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

Siddique and Rahim hold up England

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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)
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

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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  • on March 16, 2010, 5:19 GMT

    cheerfffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffff

  • on March 16, 2010, 5:05 GMT

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

  • shonkhochil 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!!

  • on March 16, 2010, 0:30 GMT

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

  • Bang_La 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?

  • 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..

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Sphuronlabs 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.

  • Bengali-Tiger007 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?

  • on March 16, 2010, 5:19 GMT

    cheerfffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffff

  • on March 16, 2010, 5:05 GMT

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

  • shonkhochil 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!!

  • on March 16, 2010, 0:30 GMT

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

  • Bang_La 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?

  • 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..

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Sphuronlabs 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.

  • Bengali-Tiger007 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?

  • benjer on March 15, 2010, 18:21 GMT

    Well come back by Bangladesh & if they pass 1st sesson of tomorrow morning w/o loose any wicket then that could be interesting to see the possbility to dwar this match.By this time BD have to play against Umpire also.It's very much possible to save the test match hope Junaeed & Musfique can do something different here.Shakib Don't have any confidence at all for bat now he feels preasure so he has to take rest from the captency & bring back to mashrafee very soon that could be better for BD.

  • Guernica on March 15, 2010, 17:47 GMT

    I have never posted before but I felt I had to say something after reading something after reading these 'conspiracy' comments.

    The simple fact is, bad decisions against the weaker teams are more critical. I remember too well when England were getting thrashed by Australia in the 90s. Every decision seemed to go against us. The team on top gets a lot more appeals and if you go on to lose after a bad decision, you naturally blame that. No England fan cares about the bad decision against Trott. But if that had been against South Africa or Australia I'm sure we'd be talking about it (though not as a 'conspiracy')

    Most England fans love an underdog and would love to see Bangladesh beat one of the big boys in a test, just not England. I'm sure they will do that soon if they keep improving at this rate.

  • NSUrockr on March 15, 2010, 17:21 GMT

    playing against 13 players consistently will only bring up more hardened and strong players who will demolish England in 1-2 years time even when the TV umpire pledges his allegiance to the mighty Queen

  • sakib.talha on March 15, 2010, 17:13 GMT

    a very good fight back by Junaid and Mushfiq..But the batting order still doesn't look solid enough..bangladesh is victimized by poor umpiring yet again...but a very poor batting by bangladeshi captain..im really disappointed with the approach of sakib..test match should be played like a test match..he is just not batting solidly at the moment.. however, the result of the match is now dependent on junaid and mushfiq..to be optimistic, the partnership remind me of razzak and Kamran akmal..they saved a match in the same way for pakistan..if junaid and mushfiq can watch the first session, bangladesh has a real chance of ending up with a draw.. all the best to bd cricket team...

  • Jipster on March 15, 2010, 17:04 GMT

    Arif, I don't think it was meant as an insult to the BD team or fans - 513 on a 5th day pitch is pretty much out of reach of most teams... Anyway, I'm very impressed with BD this match. Four players have so far got 1/2 centuries, and looks like Mushfiqur will get his 2nd of the match. I know the pitch is flat, which has probably helped, but it shows BD can still concentrate when they put their minds to it. I would love to see a BD player get a century, even if it took 300 deliveries. BD will need that kind of grit to climb up the test rankings. The next step for them is to that consistently. Good luck from England :)

  • hasan_banna on March 15, 2010, 16:59 GMT

    England is going to be win but Bangladesh should try to continue up to 2nd session. Aftab should be replaced by Raqibul for 2nd test. I strongly bealive raqibul has changed his decision. Now BCB should receive him warmly & take proper step though he can play in 2nd test. It 'll be facilitate for Bangladesh. One more thing for Shakib "Please give up politics, try to perform then you will receive your honour fully, You dont need to do anything except performence."

  • Rezaul on March 15, 2010, 16:58 GMT

    Before the starting of this series nobody expected to attract attention by this series. Everybody, even the one eyed supporter of BD knew that it will be an easy series for the visitors. So far England won all the games comfortably except some tensed moments in 2nd ODI at Dhaka and drawn 3 day tour game. BD showed the world that their improving curve is getting sharper everyday. Some of the individuals' performances were eye catching at different periods. But they always got setback at some stage by the men in white coat. They are the ones always with consistency. So far 9 wrong decisions were given against BD and 1 against Eng. So overall tally stands at 9-1. Interestingly, the best Bangladeshi player Shakib was the victim of two wrong decisions. Imagine what would happen if an English or Aussie captain were given two wrong decisions in a series they would have create a havoc in media, their board president would talk to ICC. But alas its BD, a weak team, nobody listens to them!

