England press ahead with a huge lead
by CricketArchive Staff Reporter
DateLine: 14th March 2010
The English side continued their domination over the hosts as first they ended the Bangladeshi innings at 296 and then consolidated their position of strength by extending the lead to huge propositions. England at the close of day's play at 131 for 5 with a lead of 434 runs.
Bangladesh began the day on a disastrous note as they lost Tamim Iqbal early and it seemed that the innings might fold up but Mushfiqur Rahim (79, 152b, 15x4) and
Naeem Islam (38, 116b, 6x4) put up some sort of resistance. The pair defied the English bowlers for 39 overs as they added 113 to give some respectability to the Bangladeshi total. Swann finally put an end to the innings as he collected five wickets for 90 runs in 29.2 overs.
England in reply found themselves in some sort of trouble as they could not assert their supremacy in their second innings. The spinners led by skipper Shakib Al Hasan brought about the English batting collapse as none of the batsmen could convert their starts into something substantial.