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England cling to hopes of victory

cricket Updated: Mar 23, 2010 22:01 IST
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Graeme Swann and Stuart Broad grabbed two wickets apiece to boost England's hopes of winning the second and final Test against Bangladesh on Tuesday.

Off-spinner Swann took 2-38 and paceman Broad 2-37 before Bangladesh posted 172-6 in their second innings at stumps on the penultimate day. They were just 95 ahead, having conceded a 77-run lead. England were earlier bowled out for 496 in their first innings in reply to Bangladesh's 419, with Tim Bresnan (91) missing out on a maiden Test century. Skipper Shakib Al Hasan was unbeaten on 25 at close with Shafiul Islam, who was yet to open his account.

England lead the series 1-0 following their 181-run win in the opening Test in Chittagong.

Coach fined
Bangladesh coach Jamie Siddons was fined 10 per cent of his applicable match fee after showing dissent at an umpiring decision during the Test here. “Siddons was charged with a Level 1 offence under article 2.1.3 of the code which relates to 'showing dissent at an umpires decision during an international match' and the coach pleaded guilty to the charge and accepted the proposed sanction,” the ICC said in a statement.

Tuffey breaks hand, Kiwis heart
Hamilton: New Zealand will be forced into changing their line-up for the final Test against Australia after Daryl Tuffey
broke his hand while making an unbeaten 47 in the hosts' second innings in Wellington on Tuesday.

The tail-ender was struck by a rising delivery from the fast bowler Mitchell Johnson as New Zealand attempted to set the Australians a target to chase on the final day of the first Test at the Basin Reserve.

In the end, Australia required just 106 for victory, which they rattled off with ease thanks to a 75-ball 86 not out from
Phillip Hughes and a more circumspect unbeaten 18 off 65 balls from Simon Katich to win by 10 wickets.

Tuffey will undergo surgery on Thursday to repair a broken metacarpal bone in his left hand and faces a race against time to be fit for the World Twenty20 in the West Indies which begins next month.

Brief scores: Australia 459 for 5 dec & 106 for 0 (Hughes 86*) beat New Zealand 157 & 407 (McCullum 104, McIntosh 83, Vettori 77) by 10 wickets

Afridi to lead Pak
Karachi: Pakistan Cricket Board appointed all-rounder Shahid Afridi captain of the team for the T20 World Cup in the West Indies. The honour for Afridi, who was recently fined Rs 30 lakh for ball-tampering in Australia, came just hours after he had received the President's Pride of Performance award, a top civilian honor, for his feats in the T20 World Cup in England last year.