Sunday, March 21, 2010

Sports News (21.03.2010)


England 94-1 in reply to Bangladesh's 419
DHAKA: England reached 94-1 at tea in reply to Bangladesh's imposing first innings total of 419 on the second day of the second cricket test Sunday.

England made a cautious start to its run chase, losing just Alastair Cook (21) in the second session, caught by Imrul Kayes off an Abdur Razzak delivery.

Kevin Pietersen was unbeaten on 35 at break with Jonathan Trotton 28.

Earlier, Naeem Islam and Shafiul Islam completed their maiden test half centuries to help Bangladesh complete a strong first innings that ended shortly before lunch.

Resuming on 330-8, the Bangladesh's tailenders denied England a nearly breakthrough. Naeem Islam finished the innings unbeaten on 59 after adding 26 runs to his overnight score of 33, added 45 runs in the first session before he was caught behind by Matt Prior off Tim Bresnan (2-57) for 53.

Rubel Hossain was the last man out when he was caught behind off a ball from Graeme Swann (4-114).

Shafiul's 50 came off just 47 balls and with 11 boundaries, while Naeem Islam played a watchful knock of 150 balls to collect his 50, which included six boundaries.

Opener Tamim Iqbal and Mahmudullah also made half centuries on Saturday to give Bangladesh a good platform.

Iqbal scored an aggressive 85 off 71 balls, and Mahmudulla hreached 59.

England won the first test by 181 runs.

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