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Alastair Cook’s 12th Test century ensured a cleansweep for England as they completed a 2-0 Test series win on Wednesday in Dhaka to add to their 3-0 One Day International series triumph.

England 2nd innings 209/1 (44 overs: Cook 109 not out Pietersen 74 not out)

Bangladesh 2nd innings 285 all out (102 overs: Al Hasan 96 Iqbal 52, Tredwell 4/82)

England 1st innings 496 all out (173.3 overs: Bell 138, Bresnan 91, Shakib 4/124)

Bangladesh 1st innings 419 all out (117.1 overs: Iqbal 85 Naeem 59 not out, Swann 4/114)

The stand-in captain was joined by Kevin Pietersen in a 167-run partnership that wrapped up the tourists’ nine-wicket win in the final session.

Shakib Al Hasan earlier played a seemingly lone hand in extending Bangladesh’s lead to 209 before he was last to fall, stumped off James Tredwell four short of a deserved hundred.

Adding 96 to his first innings 49 and first innings 66-27-144-4, Al Hasan highlighted his allround credentials. His teammates Shafiul Islam and Naeem Islam however gave their wickets away with ill-timed slogs finding fielders off Tredwell, given the second new ball.

And when Steven Finn trapped Abdur Razzak leg before with a 87.1mph yorker-cum-low-full-toss, Al Hasan can be excused his terminal dash down the wicket in search of quick runs.

As the chase began, Trott signalled his intent to score as he forcefully cut and pulled behind square off Shafiul.

And if any further indication were needed of Cook’s excellent form throughout the tour, the Essex man provided it. He was confident to cover drive Shafiul, a shot he shelved against South Africa before reworking his technique with Graham Gooch.

Revision’s Reward

While both openers benefitted from revising their attacking method, Trott was dismissed on 19 by the reluctance of Third Umpire Nadir Shah to properly review the run-out referred to him.

Number three Pietersen needed no encouragement to put pressure back on Bangladesh, striking Al Hasan through extra cover- again showing his improvement hitting left-armers in to out.

Mahmudullah and Al Hasan countered by bowling leg stump lines from over the wicket. Pietersen answered with the now typical switch-hit while Cook opted for the classical fine sweep.

The evening session saw Cook pass fifty with an authoritative pull off Rubel Hossain before the wheels appeared to come off for Bangladesh as Al Hasan let a Cook cover drive through for four, taking the skipper to 64.

Not to be outdone by Cook’s straight-bat strokeplay, Pietersen played to his legside strength as his slogswept Razzak to pass his own milestone off 55 balls.

One question remained as England neared their target, whether Cook would reach three figures as Pietersen went through the gears.

That he did, thanks to a wide Mahmudullah delivery cut for four to put the gloss on a efficient, if not electrifying, win.


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