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24-Mar-2010 10:53:00 GMT
Bangladesh v England, 2nd Test, 5th day, Dhaka

Cook Hundred Seals 2-0 Series Win Against Bangladesh

Dhaka: England has won the second test against Bangladesh by nine wickets to sweep the two-match series.

What was at times a fluctuating contest turned into a comfortable victory for England as Alastair Cook finished his first tour in charge with a controlled, unbeaten 109 and Kevin Pietersen continued his return to form with a 74 to complete a nine-wicket victory and a clean sweep.

England remain the only team to have an unbeaten record against Bangladesh, but have been made to work hard for their success by a home side that showed signs of development but still frustrated with fundamental mistakes.

England needed 209 runs to win in 54 overs and they got the runs with 10 overs to spare to wrap-up the Test and the series 2-0. Alastair Cook achieved his 12th Test hundred and shared an unbeaten 167-run partnership with Kevin Pietersen for the second wicket.

Bangladesh after opting to bat first managed to pile up a big total of 419 runs in their first innings, thanks to a brilliant innings by Tamim Igbal at the top of the order and a partnership of 74 runs between Naeem Islam and Shafiul Islam for the 9th wicket.

The hosts even got the English team on the mat by the end of the second day, but, a tremendous fight back by the lower middle order batsmen led by Ian Bell (138) who also achieved his 10th Test hundred ensured that they surpass the hosts' first innings total and gain a handy lead of 77 runs.

Bangladesh's habit of succumbing under the pressure was evident once again as they collapsed in their second innings but a brilliant innings by the skipper Tamim Iqbal helped them to set a decent target for England to achieve. Graeme Swann and debutant James Tredwell took 6 wickets each in the Test match.

Shakib Al Hasan was declared Man of the match for his all-round performance. Graeme Swann who took 16 wickets in the series was the unanimous choice for the Man of the series award.

England complete their successful tour of Bangladesh by dominating the ODI series 3-0 and Test series 2-0.

Brief scores
419 (Tamim Iqbal 85, Mahmudullah 59, Naeem Islam 59, Swann 4-114, Bresnan 2-57) and 285 (Shakib Al Hasan 96, Tamim Iqbal 52, James Tredwell 4-82)
England: 496 (Bell 138, Bresnan 91, Trott 64, Shakib Al Hasan 4-124, Razzak 3-132) and 209-1 (Cook 109*, Kevin Pietersen 74*)
Result: England won by nine wickets
MOM: Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh)
Man of the series: Graem Swann (England)

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