Bangladesh fought back towards the end of the second day of the first Test against England, scoring 155 for two in 40 overs in reply to England’s mammoth 505 – owed to Jonathan Trott’s career-best 226 – in the first innings.
Tamim Iqbal led the visitor’s resistance with 55, adding 88 for the opening wicket with Imrul Kayes (43) before being run-out by Kevin Pietersen. Steven Finn then had Kayes caught by captain Andrew Strauss but Junaid Siddique and Jahurul Islam ensured that there were no further problems for Bangladesh, taking the score past 150.
Earlier, Trott notched up his first double-century in only his eighth Test. England, riding on Trott’s innings, posted a huge total after they resumed on 362 for four overnight. The hosts may have wanted to put up more than what they ended up with but Bangladesh’s Shahadat Hossain grabbed his fourth five-wicket haul in Tests to halt the England charge.
The new-ball bowler bowled his heart out as he started the day with Eoin Morgan’s wicket. England, who could not put on a meaningful partnership after Morgan’s dismissal, lost wickets at regular intervals but kept moving towards a big total.
Hossain was supported by his captain Shakib Al Hasan, who took a couple of wickets though at the cost of 109 runs.
And it was Trott, who hit 20 boundaries in an innings that lasted 349 balls, stole the limelight as he became the seventh English batsman and the 14th overall to score a double century at Lord’s. He also equalled Pietersen’s record of England’s highest individual score in a Test match since Graham Gooch’s 313 scored 20 years ago. Bangladesh will look towards their former captain Mohammad Ashraful to inspire the team for their first win against England.
Published in the Express Tribune, May 29th, 2010.
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