  • shonkhochil on March 15, 2010, 16:50 GMT

    I believe if BD has not made the mistake of fielding first after winning the toss, this match could have been a far better interesting one.. That was a suicidal decision. Who wants to bat in a spinning pitch in fourth innings? And about the 'Umpiring'...It's been disgusting..esp Rod Tucker ... In the last two ODI's Umpire's play an important role to win the matches for England. ICC is training the new Umpire in the matches of BD. I would suggest they can use referral system if they want to train an Umpire in BD's match. England will win by 200 runs I believe but still it's been a better show by BD. I guess all the 'barking' of taking test status of BD will show up again in 2nd test match..It's really seems quite comment section without those guys.. Miss those guys!!!

  • Jipster on March 15, 2010, 15:32 GMT

    Arif, I don't think it was meant as an insult to the BD team or fans - 513 on a 5th day pitch is pretty much out of reach of most teams... Anyway, I'm very impressed with BD this match. Four players have so far got 1/2 centuries, and looks like Mushfiqur will get his 2nd of the match. I know the pitch is flat, which has probably helped, but it shows BD can still concentrate when they put their minds to it. I would love to see a BD player get a century, even if it took 300 deliveries. BD will need that kind of grit to climb up the test rankings. The next step for them is to that consistently. Good luck from England :)

  • on March 15, 2010, 15:32 GMT

    Umpiring and Bangladesh cricket. Why the weaker team gets victimised by poor or biased umpiring decision? This is always true. Why the third umpire do not come in to action and gets the situation under control.Regarding BD captain Shakib Al Hasan, he should quit his captaincy and improve his cricket. He is totally unfit for the captain job. He will be much better as a true allrounder. My suggstion is that he should concentrate more on his cricket than captaincy and politics. Otherwise I can see his end soon.

  • on March 15, 2010, 14:10 GMT

    @Saad: Dreaming beyond the dream!! Dream shall we!

  • rakib007 on March 15, 2010, 13:56 GMT

    see how our chances bowled out by the umpires! there are two specialist bowler in English side .the 2 umpairs

  • CricketingStargazer on March 15, 2010, 13:23 GMT

    Good to see the Bangladesh fans protesting about Trott being given out caught off his helmet too :-). No mention that there have been an unacceptable number of dubious decisions against both sides, just the supposition of a conspiracy against Bangladesh.

    Has Bagladesh shown character today? It has had one very good session, when the match was already just about lost. That is a total of 2 out of 12 sessions in the match so far. And both have come when England relaxed. After tea the ball was soft, the heat (for players coming out of an English winter) oppresive and the pressure was off. Bangladesh need three more sessions as good as the last though to earn a draw. I gather though that they have never gone close to batting 5.5 sessions to save a draw in all their Tests.

  • Bang_La on March 15, 2010, 13:11 GMT

    Thank you again Andrew. Its time BCB management tells Shakib that his seat in next train is not leaving until later and his seat is booked and confirmed. So, he doesn't need to hurry out there to catch the train. :)

    It would be another win for mighty and crafty England but it sure was not a walk in the park.

  • bhigi_billi on March 15, 2010, 12:22 GMT

    i want to see again those who tell BANGLADESH a ordinary team.Today Bangladesh has shown there character.But again shocked wwith the decision of the umpire.i dont know why bangladesh always suffers with umpiring.I think ICC should think about the standard of umpiring against BANGLADESh

  • arif44 on March 15, 2010, 12:21 GMT

    "England will still win" what a over confident and rude statement is this !!! Bangladesh still has 5 wickets in hand. how can you say that in cricket? "England will win most probably" would be a better statement as a gentleman reporter.

    is this guy "Andrew McGlashan" a British? if yes, i got the answer how this kind of reporting is possible :))

  • M-S-R on March 15, 2010, 12:15 GMT

    I'm sick of these Umpiring decisions (deliberate?) against BD! BD vs England =11 playing against 13!

