Bangladesh v England, 1st Test, Chittagong, 5th day March 16, 2010

Swann takes 10 to break Bangladesh resistance


England 599 for 6 dec and 209 for 7 dec beat Bangladesh 296 and 331 (Siddique 106, Rahim 95, Swann 5-127) by 181 runs
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Graeme Swann bagged his first 10-wicket match haul as England finally broke through Bangladesh's resistance to secure a 181-run victory at Chittagong, but not before Junaid Siddique and Mushfiqur Rahim had made them toil through another wicketless session. Siddique scored his first Test century as the sixth-wicket pair survived the morning, taking their stand to 167, before Swann ended the resistance.

The victory margin was convincing from England - and Alastair Cook will be satisfied with his first Test in charge - but Bangladesh's fight during the second half of the game made them dig deeper than they would have imagined. The efforts of Siddique and Rahim should give the home side great heart and England were getting increasingly flustered before Siddique's marathon 292-ball effort was ended in the second over after lunch.

It was an unforgiving pitch for the quick bowlers, and England's trio looked dead to the world by the end, so Swann's contribution can't be understated as he sent down 78.3 overs in the game. When he had Naeem Islam caught at deep midwicket he became the first English offspinner to take 10 in the subcontinent and the first take such a haul anywhere since Jim Laker, with his famous 19-wicket bag, against Australia in 1956. That's some wait and Swann fully deserves his place in the list.

England had hoped for a swift conclusion on the final morning with the second new ball available after five overs, but it was negotiated with aplomb by Siddique and Rahim. However, some of Cook's tactics were strange and he paid the price for not having a third slip when Siddique got a thick edge off Stuart Broad which would have flown at shin height. Admittedly plenty of edges didn't carry, but the new ball was the time to attack.

However, Siddique repelled everything the England attack threw at him and managed to retain his composure despite the pressure of a looming major milestone. He reached his hundred with two boundaries in an over off Steven Finn, the second a perfect straight drive from his 262nd delivery. The moment Siddique hit it he turned to the dressing room, removed his helmet and raised his arms. The pressure was telling on England's bowlers and Finn had a few words with Siddique at the end of the over.

Siddique was the fourth Bangladesh batsman to register a maiden ton in recent months, following Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah in New Zealand and Rahim against India in January. They are signs of improvement everyone wants. Not surprisingly his concentration wavered a touch as the significance of the moment sunk in and he was given a life on 106 when Matt Prior couldn't gather a difficult bottom edge off Swann.

Rahim's innings was equally impressive as he continued his match-long resistance. He was troubled on occasion by the extra bounce of Finn - and survived a close lbw shout against Broad - but played Swann with ease and twice dispatched him through the leg side in rare moments of aggression.

As the pair entered lunch having batted unbeaten through their second session England looked tired and frustrated. However, for the umpteenth time in his short Test career Swann was the man to lift the side when he found the edge of Siddique's bat and the catch carried low to slip. England's anxiety was clear as Swann gave the batsman a slightly undignified send off; Siddique deserved better after such resilience.

Rahim was nearing his second Test century until he made one of the few misjudgements in his innings when he charged Swann and yorked himself. He looked skywards and admonished himself, but he has had an outstanding match with the bat .

With the two main obstacles out of the way England relaxed a little as the lower order went down playing their shots. Broad and Tim Bresnan collected rewards for their toil, but Swann wouldn't be denied his tenth wicket as Michael Carberry gave another example of his panther-like fielding with a swoop and dive at deep midwicket.

It was a tired huddle that celebrated victory and Swann deserved every slap on the back he received. The match had gone to form, but England knew they have been in a game and the bowlers have just three days to recover. If Bangladesh can take this fight to Dhaka, England will need all their energy.

Andrew McGlashan is assistant editor of Cricinfo

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  • Ashraf on March 18, 2010, 17:41 GMT

    wht i don't understand AT ALL, is- WHY some of our INDIAN friends r soooooo interested to criticize our Bangladesh team....seems like u people r still bothered abt dat defeat in last WC..... indian fans,listen --pride may worth something but superiority complex is nothing but MENTAL DISORDER......i hope u people ud keep it in mind for ur betterment.

