Bangladesh v England, 2nd Test, Mirpur, 2nd day March 21, 2010

Determined Bangladesh put pressure on England

The Bulletin by Liam Brickhill
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England 171 for 3 (Trott 64*, Bell 25*) trail Bangladesh 419 (Tamim 85, Naeem 59*, Mahmudullah 59, Shafiul 53, Swann 4-114) by 248 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Bangladesh had the better of the second day at Mirpur, posting 419 with half centuries for Naeem Islam and Shafiul Islam before reducing England to 107 for 3 during the evening session. However, Jonathan Trott provided an exhibition of patient and determined batting to guide England to 171 for 3 at the close, finishing unbeaten on 64 after more than four hours of obdurate occupation of the crease.

He added 76 with Kevin Pietersen to steady England after Alastair Cook departed early for 21, and a further 64 in an unbeaten stand with Ian Bell to chip away at Bangladesh's first innings after the hosts' positive batting performance in the morning.

Trott started his vigil very slowly as Shakib al Hasan opted for the choking application of spin to cut down scoring opportunities after lunch. Shakib's tactics drew early dividends when Cook attempted to break the shackles with his favoured slog-sweep, but managed only to loft a catch to a perfectly-positioned Imrul Kayes at deep midwicket.

His dismissal left England wobbling slightly at 29 for 1, and with Pietersen's arrival the Bangladesh captain opted to keep left-arm spin on from both ends, with three fielders in close and Mushfiqur Rahim geeing up his side with a constant stream of encouragement from behind the stumps.

The pressure mounted with each successive maiden, and Bangladesh should have had another wicket when Trott pressed half forward to Shakib and the ball ricocheted off the bat and pad towards Jahurul Islam at short leg. But the debutant missed the chance, then Pietersen seized the opportunity to grab the momentum by skipping down the track to launch Abdur Razzak over mid off, and the runs began to flow once more.

All the while Trott continued in an ultra-defensive vein, cutting out all risk from his batting and waiting for the bowlers' concentration to waver. He collected all of his seven boundaries in the arch between deep square-leg and wide mid on, as he was more than happy to simply occupy the crease and wait for the bad balls - whether full tosses or long hops on the pads - to arrive. Razzak was the main culprit in that regard, and though he was used for 19 overs in the day and picked up Cook's wicket, very rarely was he able to sustain any sort of pressure.

Pietersen was more enterprising, although Rubel Hossain should have had his wicket when he beat him with reverse swing to rap the batsman on the pads, but umpire Rod Tucker decided there was enough doubt to turn the appeal down. Pietersen continued to find the boundary with regularity to reach 5,000 runs in Test cricket but Four balls later he charged down the pitch to Shakib and succeeded only in giving Kayes an easy catch at short cover from a leading edge.

England were in more trouble when Paul Collingwood was pinned on the crease playing across his front pad to his third ball, but Bangladesh could not maintain their intensity on a long, hot day of bowling on a placid pitch. Trott and Bell took advantage of the flagging attack, taking their partnership past fifty with minimum risk.

Bangladesh looked tired and a touch deflated at the close of play, but there had been a definite buzz in their camp after their productive batting in the first session, when Shafiul and Naeem Islam took advantage of a muddled plan of attack and a lack of communication between Cook and his bowlers to add 74 runs for the ninth wicket.

Shafiul rode his luck in his 53, while Naeem, as the senior batsman, was far more circumspect, being content to wait for the bad ball. With very little movement through the air or off the pitch Bangladesh's lower order continually eased any pressure which had been built up by getting the ball down to third man - either off the edge or the face of the bat.

It was a scenario that played out with grinding regularity as the day wore on, with Cook opting to protect both sides of the wicket - presumably as part of a plan to bowl at the stumps. But if that was Cook's plan then he was either badly let down by his bowlers or had failed to communicate it to them, as they repeatedly fired the ball at or outside off stump.

