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

Morgan saves England with brilliant hundred

The Bulletin by Liam Brickhill
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England 261 for 8 (Morgan 110*, Cook 60, Shakib 3-32, Razzaq 3-52) beat Bangladesh 260 for 6 (Rahim 76, Kayes 63, Bresnan 3-51) by two wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Eoin Morgan hit his first hundred for England as they overcame a major challenge from Bangladesh to secure a nerve-jangling two-wicket victory with seven balls to spare and seal the series in Mirpur. For Bangladesh it means their wait for success over England continues and their inability to close out matches came back to haunt them as Morgan's ultra-cool approach proved too much.

While England's lower order lost their head with pressure building Morgan remained completely focused on his task, barely acknowledging the smattering of applause for his hundred which made him the first player to score centuries for two countries after he began his career with Ireland. When Graeme Swann missed a wild mow at Shakib Al Hasan, England needed 32 off 26 balls with debutant James Tredwell the other batsman at the crease and only an injured Stuart Broad to come.

That equation came down to 25 from 17 balls and to Morgan's advantage they were inside the Powerplay overs. England had delayed taking their option until the end and, for a while, it appeared it may be wasted but in the final result the restrictions proved vital.

Morgan pierced the field with precision, reverse sweeping Abdur Razzak to relieve the pressure in the 48th over. With 16 needed from the last two overs he didn't waste any time, making use of the extra pace from Shafiul Islam. He calmly hit two full tosses for four on either side of the wicket before, as he did against Pakistan in Dubai, sealing victory with a six over deep square-leg.

Morgan could finally celebrate his efforts and was cheered off by his team-mates as England maintained their unbeaten record against the hosts - but this one was a close call. And indeed, it was fortunate that Morgan was around to the seal the game as he had a nervous start to his innings and survived two very strong leg before shouts against Mahmudullah. The first, when he had made just 7, was hazardously close, and both decisions could easily have gone against him.

England faced early problems when Craig Kieswetter was caught at slip in the first over and Kevin Pietersen's problems against left-arm spin continued. When Paul Collingwood was also leg before, Morgan entered at 68 for 3 and was happy to support the free-flowing Alastair Cook by rotating the strike at the beginning of his innings.

He began to break free once Cook fell for 61-ball 60 - to a juggling catch by Mushfiqur Rahim - realising that he was the one to carry on the momentum that had been built. His role was made all the more important by Prior's shaky start against Razzak and Shakib.

After seeing off the left-arm spin threat, Morgan pulled Shafiul handsomely over square leg and Prior started to get going with a pressure-relieving reverse sweep off Naeem Islam. The pair added three more boundaries to put England firmly into the ascendancy before Razzak returned and Prior played half-forward to an arm ball to be pinned lbw, sparking a mini-collapse which gave Bangladesh hope

Luke Wright worked the ball around for a couple of overs before attempting an ungainly slog, and Tim Bresnan lasted only three balls before he fell lbw to Mahmudullah playing another poor sweep. Shakib then struck again in his final over, deceiving an advancing Swann with a flighted delivery to clatter the stumps.

But with England seemingly in disarray Morgan marched on, serenely indifferent to the carnage with an innings of controlled aggression. With Shakib and Razzak - who shared six wickets between them - bowled out, Bangladesh's captain turned to the pace of Shafiul but will be left ruing his decision after Morgan closed down the game with three boundaries in five balls.

Bangladesh's total of 260 for 6 - their highest in one-day internationals against England - was largely due to the efforts of Rahim with a superbly-paced 76 and Imrul Kayes's rather more sedate 63. They added 90 for the third wicket to steady the innings after England had struck twice in quick succession, removing Tamim Iqbal, the star of the opening match with 125, and Aftab Ahmed in consecutive overs.

Gaining in confidence as their partnership progressed, they took Bangladesh to 146 before Kayes fell to a fine, tumbling catch by Collingwood in the covers. Rahim went to his fifty, changing gears with a succession of well-placed boundaries to take the score past 200, before he misread a slower ball from Bresnan to be caught at mid on.

A late flurry from Naeem and debutant Suhrawadi Shuvo - who closed the innings in style with a six and a four in the final over - boosted the total to competitive heights, but Morgan's cool assurance ultimately proved to be the difference between the teams today.

Liam Brickhill is an assistant editor at Cricinfo

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  • POSTED BY sathishvaiju on | March 5, 2010, 9:56 GMT

    what ban supporters??? in third odi also ban lost to eng, now u r going to blame whom??? very good innings from ban players, please better you guys stop commenting, because ban never win against good teams.first post a win n then post comment.k ha ha ha

  • POSTED BY sathishvaiju on | March 5, 2010, 4:15 GMT

    @ujan.s, yes india is best in kabaddi also, by the way world record is with us friend, keep it in mind while posting comments, 200* is the latest one by our legend Mr.Sachin.So please again i am telling Bangladesh will remain underdogs for ever, they don have potential to beat great teams like india, Aussies or proteas.Try to accept it, tats wat happening even in third ODI against England, your tigers are going to be hunted by English men, wait n watch.

  • POSTED BY Rezaul on | March 4, 2010, 14:54 GMT

    @sathishvaiju, I guess this guy is sick or out of his mind. He is talking nonsense here. He is loud about Indians being number one but harsh on Shakib's team. Let me remind this Dim-witted that his India got number 1 just few days back more of SA's failure than their own strength. On the other hand Shakib is being number one player for years!

  • POSTED BY tanvir_alam on | March 4, 2010, 12:18 GMT

    sathishvaiju.... u said "2007 world cup is a bad luck" then what happen on 26 Dec 2004 the match between india vs BD... on that match BD won the game.... don't forget & remember again the history... & I want 2 see how long ur team will stay in number 1. by the way... how many test match ur team play in last year.... ?

  • POSTED BY ujan.s on | March 4, 2010, 11:52 GMT

    Nafee...u're absolutely right! Bangladeshis are gonna kick the indians outta the next world cup the way they did in the earlier one! indians don't seem to have forgotten that nightmare! & how could they!!! forget the world 'cup'... they didn't even receive a 'plate' off the tournament! HAAH... i think there should be arrangements for plates from the next world cup ...so that indians can have at least sth to be ecstatic about when they get themselves outta the contest!

