Bangladesh v England, 2nd ODI, Dhaka March 1, 2010

England aim to close out series


Match facts

Tuesday March 2, 2010
Start time 14.00 (08.00GMT)

Big Picture

Given their flashes of success against every other Test-playing nation, it's certain that Bangladesh will eventually beat England. But after eight straight defeats, it's the most recent, on Sunday that will really grate. Tamim Iqbal's dazzling hundred was a glimpse of the talent that lies latent in the country, but the soft dismissals and clumsy fielding from his team-mates showed just how far they have to go before they can regularly challenge the best sides.

England, for all their improvement in recent times, are not one of the world's best. Their battery of medium-pace bowlers looked all too inviting at times on the lifeless pitch and, with England returning to Bangladesh in little under a year for the World Cup, it's an area the management will have to consider.

Alastair Cook will be relieved to have secured his first victory as England captain but will be most satisfied with his own performance. His brisk 64 at the top of the order showed that the hard work he has put into his game has started to pay, but he'll more of the same and it was not enough to earn him a place in the provisional squad for the World Twenty20. Another strong performance will help him retain the authority he exuded in the opening fixture, which will be important as the tour wears on.

His opposite number, Shakib Al Hasan, did not quite match him with the bat, getting bogged down too easily, but his inventive captaincy - bringing himself on in the third over - and clever left-arm spin will be crucial for a fielding side that still lacks bite. If he can find support with the ball to choke England's middle order, Bangladesh may yet spring a surprise.

Form guide (last five completed matches)

Bangladesh LLLLL
England WWLWL

Watch out for...

Tamim Iqbal may have stolen the headlines in the first game, but the pressure will be on Bangladesh's middle order now after they failed miserably in supporting the opener as he blazed to a century. Shakib Al Hasan is a vital cog in that position, averaging 37.47 with two hundreds since Bangladesh's successful trip to the West Indies in July last year. He can also score quickly when the mood takes him, as his 85 against India at Mirpur in January showed. The quality of his bowling will also be vital to Bangladesh's success.

It was no surprise in the first game that when England's pace bowlers came unstuck Graeme Swann stepped up to give his captain control and vital breakthroughs. He was England's go-to bowler on their recent tour of South Africa and continued his good form with 3 for 32 to undermine Tamim's innings. On a dry pitch he found potent turn and will be England's main threat in the second match.

Team news

It was Bangladesh's batting - Tamim aside - that failed to fire in the first game, and although their bowlers struggled to defend the sub-par total, it is unlikely there will be changes to the line-up. After his lengthy lay off, Mashrafe Mortaza looked woefully short of pace and rhythm on Sunday and Bangladesh will be hoping for a better showing from their strike bowler.

Bangladesh (probable) 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Imrul Kayes, 3 Junaid Siddique, 4 Aftab Ahmed, 5 Shakib Al Hasan (capt), 6 Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), 7 Mahmudullah, 8 Naeem Islam, 9 Mashrafe Mortaza, 10 Abdur Razzaq, 11 Shafiul Islam

During Tamim's assault England's choice of a four-pronged pace attack came under scrutiny and Ryan Sidebottom may well end up cursing Eoin Morgan's drop catch if England opt for a second spinner this time. Having ditched Adil Rashid, James Tredwell is the other spin option in the squad and could, after two tours without a match in New Zealand and South Africa, finally make his debut.

England (probable) 1 Alastair Cook, 2 Craig Kieswetter, 3 Kevin Pietersen, 4 Paul Collingwood, 5 Eoin Morgan, 6 Matt Prior (wk), 7 Luke Wright, 8 Stuart Broad, 9 Tim Bresnan, 10 Graeme Swann, 11 James Tredwell

Pitch and conditions

A slow, low turner would suit Bangladesh's spin-based attack, and although a different pitch is being used for the second game, conditions will be probably be very similar, with scoring likely to be easier when the ball is hard. While dew was not as much of a factor as initially thought in the first match, it still made life tougher fielding up lights.

Stats and Trivia

  • Paul Collingwood took his 100th catch when he held a tumbling chance from Mahmudullah in the first ODI to become the 12th man to take 100 wickets, 100 catches and score 4000 runs in ODI cricket.
  • If James Tredwell replaces Ryan Sidebottom then 10 of England's 11 will have first-class hundreds, Stuart Broad being the one man who doesn't.
  • In the eight one-day internationals he has played this year, Tamim Iqbal has scored 334 runs at 41.75 - including a 42-ball 60 against India and 62 against New Zealand, as well as his hundred in the first match of this series.
  • Abdur Razzak has now bowled 44 overs in one-dayers since he last took a wicket.


"The crowd always wants us to win, so it's tough because we always disappoint them. We know that, we know that very well, but we trust in our ability that we will achieve that thing that they want"
Tamim Iqbal will be hoping for more support from the middle order as an underperforming Bangladesh are put under pressure by their fans

"I think Alastair did a great job and he didn't put me on in the Powerplay, which is a bonus"
Graeme Swann does not want to emulate Shakib Al Hasan and bowl in during the fielding restrictions

Sahil Dutta and Liam Brickhill are assistant editors of Cricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on March 2, 2010, 7:10 GMT

    Went to watch the first match to support Bangladesh... with great pomp!!! But again was disappointed with the way they played. It could have been ours day-- if they had taken some responsibility. We know Young mind are a vulnerable mind..... They need to mature in cricket to get results.... Wishing the TIGERS all the very best! Hope they learn from their mistakes.

