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

A milestone and a near miss

Andrew Miller in Chittagong

March 16, 2010

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Mushfiqur Rahim hugs Junaid Siddique who had just reached his hundred, Bangladesh v England, 1st Test, Chittagong, March 16, 2010
Mushfiqur Rahim hugged Junaid Siddique after the left-hander reached his ton - but missed out on bringing up his own century when he was bowled for 95 © PA Photos
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Shot of the day
Junaid Siddique's pummelling straight drive off Steven Finn that carried him through to his maiden Test century. Given his uncertainties against the quicks in the first innings, Junaid's response was heroic in the extreme, as he stayed in line at all times, cut out the flinches off the ribs that had curtailed his stay on Saturday, and resolved to bat Bangladesh through to safety. Not even the advent of the nineties could upset his composure, as Finn came round the wicket to alter his line of attack, but was met with a crashing blade and an instant punch of delight, even before the ball had crossed the rope.

Reaction of the day
Press boxes as a rule are a dour and objective domain. Applause is generally frowned upon, lest it gives the impression that you are rooting for one team or the other. But every now and again, one's true colours are run gloriously up the mast, as occurred at the moment when Junaid reached his ton. A spontaneous, genuine and heartfelt explosion of applause and cheering burst forth from the sizeable Bangladeshi contingent, and even one or two of the Brits followed suit. It just goes to show that, regardless of the result of this match, a notable PR victory has been secured nonetheless.

Send-off of the day
Junaid's partnership with Mushfiqur Rahim had lasted for two balls shy of 70 overs, when finally - finally! - Graeme Swann made the breakthrough. Ten balls after lunch, in the 108th over of the innings (and Swann's 41st for that matter), Junaid propped forward with less conviction than he might otherwise have shown before the interval, and squeezed a simple edge to Paul Collingwood at slip. But the bowler's reaction was eyebrow-raising to say the least - a massive, lip-readable, obscenity and a double pump of the fists. It was a touch unnecessary but somewhat revealing. Few Bangladeshi batsmen have ever been worthy of such a back-handed compliment.

Anticlimax of the day
One of Bangladesh's two heroes made it to his landmark. The other, sadly, succumbed five runs short. Mushfiqur's efforts throughout the game have been magnificent - he was the hub of his team's resistance in the first innings and the yeoman support for Junaid in the second. But just when his second Test century was looming, he was coaxed into arguably his only rash shot of the match, a gallop down the track and a loose swipe at Swann, who slid a fuller delivery beneath the bat and into the off stump.

Catch of the day
Michael Carberry had a busy time in the field on debut, with a key run-out in the first innings and the match-sealing catch in the second. The moment, when it arrived, was a sprinting, tumbling affair at deep midwicket, as he made ground to a lofted clip from Naeem Islam and clung on near the turf to wrap up the contest by 181 runs. And fittingly, it handed a tenth wicket to the Man of the Match, Graeme Swann, the first England offspinner to achieve such a feat since Jim Laker in his heyday of 1956.

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Posted by   on (March 17, 2010, 8:13 GMT)

MightyHammer, i agree with what you are saying about the way players are being fined, and not being suspended ,Johnson a fine example and Hadden,i also know Broad has overstepped too, so has Habashan singh and others ,but i do not like the Racism part of your comments, now surly this is the icc that is in the wrong here ,and i feel that they have not been stern in there punishments ,and i also feel that if they handed harsh penalties to repeat offenders maybe then we will see less of this abuse and sledging .and ALL countries are guilty of this.

Posted by IndianSiva on (March 17, 2010, 5:13 GMT)

MightyHammer - If you have followed the recent test matches you can clearly see a pattern - Asian, West Indian players get immediate reprimands, hefty fines, match bans (Gautam Gambhir, Afridi, and Benn incidents). Almost the same or worse transgressions by White players (esp Aussie and England) got relatively lesser punishments or got away with only fines (Mitchell Jhonson, Brad Haddin, Shane watson, Stuart Broad to name a few). Even few years back you can see the likes of Michael slater, Ricky Ponting, Glenn Mcgrath all are not reigned in enough by the match refrees. Lot of Aussie players escape by pleading guilty though they will be the initial provocateurs.Any unbiased observer can clearly see the different kind of treatment meted out to White and Non-white players . If we can't call this subtle racism then what else can be called ??

ps - I am no way justifying the mistakes done by players. I am only requesting for uniform consistency.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2010, 1:37 GMT)

Australia, India, South Africa England , Pakistan are all offenders so do not be so silly about this, remember AUSTRALIA NEW ZEALAND match a certain player from Australia made contact with another player ,and found guilty a paltry fine, and you carry on about verbal; abuse ,so if you want to point fingers at teams there are a lot of guilty ones to point at not just England ,and remember who beat Australia 2--1 in the ashes .Robert Adelaide.

Posted by 10dulkar100 on (March 16, 2010, 19:06 GMT)

These are the tours that should be scheduled

I would like test matches between these sides

New Zealand Tour India Pak NZ Ind Tri Series India Tour South Africa India Tour England - 4 Tests West Indies Tour South Africa South Africa Tour West Indies Sri Lanka Tour England Australia Tour England Australia Tour Sri Lanka South Africa Tour Sri Lanka West Indies Tour India India in Australia Pakistan Tour India - 4 Tests India Tour West Indies New Zealand Tour West Indies New Zealand Tour South Africa South Africa Tour New Zealand

PLEASE TELL BCCI ABOUT THIS. SERIOUSLY!

Please no more SL vs India.

Posted by MightyHammer on (March 16, 2010, 18:05 GMT)

The only racism on show here is by the people who immediately accuse others of being racist without knowing ANY of the facts. Maybe the ICC will sanction Swann and Broad, maybe they won't but to shout racism before even knowing the situation is something you should be ashamed of. It's that type of immediate negative response that in itself leads to people forming generic opinions. Shame on you.

Posted by malmanca on (March 16, 2010, 15:56 GMT)

Whatever Swann did was part of the gameplan because it forced Mushfiq to play that rash shot......I still think he should be fined for his over the top reaction but as we all know ICC will probably turn a blind eye just like they do with Stuart Broad.

Posted by IndianSiva on (March 16, 2010, 15:45 GMT)

...114.6 gone! That looked plumb, Razzak played across a full straight ball and the umpire's finger goes up straight away...Broad didn't even look round, which could get him in a spot of bother 301/8 ....

In addition to the Swann's outburst ....the above transgression by Stuart Broad also might be overlooked .....clearly subtle racism exists in International cricket today ......

Posted by TheOnlyEmperor on (March 16, 2010, 11:53 GMT)

England seems to have met their match in Bangladesh!

Posted by Shahed_Adelaide on (March 16, 2010, 11:08 GMT)

...the bowler's reaction was eyebrow-raising to say the least - a massive, lip-readable, obscenity and a double pump of the fists. It was a touch unnecessary but somewhat revealing...What about the ICC rules of conduct?? Is Swann going to pay fine or face ban?? Or he is above all these because he is an English-man?

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Andrew Miller Andrew Miller was saved from a life of drudgery in the City when his car caught fire on the way to an interview. He took this as a sign and fled to Pakistan where he witnessed England's historic victory in the twilight at Karachi (or thought he did, at any rate - it was too dark to tell). He then joined Wisden Online in 2001, and soon graduated from put-upon photocopier to a writer with a penchant for comment and cricket on the subcontinent. In addition to Pakistan, he has covered England tours in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, as well as the World Cup in the Caribbean in 2007
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