  • POSTED BY ujan.s on | March 4, 2010, 11:34 GMT

    'sathishvaiju' or whatever yor name is...look in my earlier comment i posted the overall record of matches between india and England! i thought it to be enough for u guyz to bug off here! it's a bit too surprising that u guyz are still sticking around! listen i can add sth more to that...indians were got blown away by the pommies during their last visit to England! & they narrowly escaped a defeat in the test series just because rain had interrupted! & u're flaunting yor no.1 ranking??? Yes indians can remain in that particular spot as long as they don't face the pommies and the Aussies! let's see how long they retain their position at the top of the ranking! just hang on...South Africans r gonna throw 'em to no.10 spot right after they visit Africa! here is my suggestion for u guyz...start following KABADI...cricket is not meant for u guyz!

  • POSTED BY sathishvaiju on | March 4, 2010, 8:18 GMT

    @ujan.s, great comment, india is not a strong team, but it is no 1 in test and no 2 in odi's and only indian made 200* in odi's.bangladesh is a very good team ranking last in tests and one before last in odi's great thinking and execution.ha ha ha world know who is stronger.

  • POSTED BY ujan.s on | March 4, 2010, 5:22 GMT

    Srikant......look this could be for the first time i've seen a guy make fool of himself saying childish stuff like this! There is no way india is stronger!!! I guess u're going through a bit of a tough time as far as ya memory is concerned! I admit india is slightly stronger than Bangladesh! But when it comes to England or New Zealand the reality is different. I don't wanna say anything ...just this info can help u shape urself up: Total matches: 99, England won: 34, India won: 19!!! india certainly is the stronger team but in terms of playing kabadi.. not cricket! & listen...kabadi is what u should be arguing about! cricket is a different game where india doesn't have a single bowler who could possibly reach 140k an hour!!! BEST OF LUCK for the next kabadi world cup!

  • POSTED BY sathishvaiju on | March 4, 2010, 4:28 GMT

    @ujan.s you are commenting about sehwag and india.ha ha ha no1 team in test ranking, no 1 ranking in test batsman, keep that in mind before you comment. k.

  • POSTED BY sathishvaiju on | March 4, 2010, 4:19 GMT

    @Nafee, My dear bangladesg bro, be cool you can't win india or srilanka or even any team except Ireland, Canada etal, because you r still ordinary side.I am not against you, i am telling the truth.try to accept and digest it.wiht players like Aftab, Tamim and even Shakib you r expecting to win against India who r having Sachin, Sehwag, Gambhir, Dhoni, Raina.Tat is crazy brother.2007 world cup is a bad luck, tats all i can tell.wat happened in this tri-series and test match.you didn't even win a single match, continuous white wash against kiwis.Now the same continuing against England.sorry to tell again,YOU ARE AN ORDINARY SIDE.....

  • POSTED BY sathishvaiju on | March 5, 2010, 9:56 GMT

    what ban supporters??? in third odi also ban lost to eng, now u r going to blame whom??? very good innings from ban players, please better you guys stop commenting, because ban never win against good teams.first post a win n then post comment.k ha ha ha

  • POSTED BY sathishvaiju on | March 5, 2010, 4:15 GMT

    @ujan.s, yes india is best in kabaddi also, by the way world record is with us friend, keep it in mind while posting comments, 200* is the latest one by our legend Mr.Sachin.So please again i am telling Bangladesh will remain underdogs for ever, they don have potential to beat great teams like india, Aussies or proteas.Try to accept it, tats wat happening even in third ODI against England, your tigers are going to be hunted by English men, wait n watch.

  • POSTED BY Rezaul on | March 4, 2010, 14:54 GMT

    @sathishvaiju, I guess this guy is sick or out of his mind. He is talking nonsense here. He is loud about Indians being number one but harsh on Shakib's team. Let me remind this Dim-witted that his India got number 1 just few days back more of SA's failure than their own strength. On the other hand Shakib is being number one player for years!

  • POSTED BY tanvir_alam on | March 4, 2010, 12:18 GMT

    sathishvaiju.... u said "2007 world cup is a bad luck" then what happen on 26 Dec 2004 the match between india vs BD... on that match BD won the game.... don't forget & remember again the history... & I want 2 see how long ur team will stay in number 1. by the way... how many test match ur team play in last year.... ?

  • POSTED BY ujan.s on | March 4, 2010, 11:52 GMT

    Nafee...u're absolutely right! Bangladeshis are gonna kick the indians outta the next world cup the way they did in the earlier one! indians don't seem to have forgotten that nightmare! & how could they!!! forget the world 'cup'... they didn't even receive a 'plate' off the tournament! HAAH... i think there should be arrangements for plates from the next world cup ...so that indians can have at least sth to be ecstatic about when they get themselves outta the contest!

  • POSTED BY ujan.s on | March 4, 2010, 11:34 GMT

    'sathishvaiju' or whatever yor name is...look in my earlier comment i posted the overall record of matches between india and England! i thought it to be enough for u guyz to bug off here! it's a bit too surprising that u guyz are still sticking around! listen i can add sth more to that...indians were got blown away by the pommies during their last visit to England! & they narrowly escaped a defeat in the test series just because rain had interrupted! & u're flaunting yor no.1 ranking??? Yes indians can remain in that particular spot as long as they don't face the pommies and the Aussies! let's see how long they retain their position at the top of the ranking! just hang on...South Africans r gonna throw 'em to no.10 spot right after they visit Africa! here is my suggestion for u guyz...start following KABADI...cricket is not meant for u guyz!

  • POSTED BY sathishvaiju on | March 4, 2010, 8:18 GMT

    @ujan.s, great comment, india is not a strong team, but it is no 1 in test and no 2 in odi's and only indian made 200* in odi's.bangladesh is a very good team ranking last in tests and one before last in odi's great thinking and execution.ha ha ha world know who is stronger.

  • POSTED BY ujan.s on | March 4, 2010, 5:22 GMT

    Srikant......look this could be for the first time i've seen a guy make fool of himself saying childish stuff like this! There is no way india is stronger!!! I guess u're going through a bit of a tough time as far as ya memory is concerned! I admit india is slightly stronger than Bangladesh! But when it comes to England or New Zealand the reality is different. I don't wanna say anything ...just this info can help u shape urself up: Total matches: 99, England won: 34, India won: 19!!! india certainly is the stronger team but in terms of playing kabadi.. not cricket! & listen...kabadi is what u should be arguing about! cricket is a different game where india doesn't have a single bowler who could possibly reach 140k an hour!!! BEST OF LUCK for the next kabadi world cup!

