Siddique, Rahim stand firm

CHITTAGONG - Zunaed Siddique and Mushfiqur Rahim delayed England's victory charge in the first Test with an unbroken 81-run stand to help Bangladesh reach 191 for five in their second innings yesterday.

CHITTAGONG - Zunaed Siddique and Mushfiqur Rahim delayed England's victory charge in the first Test with an unbroken 81-run stand to help Bangladesh reach 191 for five in their second innings yesterday.

Zunaed eked out a patient half-century to remain 68 not out alongside Rahim (47 not out) at the close on the fourth day. The hosts are chasing 513 to win after England declared their second innings on 209 for seven.

Coming together around 20 minutes before the tea break, the pair batted out the entire final session to frustrate England, who were hoping for a quick finish after reducing Bangladesh to 110 for five.

Tim Bresnan struck twice in the second session before skipper Shakib Al Hasan fell to a controversial lbw decision off Graeme Swann, with replays suggesting he got a glove on his sweep shot.

Bresnan had Aftab Ahmed caught by wicketkeeper Matt Prior for 26 and then bowled Mahmudullah for five. Swann had earlier bowled Tamim Iqbal for 14, while Imrul Kayes fell for 23. - Reuters

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