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Last Updated: Thursday, 30 October, 2003, 11:00 GMT
England retain edge
Second Test, Chittagong
Bangladesh v England (day two, stumps)

Nasser Hussain
Some hostile and accurate bowling from England's seamers reduced Bangladesh to 93-4 after day two of the second Test in Chittagong.

That score was in reply to a first innings effort of 326 from England which should have been much more.

They lost their last five wickets for just 15 runs after lunch.

Nasser Hussain top-scored with 76, but took nearly six hours to get there. Seamer Mashrafe Mortaza really impressed with figures of 4-60.

England's batting collapse early in the second session mirrored what had happened on Wednesday when four top-order wickets fell for eight runs.

They were in good shape shortly after lunch on day two with Hussain and Chris Read adding 63 for the fifth wicket.

Read scored his runs at a lively pace compared with the obdurate Hussain, who tried a variety of sweeps and drives but hardly ever pierced the in-field.

Read impressed with some well-timed drives and glances off the seamers and showed plenty of confidence against the spinners.

Mashrafe Mortaza
Mortaza took four top English wickets in a fine display

But when he was out for 37, giving short leg a catch off Enamul Haque jr, it sparked a collapse to rival any of England's familiar batting calamities down the years.

Almost immediately, Hussain then edged the increasingly dangerous Mortaza to Khaled Mashud behind the stumps.

And there was never any sign of a tail-end fightback as Richard Johnson, Martin Saggers and Ashley Giles fell in a heap of single-figure scores.

Bangladesh's reply started off in rapid fashion as Hannan Sarkar and Habibul Bashar played some bold shots with attacking fields set by Michael Vaughan.

They took the score along to 44-1 and the home side had a real chance to grab the initiative.

But Hoggard had Bashar well held at third slip by Mark Butcher before Rikki Clarke grabbed two wickets with consecutive deliveries.

At 63-4, the home team looked in real trouble, but Rajin Saleh, who was hit a number of painful blows, and Mushfiqur Rahman, held firm, adding 30 runs in the process.

There could have been further joy for England, however, but Marcus Trescothick floored a chance at first slip to remove Rahman.

The fielder injured his hand and left the field to have an X-ray, the results of which were a relief to England with the in-form opener cleared of serious damage.

He is not expected to field on day three, but it is hoped he will be able to bat in the second innings.

England: M P Vaughan (capt), M E Trescothick, M A Butcher, N Hussain, G P Thorpe, R Clarke, C M W Read (wkt), A F Giles, M J Hoggard, R Johnson, M Saggers.

Bangladesh: Khaled Mahmud (captain), Hannan Sarkar, Javed Omar, Habibul Bashar, Rajin Saleh, Alok Kapali, Khaled Mashud, Mohammad Rafique, Mashrafe Mortaza,, Mushfiqur Rahman, Enamul Haque.

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