LONDON: Steven Finn took Test best figures of four wickets for 75 runs in 20 overs as England reduced Bangladesh to 237 for seven on a curtailed third day of the first Test at Lord's here on Saturday.

Bangladesh was 268 runs behind England's first innings of 505 at stumps, still needing 69 more runs to avoid the follow-on, at stumps.

Mahmudullah was seven not out and Shahadat Hossain three not out as Bangladesh, who fought hard with both bat and ball on Friday, struggled in overcast conditions ideal for seam bowling.

Rain and bad light meant only 28.5 overs were possible in the day's play, but Bangladesh still lost five wickets for 65 runs.

No play before lunch

After rain meant no play before lunch Finn, playing his first Test in England and on his Middlesex home ground, took two wickets for four runs in eight balls early on.

He was well supported by fellow seamer James Anderson, who took two wickets for nine runs in 9.5 overs on his way to overall figures of two for 61 in 25.5.

Although there are permanent floodlights at Lord's, an agreement with the local Westminster council means they can only be switched on for 12 days a year and both Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), the ground owner, and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) had decided they'd be used later in the season. — AFP

England — 1st innings: 505

Bangladesh — 1st innings: T. Iqbal (run out) 55, I. Kayes c Strauss b Finn 43, J. Siddique c Prior b Finn 58, J. Islam c Prior b Anderson 20, M. Ashraful lbw b Finn 4, Shakib-Al-Hasan c Strauss b Anderson 25, M. Rahim b Finn 16, Mahmudullah (batting) 7, S. Hossain (batting) 3, Extras (lb-2, w-3, nb-1) 6, Total (for seven wkts. in 81.5 overs): 237.

Fall of wickets: 1-88, 2-134, 3-179, 4-185, 5-191, 6-221, 7-234.

England bowling: Anderson 25.5-5-61-2, Bresnan 23-5-73-0, Finn 20-5-75-4, Swann 11-6-19-0, Trott 2-0-7-0 .

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