Bangladesh v England, 3rd ODI, Chittagong March 5, 2010

Kieswetter ton sets up whitewash

The Bulletin by Liam Brickhill

England 284 for 5 (Kieswetter 107) beat Bangladesh 239 for 9 (Aftab 46, Rahim 40, Bresnan 4-28) by 45 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Craig Kieswetter's maiden hundred set up a comfortable 45-run victory in the third ODI at Chittagong as England sealed a 3-0 series whitewash over Bangladesh. Kieswetter's 107 formed the backbone of England's 284 for 5 after they were sent in to bat and the top order struggled for fluency on a sluggish pitch. His innings laid the foundation for Eoin Morgan and Luke Wright to play aggressive cameos, which boosted England's total beyond the reach of Bangladesh's abilities and the home side limped to 239 for 9.

Kieswetter started cautiously and was content simply to occupy the crease after his early failures in the first two matches. Contrary to reputation, he was easily outscored by Alastair Cook at the start once again as the England captain managed three fours in his 32 before he was caught behind off Shakib Al Hasan in the 13th over. Kieswetter buckled down, overcoming another nervous start and a raucous appeal for lbw before he slowly came to term with conditions on a pitch that offered some assistance to the spinners.

Kevin Pietersen was similarly circumspect against the slow bowlers when he first came to the crease. Just as he began to play with confidence he was pinned lbw for 22 by Razzak, despite his full forward lunge, as his struggles against left-arm spin continued.

Paul Collingwood also struggled to time the ball, hitting just one four in his 36, but Kieswetter gained in confidence with every run, and brought up his fifty in the 33rd over with a rifling drive through the covers off Suhrawadi Shuvo. He opened up after reaching the milestone, cutting and driving crisply as he sped towards a hundred.

Kieswetter reached the ton with a scampered single off Rubel Hossain, and celebrated by lofting the same bowler for a monstrous strike over long on before he went back to cut Razzak, but was cramped for room as the ball came in with the arm and ricocheted onto the stumps off the inside edge.

Morgan profited from several lapses in Bangladesh's fielding, being put down twice as he raced to 36 from 29 balls. He put on 67 in just over eight overs with Kieswetter as the pair matched each other shot for shot to take full toll of anything loose after England took the batting Powerplay in the 44th over.

After Morgan departed Wright took over with a brutal display of power hitting. He stormed to 32 from just 13 balls, and closed the innings with a swipe over long off for six to take England's total well beyond the abilities of Bangladesh's combustible batting line up.

The hosts' run chase was soon in trouble, as Ajmal Shahzad struck with his third ball in one-day international cricket - just as he did against Pakistan on his England Twenty20 debut in Dubai last month - to have Tamim well caught by Tim Bresnan at third man as he slashed hard at the ball.

Imrul Kayes briefly threatened to counterattack, but his dismissal brought Mushfiqur Rahim and Aftab Ahmed together, and both hit their strides quickly, running hard and putting away any loose balls. They added 56 with Ahmed striking successive boundaries off Liam Plunkett as Bangladesh's chase began to gain momentum. He looked set for a half-century, but was then senselessly run out after setting off for a non-existent single and being sent back as Bangladesh tottered at 96 for 3.

Their partnership was as good as it got for Bangladesh, as Rahim and Shakib fell after making good starts and the asking rate soon climbed towards ten an over. As victory came increasingly remote the run chase fizzled out with Naeem Islam and Mahmudullah soaking up 85 balls between them for 51 runs and Bresnan hastening the slide with a career-best 4 for 28.

The win gives England a welcome return to dominance and will hand them the mental advantage ahead of the Test series, which begins at the same venue in a week's time. Bangladesh will have some soul-searching to do after the nature of their capitulation, but will be also be able to take heart from some strong individual performances and their efforts to make England sweat at various stages.

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  • Farhad on March 9, 2010, 0:21 GMT

    I dont know why but somehow I feel like Bangladesh will win a test match against England.

  • Sathish on March 8, 2010, 4:08 GMT

    @Vismorkel, well said bro,Bangladesh need to go vey long to win against mediocre teams like Eng Or NZ. They can't even think about winning india or aussies.