  • PNBanu on March 15, 2010, 12:07 GMT

    I have watched a lot of cricket over the last couple of decades, and do find that umpires do give more marginal decisions in favour of stronger rather thant the weaker teams in international cricket. I don't think there is any intentional bias, just an automatic reaction of sorts. Perhaps TV umpiring is the answer after all. I also don't understand why the third umpire can't make line calls for no balls nowadays, leaving the standing umpire to concentrate on happenings at the batsman's end.

  • on March 15, 2010, 11:49 GMT

    Tired of watching......... Still long way to go for Bangladesh in order to do well in test level.

  • on March 15, 2010, 11:34 GMT

    Almost always BD has followed grit with collapse, and collapse with resolution, then resolution with stupid shots (thus collapse). Given that we are still in this pattern, I am afraid I will have to see a sad collapse tomorrow morning. However, I am feeling thrilled at the thought of apparently unthinkable: what if? Oh, what if we defend the whole morning? Then the noon? Then afternoon? I know I am hoping beyond hope, but help/luck often comes when you least look for it.

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  • on March 15, 2010, 11:34 GMT

    Almost always BD has followed grit with collapse, and collapse with resolution, then resolution with stupid shots (thus collapse). Given that we are still in this pattern, I am afraid I will have to see a sad collapse tomorrow morning. However, I am feeling thrilled at the thought of apparently unthinkable: what if? Oh, what if we defend the whole morning? Then the noon? Then afternoon? I know I am hoping beyond hope, but help/luck often comes when you least look for it.

  • on March 15, 2010, 11:49 GMT

    Tired of watching......... Still long way to go for Bangladesh in order to do well in test level.

  • PNBanu on March 15, 2010, 12:07 GMT

    I have watched a lot of cricket over the last couple of decades, and do find that umpires do give more marginal decisions in favour of stronger rather thant the weaker teams in international cricket. I don't think there is any intentional bias, just an automatic reaction of sorts. Perhaps TV umpiring is the answer after all. I also don't understand why the third umpire can't make line calls for no balls nowadays, leaving the standing umpire to concentrate on happenings at the batsman's end.

  • M-S-R on March 15, 2010, 12:15 GMT

    I'm sick of these Umpiring decisions (deliberate?) against BD! BD vs England =11 playing against 13!

  • arif44 on March 15, 2010, 12:21 GMT

    "England will still win" what a over confident and rude statement is this !!! Bangladesh still has 5 wickets in hand. how can you say that in cricket? "England will win most probably" would be a better statement as a gentleman reporter.

    is this guy "Andrew McGlashan" a British? if yes, i got the answer how this kind of reporting is possible :))

  • bhigi_billi on March 15, 2010, 12:22 GMT

    i want to see again those who tell BANGLADESH a ordinary team.Today Bangladesh has shown there character.But again shocked wwith the decision of the umpire.i dont know why bangladesh always suffers with umpiring.I think ICC should think about the standard of umpiring against BANGLADESh

  • Bang_La on March 15, 2010, 13:11 GMT

    Thank you again Andrew. Its time BCB management tells Shakib that his seat in next train is not leaving until later and his seat is booked and confirmed. So, he doesn't need to hurry out there to catch the train. :)

    It would be another win for mighty and crafty England but it sure was not a walk in the park.

  • CricketingStargazer on March 15, 2010, 13:23 GMT

    Good to see the Bangladesh fans protesting about Trott being given out caught off his helmet too :-). No mention that there have been an unacceptable number of dubious decisions against both sides, just the supposition of a conspiracy against Bangladesh.

    Has Bagladesh shown character today? It has had one very good session, when the match was already just about lost. That is a total of 2 out of 12 sessions in the match so far. And both have come when England relaxed. After tea the ball was soft, the heat (for players coming out of an English winter) oppresive and the pressure was off. Bangladesh need three more sessions as good as the last though to earn a draw. I gather though that they have never gone close to batting 5.5 sessions to save a draw in all their Tests.

  • rakib007 on March 15, 2010, 13:56 GMT

    see how our chances bowled out by the umpires! there are two specialist bowler in English side .the 2 umpairs

  • on March 15, 2010, 14:10 GMT

    @Saad: Dreaming beyond the dream!! Dream shall we!