Bangladesh wobble in England Test

CHITTAGONG: Graeme Swann and debutant Steven Finn shared two early wickets as England tightened the screws on Bangladesh in the opening Test on Monday.

The hosts, chasing an improbable 513-run target, lost openers Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes before reaching 45-2 in their second innings at lunch on the penultimate day.

Bangladesh''s highest fourth-innings total is 413, against Sri Lanka in Dhaka in 2008.

Tamim, top-scorer in the first innings with 86, contributed only 14 this time before being bowled in off-spinner Swann''s second over.

Kayes fell in the last over of the morning session, caught by wicket-keeper Matt Prior off paceman Finn after making 23 with four boundaries.

England batted for 50 minutes in the morning, adding 78 runs to their overnight total of 131-5 before declaring their second innings closed at 209-7.

Left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan bagged both the wickets, removing Prior (seven) and Swann (32) to finish with 4-62.

Swann hit three fours in his brisk 25-ball knock, while middle-order batsman Ian Bell cracked one six and four boundaries in a 55-ball 39 not out. They put on 65 for the eighth wicket.

Bangladesh were bowled out for 296 in their first innings in reply to England''s mammoth 599-6 declared.