Day Two: England Takes Control

Paul AustinCorrespondent IJune 5, 2010

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 05:  Tamim Iqbal of Bangladesh celebrates his 100 on day two of the 2nd npower Test between England and Bangladesh at Old Trafford on June 5, 2010 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Julian Herbert/Getty Images)
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On day two of the second test, the England team continued to toil.

Picking up where they left off the previous day they continued to show glimmers of hope, but every time it looked as thought they'd got going they'd self destruct again.

Bell, resuming from an overnight score of 87 not out, was perhaps the main highlight for England, as he continued on to an admirable, if labored total of 128, assisted by a fine knock of 93 by Prior.

However full credit has to go to the late flurry of wickets taken by the Bangladeshi captain, and slow left-armers Shakib Al Hasan, that limited England to a total of 419 all out.

Shakib ending the innings with figures of 5 wickets for 121 runs.

Bangladesh began their reply in the same positive, and aggressive manner that we saw from them in the last test. The opening pair put on a very swift 126, before Kayes was caught off a mis-controlled hook shot by Shahzad, off the bowling of Finn. 

At the other end Tamim was in full stride, dominating with the bat. However, his support was missing, and Siddique managed to last a mere 13 balls before he was caught behind  off the bowling of Swann.

This appeared to give the England team fresh impetus, and shortly afterwards Tamim was finally dismissed, edging one to Prior, of a quicker ball by Anderson.

It wasn't the finest stroke played by Tamim, but having put together a century off 114 balls, he'll be pleased with what can only be described as a first class century. One that had captivated a respectful, and appreciative crowd.

England didn't have to wait long for their next wicket either. Swann tossed a ball up for Jaharul, who was lured in, beaten by the deceptive flight, and bowled cleanly.

England began to dominate, capturing the final six wickets before the close of play. Swann finished the day with figures of five wickets for 76 runs, and Shahzad with three for 45.

England will be happy to have taken control on this second day, but the score was perhaps flattering, as Bangladesh didn't deserve to end the day all out for 216. Shakib and Tamim could both rightly argue that they'd performed equally as well as the more famous names amongst their illustrious opponents.