafique, whose final figures were 1-150, did at least have a wicket to his name when Trescothick feathered a catch to wicket-keeper Khaled Mashud off an attempted cut.

It was the last wicket for Bangladesh, however, as Bell and Thorpe (42 not out) indulged themselves with a 113-run partnership before the declaration came.

England: M Vaughan (capt), A Strauss, M Trescothick, I Bell, G Thorpe, A Flintoff, G Jones (wkt), G Batty, S Jones, S Harmison, M Hoggard.

Bangladesh: Javed Omar, Nafees Iqbal, Habibul Bashar (capt), Mohammad Ashraful, Aftab Ahmed, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mohammad Rafique, Khaled Mashud (wkt), Mashrafe Mortaza, Shahadat Hossain, Anwar Hossain.

Umpires: D Harper, K Hariharan.


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