Bangladesh v England, 1st Test, Chittagong, 5th day

Swann takes 10 to break Bangladesh resistance

The Report by Andrew McGlashan

March 16, 2010

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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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Mushfiqur Rahim was bowled by Graeme Swann for 95, Bangladesh v England, 1st Test, Chittagong, March 16, 2010
Graeme Swann removed Mushfiqur Rahim on his way to a 10-wicket haul © Getty Images

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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Posted by zaman_ash 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.

Posted by ujan.s 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..!

Posted by jezzricho 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.

Posted by gmaurup 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by shoarthing 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.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2010, 5:46 GMT)

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

Posted by ZIMMYZIMMY on (March 17, 2010, 5:17 GMT)


Posted by Bengali-Tiger007 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!!!!!!!!

Posted by gottalovetheraindance 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

Posted by _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on (March 16, 2010, 16:24 GMT)

Great inning by Siddique. Excellent concentration and showed that a little continuity can really aid players like him. Hopefully more "talented" players like Ashraful take him as an example of how to play. Hats off to Swann, who would have thought that the best spinner in world cricket would be English, cricket is moving in so many directions. Eng however need to stop the nonsense with only 4 bowlers that is a recipe for INJURIES. Bang have showed that even though they are not test level they are now surely WAY BETTER than any associate teams and I just hope the usual suspects who don't have anything good to say about any team other than their own will keep quiet about their test status argument. Also, after seeing the HUGE lbw reprieve Rahim got (which he didn't capitalise on enough) the kindergarten whining about umpire decisions will ease as well.

Posted by Ellis on (March 16, 2010, 16:04 GMT)

Why did Swann have to give Siddique an " undignified" exit? Yet another example of English arrogance and being uncouth. Low lifes like Swann never quite escape their background. A young Bangladeshi batsman performed more than creditably. Give him the applause that performance deserves, or stay quiet. The days of the Raj are long gone. Only Englishmen never seem to realise that fact. Well done, Bangladesh! Promising signs of major improvement.

Posted by Lungfish on (March 16, 2010, 14:30 GMT)

Bravo to Bangladesh. They played well and in a very respectable way to the end. Bangladesh has some great talent, and they DO deserve to have test status. They have the talent for tests, and this game proves it. They are a young side and will keep getting better and better. They are improving with each game and will be a strong test nation soon. Congrats to Bangladesh for playing hard against a great test team like England. Looking forward to the Dhaka test.

Posted by gmaurup on (March 16, 2010, 14:01 GMT)

Well done England. And greetings for Bangladesh also for giving test matches meaningful competitiveness. As Junaid made his maiden ton, I think so-called Bangladeshi cricket-scientists shouting against him will stop for some time. Actually his test performance is not that bat compared to Ashraful. He hit a fifty in every 6th innings since debut. Needs improvement though. Imrul and Aftab are the only two to get a test century now among the batsmen of the team. Only thing I suggest is that shakib stick to the basics after winning tosses- i mean choose to bat if conditions are not unplayable. The team is not still in a condition to think what would be the pitch condition after 4 days.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2010, 13:12 GMT)


Posted by bumsonseats on (March 16, 2010, 10:42 GMT)

i cannot understand why england went into the match with only 4 bowlers at a pinch 2 seamers and 2 spinners would make more sense. but what truly gob smacking, was before the party was originally selected. why was adil rashid not selected ( this from a red rose supporter ) for the tour. if he cannot make his debut in this part of the world, were he could not find better conditions, and the bowling coach, having been one of the top 5 leggies in world cricket there at hand, beggers belief. come on england get your fingers out and get this kid into the team. we could have a gem . and he not a bad bat . david

Posted by   on (March 16, 2010, 10:05 GMT)

Well done Bangladesh to stretch the match. If only they can build on this and like Bob Willis said go on to draw the next one, they would be doing their cause no harm. Mushfiqur Rahim had really done well in both innings and needs to sustain his form and dogged spirit.

Graeme Swann did something even Derek Underwood had not done - 10 wickets in a test and that too with two five-fors.

All players, esp the Englishmen deserve appreciation for playing out 5 days in the blazing summer of sub continent in March. This cruelty of non stop cricket should be stopped.

Posted by sathishvaiju on (March 16, 2010, 9:40 GMT)

Kudos to England, Bangladesh sucks.Good for nothing team.Shakib is a biggest upset for cricket.If you cannot win a single match in ODI's this year.Not able to draw a test match.Hey useless team and it's supporters don talk about india or srilanka here after.first try to win or atleast make a draw. hoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

Posted by   on (March 16, 2010, 9:24 GMT)

Bravo Junayeed and Mushfiq ! At the end of the day what matters is whether you've enjoyed or not.

Many people are not happy to see Bangladesh playing cricket,but as a Bangladeshi it is my passion to follow them as a true fan no matter how badly they loose.Let the bat talk and one day you never know ...

But let me highlights the problems of this team:

1) Virtually 3-4 players performs 0% in each match.So basically the team comprises of 7 players :D

2) The bowling attack is very weak.We need a true genuine wicket taking bowler

3) We loose the momentum early in any match frequently.So we start from 0, go to -10 and finish on +20. we lost 10 but we recovered 20.But at the end it is +10 which is not enough. Say, if we would have played for the whole match the way we played in the last 1.5 days things could have been different.

4) When one wicket falls I don't know why 2 more follows with it most of the time.This should be avoided.any lost momentum should be recovered


Posted by Farukafaj on (March 16, 2010, 8:57 GMT)

Bravado tigers.If it was not Shakib's wrong decision result could be something different too.

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