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England happy with eight-wicket haul in Bangladesh

Tredwell took two wickets on debut
Kent spinner James Tredwell took two wickets on day one

England new boy James Tredwell said the tourists were happy with their efforts on day one of the second Test despite Bangladesh notching up 330-8.

The 28-year-old Kent spinner took 2-85 off 29 overs on his debut in Mirpur.

He said: "The wicket seems docile like the one in Chittagong and with the start Bangladesh had, we're happy to have them eight down at the close.

"It's going to be tough to get 20 wickets so to get eight on the first day is a decent effort."

Tredwell added: "If we're honest we'd have liked to have them out for under 300, but after their start we're happy to have clawed it back."

Bangladesh, needing to win the Test to draw the series, won the toss and set off like a train with opener Tamim Iqbal providing a thrill a minute.

Tamim looked as though he was going to score a Test century before the lunch interval, becoming only the fifth batsman to do so, after Australians Victor Trumper, Charles Macartney and Don Bradman, and Pakistan's Majid Khan.

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However, after an entertaining 85 off just 71 balls, he fell to Tredwell.

Tamim, who was celebrating his 21st birthday, said: "I would have got it (the century) if I had stayed there until lunch. But there was nothing like that in my plan. I was just enjoying batting.

"Of course, I am very disappointed. Not just because I missed it on my birthday but also for the team. I think if I had played a big innings, we would have scored 400 runs.

"If you look at the scoreboard, Shakib, Mahmudullah and I got out after getting a start. Someone needed to score 100 or more."

England kept on chipping away at Bangladesh with Graeme Swann adding three more wickets to his impressive tally this tour.

And his spin team-mate Tredwell, selected ahead of Michael Carberry as England went with five bowlers, was pleased to make his presence felt on the tour - for the second time.

In the first Test, on as a substitute, Tredwell took a stunning catch at short mid-wicket off the only delivery he was on the pitch for.

And, after being smacked around the park at first as England leaked runs, Tredwell reeled in Tamim and Shakib Al Hasan.

He added: "You do have that thought or fear that maybe it won't happen for you but when you've got a goal you try and stick to it and work towards it. My parents always stuck by me in my youth and after several England tours of not actually featuring, it feels really good to get a go now.

"It's a very proud moment. I'm probably not as proud for myself as for the number of people who helped me along the way.

"To play is a proud moment but to have an impact on the game is even prouder, and that hit me as the ball looped up (to dismiss Tamim)."



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