  • Shamim on March 7, 2010, 6:48 GMT

    Sam_k14 quit rambling. ICC definition of test status does not mean nations were not playing test cricket before ICC. Sri Lanka in fact Internation Test Matches long before Pakistan or even India. Check out the following link.

  • Sam on March 7, 2010, 3:54 GMT

    Dear Shamim, You got it all wrong about when Sri Lanka got test status. It was for sure no where near 1960s or 1950s. I beg you to check your facts before you post. They were ALL four day games not five day games. They were nevr awarded test sttus. They were UNOFFICIAL TESTS. SL was awarded test status in 1980s and they were never humiliated the way B'Desh cricket team is getting humiliated now. I hope you do realise, I am not sugesting BD will be like this forever. I am ure one day they will lift the world cup. But right now, they are not up to the mark and should not be awarded test status.

  • Sam on March 7, 2010, 2:13 GMT

    @Ashik Imran. Interesting arguement but you can see that has been blown to pieces by few other gentlemen. Sorry Murli is not the only bowler Sri Lanka has. Vaas, Lasith Malinga, Ajantha Mendis and recently Rangana Herath are few others. B'Desh is lucky that they didnt have to face all of them. As for batsment, you have conveniently forgotten Aravinda, Sanga, Mahela, Marvan Atapattu, Dilshan and Thilan Samaraweera. B'Desh should be watching those players. They might learn a trick or two.

  • Shamim on March 6, 2010, 17:20 GMT

    Ceylon v Pakistan Pakistan in Ceylon 1948/49 Venue P Saravanamuttu Stadium, Colombo on 1st, 2nd, 3rd April 1949 (4-day match) Balls per over 6 Toss Pakistan won the toss and decided to field Result Pakistan won by an innings and 192 runs Close of play day 1 Pakistan (1) 101/2 (Alimuddin 24*, Murawwat Hussain 26*) Close of play day 2 Pakistan (1) 399 all out

    When did Test Cricket start for then Ceylon now Sri Lanka - take a look - Pakistan's first tour in 1948!!

  • Sourabh on March 6, 2010, 17:11 GMT

    well said shahrias... i was off dis page for a while and dat was not sth i was worried about as i knew there r sm other proud b'deshis around who can take care of these lankan and indians! hey u bd bros out there! stop arguing wid these srilankans! they r not worth arguing!!! there's only one thing dey can feel happy about...& dat's d world cup dey won in '96 which is supposed to be d biggest upset ever in d history of cricket! i just wanna remind dem of sth dat can make dem back off dis area which is alloted for only SANE people (dis info can help those indians and lankans understand dat dis page is not da 1 dey shud be in)! wat was d most expensive bowling figure ever before 2006??? i got d answer--- 10-0-99-0 (Muralidaran) !HAAAAH..HAAAH i'm off to bed now (yawning) !

  • Shamim on March 6, 2010, 17:06 GMT

    Hi Sam_k14, your research is not complete. Sri Lanka played test cricket long before than 1981. They were playing Test in 60's and were regularly overhauled by other Test Playing nations. England took a long long time to get their first Test win. India did not win their first test for decades, as was with Pakistan, also. History of Cricket is not necessarily history of ICC.

  • Radha on March 6, 2010, 13:24 GMT

    @Abba...And what about Chamida Vaas? How come you can neglect him my friend ? And this one isfor Ashik Imram.. At the 2003 ICC Cricket World Cup, held in the South Africa, Vaas nipped out 23 wickets, becoming the outright leading wicket taker in the tournament. This included a best of 6-25 against Bangladesh, where Vaas also took a hat-trick with the first three deliveries of the Bangladesh innings.

  • Imrose on March 6, 2010, 9:44 GMT

    @ Sam_k14, you are nobody to ask Bangladesh to win a solitary game,isn't it??? Its a series between Bangladesh and England, nothing about srilanka or india. Better you ask srilanka "A" team to learn how to win against Bangladesh "A" in next SARC cricket championship, okey??? You don't need to understand (people like you will never understand) why ICC has given Bangladesh test status, rather you need to understand about yourself first, coz you don't know that you know nothing about criteria of having test status,which is not only playing cricket but something more than that. Better solution for you is ....You can keep your eyes closed while Bangladesh play ODI and test. We are waiting to welcome you here in dhaka in 2011.

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