Swann, Broad tighten grip

CHITTAGONG: Graeme Swann and Stuart Broad shared five wickets as England tightened their grip on the opening Test against Bangladesh today despite Tamim Iqbal's fighting 81 not out.

Off-spinner Swann took 3-40 and fast bowler Broad 2-30 before Bangladesh struggled to reach 154-5 in their first innings at stumps on the second day in reply to England's mammoth 599-6 declared. The England batting might was on view for a second successive day, with Paul Collingwood cracking 145 for his 10th Test hundred and Ian Bell making 84. Skipper Alastair Cook earlier fell for 173, his best in 53 Tests.

Broad jolted Bangladesh with two quick wickets in an incisive opening spell before Tamim counter-attacked to steady the innings with a 94-run stand for the fourth wicket with Mohammad Mahmudullah (51). Tamim batted aggressively during a 115-ball knock, hitting one six and 13 fours in his fifth Test half-century.

England earlier added 225 runs to their overnight total of 374-3, with all-rounder Collingwood and Bell doing the bulk of scoring. The pair made the most of a mediocre Bangladeshi attack, adding 184 for the fifth wicket.