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Bangladesh on top in 2nd England Test

AAP logoAAP 28/10/2016 David Charlesworth

Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal made a watchful start on Friday but then upped the tempo to rock England on an overcast opening morning to the second Test in Dhaka.

The left-hander waited until his 20th delivery to get off the mark on a heavily cracked pitch that had offered slow turn but only needed another 40 balls to bring up his eighth half-century in 11 Test innings against the tourists.

Chris Woakes made the early breakthrough to see off Imrul Kayes but it had been arduous for England since, as an unbroken century stand between Tamim (68no) and Mominul Haque (44no) took the hosts to 1-118 at lunch.

The Tigers suffered an agonising 22-run defeat in Chittagong but they had responded well to the setback so far - although they lost Imrul for just one when he slapped a short and wide delivery straight to Ben Duckett at backward point.

New man Mominul nonchalantly managed to get off the mark with a flick off Woakes for Bangladesh's first four in the fifth over, with his first three scoring shots all going to the boundary.

Tamim was more cautious and survived a couple of nervy moments early before he was galvanised by coming down the wicket and crunching Moeen Ali wide of mid-off for his first boundary.

Tamim cut loose from then on, with Woakes punished for short-pitched bowling as he was dismissed for three fours in an over, while Zafar Ansari's introduction to Test cricket was a painful one as he went for a run a ball in his first six-over spell.

Ansari, who was presented with his cap by England batting coach Mark Ramprakash, came close by inducing an edge off Tamim from his second ball but he was loose thereafter with too many full tosses.

Ben Stokes, man of the match in Chittagong, shored up the run rate, which was near six an over at one point, and thought he had seen off Tamim when the left-hander was caught down the leg side.

But umpire Kumar Dharmasena, who endured a torrid time in Chittagong with eight of his decisions overturned, was proved wrong by technology again as Bangladesh went to lunch firmly in control.

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