Bell keeps Tigers On-hold

Published: Saturday, June 5, 2010, 11:46 [IST]
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Bell soars high again

Old Trafford: Ian Bell's stupendous innings against the Bangladesh side helped the England team come out of possible all-out situation in the first day of the Second Test match at Old Trafford.

Bell (87 not out) went on to threaten a century in a total of 275 for five when bad light stopped play.

Bell took his career aggregate to 592 against Bangladesh - and his average almost back up to 200, after a rare first-Test failure at Lord's, had a half-century stands with Kevin Pietersen (64), Eoin Morgan and Matt Prior.

Shafiul Islam, early in the morning had picked up two wickets in consecutive overs. Strauss and number three Jonathan Trott fell in quick succession.

Then England lost Alastair Cook (29) who was caught on the crease and edged left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak's first delivery of the match to Junaid Siddique at slip, England had lost three wickets for 39 runs.

Then Bell along with Pietersen made sure that they did'nt lose wickets further building a fine partnership at a good pace over 5 runs per over. They managed to tackle the spinners well coming down the track and dispatching them for boundaries.

However, the dominating Pietersen was caught out while trying to charge at Shakib Al Hasan, being stumped by a distance.

At the other end, Bell went on to make his half-century off 97 deliveries. He was well supported by Eoin Morgan who went on to make 37 before he was dismissed by Hossain caught brilliantly by Jahurul Islam diving to his right at gully.

That was the final wicket of the day with the home team ending at 275 for the loss of five wickets.


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