x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Bangladesh on the ropes as England take five wickets

The tourists make light work of the Bangladesh top-order leaving them 154 for 5 at stumps on day two after declaring themselves at 599 for six.

Paul Collingwood became England's second centurion of the match and Bangladesh surrendered five first innings wickets as the tourists moved into a dominant position on day two of the first Test. England declared on 599 for six after Collingwood (145) registered his 10th Test hundred, following in the footsteps of the captain Alastair Cook, who fell for a career-best 173 this morning. Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann then shared the spoils as Bangladesh crumbled to 154 for five, with only the defiant Tamim Iqbal (81 not out) holding firm. Cook had 158 of his side's 374 for three overnight and nudged three singles to ease past his previous high of 160. Collingwood, resuming on 32 not out, was also off the mark quickly this morning, working Rubel Hossain for four through midwicket for the day's first boundary. Cook followed with a clinical straight drive for four. Collingwood brought up England's 400 by thumping Shakib Al Hasan for six over long-on and ensured his own half-century with a jab to extra-cover. Then, after nearly seven hours at the crease, Cook gave his wicket away in the softest of fashions, caught and bowled by Mahmudullah off a top-edged pull. Collingwood and new batsman Ian Bell began collecting runs with the utmost simplicity on both sides of the wicket, with the latter bringing up the fifty partnership with three fours in as many balls. After lunch, the pair began to test the flagging Bangladesh fielders and the response was slack enough that they began running risky singles with impunity. Bell duly despatched Abdur Razzak for four to breach 500. Collingwood did not repeat Kevin Pietersen's mistake of falling for 99 and calmly guided the wayward Shahadat Hossain to third man to move into three figures. The 33-year-old's celebrations were muted, in keeping with the flat nature of the Tigers' attack. Bell hammered the next delivery through the covers for four to bring up yet another England half-century. Collingwood was put down when he middled one straight back to Shakib on 119 and responded with a meaty six down the ground. From there it became clear that the declaration was imminent, Collingwood peppering - and clearing - the boundary a handful of times before finally getting caught. Bell was looking to become his side's third centurion before being called in but he was caught for 84 two balls after being given a life at long-on. Tamim offered an early indication of how he intended to approach Bangladesh's innings, slashing the first ball for four just past point. Broad was in aggressive mood, though, and in his next over struck Imrul Kayes flush on the helmet. A follow-up bouncer unnerved the batsman further and a third saw him loop the ball to wicketkeeper Matt Prior. Junaid Siddique followed for seven, fending another short-pitched delivery straight back to Broad to leave the hosts in deep trouble. Tamim was unruffled at the other end and hoisted Broad for six over fine leg when he was handed a short one. He continued to play his shots, scoring 31 of the his side's first 50. Graeme Swann took the 12th over and continued his uncanny habit of striking in his first over. Aftab Ahmed was the man to go, caught by Bell at short leg for one. Debutant Steven Finn struggled at the other end, conceding 25 runs in three overs, including four off his first delivery in international Test cricket. Another loose ball down leg side gave Tamim his eighth four and brought up a 53-ball half-century. Mahmudullah was going well in support of the opener and hit one of the shots of the day to heave Swann back over his head for six. The all-rounder then clubbed Tim Bresnan for successive boundaries as the fourth-wicket pair scored at pace. But Swann had him for 51, with a suggestion of glove as the ball floated to Collingwood at slip. Shakib looked set to reach stumps alongside Tamim but lost his off stump to Swann attempting a rash shot. Nightwatchman Shahadat almost followed but the third umpire turned down England's appeal for caught at silly point.

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