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England on back foot against Bangladesh in Mirpur

Second Test, Mirpur, day two (close):
Bangladesh 419 v England 171-3
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Match scorecard

By Jamie Lillywhite

Jonathan Trott
Trott kept the England innings together with a determined effort

England found themselves on the back foot on day two of the second Test with Bangladesh in Mirpur, trailing by 248 after reaching 178-3 at stumps.

Bangladesh resumed on 330-8 and Shafiul Islam struck 11 fours in his 53, adding 74 with Naeem Islam (59 not out) before they were finally all out for 419.

In reply, Kevin Pietersen passed 5,000 Test runs before being caught for 45.

But Jonathan Trott batted for almost four-and-a-half hours for 64 not out as he and Ian Bell steadied the innings.

The first day was even stevens but there was little doubt that Bangladesh dominated proceedings on Sunday - helped by an economical spell of left-arm spin by captain Shakib Al Hasan, who sent down 15 maidens in 24 overs.

And they will be looking, ambitiously perhaps, towards a maiden Test victory over England to level the series at 1-1.

It was certainly a wretched day for Alastair Cook, in only his second Test as England captain, who could not dislodge the Bangladesh tail until half an hour before lunch.

Of the 89 runs scored in the first 90 minutes, 45 came through the continually vacant third man area, and the young skipper looked increasingly bewildered with life at the helm.

But that should not detract from the performance of Bangladesh, who having shown dash and verve with the bat, were far more purposeful with their field placings and bowling.

On another day of energy-sapping heat, Shafiul was initially shielded from the strike by Naeem but he quickly outscored his partner, backing away to hit fluently through the offside for successive boundaries to bring up the 350.

He dispatched a Graeme Swann long-hop to the mid-wicket boundary to bring up a half-century stand, and reached his own maiden fifty in his fourth Test from 47 balls, 44 of those runs coming in boundaries.

Alastair Cook, James Tredwell
Cook found the Bangladesh lower order in defiant mood

Even after Shafiul was superbly caught low to his right by Matt Prior off the persevering Tim Bresnan, the runs continued to flow, many of them through the same third man region.

Naeem played the type of consolidating innings his team needed, reaching 50 from 150 balls, only the second time in their Test history that four Bangladesh batsmen had made half centuries in the same innings.

Even number 11 Rubel Hossain, a man averaging 2.56 in domestic first-class cricket, was soon playing cover drives straight from the coaching manuals as England looked increasingly exasperated, but Swann finally had him caught behind, the spinner's 14th wicket of the series.

England had five overs to negotiate before lunch and although they did so, Cook's day went from bad to worse soon after the re-start as he swept straight into the hands of the one fielder on the leg side and departed for 21.

Trott, moved up the order to open to allow England to play five bowlers, took 33 balls to get off the mark and his reluctance to play any form of sweep to a spin-oriented attack saw the innings grind virtually to a halt.

He took until the 18th over to reach double figures, with Tamim Iqbal having reached 80 by the same stage of the Bangladesh innings on Saturday.

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Even Pietersen, having scampered through for a risky single as is his wont to open his account, scored only one more run in his next 32 balls, before finally stepping down the wicket to loft his first boundary.

Trott should have been dismissed on 13 when he prodded forward to the probing left-arm spin of Shakib, but debutant Jahurul Islam spilled a reasonably straightforward low chance at short leg.

Pietersen, meanwhile, was fortunate on 30 when he played across a delivery from Hossain and was hit on the pad in front of middle stump, but umpire Tony Hill gave him the benefit of the doubt.

Having achieved his run landmark in only his 60th Test, Pietersen gave a catch to extra cover off Shakib's slow left-arm and the pressure increased in the next over when Paul Collingwood was trapped lbw on the crease by Hossain.

At that stage, another 113 were still needed to avoid the follow-on but Ian Bell played with positive intent and Trott, aided by some loose deliveries from Abdur Razzak, hit three fours in an over en route to a determined second Test half century.

The pitch remained in excellent order, with no signs of the numerous cracks widening, but England have much hard work ahead in the heat to avoid possible embarrassment.



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