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England spinners Graeme Swann and James Tredwell arrested a flying start from Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal in Mirpur on Saturday.

Day One Bangladesh 330/8 (94 overs: Iqbal 85 Mahmudullah 59, Swann 3/94 Tredwell 2/85)

On his 21st birthday, Iqbal came within 15 of being the first batsman since Pakistan’s Majid Khan in 1976/77 to score a century before lunch.

But debutant Tredwell was thrown in to bowl at Test cricket’s deepest end and had Iqbal adjudged caught behind by a diving Matt Prior as he attempted to sweep.

Mahmudullah and Shakib Al Hasan followed Iqbal’s raucous start before Steven Finn removed the former after his fourth Test half century and Tredwell dismissed Al Hasan to leave the Tigers 254/6.

And the Bangladeshi momentum was dealt a further blow when Tim Bresnan had Mushfiqur Rahim caught behind on 30 when he was rebuilding Bangladesh’s first innings.

Naeem Islam remained at the close, not out on 33, but with Swann removing Abdur Razzak leg before, England will hope to wrap up the tail quickly on Sunday morning.

Bangladesh won the toss and elected to bat in searing morning temperatures and Iqbal made England thankful they opted for a five-man bowling unit, with Tredwell replacing Michael Carberry from the first Test in Chittagong.

However long he had dreamt of his Test debut, Tredwell would nevertheless never have imagined he would come into the attack with the scoreboard reading 114-1 in the 17th over and he coped admirably as only two singles came from his first three overs.

And Tredwell’s accuracy was repaid when he removed Iqbal before Swann recovered from his initial mauling –his first four overs going for 37 – to remove Jaharul Islam for a duck.

Junaid Siddique and Mahmudullah resisted England’s attempts to control the scoring and three fours from Siddique off Broad at the start of the afternoon session moved Cook to opt for spin at both ends.

And Swann obliged his captain when he trapped Siddique leg before for 39,while Mahmudullah fell when he drove the opening ball of a late Finn spell to Paul Collingwood at backward point.

Al Hasan was equally guilty of wasting his opportunity, falling for 49, on a pitch offering no assistance bar that which Bresnan found with his jaffa to Rahim.

With Tredwell and Swann’s spell accounting for 59 out of 94 overs, let us hope the pitch at least detiorates to avoid cricket as pedestrian, and dominated by the batsmen, as in Chittagong.


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