CHITTAGONG // Zunaed Siddique and Mushfiqur Rahim delayed England's victory charge in the first Test with an unbroken 81-run stand to help Bangladesh reach 191 for five in their second innings today. Zunaed eked out a patient half-century to remain unbeaten on 68 alongside Rahim (47 not out) at the close on the fourth day. The hosts are chasing 513 to win after England declared their second innings on 209 for seven.
Coming together around 20 minutes before the tea break, the pair batted out the entire final session to frustrate England. "At no stage did we sit back and say we were going to finish this game today. We said we wanted to bowl as many dot balls as possible, build pressure on Bangladesh, and that will get us wickets," the England bowler Steven Finn said. "They aren't going to be walked over because they've got good batsmen. We just wanted to bowl dot balls, good deliveries, and hopefully they'll get themselves out," he added.
Tim Bresnan struck twice in the second session before the captain Shakib Al Hasan fell to a controversial lbw decision off Graeme Swann. Bresnan ended a stubborn 54-run third-wicket partnership when he had Aftab Ahmed caught by wicketkeeper Matt Prior for 26 and then bowled Mahmudullah for five. Bangladesh suffered a huge blow when Shakib was given out leg before off Swann, with replays suggesting he got a full glove on his sweep shot.
Swann had earlier bowled Tamim Iqbal for 14 in his second over. Imrul Kayes survived strong appeals for lbw and a catch at leg-gully before he finally edged Finn to Prior for 23. "We already lost five wickets and their score is also very high. We will try to occupy the crease. If we can get a good partnership then the positives will come out hopefully," said Zunaed. England, resuming on 131 for five, lost overnight batsman Prior (seven) in the fourth over, but Ian Bell and Swann batted aggressively to help the tourists declare their second innings with an hour remaining in the first session.
Bangladesh second innings: Tamim Iqbal b Swann 14 Imrul Kayes c Prior b Finn 23 Junaid Siddique not out 68 Aftab Ahmed c Prior b Bresnan 26 Mahmudullah b Bresnan 5 Shakib Al Hasan lbw Swann 4 Mushfiqur Rahim not out 47 Extras: (2b,2lb) 4 Total: (for five wickets) 191 Overs: 75. Fall of wickets: 1-33, 2-45, 3-99, 4-105, 5-110 Still to bat: Shahadat Hossain, Naeem Islam, Abdur Razzak, Rubel Hossain. Bowling: Stuart Broad 12-5-34-0, Tim Bresnan 16-5-45-2, Steven Finn 11-4-31-1, Graeme Swann 29-6-61-2, Kevin Pietersen 5-0-11-0, Jonathan Trott 2-0-5-0. England second innings: Alastair Cook c Ahmed b Mahmudullah 39 Michael Carberry lbw b Razzak 34 Jonathan Trott c Siddique b Hasan 14 Kevin Pietersen lbw b Hasan 32 Paul Collingwood c Mahmudullah b Razzak 3 Ian Bell not out 39 Matt Prior c Shahadat b Hasan 7 Graeme Swann c Siddique b Hasan 32 Extras: (5b, 2lb, 2nb) 9 TOTAL: (for seven wickets, declared) 209 Fall of wickets: 65, 87, 126, 130, 131, 144, 209. Did not bat: Stuart Broad, Tim Bresnan, Steven Finn. Bowling: Shahadat Hossain 6-0-19-0, Rubel Hossain 6-1-28-0 (2nb), Mahmudullah 8-0-26-1, Naeem Islam 3-0-14-0, Shakib Al Hasan 16.3-1-62-4, Abdur Razzak 10-2-53-2.