  • POSTED BY sathishvaiju on | March 4, 2010, 4:28 GMT

    @ujan.s you are commenting about sehwag and india.ha ha ha no1 team in test ranking, no 1 ranking in test batsman, keep that in mind before you comment. k.

  • POSTED BY sathishvaiju on | March 4, 2010, 4:19 GMT

    @Nafee, My dear bangladesg bro, be cool you can't win india or srilanka or even any team except Ireland, Canada etal, because you r still ordinary side.I am not against you, i am telling the truth.try to accept and digest it.wiht players like Aftab, Tamim and even Shakib you r expecting to win against India who r having Sachin, Sehwag, Gambhir, Dhoni, Raina.Tat is crazy brother.2007 world cup is a bad luck, tats all i can tell.wat happened in this tri-series and test match.you didn't even win a single match, continuous white wash against kiwis.Now the same continuing against England.sorry to tell again,YOU ARE AN ORDINARY SIDE.....

  • POSTED BY Voodle on | March 3, 2010, 23:20 GMT

    You can't always win or have things your own way, you must learn to lose graciously. Something the Australians are incapable of . Good luck to BD inthe upcoming T20 slogfest . Now, that's NOT cricket.

  • POSTED BY deysdem20 on | March 3, 2010, 20:19 GMT

    [...Posted by paulneptune on (March 03 2010, 11:32 AM GMT)

    I have to say i'm pretty dissapointed with some of the comments on this thread. I watched the game yesterday and i don't think those lbw decisions where as plumb as everybody is making out. There was doubt with at least two, with the ball hitting just in line....]

    To Paul Neptune ... Read the article first: Morgan could finally celebrate his efforts and was cheered off by his team-mates as England maintained their unbeaten record against the hosts - but this one was a close call. And indeed, it was fortunate that Morgan was around to the seal the game as (.....he had a nervous start to his innings and survived two very strong leg before shouts against Mahmudullah. The first, when he had made just 7, was hazardously close, and both decisions could easily have gone against him....)

  • POSTED BY deysdem20 on | March 3, 2010, 20:15 GMT

    [...Posted by paulneptune on (March 03 2010, 16:17 PM GMT)

    Nobody has mentioned Cook's dismissal in the first ODI. That wasn't even marginal, it was missing leg stump by a country mile if i remember rightly. What do the BD supporters think about that?...]

    I agree. This is exactly what we are talking about. Poor Umpiring. This MUST stop. ICC should introduce computer flashback for LBWs, Caught Behind or ANY Out if team players do not agree with Umpire decision. This is always implemented for RUN OUT. Why can't these types of DISMISSAL be implemented with computer flashback?

  • POSTED BY Rezaul on | March 3, 2010, 16:58 GMT

    I wonder how the people like "demon_bowler" exists in this sporting arena. These people do not have self respect forget about others. Thats what is revealed in his comment. If you talk nonsense about others then you describe your true color. Shame to you.

    About Ponting reference: Aus, Eng always being benefited from umpires decisions. hardly any decision goes against them. They enjoy the tasty juices of doubtful decisions leaving opponents to suffer. So no wonder Ponting to accept umpire decision. We have seen in India-Aus series at Australia, Ponting telling(finger up) umpire that Indian batsman was OUT. Gavaskar then told that if the umpire ask Ponting then why couldnt he ask Indian batsman whether he was OUT or not.

    Finally, I would say that its humanity to tell the truth and it would be sportsmanship to accept that umpire awarded Morgan two lives. It is hypocrisy to attack BD supporters for just telling the truth. Truth is, BD team always victim of umpire's bad decisions.

  • POSTED BY nafee on | March 3, 2010, 16:54 GMT

    seeing bob wills analysis of the match in sky sports.com .................how could a experienced commenter like him forget to mention the umpire's performance in the match witch was the only turning point of the mach ....................i thought english commenters r most genuine . honest & talented of all but I WAS REALLY WRONG....................

  • POSTED BY nafee on | March 3, 2010, 16:30 GMT

    @@ sathish.......ur rigth we dont wanna be like ind, aus or even eng who always manipulate umpires & icc to win a cricket match.................& there is so much irritation to ban from INDIAN HIPPO CRATE SUPPORTER bcz ban is always a threat to them && they can see their future in 2011 WC where we will kick out them once again................. ......DONT MESS WITH THE TIGERS they r hungry .............

  • POSTED BY paulneptune on | March 3, 2010, 16:17 GMT

    Nobody has mentioned Cook's dismissal in the first ODI. That wasn't even marginal, it was missing leg stump by a country mile if i remember rightly. What do the BD supporters think about that?

  • POSTED BY Rezaul on | March 3, 2010, 15:22 GMT

    Its shocking, shameful, ridiculous that Morgan was given two lives by umpire Rod Tucker. This is the same umpire who gave OUT Shakib Al Hasan at 87 in NZL when the ball dropped clearly. Even McCullum also told the umpire that he was not sure whether the ball was carried to his gloves (vettori told at press). Millions of people watched that crime but umpire Rod Tucker did not feel to consult with the third umpire in stead he raised his dead finger. In response to some of the shameful comments, OUT is out no matter it is LBW or BOLD. English batters have always problem playing spin. they tried to play too many sweep shots against spin and once they miss then ball finds the pad on the way to stamps. Thats why we see more LBWs. I wont surprise if I see there are 7/8 LBWs in an innings in the test at Dhaka. Finally, Morgan played a sensational knock which deserve appreciation but it came by the courtesy of umpire who awarded him two lives. Otherwise the match would be over long back.

  • POSTED BY tanvir_alam on | March 3, 2010, 15:18 GMT

    Some people said that Bangladesh is an ordinary team.. So if Bangladesh is an ordinary team then y the great- greater & greatest England team won only 2 wickets against that ordinary team? y not England's world class cricketer play just like Tamim iqbal in their first match? ... some one said that "you can't become india or Australia or even England"... but dude don't forget last world cup bez in that world cup BD gave a fantastic & wonderful pain to india & I agree that we r a small team but our one match always create a history & painful to others...... just watch & see what we will do in the future.

  • POSTED BY pollok911 on | March 3, 2010, 15:12 GMT

    I cant remember the last time England won a World Cup...Oh yaa they NEVER did... "Walk The Talk" should be England's new motto and not just for the cricket team but also for their "Golden Generation" of soccer stars who havent won anything in the last 40 yrs...Well atleast they invented the games that we enjoy even though they are no good at it....

