Bangladesh v England, 1st Test, Chittagong, 4th day March 15, 2010

Siddique and Rahim hold up England


Bangladesh 296 and 191 for 5 (Siddique 68*, Rahim 47*) need 322 more runs to beat England 599 for 6 dec and 209 for 7 dec (Shakib 4-62)
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Bangladesh are not going down without a fight as backs-to-the-wall resistance from Junaid Siddique and Mushfiqur Rahim ensured England will have to come back for a fifth day. When the home side were reduced to 110 for 5 shortly before tea the hard work had seemingly been done, but the sixth-wicket pair remained undefeated throughout the final session.

There has been a sense of inevitability about this whole match, but Bangladesh's periods of resistance have made England dig deep in hot conditions. Siddique showed great determination after being worked over in the first innings and, barring the occasion lapse in judgement, was impressively solid during a four-and-a-half hour stay. He proved that Bangladesh batsmen are capable of occupying the crease without regularly finding the boundary and each time his concentration appeared to be wavering he refocused.

Rahim followed his first-innings 79 with another composed, mature innings and he was rarely troubled by pace or spin, except from the occasional top-edged sweep. He passed 1000 runs in his 20th Test and again struck the ball cleanly when boundary opportunities were offered. England will look forward to the new ball in the morning, but creating chances when conditions go flat remains a challenge.

The pace bowlers certainly felt the heat as they operated in short bursts, while Graeme Swann continued his notable match by booking in for a 25-over spell before being given a break - and that was only for a change of ends. Tim Bresnan was the most impressive paceman, particularly with a six-over spell in the afternoon session where he extracted Aftab Ahmed and Mahmudullah with reverse swing, but Stuart Broad appeared laboured and couldn't match the menace of the first innings.

England batted on for 50 minutes to leave Bangladesh a hypothetical target of 513 with the decision based more on time that it was runs. Alastair Cook is following the conservative route of Andrew Strauss when he comes to declarations. After the way Broad bombed the top order in the first innings it wasn't a surprise when the same tactics were used again. Tamim Iqbal was again the more confident of the openers, but Imrul Kayes offered greater determination after a limp first-innings dismissal as he survived the short ball.

Both Broad and Bresnan were rested after four-over spells - while Broad regularly got his head swathed in a cold towel at fine leg - with Swann given a successful early bowl and Steven Finn offered a chance with the ball still reasonably hard. In his second over, Swann produced another lovely piece of bowling when he spun one past Tamim's outside edge to take off stump.

Finn immediately hit a testing line and made Siddique inside edge close to the stumps and Kayes couldn't build on his gutsy start as Finn showed the value of height to make one climb outside off and graze the edge through to Matt Prior. The more Finn bowls the more exciting a prospect he appears and his two wickets doesn't reflect his endeavours.

England were frustrated during the afternoon session as Aftab and Siddique played with impressive restraint. There was very little help off the pitch for either the quicks or Swann, but at around the 30-over mark the ball began to reverse. Bresnan has been more of a threat with the older ball in this game than with the new one and caused problems from the start of his second spell.

In his second over he found Aftab's edge with a full delivery as the batsman drove without much footwork to undo his hard work. Mahmudullah found life tough against the late movement, getting off the mark with a streaky edge to third man, and soon played all round a full delivery. It was a loose shot for a talented batsman but Bresnan deserved his success.

Shakib Al Hasan completed a poor match with the bat, although can feel aggrieved with his decision after replays showed he gloved a sweep that Tony Hill ruled had come off the pad. Shakib has felt his team hasn't had much luck with umpiring decisions and his anger was clear. However, the fact he fell to Swann wasn't a surprise. The offspinner has had the Bangladesh's captain number throughout the tour and had almost bowled him first ball.

That loss appeared to open the door for a swift conclusion and an extra day off for England's weary attack, but there is more bottle in this Bangladesh side than some people give them credit for. England will still win, but Test victories are meant to be earned and the home side have ensured it hasn't been handed to them on a plate.

