Shahadat, Tamim lead Tigers’ fightback

May 29, 2010

Batsmen held their nerve after Shahadat Hossain ended England’s run riot with a five-wicket haul as Bangladesh reached 172-2 in their first innings on the second day of the first Test at Lord’s on Friday, reports NewAge.
Tamim Iqbal made his Lord’s debut memorable with a superb half-century before his unfortunate run-out, but the other batsmen did not let the momentum dip defying the hosts’ three-pronged pace attack.
On a bright and sunny day at Lord’s, Tamim was the best bet for Bangladesh for a good start and he ensured it with 55 off 62 balls featuring eight fours. His 88-run opening stand with Kayes ended only when a moment of brilliance by Kevin Pietersen took the left-hander off guard.
Tamim had just smashed Tim Bresnan for two fours in the same over and set off for a run cutting the last ball through point area only to see a direct throw by Pietersen dismantle his stumps.
Tamim survived an injury scare while fielding as his attempted dive in the mid-wicket area to save a boundary ended up with the opener leaving the ground in pain. The ball struck him on the elbow and landed on his already injured left wrist, sending a cold shiver in Bangladesh dressing room.
He, however, quickly recovered as his opening partner Kayes, who received a serious blow on his helmet while standing at forward short-leg. A precautionary MRI did not show any damage and he safely returned to the field in the morning.
Just when it seemed Kayes would stay on the field for the whole day, first as a fielder and then as a batsman, the opener was out having been unable to cope with the bounce of a short-pitched delivery from Steven Finn.
Kayes must have been disappointed missing out on his maiden Test fifty as Andrew Strauss took the catch at first slip, but he can take consolation from the fact that his 43 off 99 balls is still his highest score in 12 Tests.
Al close, Junaed Siddique was unbeaten on 53 alongside Johirul Islam, who was batting on 16, as Bangladesh still trail the hosts by 333 runs on the first innings.
Earlier, Shahadat brought Bangladesh back into the game with 5-98 that forced England to close their innings on 505 runs within an hour after the lunch break, having resumed their batting on 362-4.
Shahadat struck in the third over to dismiss Eoin Morgan, caught by Mushfiqur Rahim, for 44 runs before a superb throw by Shamsur Rahman, in for Tamim as substitute fielder, saw Matt Piror run out for 16.
Shahadat then dismissed Tim Bresnan and Jonathan Trott in the space of three balls to finally give Bangladesh some breathing space. Bresnan was caught by Junaed at slip before Kayes took a catch at gully to end the superb innings of Trott, who made his highest score in first-class cricket, 226 off 349 balls, resuming on overnight 175.
Graeme Swann hit Shakib al Hasan for a six and a four in the first three balls of his final over and soon paid the price for his over-ambitious batting, lofting a catch at square leg to Rubel Hossain.
Shahadat completed his five-wicket haul with the wicket of last batsman James Anderson, who was clean bowled soon after England crossed the 500-run mark with him reverse-sweeping Sakib for a four.

Courtesy of NewAge

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