  • POSTED BY demon_bowler on | March 3, 2010, 14:44 GMT

    Until now I thought that Indian supporters were the biggest bunch of poor sportsmen and whingeing, whining, cry-babies in world cricket. But I now see that, in this area alone, Bangladesh are the kings of the cricketing world. You have no understanding of the game, which teaches us to take the rough with the smooth and not to complain. As a counter-example, witness Ricky Ponting's refusal to blame umpire errors after the Aussies' loss at Lord's. Now that's a great player.

  • POSTED BY paulneptune on | March 3, 2010, 11:32 GMT

    I have to say i'm pretty dissapointed with some of the comments on this thread. I watched the game yesterday and i don't think those lbw decisions where as plumb as everybody is making out. There was doubt with at least two, with the ball hitting just in line. Don't forget we had the help of hawk eye (which has an error margin anyway) and the umpire didn't. In those close situations i don't think you can argue either way, you just have to accept the umpires decision. I've been watching cricket long enough to know you have to take those situations on the chin and move on. They happen all the time.

    I also feel a little bit uncomfortable with all the jibes about England and their over seas representatives. This is not a rule for England alone, it is an ICC directive and applies to all cricketing nations (Australia T20 WC remember). Complain about the ICC directive not England.

    Anyway, congratulations to Eoin (fine fine knock) and England, and commiserations to BD, you played well.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2010, 10:53 GMT

    actually this english they cheat.........england would lose if the umpire would gave the lbw decision........is the umpire blind......can't see anythin....

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2010, 10:34 GMT

    To ujan.s- What rubbish u are dishing out man!! Even england will admit that India is a far bettr team dan dem in all conditions in any format.India whitewashed dem in d last one day series,and u must b d only guy who thinks Virender sehwag doesnt bat well,he is scoring runs like in tonnes in Tests,d only man in recent tyms to score 2 triple centuries and wid an average of 50+ wid an awsome strike rate.He jus said wat he felt,and in the two test series, bangaldesh dominated only one day,rest it was all india.Bangaldesh is a gud side and full of talent,wat dey need is an inspirational coach who can fyn tune dem.England is improving and is a far bettr team dan of d past,but still it wnt b easy for it to b a serious challenge in d wrld cup.India had a grt test n one day series against south africa,so think n befor u speak.Its also wrng to accuse england of cheating,theses things happen.in d 1stmatch btw India and SA,gibbs was given nt out twice,and dat to by an Indian umpire

  • POSTED BY sathishvaiju on | March 3, 2010, 10:29 GMT

    @Sam_K14, you r right bro, still bangladesh are an ordinary side only, accept the fact bangladesh supporters, you cannot win against good teams, you can only win against weak WI and poor Zimbabwe tats all, wat happened against Newzealand, India and Srilanka.you have a long way to go.don't blame umpires always k.even the same umpires gave out to KP , Collingwood and prior.otherwise KP can crush you with in 40 overs.keep one thing in mind, you can't become india or Australia or even England k.

  • POSTED BY SMZH on | March 3, 2010, 9:50 GMT

    @Freddi: Yes BD crowd should never welcome a century earned through umpire. and LBW decision can go always either way but how many times should it? one, two......infinity (if the batsmen are English)

  • POSTED BY Hasan_Arif on | March 3, 2010, 9:15 GMT

    It is really frustrating as a Bangladeshi fan to live up with these 'almost', 'If....', 'Oh...'! Still can't understand the rationale of Shakib's decision of bringing back pacer at the end when spinners had done the trick! It seems there is no thinking head looking over the team. Bangladeshi captains should be held accountable for their whimsical decisions and toying with the aspirations of 150 million people.

  • POSTED BY ragsfan on | March 3, 2010, 9:08 GMT

    "They didn't show the courtesy of applauding Morgan's half-century or century".

    Agreed. Not applauding that fine century was very poor on the crowds behalf.

  • POSTED BY pollok911 on | March 3, 2010, 7:47 GMT

    @ sam_k14...forget the umpiring decisions and everything. Last night's performance once again showed the world why England has never won a World Cup and why they never will in the next 20 years. It's still good to see you people enjoying cricket after having played it for over a century and yet having no World Cup to show for it.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2010, 7:38 GMT

    as palasi batell fild sarafudola(sirasudola)sit and see what ar doing ,nadir sha(the new mer zafar) plese reply dose he the same birth place bramanbaria sa mizafar. thank you new mir zafar from blody british

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2010, 7:26 GMT

    hallow, civelised world come and see. how england win over bangladesh, as usell,by chiting.thay did befor evry dipartment every part hole over the world.if this culd hapend egnist england. what gane news paper wright .world want to see .shame visktory. sham of empair

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2010, 7:14 GMT

    this is not.win for england .win of empair.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2010, 6:24 GMT

    hey sam_k14,next time watch the game b4 u comment ......best of luck to bangladesh....make it 2-1.

  • POSTED BY ujan.s on | March 3, 2010, 6:15 GMT

    i'm not too sure who that 'sam_k14' guy is...but surely he seems to be a diehard fan of blunt vierndar sehwag who would have been regarded as an excellent batter if he had batted half as good as he talks! we all know that bangladesh won't be able to put up a fight against England at all if they perform the way they did in their recent trio-nation series (that includes srilanka as well.) & test series against india! They have earned some respect against india but England is a different team & Bangladesh should be knowing that...it takes 100% effort to play against stronger teams like England....if they think that half as much efforts will take them to close encounters as it did against india, it will only be in their dreams! England is way better than teams like india or srilanka even in the subcontinents! so bangladeshis should learn that they will be brought back down to earth with a bang if they judge india and England in the same scale! That's for sure!

  • POSTED BY SMZH on | March 3, 2010, 6:05 GMT

    @Sam _K14: Hi, u seem to be a blind against Bangladesh. Can u imagine what would happened if it was a match of England against India or Australia and they suffered for such a bad decision? certainly u would criticized the umpiring. Did u think, the umpires decisions for Morgan were right? Certainly - no.

    And about Sehwag, ask sehwag (if u can) what was his mental condition after the first day of first test (Sehwag did not attend the press briefing). Certainly BD was able to shake him. Remember, Sehwag still has not a century against BD.

  • POSTED BY AJ_Tiger86 on | March 3, 2010, 5:34 GMT

    Bangladeshi fans should stop whining. LBW decisions can go either way -- just because the Hawk-eye shows the ball would have hit the stumps doesn't mean it is an automatic LBW. I have seen plenty of these decisions going against the bowlers. What I found really disappointing yesterday was the lack of sporting attitude by the fans. They didn't show the courtesy of applauding Morgan's half-century or century or even England's victory. They were dead silent. I haven't seen such unsporting crowd anywhere else in the world.

