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21-Mar-2010 11:37:00 GMT
Bangladesh v England, 2nd Test, 2nd day, Dhaka

Pietersen, Trott Steady England in 2nd Test

Dhaka: England are 248 runs behind Bangladesh at 171-3 after two days of the second Test in Mirpur.

Opener Jonathan Trott smashed a half century to help England reach 171-3 at stumps in reply to Bangladesh's imposing first innings total of 419 on the second day of the second cricket test Sunday.

Trott was unbeaten on 64 at the end of the day along with Ian Bell (25), as the visitors were still trailing by 248 runs in the first innings. Trott's 50 came very slowly off 147 balls that included six boundaries.

Resuming on 94-1 at tea, England lost two wickets _ Kevin Pietersen (45) and Paul Collingwood (0) _ in the final session of the day.

Pietersen was caught at short cover by Imrul Kayes off a delivery from Shakib Al Hasan (1-26) while Rubel Hossain (1-37) trapped Paul Collingwood lbw.

After Bangladesh was dismissed in the first session, England got to a cautious start to its run chase, losing just Alastair Cook (21) in the second session, caught by Kayes off an Abdur Razzak delivery.

Earlier, Naeem Islam and Shafiul Islam completed their maiden test half centuries to help Bangladesh complete a strong first innings that ended shortly before lunch.

Resuming on 330-8, the Bangladesh's tailenders denied England an early breakthrough.

Naeem Islam finished the innings unbeaten on 59 after adding 26 runs to his overnight score of 33, while Shafiul Islam added 45 runs in the first session before he was caught behind by Matt Prior off Tim Bresnan (2-57) for 53.

Hossain was the last man out when he was caught behind off a ball from Graeme Swann (4-114).

Shafiul's 50 came off just 47 balls and with 11 boundaries, while Naeem Islam played a watchful knock of 150 balls to collect his 50, which included six boundaries.

Opener Tamim Iqbal and Mahmudullah also made half centuries on Saturday to give Bangladesh a good platform.

Iqbal scored an aggressive 85 off 71 balls, and Mahmudullah reached 59.

England won the first test by 181 runs.

Brief scores
171 for 3 (Trott 64*, Bell 25*)
Bangladesh: 419 (Tamim 85, Naeem 59*, Mahmudullah 59, Shafiul 53, Swann 4-114)
Status: England trail by 248 runs

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