Bangladesh v England, 1st Test, Chittagong, 2nd day March 13, 2010

Swann and Broad cement England's control


Bangladesh 154 for 5 (Tamim 81*, Shahadat 0*, Swann 3-40) trail England 599 for 6 (Cook 173, Collingwood 145, Pietersen 99, Bell 84) by 445 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Graeme Swann and Stuart Broad shared five wickets as England built on a commanding batting display by reducing Bangladesh to 154 for 5 at Chittagong, but Tamim Iqbal at least provided some resistance with a combative, unbeaten 81. Paul Collingwood's 10th Test hundred, and a stand of 184 in 35 overs with Ian Bell, propelled the visitors' total to 599 for 6 and despite a counterattack by Tamim and Mahmudullah Bangladesh have a huge task to even take the game five days.

The match was crying out for an element of competitiveness from Bangladesh after an insipid performance in the field and Tamim's performance at least ensured the England attack weren't given as easy a ride as the batsmen. However, Swann's removal of Mahmudallah and Shakib Al Hasan before the close were huge blows for the home side who still need 246 to save the follow on

Tamim's 125 in the one-day series displayed the talent he holds, but if Bangladesh are to develop as a Test nation those innings have to be played over the longer format and Tamim's contest with the England attack became the most compelling part of the match. He impressively restrained his attacking instincts as the close approached and also had the technique to withstand the quicks.

That couldn't be said of his first two partners as Broad exploited a glaring weakness against the short ball to remove Imrul Kayes and Junaid Siddique in the 30-minute passage before tea following Alastair Cook's positive declaration. Both batsmen had no idea how to handle the short deliveries as Broad proved comfortably the quickest bowler of the match and extracted disconcerting lift.

When Swann continued his extraordinary knack of striking in his first over, removing Aftab Ahmed courtesy of alert anticipation at short leg by Bell and a dubious decision, Bangladesh were tottering on 51 for 3 and it was threatening to become a walkover. But Tamim was joined by Mahmudullah, who scored a maiden Test century on the recent tour of New Zealand to follow impressive contributions against India, and together the pair revived the innings with a stand of 94. The stand served as a reminder that once the Kookaburra ball loses its hardness wicket-taking proves hard work.

Tamim became the quickest Bangladesh player to pass 1000 Test runs - in 29 innings - as he reached a half century from 53 balls. The knock included a hooked six off Broad and he latched onto Steven Finn's first spell in Tests as a three-over burst cost 25.

Mahmudullah offered stylish support and justified his elevation up the order following the hasty reshuffle of the line-up after Raqibul Hasan's 'retirement'. He drove confidently through the off side, but the pick of his shots was a six straight against Swann. However, shortly after reaching fifty Swann had revenge when Mahmudullah gloved a sweep and a skilled set-up by the bowler did for Shakib who tried to drive inside-out.

England paced their innings perfectly with Collingwood and Bell stepping on the gas to plunder the bowling in the afternoon. Collingwood struck a single boundary between his fifty and his hundred - and that appeared to deflect of pad rather than bat - but after reaching three figures off 157 balls he began to pepper the boundary in one-day style. Midwicket, both along the ground and in the air, is Collingwood's area and he toyed with the Bangladesh spinners.

So, too, did Bell although he has not made such easy runs since the 162 he plundered off Bangladesh during his third Test in 2005. The bowling was barely first-class standard, let alone Test quality. In contrast to Collingwood's rustic thumping, Bell was elegance personified as he regularly skipped down the pitch to counter the leg-stump line of the spinners and fed the ball through the off side with inside-out drives. He was given the chance to become the third century-maker of the innings but fell to a well-judged boundary catch which signalled the declaration.

That smart piece of work from Rubel Hossain at long off was the exception rather than the rule as the fielding disintegrated, while Mushfiqur Rahim continued to be a liability behind the stumps. Bangladesh had long-since given up the pretence of trying to bowl England out and it was clear from the start of play, when Shakib removed all the slips, that they were just waiting for the visitors to score as many as they wanted.

Cook ticked past his previous career-best of 160 against West Indies, at Chester-le-Street, last year but continued England's lack of double hundreds when he pulled a long hop back to the bowler. England's last was by Kevin Pietersen in 2007 and there have only been seven since Graham Gooch, Cook's mentor, hit 333 against India in 1990. But while the double eluded the new captain, a Test victory is well within his grasp.

Andrew McGlashan is assistant editor of Cricinfo

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  • Clive on March 14, 2010, 4:04 GMT

    To Shonkhochil: Kevin Pietersen's mother is English. Jonathan Trott's family is of English descent and he holds a British passport. Craig Kieswetter's mother is Scottish and he holds dual British-South African nationality. Eoin Morgan comes from a country with close ties with the United Kingdom that does not itself play test cricket, which is why he chose to qualify for England. All four have served a period of qualification to play for England. How dare you claim that they have no right to represent their mother's country/ancestral country/adopted country? Try concentrating on the repeated failures of your own team rather than casting these unsporting insinuations. Bangladesh has a worse test team than when England toured there six years ago -- what's your answer to that?