  • POSTED BY bd_zindabad on | March 3, 2010, 5:21 GMT

    no mention of the umpires blunbders. perhaps because it favoured england. once again england control their fellow australian convicts.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2010, 5:19 GMT

    how many more matches wud go like dis? i still remember bangladesh were denied their 1st test victory against pakistan at multan when ashoka dsilva nd russel tiffin made a series of poor decisions. Here again last nyt bangladesh were screwed by the umpires......is it jst bcuz we r the minos of world cricket? i dont consider our tigers to be minos nemore..........I curse the england team and the umpires!! Run run.........the tigers r coming!!

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2010, 5:16 GMT

    @Sam_k14, the lone hater of BD Team, how did you get the idea we start complaining against umpiring every time we lose? You referred LAST world cup, which match? The only match i can recall where umpiring hurt us badly was Multan Test (i don't even remember the year). It's not conspiracy we are talking about, it's fact, it has happened. We believe things could go other way if one of the three decisions was give in favour of Bangladesh. And for sehwag's comment, BD bowler took 18 wickets in that test match, they would have taken 20 if he hadn't declare. But i agree with we have a lot if distance to cross yet. Eat some sweet mate, you would talk sweet.

  • POSTED BY FrenchCricketFan on | March 3, 2010, 4:40 GMT

    well done Morgan , you saved england (my wife's country). and well-done to bangladesh too , they played well. They could have beaten england but could not do so due to inexperienced captaincy . Field placing was not wise and most importantly dangerous move by their captain in the end at critical moment. He should not have brought any pacer at such a critical time & situation - that was a very risky move , he should have brought Riyad or Shuvo back instead of Shafiul , giving less runs was more important than getting wicket in last 2/3 overs . But I dont blame their captain since all of bangal players are too young and inexperienced . They will learn and improve soon .

  • POSTED BY Abaa on | March 3, 2010, 4:26 GMT

    So I suppose E.Morgan was the 1st batsman to ever make a century after being denied a SUPPOSEDLY plumb LBW decision or two? No you say? It has happened before you say? It's part and parcel of the game is it? Then what's all the fuss for? So how many games has Bangladesh won against England? None you say? But all this fuss makes it look like it was a game that Bangladesh were world-beaters and under heavy expectations and guaranteed to win!

    Ok more seriously ... It's happened before. (Yes even Bangladesh has got decisions in its favour why does anyone cry about a major conspiracy no I mean come on what does anyone get from Bangladesh losing 49 out of 50 games?) Will happen again. Has happened to everyone. In more important games. To stronger sides. Generated worser controversies (e.g. THE sydney test). So quit crying sour grapes and appreciate the century made by the IRISHMAN.

  • POSTED BY Sam_k14 on | March 3, 2010, 3:51 GMT

    Come on guys. When B'Desh loses you guys start complaining about bad umpiring! Suddenly it is all a part of a conspiracy so that other teams win and B'Desh loses. It would do B'Desh a world of good if you guys accept the fact the B'Desh lost because they were not good enough. It is as simple as that!

    Even during the last world cup B'Desh was talking about bad umpiring decisions. In fact every time you lose you guys attribute it to umpiring errors. let us face it. B'Desh was not good enough on that day. There is a lot of rebuilding to do and at this point in time (Please note it is AT THIS POINT IN TIME, not forever) B'Desh remains an ordinary team. In that sense Sehwag was spot on.

    Let us accept the facts guys. You are yet to become world beaters. I am sure one day you will.

  • POSTED BY minz09 on | March 3, 2010, 3:17 GMT

    first of all, i just want 2 say thanks 2 Bangladesh team 4 playing good cricket against England & make a hope of wining. if i say we lose the match bcoz bd is an inexperience team, i fink it will b wrong. bcoz you cn see how eion morgan manage his inings & win dis match 4 england wateva he got sam clean chances 4m umpires however that is cricket & it cn b happn 4 bd or against dem. any way, i just wanna say about my understanding if we took our batting power play on 35th over or after departing sakib so we cld achieve another 20 run wiv our total of 260.bciz we dont hve enough hard hitting batsman in lowerorder now my qestion is 4 reminding & understanding dat we dont need to get fully experience player any one 4m management cn tell 2 the skipper. im a bangladeshi nd im always support dem watever dey did good or bed result. but wen i heir 4m another bd person that your bd never cn bet england den i feel very very bed. may b u cn feel hw am i feeling & im saying dat 2 bd cricket team

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2010, 3:16 GMT

    Umpires denied Bangladesh's victory...Imagine this is a world cup match and same things happened against, for instance, India...I think there should be reviewing system in world cup matches...

  • POSTED BY deysdem20 on | March 3, 2010, 2:15 GMT

    Cricinfo has done outstanding job promoting International Cricket all around the Cricket Playing Nations over the years. I have a humble request to Cricinfo Executives.

    Will Cricinfo please interview this Australian Umpire TJ Tucker regarding umpiring on this 2nd ODI?

    How an upcoming Cricket Nation can build confidence when umpires make such poor decisions???

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2010, 1:06 GMT

    this is probably not a big deal to the world, but this game of cricket was a very big deal to the 150 million people of Bangladesh. Every win for us at this stage is another brick into our team's mental strength, and more fuel for the future games to come. To deny a young team such a significant, and I daresay deserved victory, because of umpiring incompetency is a Shame. If ICC wants results from us, we want a fair playing field from ICC. I will not go as far as saying the umpiring was biased, it was more of a case of incompetence. I feel many umpires' decisions are affected by the relative quality of the teams in play : An umpire will think twice before raising his finger to say someone like Sachin Tendulkar but not so much for someone like Raqibul Hasan, because a 'questionable' decision against the former would put him under a lot more scrutiny than the latter. I think the short answer to this problem is UDRS...

  • POSTED BY ragsfan on | March 3, 2010, 0:48 GMT

    Eng made hard work of it. It might look comfortable on paper with 8-9 balls left. It wasn't!

    In fact, it was in the balance up until a ball or two before. Morgan was the difference between victory and defeat. There was some senseless shots from the Eng middle/lower order when needing only a run a ball.

    I think it's a bit churlish to complain about not getting anymore LBW's when the umpires gave 4 Eng batsmen out in this fashion. I thought the ones not given could have gone either way. Admittedly one in particular was a very good shout, but I didn't think they were shocking decisions.

