Bangladesh v England, 1st ODI, Dhaka

Collingwood leads England to opening victory

The Report by Sahil Dutta

February 28, 2010

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England 229 for 4 (Collingwood 75*, Cook 64) beat Bangladesh 228 (Tamim 125, Swann 3-32) by six wickets
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Alastair Cook was particularly strong on the sweep during his aggressive half-century, Bangladesh v England, 1st ODI, Mirpur, February 28, 2010
Alastair Cook connects with a slog-sweep during his brisk innings © Getty Images
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Tamim Iqbal's glittering 125 was not enough for Bangladesh to break their duck against England as the visitors completed a professional six-wicket victory to open the one-day series at Mirpur. Tamim's third ODI hundred came from 94 balls, but he couldn't find any support from his team-mates, leaving England's new captain Alastair Cook, with 64, and Paul Collingwood, who continued his fine form with an unbeaten 75, to ensure no slip-ups chasing a modest 228.

England were little more than tidy throughout, muddling their lines with both bat and ball at times, but they proved too strong for a Bangladesh side that continue to gift too many soft runs and wickets. However, Tamim's innings showed what the side is capable of and certainly put England's new-ball attack under pressure.

He was given a life on 10 when Eoin Morgan spilled a chance at cover and built on his reprieve with imperious strokeplay all round the ground that evoked memories of Saeed Anwar. One monstrous strike off a rare pitched-up ball from Stuart Broad was particularly memorable, disappearing over midwicket for six, but he also showed maturity in milking the bowling.

He skipped down the wicket and lashed Kevin Pietersen over midwicket to take him to 99 and clipped the next ball through point to the wild acclaim of a passionate crowd. However, as England recovered their composure, Bangladesh's lost theirs to a mixture of careless shots and poor running.

When England began the chase all eyes were on debutant Craig Kieswetter, but it was Cook, having not played an ODI since November 2008, who found the early boundaries. He timed the ball nicely through the off side and unveiled a number of effective leg-side sweeps against the spinners on his way to a 44-ball fifty.

Kieswetter looked nervous throughout his innings, especially after watching Cook farm the first 18 deliveries of the innings. Having been given five lives during his 143 in the first warm-up match he was fortunate again to survive early on. Shakib Al Hasan, Bangladesh's captain, brought himself on in the fourth over and found an edge immediately, only to see his wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim miss the chance. Two balls later Kieswetter was in trouble again, caught in front by a quicker ball, only for umpire Rod Tucker turn down the appeal.

Kieswetter eventually ran past a ball from Naeem Islam to be stumped, and Pietersen's poor form from the warm-up games continued when he was given out caught at slip off the impressive Shakib, although replays suggest the ball had missed the inside-edge. When Cook fell five overs later, the victim of another dubious umpiring decision, England were in a spot of bother but Collingwood, as ever, anchored the chase.

The last few months have revitalised Collingwood's career with his one-day form having shown a new lease of life since the Champions Trophy. He regularly skipped down the pitch to chip the spinners over midwicket whenever the required rate edged up, as he passed fifty in 64 balls.

Morgan made up for his earlier gaffe and despite never looking entirely certain against Bangladesh's spinners, glided, cut and reverse-swept his way to an important 33. He shared an 88-run stand with Collingwood before drilling Naeem straight to cover. It left Matt Prior, who retained his place in the side despite Kieswetter's presence, to mop up the remaining runs alongside Collingwood.

It should have been a harder chase for England but Tamim couldn't find any sustained support. After an opening stand of 63 they slipped to 82 for 3 after Pietersen's direct hit to remove Aftab Ahmed, while Shakib never got going before he was lured down the track by Swann, feathering a faint edge to Prior.

England turned the screw further with two wickets from successive balls in the 29th over when Mushfiqur attempted a suicidal single to cover and Mahmudullah clipped his first ball to midwicket. Naeem at least showed some composure in a seventh-wicket stand of 63, but when he drove Luke Wright's first delivery to cover the innings folded with 26 balls unused.

After his frenetic captaincy debut in the Twenty20 against South Africa, at Centurion, Cook was more controlled on this occasion and rotated his bowlers well. He knows England are expected to win every match on this tour which creates pressure of its own, so he'll be satisfied that this game has gone according to the form book.

Sahil Dutta is assistant editor of Cricinfo

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Posted by handjammer on (March 1, 2010, 12:49 GMT)

I think England did just enough yesterday, a little shaky at times, but they got there in the end. An end which could have been much further away if Tamim's majestic knock was backed up by his team-mates. Being an avid England supporter and a fan of fair play in sport, I was however appalled at Morgan's refusal to walk when he was CLEARLY out caught behind. What sort of message does this send to young minds watching this great game, that if your team are against the wall a bit then it is ok to cheat? Shameful.

