Jonathan Trott’s painstaking 64 not out saw England finish 248 runs behind Bangladesh’s third highest total in Tests in Mirpur on Sunday.
Day Two England 171/3 (64 overs: Trott 64 not out Pietersen 45, Al Hasan 1/26) trail by 248 runs
Bangladesh 1st innings 419 all out (117.1 overs: Iqbal 85 Naeem Islam 59 not out, Swann 4/114)
Bangladesh frustrated England throughout the morning, adding 89 runs in 23.1 overs largely through half centuries from Shafiul Islam and Naeem, his namesake.
In reply, opener Trott set his stall out for others to bat around him as he limped to his second Test century, having taken 33 balls to get off the mark.
Trott’s plan came somewhat unstuck as first Alastair Cook, then Kevin Pietersen, contrived their own dismissals and the onus was on Paul Collingwood to up the scoring rate.
Rubel Hossain however removed Collingwood leg before from just his third delivery and it was left to Ian Bell , who remained not out on 25, to take the scoring initiative with Trott terminally turgid.
The batsman-friendly surface showed from the off as Shafiul blazed 11 fours on his way to a 51-ball 53, his maiden Test half century.
That England were unable to stem the flow of runs however was down to Cook’s reluctance to install a fieldsman at third man, where no less than nine fours came in Bangladesh’s morning salvo.
While Naeem continued to accumulate on his way to 59 not out, thankfully for England, a complacent Shafiul wafted at Tim Bresnan, Matt Prior taking the edge diving one-handed catch in front of first slip.
And Hossain gave England a further reminder of the favourable conditions as he unfurled two copybook cover drives against Steven Finn, before being caught behind off Graeme Swann for 17.
Cook and Trott negotiated the next five overs without alarm before Cook slogswept Abdur Razzak straight to the grateful Imrul Kayes at deep midwicket after lunch for 21.
And though Kevin Pietersen battled his way to 45, during which he became the youngest player to 5,000 Test runs, he fell to a leading edge, caught at short extra cover, trying to hit Shakid Al Hasan to leg.
Collingwood came and went, and Trott barely ticked over the scoreboard while Al Hasan tied up an end with 15 maidens in his 24 overs.
While Trott remained both content just to nurdle through square leg and reluctant to sweep a monotone spin attack, the Tigers ended day two in the ascendancy, with England still 248 runs behind.