Tourists seal back-to-back victories

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Alastair Cook

England captain Alastair Cook cuts loose during his 52, at better than a run a ball, in the tourists' seven-wicket triumph

England completed a second comfortable win over a Bangladesh Cricket Board XI in Fatullah, with half-centuries for captain Alastair Cook and Matt Prior seeing the tourists home after a disciplined display in the field.

Team director Andy Flower shuffled his bowling options for the match, recalling Ryan Sidebottom and Tim Bresnan in place of the rested Paul Collingwood and Graeme Swann, and was rewarded as his side picked up regular wickets to restrict the hosts to 151 for eight in a rain-shortened innings of 37 overs.

England reached the target with 7.4 overs remaining as Cook retired with 52, a second consecutive half-century since taking the captaincy, and Prior guided England over the line with 64 not out.

There was another setback for Kevin Pietersen though. He was promoted to opener after he picked up a poor lbw decision in Tuesday's match to bag a golden duck, but made just six before being caught at slip.

Cook, meanwhile, is showing signs of renewed confidence in the limited-overs game and his 51-ball innings contained eight fours and a slog-swept six.

Prior's knock was also an important one, with Craig Kieswetter being handed the wicketkeeping gloves today for the first time.

Having been overshadowed by Kieswetter's startling rise to prominence in recent weeks, Prior perhaps needed to provide a reminder of his own batting talents.

But he did so, finding the ropes with nine of the 56 deliveries he faced.

Eoin Morgan fell for nine after being bowled by Mahmudul Hasan reverse-sweeping, but Luke Wright ensured there would be no collapse, ending with a quickfire 20 not out, including a maximum of his own.

Ryan Sidebottom & England

Ryan Sidebottom traps Imtiaz Hossain in front for nought, his second Bangladesh Cricket Board XI wicket at Fatullah today

Earlier England had done well in the field, with Sidebottom, Bresnan and James Tredwell picking up two wickets apiece.

Yorkshire-born duo Sidebottom and Bresnan opened the bowling for England and soon set about dismantling the hosts’ top order.

First Bresnan had Junaid Siddique caught by Tredwell for seven with just 14 on the board, then Sidebottom claimed the scalp of Test cap Shahriar Nafees, held by Pietersen for eight.

Aftab Ahmed came to the crease swinging, hitting a four a six before Bresnan had him caught behind for 12 by Kieswetter.

Imtiaz Hossain lasted just two balls before being trapped leg before for nought by Sidebottom as the BCB XI limped to 36 for four.

Raqibul Hasan hung around for 39 balls for his 19 before Liam Plunkett provided Kieswetter with a second catch.

Cook next brought spinner Tredwell into the attack and soon reaped his reward.

The Kent man has plenty to prove if he is to play a significant part on the tour but he went the right way about it here, having Mahmudul caught for 15 and following up with Mashrafe Mortaza held for nought.

Tanveer Haider and Alauddin Babu put on a game partnership of 55 for the eighth wicket before Ajmal Shahzad ended their fun.

He accounted for Tanveer, caught by Cook after a sensible 35, but Alauddin persevered, his unbeaten 43 taking just 52 balls and including five fours.


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