Audacious Tamim batters England

Audacious Tamim batters England

Tamim IqbalTamim contributed 103 from 100 balls to a Bangladesh record first wicket partnership of 185 with Imrul Kayes (75) after his team had been asked to follow on.

Junaid Siddique and Jahurul Islam (46) consolidated with a composed third-wicket partnership of exactly 100 which enabled the visitors to reach 328 for five at the close, a lead of 105 with a day's play remaining.

England should still wrap up the match comfortably on Monday but Bangladesh have proved thoroughly worthy opponents five years after losing their only other Test at Lord's by an innings and 261 runs within three days.

Tamim reached his century from 94 balls, the fastest in Tests by any Bangladesh batsman and the quickest at Lord's since Indian Mohammad Azharuddin's 87-ball hundred in 1990.
He was particularly severe on off-spinner Graeme Swann, England's best bowler over the past two years, slog-sweeping two sixes and cover-driving a four from one over. 

Inevitably with such an attacking approach, Tamim rode his luck, missing completely with several full-blooded drives.

SCORE BOARD

ENGLAND (I Innings): 505
BANGLADESH (I Innings, O/n: 237/7)
Tamim (run out)    55
Kayes c Strauss b Finn    43
Siddique c Prior b Finn    58
Jahurul c Prior b Anderson    20
Ashraful lbw Finn    4
Shakib c Strauss b Anderson    25
Rahim b Finn    16
Mahmudullah b Anderson    17
Shahadat b Anderson    20
Rubel c Cook b Bresnan    9
Robiul (not out)    9
Extras (LB-2, W-3, NB-1)    6
Total (all out, 93 overs)    282
Fall of wickets: 1-88, 2-134, 3-179, 4-185, 5-191, 6-221, 7-234, 8-255, 9-266.
Bowling: Anderson 31-6-78-4, Bresnan 24-5-76-1, Finn 25-5-100-4, Swann 11-6-19-0, Trott 2-0-7-0.
BANGLADESH (II Innings)
Tamim c Trott b Finn    103
Kayes c Bell b Finn    75
Siddique (batting)    66
Jahurul c&b Trott    46
Ashraful c Prior b Anderson    21
Shahadat b Bresnan    0
Shakib (batting)    2
Extras (B-4, lb-8, W-2, nb-1)    15
Total (for 5 wkts, 85 overs)    328
Fall of wickets: 1-185, 2-189, 3-289, 4-321, 5-322.
Bowling: James Anderson 20-6-66-1, Tim Bresnan 20-5-88-1, Steven Finn 16-4-66-2, Graeme Swann 25-4-80-0, Jonathan Trott 4-0-16-1.

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