Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

England in Toil to Tame the Tigers

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

England in Toil to Tame the Tigers

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TAMIM IQBAL hit a fierce 85 and Mahmudullah weighed in with a half-century as Bangladesh worked England hard on day one of the second Test.

Having won the toss and chosen to bat on another flat track, Tamim got the Tigers off to a roaring start with 13 fours and a six in his 71-ball stay. Debutant James Tredwell eventually ended his stay, but although England chipped away for wickets, Mahmudullah played a measured knock of 59 to help Bangladesh to 250 for five at tea.

Tamim wasted no time getting started, steering the first ball of the day for four through third man.

Three more boundaries followed in the first four overs, though his charge could have been ended on 11 when Paul Collingwood got a finger to a thick edge off Tim Bresnan.

Such was the frenetic nature of Tamim's start that he had reached 25 before Imrul Kayes had troubled the scorers.

Graeme Swann was sent on in just the eighth over and Tamim promptly milked two fours off him to bring the 50 partnership up off 48 balls.

Tamim continued to live dangerously and was dropped by captain Alastair Cook at mid-on trying to smear Stuart Broad over the top.

Imrul (12) was not so lucky and was well caught by the diving Steve Finn two balls later to give Broad the first wicket of the day.

Tamim continued his assault unperturbed, smashing 19 off Swann's third over, including three successive fours followed by a towering six, to move past his half-century.

Finn did not escape punishment, shipping 22 runs in a chastening twoover spell.

England put the brakes on Tamim by posting five boundary fielders, a remarkable sight after little more than an hour.

Tredwell eased any debut nerves with a maiden to Junaid Siddique and then struck gold, removing Tamim 15 short of his century.

Tredwell's celebrations for his maiden Test wicket were expected, but those of catcher Matt Prior and Cook hinted at just how much of a scare Tamim had given them. Jahurul Islam then produced an undistinguished first Test innings, snared lbw on the back foot by Swann for a six-ball duck.

Mahmudullah may have been next but Cook failed to take the ball cleanly at silly point, sparing the umpire a tough bat-pad decision. …

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