    Shakib Al Hasan bowled beautifully, but I thought he could have brought mid-off and mid-on much earlier. Eng got too many easy runs there when Bangladesh could have been turning the screw. But he's a young captain. I don't think anyone should be too hard on him.

    But a good match. I don't think the Bangladesh fans should be too downhearted. I think good things could be around the corner.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2010, 0:39 GMT

    Not only umpire we lost this game also for "Sakib". Sakib please remember about playing rules is changed now. 1st PP, 2nd PP and 3rd power play. Then plan it. Learn from your mistake. And make this series 2-1. Thanks. Good game.

  • POSTED BY on | March 2, 2010, 23:11 GMT

    Good game there was big different when Suhrawadi Shuvo replace Junaid Siddique. Now please Give Nassir hussain a chance, Aftab ahmed had to go sorry he had enough chance Against New Zealeand now England please replace him with Nassir hussain.

  • POSTED BY deysdem20 on | March 2, 2010, 22:26 GMT

    The same TJ Tucker dismissed Shakib during New Zealand Test when McCullam caught the ball after it touched the ground. Shakib was at 87 and looked very promising…What's wrong with this Australian umpire???

  • POSTED BY on | March 2, 2010, 22:16 GMT

    @ Sam_k14 hey mate did u even watch the game??? "lucky breaks"? r u kidding? England was the one who were lucky. Three lbws were turned against Bangladesh when england lost three wickets under 100 runs nd moreover two were dead on. Even aa the commentator admitted it. There is no way a team can win if that many decision go against them. Ok??

  • POSTED BY Rezaul on | March 2, 2010, 22:13 GMT

    Its a shame for cricket. Rod Tucker and Nadir Shah should retire from umpiring. They gave life to Morgan two times. I would call this as cricket robbery. I wrote many time earlier that ICC always appoints low profile umpires in Bangladesh matches and they suffer from lack of confidence. So most of their decisions go against Bangladesh. ICC has to come out of this ring. Why this Rod Tucker was sent here when he is not ready for this level? Everybody reckons those were definite OUT except the dumb umpire. Pathetic, Shameful.

  • POSTED BY M-S-R on | March 2, 2010, 21:55 GMT

    Bravo umpire Tucker for giving the game to England! Keep up your good work……Lions will need a few more benefit of doubts in their next games to "White Wash" Tigers!!

  • POSTED BY on | March 2, 2010, 21:24 GMT

    Bangladesh have some good spinners, some will surely become worldclass - without a doubt, however, the only thing that would and currently is holding us back is the fact that we don't have any quality pace bowlers. I think our batting is improving, the spinners are doing their job, however, we need to improve our fielding and need few pace bowlers who could close down a match then we will be a force reckon with.

  • POSTED BY 2.14istherunrate on | March 2, 2010, 21:01 GMT

    I reckon we should play " hurling" in English schools; Morgan uses the bat more inventively than anyone I've seen before. I think he plays like an intelligent monkey would- mischievous genius. As for origins of players, this country has always welcomed migrants, and the idea of pure breds is inimical to us. Only the BNP want that sort of nonsense.

  • POSTED BY deysdem20 on | March 2, 2010, 20:56 GMT

    Excellent Batting from Cook and Morgan saved England. Bangladesh should feel proud that they played on par with England today. Morally, Bangladesh has won this game. In competitive cricket, there is no way a team could win if genuine LBWs are not given. I can't believe such poor umpiring today. Both Tucker and Shah SHOULD BE ashamed and retire from Umpiring. What a disgrace for International Cricket!!!

  • POSTED BY nadimhaider on | March 2, 2010, 20:55 GMT

    Rod Tucker, How did you qualified as a International umpire??

  • POSTED BY nissan62 on | March 2, 2010, 20:36 GMT

    Umpire reason Bangladesh lose the match. His decision was wrong. Two times Morgan get life for umpire. Other wise this match Bangladesh won. Shame umpire!

    Nissan Pa,usa

  • POSTED BY Sam_k14 on | March 2, 2010, 20:23 GMT

    This shows B'Desh is not up to the mark to play cricket against leading test nations. The margin of victory may look as if B'Desh was close. But it was not the case. England dominated through out the game and B'Desh had a couple of lucky breaks so that their defeat looks a decent defeat.

    If one wants to know where B'Desh is in world cricket all you have to do is to listen to what Sehwag said. I would be surprised if B'desh takes 20 English wickets when in tests.

  • POSTED BY on | March 2, 2010, 20:14 GMT

    When it comes to Cricket, this Eoin Morgan guy is money.

  • POSTED BY ginnithakur on | March 2, 2010, 20:08 GMT

    good performance by eoin morgan!! he's my favourite player for upcoming IPL 2010!!

  • POSTED BY on | March 2, 2010, 20:07 GMT

    I liked ENgland's approach very much... i am really liking Mr. COOK ... he will be a great captain in future... i liked his field setting..... And Morgan ... he was a real class.........I think that England will be a great side in the next World Cup.... but i missed Flintoff and Trescothik.................

    For Bangladesh i didn't like the batting approach, as i think that Bangladesh shud have targeted 330 runs on the board, even today they couldn't bat the last batting powerplay well.... I think Mahudullah shud bat at 3.... He is a grafter... not a player in the last power play ... shakib shud come at number 5 and too many all rounders in the team ...

    For the umpires...... ICC shud do something to all the 3 decisions that have changed the history tonite.... 1 game ... it;s ok............. but we don't want the repeat in the next game or in the World cup..... ICC shud punish the umpires to give 3 clear wrong decisions........

  • POSTED BY Bengali-Tiger007 on | March 2, 2010, 19:56 GMT

    Sorry guys, just one more question. This thing about importing players from other countries, why is it not allowed in other sports and why is it allowed only in Cricket? Surely if that is the case then I think England have enough time to get Kaka, Ronaldo and Messi for the football world cup and they can also get Tendulkar, Dravid, Dhoni and Tait for the ICC world cup next year...? Oh, I just forgot, the players I just mentioned above are not traitors and infact they are proud of their country. Watch out Shaqib and Tamim, you both might be in Englands wanted list aswell. Good game today.

  • POSTED BY on | March 2, 2010, 19:38 GMT

    Well I can not say enough of not giving those 3 plumed LBW by the umpire - I just dont get it. Eng got away big time due to the fact that there was not video technology in place cos nimbus couldn't afford one.