Andrew McGlashan is assistant editor of Cricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on March 16, 2010, 5:19 GMT


  • Dummy4 on March 16, 2010, 5:05 GMT

    Congratutation to Junaid Siddique for ur maiden test hundred!!!!!!!!!!!!! keep continue this performance

  • rakibul on March 16, 2010, 3:04 GMT

    @Amal Mishra-- I really feel sorry fo Shewag..After making a comment like that India were bowled out for 243 in the first innings..& he did not even dare to come into the press conference.. He is lucky that he has someone like Sachin in the team who saved them from a terrible experience. I don't understad what you expect from BD? to beat the number one team in the world? India will beat BD that's the reallity.. Look at the ODI all rounder ranking..A BD all rounder sitting at the top more than a year..look at ODI bowler ranking..Same BD player in num 2..Look at test all rounder ranking a BD player at num 3.. Still you guys keep saying the same .. They are doing better day by day..that's what impotant for the cricket.. And last of All I wish I could say to Shewag 'how could an ordinary team kick out 'an extraordinary' team from the first round of the world cup?!'.. What that makes your extraordinary team?? I guess below ordinary!!

  • Dummy4 on March 16, 2010, 0:30 GMT

    Jipster....u r a true cricket fan...we really appreciate it

  • Bang on March 15, 2010, 23:18 GMT

    Saad Altaful Quader? Yes, its impossible, its unthinkable.......... but you are thinking, aren't you? Good thinking! I liked that thinking. Lets think collectively to make happen the unthinkables...... maybe not this time but soon, no?

  • Dummy4 on March 15, 2010, 19:58 GMT

    waiting to see another defeat of bangladesh....I think sehwag was right to point out that bangladesh side is an ordinary team...nobody else was not daring to say this openly... many of the bangladeshis then said that bangladesh team will prove sehwag wrong but they were defeated 2-0. Now I don't see them wining any test matches unless they played with zim or now pakis.. as PAK without Younis and Yousuf will be same as Bangladesh now..

  • Dummy4 on March 15, 2010, 19:57 GMT

    Bangladesh team have shown a great temperment so far in the match. As an uprising team they improving their ability day by day, which leads them fighting before everything over. From the first test match, a few effective decession could have changed the conditioin of the match, for example, batting after wining the toss, had a decent total on the board and attack with the spin from both end as soon as possible. Spinner Enamul Jr could have been better choice instead of allrounder Abdur Rajjak. Their first inning total might have been vital, if they batted first.

  • Dummy4 on March 15, 2010, 19:45 GMT

    Now for all those who thought that this would be a lop-sided contest; you were wrong, for all those who cursed Shakib for choosing to bowl first,you would be the same ones who'd curse him if he took batting first, since in the last test against India, Bangladesh had dismissed a superior batting side for less than 300 in the same wicket one month ago. And a final thought to those who think that umpiring decisions go against one country in favor of another, have no right to use this series as an example(both sides have suffered from the inept skills of the umpires). To those who say that Bangladesh is not worthy of playing test cricket; I would like to point out that a lot of test nations had to wait a while before their first victory (namely India and NewZealand). Name me one country currently which has a 22 year old skipper.Shakib has made some bad decisions in this game but which skipper hasn't. He just needs to keep quite and play the game, a maturity that will come sooner than later

  • Mizanur on March 15, 2010, 19:38 GMT

    The best thing about the BD team is the increment of dependable player. Though, it is tough to say when and which player would click. Tamim , Mahmudullah, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib al hasan pretty dependable in batting and Abdur Razzaque in bowling.

  • kas on March 15, 2010, 19:05 GMT

    People win the lottery with much worser odds than this and why not??? All BD has to do is give 90 maiden overs tomorow to England and it will probably read something silly like Junaid Siddique 68''no (500 balls) and Mushfiq 50''no (???balls), simple!!!! I'm sensing some embarrassment in the air for England...... and if the spirit of Tendulkar and Lara get into Mushfiq & Siddique, then England might even lose disgracefully. U know what, I'm off to the bookies, coz I'm feeling luckyyyyyyy! Hahahahahahah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (by the way, the two umpires, can anyone tell me whether they are specialist bowlers or fielders for Eng?

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