Bangladesh v England, 1st Test, Chittagong, 3rd day March 14, 2010

England build huge lead after Rahim's resistance

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England 599 for 6 dec and 131 for 5 (Bell 0*, Prior 0*) lead Bangladesh 296 (Tamim 86, Rahim 79, Mahmudullah 51, Swann 5-90) by 434 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

If Bangladesh's cricket is about minor victories, then keeping England in the field long enough that they decided to bat again instead of enforcing the follow-on can be classed as one. Mushfiqur Rahim's battling 79, and a Bangladesh record eighth-wicket stand of 113 with Naeem Islam, meant the visitors had to work harder than expected. The extra exertions persuaded Alastair Cook to give his bowling attack a rest and by the close the lead was 434.

England's pre-day game plan would have revolved around putting Bangladesh straight back in and that looked firmly on the cards when Tim Bresnan produced a beauty to remove Tamim Iqbal in the third over of the day. But the longer they were kept in the heat the more batting again became the likely option especially with just a four-man attack, although it did raise questions about the balance of the side. Neither did the way they batted suggest that ruthlessness was at the forefront of England's mind.

However, it was to Bangladesh's credit that they forced a change of tactics and Rahim's innings was a lesson to the more impetuous of his team-mates, while Naeem belied his position in the lower-reaches of the order as the pair defied England for 39 energy-sapping overs. Although neither Rahim or Tamim could convert to deserved hundreds, it is innings like these that others must follow for Bangladesh to improve.

Rahim's innings was a huge boost for Bangladesh and his 152-ball defiance suggested he should be batting further up the order. He has had a solid technique since making his debut as a 17-year-old at Lord's in 2005 and after a first-ball flash at Bresnan coped impressively with pace and spin.

He skipped down at Swann and lofted him straight down the ground, flicked him sweetly through midwicket and then brought his fifty from 90 balls with a powerful sweep. After lunch more of the scoring came from Naeem who expanded his strokeplay. He was given a life on 13 when Swann couldn't hang on to a stinging return catch and had to withstand a testing spell of reverse swing from the lively Steven Finn.

After his nervous start on the second day, Finn gave a proper indication as to his talent after settling himself with the scalp of nightwatchman Shahadat Hossain. He maintained a tight line around off stump and showed great control of the swing, twice inducing Rahim to edge past leg stump and also troubled Naeem with the old ball.

Both Finn and Bresnan managed to swing the old ball, but England couldn't break through and took the new ball as soon as it became available. Rahim was reprieved on 61 when Paul Collingwoood spilled a low edge at second slip off Stuart Broad and the extra hardness meant boundaries started to flow again.

It took two outstanding pieces of work in the field for England to finally wrap up the innings. Firstly Naeem was run out by Michael Carberry's athletic chase, slide and throw which left the batsmen confused, then James Tredwell - briefly on as a substitute after Cook sprinted off (probably to discuss the follow on) - pulled off a blinding one-handed catch at midwicket as Rahim went for a slog sweep.

Quite where Tredwell's appearance fits into the new ruling of only using substitutes for an injury is unclear, but it meant a moment to savour in a game where he should have been playing. As it is, Swann is England's lone frontline spinner and again starred when he collected his fifth five-wicket haul with an arm ball that beat Rubel Hossain second ball.

With a lead of 303, England's second innings was virtually pressure free but attempts to accelerate before the close weren't particularly effective. Cook top-edged to deep square-leg, Jonathan Trott fell to a long hop and Kevin Pietersen, having sped to 32 with a succession of effortless blows against the spinners, missed a sweep to Shakib Al Hasan. It was a marginal decision, but this time his dismissal to a left-armer shouldn't cause many alarms.

Carberry also fell lbw, moving too far across at Abdur Razzak, having again become stuck against the spin and Razzak also claimed Collingwood who drove lazily to mid off. However, they were all fairly inconsequential wickets in the bigger picture. England already have enough runs, but Cook will probably want 500 before letting his revived bowling attack loose again.

Andrew McGlashan is assistant editor of Cricinfo

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  • dummy4fb on March 15, 2010, 3:32 GMT

    TO MR. RAVSMAN : probably u r right, now i would like to add something , don't u think that the WORLD CUPs shud be played among 5 countries ? AUSTRALIA, INDIA, SOUTHAFRICA, PAKISTAN AND SRILANKA .....

    Is there any need for us to see the matches of England or Bangladesh or Newzealand or the West Indies ..... Coz we all know that they can't win the world cup right now ... so there will be no waste of ur valuable time and we will be able to get a new champions in a shorter period of time.....

    One thing u know ? England will not be able to win the world cup in 200 yrs.... actually they are hopeless to make the semi s in the next 100 yrs... but others will make it in some 10-20 yrs....

