CHITTAGONG - Graeme Swann completed a maiden 10-wicket haul to help England overcome some stubborn resistance from Bangladesh and register a 181-run victory on the fifth afternoon of the first Test yesterday.
Off-spinner Swann ended a battling 167-run sixth-wicket partnership in the second over after the lunch break to dash any hopes Bangladesh had of saving the match as England ran through the tail after struggling for more than two sessions.
Zunaed Siddique struck his maiden Test century and received valuable support from vice captain Mushfiqur Rahim as Bangladesh saw off the morning session without the loss of a wicket in pursuit of a world record victory target of 513.
But Zunaed was unable to add to his lunch score of 106, giving a catch to Paul Collingwood at slip after spending more than six-and-a-half hours at the crease and negotiating 292 balls in an innings that included 17 fours. Coming together with the score on 110-5 before tea on the fourth day, Zunaed and Rahim batted out more than two sessions to revive Bangladesh's faint hopes of getting something out of the match.
Once Zunaed departed, Rahim soon followed when he charged down the wicket to a Swann delivery but missed the line and was bowled for 95. The diminutive wicketkeeper-batsman, who also scored 50 in the first innings, struck 12 fours.
England then raced through the tailenders as Bangladesh, who had resumed on 191-5, were eventually dismissed for 331.
Man of the match Swann finished the second innings with figures of 5-127 and the match with figures of 10-217.
The second and final Test starts in Dhaka on Saturday. - Reuters