    Also I am glad that the BD team has shown enough maturity today with the bat when Tamim got out for 30 runs.

    Aftab for Ashraful? well this is a big ask, at least we know Ash has the guts and a stats behind him and can destroy any team - it is just too much for one person to carry the whole team and that's what had happen to Ash. Bringing him back will only be the solution in my opinion.

    Hope the players and the coaches are ready for the remaining ODI and hope they get the result the deserve.

  • POSTED BY Bengali-Tiger007 on | March 2, 2010, 18:45 GMT

    I don't know what to say, it actually left me speachless. I really didn't agree with shaqib's decision in bringing on shafiul at the end, he should'v realised that its easier to score boundaries against a pace bowler then those quality spin bowlers of Bangladesh. maybe that last decision costed us the game. Also I think those umpires are an embarrassment to the game as they were pathetic. Morgan played brilliantly and he deserved the century after he had been LBW twice which I thought were plumb. that's all folks.

  • POSTED BY T2-- on | March 2, 2010, 18:30 GMT

    How will Irish cricket ever progress when people like Joyce and Morgan keep turning their back on their home country. England have enough English born players at their disposal do they really need to keep plundering from other countries. I can see in the not too distance future an English top six featuring no English born batsmen!!

  • POSTED BY on | March 2, 2010, 18:26 GMT

    For bangladesh it was a great chace to win but they missed for the inexperienced decission of captain to bring inexperienced pacer SHOFIUL.He could easily bring mahamudullah who was bowling well.if so.it couldn't be so easy to hit spiners in this slow and turning pitch.And if a player like morgan gets two lifes gifted by the poor umpiring then there can not be any result without win for england.Icc should give a good look in this match's umpiring.3 lbw decissoin has gone against bangladesh

  • POSTED BY T2-- on | March 2, 2010, 18:24 GMT

    being a bangladeshi fan you will a bit upset to loose the match but today i was entertaining to watch the tiger and lion fight to the last minutes. bangladesh did exceptionally well after losing the toss. but the run out their bowlers but i still thought that Suhrawadi Shuvo should have bowled few more overs than shaiful islam. i hope they win in chittagong.

    Its time for Aftab ahmed to go as well he did have enough chance he did not made most of it he had chance with New zealand now england fail to show anything. even more chance than shahriar nafees time to give Alok kapli a chance to come back. For now he should be replace by Nasir hussain really good promising young player.

    On the other hand bangladesh are still missing few key players like ashraful now mortaza and raqibul hasan i hope they come quick and better for the next game against England in july.

  • POSTED BY malmanca on | March 2, 2010, 18:23 GMT

    Morgan should have been out when he was on 17. It's ironic that a Bangladeshi umpire in is quest not to appear biased may have cost them the game.

  • POSTED BY on | March 2, 2010, 18:23 GMT

    Excellent innings by Morgan. Shame we don't have any home grown cricketers (Collingwood aside) who can do the same thing consistently.

  • POSTED BY on | March 2, 2010, 18:08 GMT

    Well today was an unlucky day for Bangladesh, Morgan was out long back but due to 3 wrong decision on LBW by the umpire's made them loose deliberately. I would blame the umpires. Bangladesh have played really well and put on a brave fight back. I think the Umpire's should concentrate and take more responsibility when they are Umpiring.Never mind if we have lost Bangladesh, this is not a loss rather a warning. WE ARE GETTING CLOSER TO WINNING. SOON WINNING WOULD BE A HABIT FOR BANGLADESH. SO GUYS KEEP PLAYING THE WAY YOU HAVE TODAY.

  • POSTED BY Doosra94 on | March 2, 2010, 18:03 GMT

    Good effort from Bangladesh but it's difficult having to win against England, Ireland and South Africa. Also, why wasn't there an test match umpire? Morgan and Prior both survied plum lbw appeals. Well done Morgan, he played good.

  • POSTED BY polaroid on | March 2, 2010, 17:52 GMT

    As this is my first ever comment on this popular site...I have few questions on behalf of each and every Bangladesh Cricket team supporters:

    1. How many times this very young talented team's (Bangladesh) wonderful efforts should be ruined by some false umpiring decisions?

    2. Should we name those decisions as "benefit of doubt"? or "benefit to save the bigger teams"?

    3. I do not doubt about Morgan's brilliant effort, but wasn't it a gift of some shameless umpiring? Do not we need to point out those (3 clear LBW been denied) umpiring decisions?

    4. Instead of Bangladesh, if the team against England was one of the top in the world, like India, what the headline possibly be? (any guess from anyone?)

    Thank you...long live ENGLAND!!!

  • POSTED BY on | March 2, 2010, 17:27 GMT

    Its only a matter of time until Bangladesh mature and begin winning these matches. With a young team they are the country to watch for the future. They were better on the day in most aspects - England can be happy that Morgan (another import!) batted so excellently. Hard luck Bangladesh - I look forward to the final ODI.

  • POSTED BY on | March 2, 2010, 17:23 GMT

    Some decisions making by umpire goes against Bangladesh. It was not fair justice against Bangladesh. ICC should take some proper rules to bring best decision in the field. ICC should keep referral system in all kinds of International Matches.

    Good Luck Tigers....

    (Ashraful Islam)

  • POSTED BY on | March 2, 2010, 17:12 GMT

    Good effort from Bangladesh but it's difficult having to win against England,Ireland and South Africa. Also why wasn't there at least one test match umpire. Bangladesh would of won if Morgan was giving out early for that plumb lbw. Well done to Morgan, he played well.

  • POSTED BY on | March 2, 2010, 17:04 GMT

    Without MASHRAFE, BD pace attack seem very ordinary.

  • POSTED BY VipulPatki on | March 2, 2010, 17:02 GMT

    What a shame I couldn't see the match live...Seemed like a fascinating game...A defeat for Bangladesh all right, but looks like it was a close match that could have gone either way....more of such matches and we'll see the victory figures for Bangladesh improving...

  • POSTED BY on | March 2, 2010, 16:54 GMT

    in a certain position it was tight. Bangladesh almost made it. Recent performances of Bangladesh is grasping our attention. Someday, Bangladesh will be a threat to other countries. And that "someday" is not too far may be..

  • POSTED BY maddy20 on | March 2, 2010, 16:52 GMT

    I thought the first lbw shout was a plumb, Unfortunately for the tigers it was not to be. Well played though. They nearly pulled off a win when Prior and Morgan were batting.