  • dummy4fb on March 15, 2010, 3:26 GMT

    To Mr. Alauddin : dear brother, let me tell u something...... one of my friends was a very good batsman, he had a long cherished desire to have a chance to have a domestic team at first to prove himself.. but he could not make the first 15 men of a domestic team... because he had no political backing.... so the domestic selection is even political based, many genuine players not getting chances... again u see shahriar nafees and imrul kayes were the 2 leading run scorers ... what did they do ? imrul is trying... but shahriar was hopeless.....yes , i agree with u that there r many players trying hard to prove themselves... such one was mahmudullah..... but look at tamim... he was in the team because of his hitting power... he was not the leadin player in the league... he was doing good not the best.... so, to win a test or oneday we shud have some special player with some special abilities , not the ordinary batters or bowlers......

  • dummy4fb on March 15, 2010, 3:20 GMT

    What Bangladesh needs is consistency and partnerships. Sporadic successes like the innings of Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim will not help. Aftab is a case in point. Talent wasted by inconsistency.

    "England did not manage to win ODI world cup in the last 40 years... " It is an interesting point but pl note that England reached three WC finals. Plus no one I think is calling for Bangladesh to be axed from ODIs. So the comparison does not hold good.

    Bangladesh should get its coach to put improving Test performance on top of the agenda. The route is consistency and working as a team.

  • dummy4fb on March 15, 2010, 2:35 GMT

    Bangladesh should try for fast bowler between five bowlers over the next one year: 1. Mashrafee----The automatic choice 2. Sharif-------for the best domestic performance,pls see his career & compare others 3. Rasel------for both domestic and international performance 4. Shahzada---for the best domestic performance,pls see his career & compare others 5. Shahadat---for only experience IF THEY GET CHANCE MORE AND MORE, I'M SURE THEY WILL PROVE THEIR PERFORMANCE, BUT NEVER AND NEVER PROVE RUBEL, IT'S GUARANTED.

  • gmaurup on March 15, 2010, 0:18 GMT

    To all the ill-wishers of Bangladesh team, ask your favourite team to set a target less than 418 if they have the guts...

    not a sigle team (except australia) dares that any more... still you say no improvement??

    this team only need a little tweak and tune here and there (i mean top order)... then you see waht happens... being obnoxious does not help cricket... England did not manage to win ODI world cup in the last 40 years... so what? anyone demanding to oust them from the world cup to make it super competitive?

    come to your senses people...

  • ahikmahin on March 15, 2010, 0:05 GMT

    @ jackiethepen - if England declear the innings under 500 and BD do batting 2 days Surely BD will win this match ... please see the past tests in chittagong. wicket is so strange in 2nd innigns there.. every team made 300+ runs in 2nd innings...

  • dummy4fb on March 14, 2010, 23:59 GMT

    Bangladesh should try for fast bowler between five bowlers over the next one year: 1. Mashrafee----The automatic choice 2. Sharif-------for the best domestic performance,pls see his career & compare others 3. Rasel------for both domestic and international performance 4. Shahzada---for the best domestic performance,pls see his career & compare others 5. Shahadat---for only experience IF THEY GET CHANCE MORE AND MORE, I'M SURE THEY WILL PROVE THEIR PERFORMANCE, BUT NEVER AND NEVER PROVE RUBEL, IT'S GUARANTED.

  • dummy4fb on March 14, 2010, 22:20 GMT

    Mr Ashiq, do you know this year's national league news? sharif is a highest wicket taker as a fast bowler. so he should be included test and one day. now we are suffering for fast bowkers, why we don't a chance who preforms the best result in first class tournament? WANTED: FAST BOWLER FOR BANGLADESH'S CRICKET TEAM.

  • allblue on March 14, 2010, 21:15 GMT

    As an England supporter I am still perplexed over the selection for this match. I heard Cook say after Day One that "five bowlers is a luxury", but surely with a keeper that can legitimately bat at 6 and plenty of runs in the lower middle order it is a luxury the current set-up can well afford. As it is, it was the one spinner who took five of the nine wickets to fall to a bowler, and I suspect it was the lack of a fifth bowler that forced the no follow-on decision. Continuity is important (us England fans know that better than most) but in my view you pick the XI best suited to win the game every time. Perhaps they didn't like the idea of three debutants in the same team, leaving Tredwell, fresh from 8 wickets in the warm-up match, to his brief cameo in the field.

  • hossain75 on March 14, 2010, 20:57 GMT

    It is very shame to see the tops order bats man Aftab, Imrul and Junayed. They are not qualify to play any international games. they should have lesson for test against India. They are doing the same thing over and over. they should be taken off from the team and bring some other good players. If not Bangladesh will have very hard time to win any game. The team selection should understand that.

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