DHAKA - Ian Bell hit a patient century to help England pile on 440 for eight and take a narrow first innings lead against Bangladesh on the third day of the second Test yesterday.
Bell made 138, his 10th Test century, and was well supported by Tim Bresnan, who hit an unbeaten 74 as the pair shared a sixth-wicket stand of 143 before England eased past Bangladesh's first innings total of 419.
Bresnan was fortunate not to be given out on five when Imrul Kayes caught what replays suggested was an inside edge off the bowling of Shakib Al Hasan.
Bell then survived an lbw decision off the bowling of Abdur Razzak when on 82.
Bangladesh missed another chance to dismiss Bell on 119, with Kayes dropping him at square leg off the bowling of paceman Shafiul Islam.
Bell was finally out going for a slog sweep against Shakib, only managing to sky the ball to mid-wicket where Jahirul Islam completed the catch.
Shakib then ran out Graeme Swann for six before Mahmudullah had Stuart Broad lbw for three as the hosts ended the day with some kind of success. They trail England 1-0 in the two-Test series. - Reuters