Dhaka - Tamim Iqbal scored his eighth Test century before
Moeen Ali took 5-57 to help England dismiss Bangladesh for 220 runs on the
first day of the second Test on Friday.
In a topsy-turvy day's play in Dhaka, opener Tamim made a
quickfire 104 off 147 balls while Mominul Haque scored 66 as the hosts surged
to what should have been a commanding score of 171 for one.
But Tamim's dismissal, lbw to Ali, sparked a spectacular
collapse, as Bangladesh lost their last nine wickets for 49 runs with seven of
their batsmen failing to make double figures.
England then suffered their own mini-collapse as they were
reduced to 50 for three before rain brought an early end to proceedings, 11.3
overs before the scheduled close of play at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.
Shakib Al Hasan removed Ben Duckett for seven before young
Mehedi Hasan ended Alastair Cook's innings at 14 through lbw.
Cook, who equalled Michael Atherton's record of 54 Tests as
England captain at the start of play, was initially given not out but the
decision was overturned after Bangladesh reviewed.
Mehedi then dismissed Gary Ballance for nine, the batsman's
third single figure score of the series, to bring Bangladesh right back into
the game, with England still trailing them by 170 runs.
Ali was unbeaten on two at the close, leaving him centre
stage at the start of day two of the Test after his starring role in the drama
of the opening day.
Tamim and Mominul dominated the morning session after Woakes
earned England an early breakthrough removing opener Imrul Kayes for one, with
Duckett taking a spectacular catch at point.
Tamim smashed 12 boundaries but he became Ali's first victim
of the day shortly after driving the same bowler for back-to-back fours through
cover to bring up his third century in six Tests against England.
It ended his 170-run stand with Mominul, who had also looked
solid until he too was bowled by Ali for 66.
The all-rounders Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes shared the
other five wickets as the tourists tightened the noose on a Bangladeshi side
still reeling from the disappointment of losing the first Test by just 22 runs.
Bangladesh skipper Mushfiqur Rahim had called on his team
before the start of the Test to show more consistency and learn how to drive
home their advantage at key points in matches.
But the rapid succession of wickets in the afternoon session
pointed to Bangladesh's continued frailty in high-pressure situations, severely
damaging their hopes of squaring the two-match series.
England made two changes to the team that won the first Test
last Monday in Chittagong, with left-arm spinner Zafar Ansari handed a Test
debut for Gareth Batty and paceman Steven Finn coming in for Stuart Broad who
has been rested.
Bangladesh picked all-rounder Shuvagata Hom ahead of Shafiul
Islam in their only change. They are playing with just one specialist fast