  • Sourabh on March 18, 2010, 7:25 GMT

    sathishvaiju...r u 4m da same country dat has been warned by d icc lately 4 not being able to provide appropriate grounds int'l cricket can be played on? anyways y don use those grounds 4 playing marbles? at least u guyz wont have to bury yor empty heads in d sand if u do so..!

  • Josh on March 18, 2010, 2:15 GMT

    Well done Bangers! as for England..hmm well I question there status as a genuine test playing nation! Seriously they only ever scrape a few victories together when the opposition falter or have injury problems and this is only achievable due to the fact there team is full of South Africans, Indians, Australians and Pakistanis.

  • golam mohammad on March 17, 2010, 15:00 GMT

    @sathishvaiju-- India started playing tests in 1932 and win the first test in 1951 against england, home series against debutant pakistan in 1952 and away series in 1967 against NZ! And lost the first away series against Srilanka in 1983 and drawed the first away series against zimbabwe. So away from from, they were weak against debuting teams also. It takes time to make a champion test team friend. The recent competitive matches are showing Bangladesh made a huge leap forward.Everyone can feel or see it. Its only your problem if you do not want to accept a new country coming up. God bless you. Hope you can bear all the venom in your heart against Bangladesh forever.

  • Dummy4 on March 17, 2010, 9:30 GMT

    Rakibul hasan should have played. It clearly shows BD's inconsistency in the top order; Better bowling is a must sought after. I dont know the reason of having a warmup game ; is it mainly for the sake of visitors practice or its just a fun making of new talents who are showing more professionalism than oldies. Wake up selectors; may b its the time for having foreign selectors who may change the character of whole bd team in a new dimension. Best wishes.

  • Shoart on March 17, 2010, 8:59 GMT

    Tho' not at any time competitive in this Test is was a relief to see Bangladesh play with pride & grit for a day or so.

    I hope Swann is given an absolute rocket by the captain and management for his rudeness & disrespect to an opponent; if he accepts our applause & respect for this 'tenfer' as a genuine Test-bowlers' landmark then he must also accept each individual wicket of these ten as worthy of his respect.

    Please, Bangladesh: prepare a raging first-day turner for the second & last Test & really give yourselves a chance at a win . . . cricket-fans Worldwide are becoming increasingly fed up with the batsmen-oriented paceless puddings preferred by National authorities with their eyes solely on television & gate-receipts.

  • Dummy4 on March 17, 2010, 5:46 GMT

    we r ready for worldcup 2011 we will show wath we can do

  • MAUSAM on March 17, 2010, 5:17 GMT


  • kas on March 16, 2010, 23:54 GMT

    England players need disciplin and the two umpires need to be reviewed. How can Finn and swan be so rude towards siddique and rahim like that infront of the umpires by swearing foul languages and showing finger gestures at them?????? The English players oviously have no respect because they know that they are in a poor country playing a poverty filled national team. They would not dare to behave like that with the Indians in India because guys like Dhoni or Yuvraj would club their bats in to Finn or Swan and rearrange their facial parts apart!!!!!!!!!!!!! ICC oviously wouldnt even care what happened, but for people like me as a Bangladeshi fan who doesn't take nonsense from no one will have trouble digesting those moments. For me the score line doesnt show the winner, infact the actual winners are Bangladesh and they oviously played how tests are meant to be played. Mr Atherton the commentator, the gulf isn't that far, its actualy hair line due to bad decisions. Congrats Tigers!!!!!!!!

  • giovaughn on March 16, 2010, 21:25 GMT

    its good 2 see that bangladesh is improving england had 2 fight all the way for their win this is a good sign for test cricket hopefully the cricket infrastructure & managers will maintain stability & their cricket will grow from strength to strength GO TIGERS GO

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