England defeat Bangladesh in Chittagong Test

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

CHITTAGONG - England defeated Bangladesh in the first Test against Bangladesh by 181 runs, but were made to work hard on the final day.

Junaid Siddique and Mushfiqur Rahim survived unscathed until lunch, with the former bringing up his first Test century in an inspirational knock, the BBC reports.

England looked short of ideas but Graeme Swann removed the pair in quick succession after a 167-run stand. The spinner then wrapped up the win to finish with match figures of 10-217 as the hosts crumbled to 331 all out.

The victory margin was convincing from England - and Alastair Cook will be satisfied with his first Test in charge - but Bangladesh’s fight during the second half of the game made them dig deeper than they would have imagined. The efforts of Siddique and Rahim should give the home side great heart.

The defeat means Bangladesh go 1-0 down in the two-match series

England 599 for 6 dec and 209 for 7 dec beat Bangladesh 296 and 331 (Siddique 106, Rahim 95, Swann 5-127) by 181 runs (ANI)

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