  • Dummy4 on March 2, 2010, 5:39 GMT

    i hope today Bangladesh will be win!!!!!! if top order get run like Tamim, kyas, Aftab ,Sakib. and i want add in team nasir hosain.

  • Minhaj on March 2, 2010, 5:27 GMT

    Bangladesh has to win the 2nd ODI against England. There is no other option. It is as simple as that. They have beaten all other International teams except England and this is their perfect opportunity to beat the English team on their home ground in front of their own supporters. It is really ironic when we see all wickets start to fall down at a lightening speed. Tamim really played well in the 1st ODI and it was the holy duty for the other middle order batsmen to support him. Had they done that then the scorecard would have been much handsome for Bangladesh. Whenever a batsman or a bowler does well, it seems there is no one to support them. It is sad and this problem has to be solved if Bangladesh really wants to win against the good teams on a regular basis.

  • Dummy4 on March 2, 2010, 4:29 GMT

    Shahjahan from Bangladesh: I think Bangladesh selectors need to inn Sahadat Hossain replacing Mashrafee , Showrawardi Shuvo replacing Abdur Razzaque and another batsman against Junaeed Siddique also. Because Mashrafee is out of int'l match fm long time, he need to concentration more, Abdur Razaque's bowling is same as others alrounde, we would have taken an alrounder like Showrawardi Shovo for more strength of batting side and JS cann't longer at crease 1 or more matches.

  • Md saiful islam on March 2, 2010, 4:13 GMT

    Today Bangladesh needs to bat all fifty overs.Tamim, Mushfique,Shakib, Soroardi,Aftab,Hahmudullah and Imrul - we expect a patient professional innings.If 2 or 3 bats man show their ability then definitely bangladesh will win this match.They need to bat first and getting score 270-300 runs it will enough runs to defit England.

  • Abu on March 2, 2010, 4:05 GMT

    Today all of them try for a win but one day its will be a habit...........needs to support them through heart......they also return good game

  • Md Noor A on March 2, 2010, 2:57 GMT

    I have no idea why Bangladesh don't use Aftab as a regular bowler. Having only 2 fast bowler would be very handy if they want to win a match. Medium fast bowling of Aftab would add variety in the bowling department when other bowlers look ineffective. Players like Junaid Siddique with no foot movement should be replaced by someone soon.

  • siliconv on March 2, 2010, 2:46 GMT

    Today Bangladesh needs to bat all fifty overs. Zunaed, Aftab and Imrul - we expect a patient professional innings with at least 40 runs from each of you.

    No need for heroics to get 7/8 runs an over!. Get to 130 to 150 during the first 25 overs without losing more than a couple of wickets.

    Avoid playing risky shots outside the off stump.

    Avoid run outs.

    Today the Bangladeshi fans are wishing the best for the Team and esp. for Zunaed, Imrul, and Aftab - need a good showing from you to help the team today!

  • Dummy4 on March 2, 2010, 2:46 GMT

    I read Bangla newspaper and Shuvo is getting the chance to play, replacing Junaid Siddique! Surprises me, because I thought he should replace Abdur Razzaq.

    Also, Mashrafe is given a 'rest' in the second ODI, but he got mad and ruled himself out for the whole series. Rubel would be the one replacing him.

    The last thing I wanted to mention was that Junaid Siddique, being now the only player not in the second ODI team, will not be the 12th man for this match. This is because the team management apparently has no trust in his fielding skills, so they are bringing in Naseer Hussain from the National League, who is currently playing for Khulna. My question is, if they have distrust in Junaid's fielding skills so much, then why did they take him in the team? And if the answer is, 'for his extra-ordinary batting skills', then why get rid of him after not performing in only the first ODI? Wouldn't it be better to just leave him in the team and get rid of Abdur Razzaq?

  • siliconv on March 2, 2010, 2:38 GMT

    ***This second ODI is a CALL to ACTION for top order, esp. ZUNAED, AFTAB, and IMRUL. I hope someone conveys this message to them or to the team: If you get selected for this ODI, the Bangladeshi fans request you to contribute at least 40 runs each!! BECAUSE you are core of the top order batting for the Bangladesh team, you are NOT going to throw your wicket away, PLEASE! We are wishing you all the success!

    You DO NOT NEED TO RUSH for getting 7 or 8 runs per over......rotate the strikes with singles, if necessary. Build the innings to to 140/150 during the first 25 overs without loss of the top order! No risky shots like flashing outside the off stump please. Can we count on you today?

    ***Please avoid run "NO" clearly to your partner when you do not want a run...communication is a two-way thing!

    ***Bangladesh NEEDS TO BAT ALL 50 OVERS TODAY, please.

    Good luck and best wishes!

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