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Tigers fight back on day two

Bangladesh mount a strong fight back on day two of the npower Test match against England at Lord's - lead by an Honours Board-worthy five-for for bowler Shahadat Hossain.

England resumed on 362-4 with Jonathan Trott on 175, chasing a double century, partnered by Eoin Morgan on 40.

Morgan added just four runs to his overnight total before he was Shahadat's second victim (he removed Alastair Cook on day one).

England were playing their shots, perhaps with an eye on bowling later in the day.

Trott was still looking immovable, the one chink in his armour his errant running between the wickets. It was to prove costly for Matt Prior as the wicket-keeper turned and scampered for a second run. Trott thought otherwise and Prior was well short of his ground.

The run-out was completed by a sub fielder. Bangladesh opener, the expansive Tamim Iqbal, had earlier left the field after jarring his already injured wrist against the boundary rope whilst fielding.

Bresnan came to the crease and looked determined to enhance his case to make the all-rounder slot at number 7 his own.

The Yorkshireman accompanied Trott to his double-century and another well-earned ovation from the Lord's crowd.

Shortly after lunch though, a recharged Shahadat was rapidly rising head and shoulders above his colleagues. He tempted Bresnan to edge to the slips and England were seven down.

Swann swinging

That brought Graeme Swann to the crease. Perhaps he'd been told to swing the bat but the Nottinghamshire spinner rarely needs the invitation. The second ball he faced went for four followed by a huge six in the next over.

Shahadat's fourth wicket removed Trott who almost looked like even he had had enough of his long innings - he looped a tame catch to Kayes, finishing up with 226 alongside his name on the Lord's Honours Board.

Anderson joined Swann for a bat-swinging cameo from England's two Twitter devotees. A boundary from the Lancashire seamer brought up England's 500.

Swann had time for another six and an audacious Morgan-esque reverse sweep before he fell to Shakib's bowling and a solid catch from Rubel. Swann blasted 22 runs from just 13 balls.

Steve Finn, playing in his first Test on English soil, had time to face five balls and score his first Test runs (three of them).

The focus was soon back on Shahadat, bowling well and using the Lord's slope to his advantage. It looked as though he was coming to the end of another spell before, with the last ball of the 125th over he cleaned up Anderson.

Shahadat was delighted and the grunts and whoops with which the Lord's crowd have become so familiar in the last two days were cranked to maximum volume as he set off on a half-lap of the ground.

Shahadat becomes the first Bangladeshi on the Lords' Honours Boards.

Bangladesh at bat

With Shahadat having shown there was life in the pitch, much was expected of England's more experienced bowlers.

Much the spectator's delight Tamim felt sufficiently recovered from his sore wrist to open the batting, alongside Imrul Kayes.

The wristy Tamim batted as if on the clock - perhaps pain-killers ensuring his participation. He set about the England bowlers like it was a Twenty20 match, rasping two boundaries in only the second over.

Tim Bresnan's bowling was the unfortunate victim on that occasion and Tamim continued to plunder boundaries from the Yorkshireman's medium-fast bowling.

England captain Strauss soon replaced Bresnan at the Nursery End - though he opted to bring on Steve Finn there despite the lanky paceman's stated preference for the Pavilion End.

To add to the confusion, Graeme Swann joined the attack shortly after bowling from the Pavilion End when he's previously taken a clutch of wickets at Lord's from the Nursery End.

Bangladesh made it to the Tea interval with 67 on the board and both openers still in place.

Cameo time

England needed inspiration to find a break through and it looked unlikely to come from the bowlers.

New Dad Kevin Pietersen appeared to have springs in his heels in the field - broken night's sleep clearly no hinderance to him.

It was a sharp pick-up and throw from Pietersen that finally ended Tamim's exciting innings - but not before he got his half-century. He was run-out for 55.

Siddique came out to bat and looked the almost diametric opposite of Tamim - taking his time to play himself in, favouring solid defence over flamboyant stroke play.

Finn was finally moved to bowl from the Pavilion End and immediately looked a rejuvenated bowler - troubling the batsmen with darting length and the occasional bouncer.

There was time for another Lord's cameo - for MCC Young Cricketer Iain Cockbain, replacing first Graeme Swann and then Tim Bresnan in the field.

Finn, two years Cockbain's junior, got the next wicket squaring Kayes up beautifully with one delivery then drawing the feathered edge for a simple slip catch for Strauss with the very next ball.

That was really all there was to cheer for England though.

Siddique bedded in and started to pick his shots - happy to pinch 1s and 2s but ready to pounce on loose deliveries to add boundaries to his score.

He was rewarded with a half-century from around 100 balls - Jahurul Islam providing stoic support (16 not out from 53 balls).

Bangladesh are some 333 runs behind England's total. The gulf in class, at present, does not seem quite so large though.

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