Hoggard strikes as B’desh falter

Agence France Presse

Chester-le-Street, June 5:

England beat Bangladesh by an innings and 27 runs on the third day of the second and final Test here today. Victory gave England the series 2-0 after their innings and 261 run win at Lord’s. Bangladesh’s resistance lasted just 26 balls as they were bowled out for 316. Aftab Ahmed was a run-a-ball 82 not out, with one six and 13 fours, Bangladesh’s best indivdiual score against England. They resumed on 297/8, still needing 46 to make England bat again. Ahmed was not out 67 and Tapash Baisya unbeaten on 18. A cut over the slips off fast bowler Stephen Harmison took Ahmed to 75. In the fourth over, Baisya edged Matthew Hoggard through to Geraint Jones and five balls later Mashrafe Mortaza was caught for nought by Marcus Trescothick at first slip. Bangladesh were out for 316 with Ahmed 82 not out after Hoggard had taken 5-73. England had claimed an extra half-hour on Saturday in a bid to finish the match inside two days. But Bangladesh, who saw Javed Omar (71), skipper Habibul Bashar (63) and Ahmed score their first individual half-centuries of the series, just did enough to take the match into the third day despite Hoggard’s return of three wickets for two runs in nine balls.