  • Dummy4 on March 14, 2010, 2:10 GMT

    Oh dear , Sam_K14 , you are SO right , or should that be righteous . You state that B'desh have "never had world class anything" . Yeah , well that includes opponents , especially England . And there are no second prizes in a response.

  • Samuel on March 13, 2010, 19:55 GMT

    I enjoy the fact that Andy Miller has, instead of trying to find some way of making us think England were lucky and Bangladesh were by far the better team, he has simply handed the report-writing duties to someone else.

  • Benjer on March 13, 2010, 19:52 GMT

    @Sam_K14,Sorry dear Do't start in this way Bangladesh just started to play good cricket & definetly they will improve a lot in future & have enough world class alrounder,Sppiner & Batsman as well & it would be take little time to perform regularly.Just you think abt India they have enough world class player in the team though they were a rubbish team for the away match even now also they are not be the world class team where they don't have the capability to perform regularly outside of the Asia specially in test cricket.just go back three years before & think abt their performence in Autralia,westindies,England,S.Africa,Newzeland!!Anyway if u r born in any country then you should be respect to that.Don;t tell anything Blindly pls ckeck properly to say something.Also pls compare last two years performence with the India.

  • rakibul on March 13, 2010, 19:33 GMT

    @Sam_k14- this comment might seem a bit harsh to you but here are some facts.How many players of England came from a different country?! player that scored a century in second ODI where is he from? KP--where is he from? England were so desperate that they called an opener to play for the national team at the day he qualified for citizenship!! How many bad decision has umpire made in this series? In second ODI Rod Tucker saved England's batsman who scored a century at least twice.Third ODI Enamul Hoque gave Shakib out LBW where the ball was at least one foot oustide the off stump... ICC is using BD as the training ground for new umpires.. After playing so many years with a strong county cricket structure why England need to borrow player from other country? BD is a poor country & we don't have money to buy players!! If you don't like BD's game don't watch it.

  • rakibul on March 13, 2010, 19:11 GMT

    @sam_k14-- I choose my team based on the player we have in our national league.It was just a point I wanted to make for the selectors of the Bangladesh team. about the world class comment I would request you to take a look at the ICC ranking of ODI bowler,ODI all rounder&test All rounder.hope you will find some good answer there.From the day Bangladesh got test status for some reason some guys started to 'bark' & still they are... Let me give you an example. how many test match have Sachin played? now add all the number of test match played by 11 players of bangladesh team.. total number of test played by 11 players of bangladesh is less than played by Sachin alone!! If you don't realize my point yet then answer one ques? when India knocked out from first round of last world cup what Indian people did? when SA lost to BD what did the people of SA did? they were angry but did they stop supporting or watching game? I am angry with BD performance but I will support BD with all my heart..

  • Benjer on March 13, 2010, 18:52 GMT

    I would like to draw the kind attention of our selector & boards pls do something better for Bangladeshi Supporter.Don't fight each other.We are well known about the capability of Shaharier Nafees in the opening slot & Alok kapali in the middle order position both are can play long Innings & their tecnic also very good better than the many other player of our current player of the team.So pls bring both of them for the second test match.Now our talented young captain feels lots preasure as he kepts lot of things in his mind now.He need to release from the captaicy as soon as possible for better concentrate in his natural performence.He looks very gllomy. We can select our team like in this way 01.Tamim 02.S.Nafees 03.Faisal Hossain 04.Kapali 05.Mahmudullah 06.Shakib 07.Musfique 08.Diman (Keepre)09.Enamul Jnr. 10.Shafiul 11.Shahadat.Musfique is totally unfit behind the wicket.Aftab,Naeem &Imrul totally unfare in in test cricket & Junaed have to take rest for few days.

  • Dummy4 on March 13, 2010, 18:44 GMT

    Why Enamul Haq jnr is neglected repeatedly. He is a genuine spinner with lot of variations in stock. At least he should have chance to prove whether he is capable of serving his class in Test matches.

  • Rezwan on March 13, 2010, 18:43 GMT

    nonsense, i have no words to express my feelings.

  • Sam on March 13, 2010, 17:53 GMT

    @Shonkhochil, And you think the team you recommended will win a cricket match! No matter what you guys say, B'Desh is just an ordinary team and is not capable of playing test cricket. So dont bother making team recommendations and subsequent explanations. Find some other form of amusement than watching B'desh cricket. B'Desh should stick to playing county or club teams in other countries. They are not test cricket material. You had mentioned "world class all rounders" and "genuine batsmen" "pace bowlers" and "best wicket keepers" in your subsequent exoplanation. B'desh never had world class anything. You are making the team look more stupid than they already are!

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