  • POSTED BY ArifM on | March 2, 2010, 16:49 GMT

    Bangladesh has shown improvement in this game. Bad luck- couple of decisions of both umpires went against BD. I guess established team always gets the so called "benefit of doubts". Now the problem of Bangladesh is inconsistence. I hope in the next ODI they do not get bold out at 177 in 44 overs!!! Aftab/Ashraful's time is over. They do not have the temperament or technique or responsibility to play at international level. We also need a decent intelligent pace bowler who can bowl at the dept.

  • POSTED BY The_Observer on | March 2, 2010, 16:38 GMT

    No mention of the umpiring blunders?? Morgan was saved by Rod Tucker, oncve in 15.5 overs and then on 19.2 overs. You can't have more plumb LBW in cricket. Morgan was in his 20s and Mahmudullah was denied by some crazy umpiring. ICC should have measures to punish such howlers. Bangladesh could have easily won the match if Tucker wasn't this bad. Anyway, congrats England. Unlucky Bangladesh.

  • POSTED BY on | March 2, 2010, 16:13 GMT

    Another close game slipped away....y it always happen to bd.

  • POSTED BY ujan.s on | March 2, 2010, 16:11 GMT

    it figures...especially when weaker teams like Bangladesh get some decisions against their favour this is what we can expect! we don't need to be specialists to figure out what could happen if Morgan (the Man of the match???) was given Lbw by Rod Tucker (one of the umpires)! And not to mention the wrong decision of the appeal against Mat Prior who has been one of the assassins! But i still think Bangladesh have been able to show the pommies what they are capable of and hopefully Bangladeshi outfit will be cheering the way the english did today the next time round these two teams face each other!

  • POSTED BY smukhles on | March 2, 2010, 16:09 GMT

    I am really gonna have put the blame on Shakib AL Hasan, the Bangladeshi captain for loosing this close match, it was his decision to use Shafiul Islam at the very crucial moment of this match, same mistake we saw Mohammed Ashraful was making during his captaincy, for example during the tri nation series he decided to use Rubel Hussein against Srilanka prompting Muralitharan to go on a rampage and eventually win the match for Srilanka, I know it was the power play session but spinners were his main weapon to keep runs under control, even the commentators said that Morgan was delighted to see a pacer coming in, Riad had three overs left, Naeem probably had two, same mistake, same result, it is an ever learning process for Bangladesh.

  • POSTED BY nafee on | March 2, 2010, 16:08 GMT

    not morgan i guess umpire tucker saved england ..............&& this is not his fault bcz he was pressurized by english media...............now thats how u should inspire a young side like bangladesh..................the umpire tucker just robbed the game from us.........he is such a disgrace to icc who always send inexperience umpire to bangladesh..........

  • POSTED BY ZsZs on | March 2, 2010, 15:52 GMT

    Question: How many LBWs does it take to get a English batsmen out? Answer: 3

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  • POSTED BY ZsZs on | March 2, 2010, 15:52 GMT

    Question: How many LBWs does it take to get a English batsmen out? Answer: 3

  • POSTED BY nafee on | March 2, 2010, 16:08 GMT

    not morgan i guess umpire tucker saved england ..............&& this is not his fault bcz he was pressurized by english media...............now thats how u should inspire a young side like bangladesh..................the umpire tucker just robbed the game from us.........he is such a disgrace to icc who always send inexperience umpire to bangladesh..........

  • POSTED BY smukhles on | March 2, 2010, 16:09 GMT

    I am really gonna have put the blame on Shakib AL Hasan, the Bangladeshi captain for loosing this close match, it was his decision to use Shafiul Islam at the very crucial moment of this match, same mistake we saw Mohammed Ashraful was making during his captaincy, for example during the tri nation series he decided to use Rubel Hussein against Srilanka prompting Muralitharan to go on a rampage and eventually win the match for Srilanka, I know it was the power play session but spinners were his main weapon to keep runs under control, even the commentators said that Morgan was delighted to see a pacer coming in, Riad had three overs left, Naeem probably had two, same mistake, same result, it is an ever learning process for Bangladesh.

  • POSTED BY ujan.s on | March 2, 2010, 16:11 GMT

    it figures...especially when weaker teams like Bangladesh get some decisions against their favour this is what we can expect! we don't need to be specialists to figure out what could happen if Morgan (the Man of the match???) was given Lbw by Rod Tucker (one of the umpires)! And not to mention the wrong decision of the appeal against Mat Prior who has been one of the assassins! But i still think Bangladesh have been able to show the pommies what they are capable of and hopefully Bangladeshi outfit will be cheering the way the english did today the next time round these two teams face each other!

  • POSTED BY on | March 2, 2010, 16:13 GMT

    Another close game slipped away....y it always happen to bd.

  • POSTED BY The_Observer on | March 2, 2010, 16:38 GMT

    No mention of the umpiring blunders?? Morgan was saved by Rod Tucker, oncve in 15.5 overs and then on 19.2 overs. You can't have more plumb LBW in cricket. Morgan was in his 20s and Mahmudullah was denied by some crazy umpiring. ICC should have measures to punish such howlers. Bangladesh could have easily won the match if Tucker wasn't this bad. Anyway, congrats England. Unlucky Bangladesh.

  • POSTED BY ArifM on | March 2, 2010, 16:49 GMT

    Bangladesh has shown improvement in this game. Bad luck- couple of decisions of both umpires went against BD. I guess established team always gets the so called "benefit of doubts". Now the problem of Bangladesh is inconsistence. I hope in the next ODI they do not get bold out at 177 in 44 overs!!! Aftab/Ashraful's time is over. They do not have the temperament or technique or responsibility to play at international level. We also need a decent intelligent pace bowler who can bowl at the dept.

  • POSTED BY maddy20 on | March 2, 2010, 16:52 GMT

    I thought the first lbw shout was a plumb, Unfortunately for the tigers it was not to be. Well played though. They nearly pulled off a win when Prior and Morgan were batting.

  • POSTED BY on | March 2, 2010, 16:54 GMT

    in a certain position it was tight. Bangladesh almost made it. Recent performances of Bangladesh is grasping our attention. Someday, Bangladesh will be a threat to other countries. And that "someday" is not too far may be..

  • POSTED BY VipulPatki on | March 2, 2010, 17:02 GMT

    What a shame I couldn't see the match live...Seemed like a fascinating game...A defeat for Bangladesh all right, but looks like it was a close match that could have gone either way....more of such matches and we'll see the victory figures for Bangladesh improving...