Swann spins England to victory over Bdesh
CITTAGONG: Graeme Swann completed a maiden 10-wicket match haul as England ended Bangladesh’s spirited resistance with a 181-run victory in the opening Test here today.
Junaid Siddique hit a solid
106 for his maiden Test century and Mushfiqur Rahim an impressive 95 to frustrate the tourists before Bangladesh were bowled out for 331 on the fifth and final day, chasing an improbable 513-run target. Swann, who took five wickets in the first innings, finished with 5-127 in the second to become the first England off-spinner since Jim Laker in 1956 to bag 10 wickets in a Test.
“You trust him to make the breakthrough,” said Alastair Cook, who led England for the first time in Tests.
“To get 10 on this wicket was
an amazing effort. He bowled a
lot of overs and that shows his determination. Everything is going right
for him and the skill he’s shown over the past 12 months shows it’s not a fluke. If he keeps his feet on the ground, there’s no reason why he can’t be one of the greats.”
England, denied success for more than two sessions by left-handed Siddique and wicket-keeper Rahim, heaved a sigh of relief when Swann removed both batsmen in his opening four overs after lunch. Swann struck in his first over after the break when he had Siddique caught by Paul Collingwood in the slips before accounting for Rahim, who was bowled after he stepped out to drive the spinner and missed the line.
Rahim, who came in to bat after five wickets fell for 110 before the tea break on Monday, was involved in a 167-run stand for the sixth wicket with Siddique before missing out on his second Test hundred. Siddique hit 17 fours in his 292-ball knock and Rahim 12 in a 232-ball innings.
Bangladesh’s innings lasted only 10 more overs after the dismissals of Siddique and Rahim, with paceman Stuart Broad and Tim Bresnan, and Swann sharing the last three wickets.
Siddique and Rahim kept the England attack at bay in the morning session with their determined knocks, helping their team add 86 to their overnight total of 191-5. Siddique, 68 not out on Monday, completed his hundred in style as he drove Finn through the covers for a four to reach 96 and then smashed the same bowler through mid-off for another boundary. Rahim, who made 79 in the first innings, completed his second successive half-century when he drove Finn through the covers for a four. Siddique offered a difficult chance on 106 when he attempted to cut Swann, but wicketkeeper Matt Prior failed to hold on to it.