Posted by   on (March 1, 2010, 7:46 GMT)

The people who are regularly watching the ODIs of bangladesh,u can see that last 4 match bangladeshi keeper MUSFIQUR RAHIM DROPPED 4 CHANCES WHERE BANGLADESH WAS VERY GOOD POSITION TO WIN THE MATCH.1ST ODI NZ WAS 187/6.THAT TIME CATCH OF BROOM and then 3rd ODI catch of vetori and last match catch of Kieswetter,and the stumping chance of morgan.so,its time for siddons and the selector of BCB to think over the keeping of musfiqur.We know the captain of bangladesh under 21 MOHAMMMAD MITHUN IS PLAYING GOOD FOR LAST COUPLE OF YEARS.SO MUSFIQ CAN PLAY AS BATSMAN AND THE MOST FAVOURITE PLACE FOR HIM NUMBER3.SHUVO can come the squad for razzak.There is player nammed SABIR HOSAI IS A VERY PROMISSSING PLAYER.SO SIDDONS PLEASE THINK FOR MUSFIQUE'S KEEPING.mithun can be good replacement of him and he can concentrate on his batting and can be a good number 3 batsman

Posted by Sayfurjewel on (March 1, 2010, 5:25 GMT)

Tamim Iqbal's glittering 125 was not enough for Bangladesh to break their duck against England as the visitors completed a professional six-wicket victory to open the one-day series at Mirpur. Tamim's third ODI hundred came from 94 balls, but he couldn't find any support from his team-mates, leaving England's new captain Alastair Cook, with 64, and Paul Collingwood, who continued his fine form with an unbeaten 75, to ensure no slip-ups chasing a modest 228.

Posted by Bang_La on (March 1, 2010, 3:55 GMT)

Mike Atherton, ex England captain and who was caught red-handed using dust to tamper ball (of course got away per Michael Holding theory), commented that he has been telling last 4/5 years that Bangladesh is a young team. That was suggestive that he was tired of watching Bangladesh cricket still playing young card. Fine.

England team has only ONE player in the first TWENTY cricketers in the ranking. After playing hundreds of years and claiming the introducers of cricket game, why those OLD donkeys are still simply no-mention items? Someone should ask that in response to his insulting bigotry comment!!

Posted by Bengali-Tiger007 on (March 1, 2010, 1:38 GMT)

As a huge Bangladeshi fan, its normal to expect wins or losses, but for some reason I was actually expecting a big combined team effort today. I was so eagerly waiting for this opening odi. Well done to Tamim, he definitly is a quality opening batsmen. As for his batting team mates, well..... they should be really sorting out these childish issues which no other teams in the world seem to have. The only excuse everyone come out with is ''they are a young side''. It almost feels as if they are under severe mosquito attacks when they bat and maybe they spray on mosquito magnets in the dressing room. No wonder why siddons doesn't have any hair. Seriously I am a very dissapointed Bangladeshi and I think its quite obvious. Come on Team Bangladesh!!!!

Posted by   on (February 28, 2010, 23:17 GMT)

I THINK BANGLADESH'S BEST SQUAD IS 1. TAMIM, 2. ASIF AHMED, 3. NAIM, 4. SHAKIB, 5. RAKIB, 6. MUSHFIQ, 7.MAHMUDULLAH, 8. SHUVO, 9. MASHRAFEE, 10. SHARIF, 11. SHAFIUL; STANDBY: IMRUL, RASEL, FARHAD HOSSAIN. THIS IS BASED ON PERFORMANCE ONLY....

Posted by   on (February 28, 2010, 22:28 GMT)

WHO IS JUNAID SIDDIQUE? WHY HE PLAY REGULARLY, DESPITE HE DOES NOT PERFORM CONTINUOUSLY. WHAT IS BEHIND THE SCENE? WE WANT TO KNOW EVERYTHING. HE CANT'N INCLUDE BANGLADESH'S 4TH NO TEAM. HIS TEST AVG IS 22.85, ODI AVG IS 16.48, FIRST CLASS AVG IS 23.95, LIST A AVG IS 21.09. SO IT IS CLEAR HE PERFORM AS HE IS.

Posted by T2-- on (February 28, 2010, 21:27 GMT)

Tamim is the best. For lost of the game. I firstly blame the BCB cricket board foe selecting the squad to play in 1st ODI. I dont think that Junaid Siddique never should have play 30 Odi 16 ave 16 run he is not even a all rounder plust even his list-A ave is 21.I think they should get Ashraful and Raqibul back after this tour Plus some new player like Nasir Hussain and Suhrawadi Shuvo should get a chance in the next game.

Bd squad vs Eng

Tamim, Imrul , Raqibul, Ashraful, Shakib, Nasir Hussain, Naeem, Mushfiqur Rahim, Suhrawadi Shuvo, Mortaza and Razzak

Key to win game for bd is use much spinner they can and all rounders.

Posted by JonnyBoy777 on (February 28, 2010, 17:53 GMT)

Bangladesh have class players-Iqbal and Shakib ul hasan but noone who can CONSTANTLY back the up

Posted by   on (February 28, 2010, 16:33 GMT)

I think that the life the batsman got from Morgan was Imrul at 10... not TAMIM..... Liked England's approach very much....................... well done England....

and it was a real master innings from TAMIM, i thought him to score a doble today......

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Sahil Dutta Assistant editor Sahil Dutta grew up supporting England during the 90s. Despite this, he still enjoys the game. His unrequited passions for Graeme Hick and, in latter years, Vikram Solanki gave him a stoicism that guided him through an Economics degree and a stint working at the European Parliament. He maintains the purest love for Tests and the whims of legspin bowling and still harbours hope that he could be the answer to England's long search for a mystery spinner. As it is, his most exciting cricketing experience was planning a trip to Australia for the 2006-07 Ashes with two utterly indifferent friends. Unfortunately his lung collapsed shortly before his planned departure and the pair were left to wander around from Test to Test, unprepared and clueless. Any comparisons with England are far too obvious to make. That cancelled holiday inspired an Ashes blog which led, via some tea-making at the Wisden Cricketer, to the ESPNcricinfo towers.
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