Shafiul was dismissed shortly after registering his maiden half century from 47 balls, but Naeem batted on, bringing up his own milestone and taking Bangladesh past 400 in the midst of a 31-run partnership for the tenth wicket with Rubel.

Bangladesh will have been pleased by their effort in making England toil so hard in the first session, but for the rest of the day it was their turn to face the trial of trying to take wickets on what remains a flat, true pitch. However, there is still much work for Trott and Bell to put England in a safe position and should the hosts strike early on the third morning they could still put the visitors under a real pressure in this Test.

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  • Sarfin on March 22, 2010, 6:31 GMT

    at least two more bad decisions today (3rd day). one was definite bad-pad catch. still two sessions remains. i think more to come!!! now what the "umpire-supporters" have to say???

  • Tamzid on March 22, 2010, 5:08 GMT

    Why is it that Bangladesh consistently finds some pretty clear decisions going against them? It is inexplicable? I know umpiring is a tough job, but the least we can expect is consistency. England bowlers get the 50-50 calls, like in the case of Johurul Islam, going their way; but when Bangladesh is faced with the same kind of situation, in the case of KP and Prior, their appeals get turned down.

  • jezzricho on March 22, 2010, 0:14 GMT

    Go bangers! as for England...aaahhh hahahahahahahaha

  • raghavaussiecombine on March 21, 2010, 23:38 GMT

    Well done! Bangla. A definite improvement. From good stroke-makers to good spinners to respectable medium pacers! The team is too good to not win a test match against any of the top 5 teams in 3 yrs.

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on March 21, 2010, 23:24 GMT

    Personally, I think world cricket will be better off with Eng losing this match and I will list reasons why... #1 So the mentally weak who go on every day about umpiring decisions will be content enough to stop accusing the umpires! KP's reprieve was NO DIFFERENT from Rahim's reprieve in the test match b-4! The commentators said the only thing that could have saved Rahim is the fact he is extremely short. #2 Eng will stop playing such negative=stupid cricket. Really. How they drew SA in SA playing such negative cricket is the 8th wonder of the world + How many runs can u let through 3rd man? #3 So idiots who think Bang should give up test status can keep quiet! Who r they gonna play? I rather see them losing against top sides than beating Associate teams (although it would be good for the assoc. teams to play them more) #4 So KP can learn to apologise when he plays STUPID shots. I mean Ashraful would have been proud of that dismissal.

  • realredbaron on March 21, 2010, 23:15 GMT

    @SimonSpliff, I don't know where did you get your masters in history from but surely it seems you wasted at least 2 years of your life. When Rezaul said whether England thinks it still owns the world like it did in 17th century he might have jeopardize the dates but I'm pretty sure he conveyed the message clearly. The British started their rule of exploitation and expansion and invasion of others' territories and properties starting from Elizabeth I's reign, which falls in 16th century. Whatever Rezaul said, it meant the "Nazi" like activities the British committed in the subcontinent. The company cut fingers of the local weavers in Dhaka so that they can sell the fabric from Liverpool. The British landlord would kidnap the wives and daughters of the farmer so that he can force those poor farmer to cultivate indigo instead of food crops that they usually produced. What important is what they did, not when. Beside by 18th century company had already taken the wealthiest part of India.

  • nafee on March 21, 2010, 23:13 GMT

    500/3..........i have to say peterson really has great sense of humor.........wake up man ur still in u day dreams.............hahaha nevertheless what a joke............

  • Shahadatrz on March 21, 2010, 22:07 GMT

    What would be the result of the ODI series, if umpires were a bit 'just'? The scoreline is 0-3 for us, but it would go 2-1 for us easily.

    Why Morgan was not given out so may times? What was the umpire thinking-every time it was NOT OUT??? Or, if he gave this, England would lose...England would lose!!! Against BD!! Oh my God!! So, he had not the brave heart to give that decision? Did u see giving the LBW of A. Razzaq in BD's 1st innings? It looked to me that the umpire lifted his finger before the bowler appealed? It was not actually, seemed to me, as the umpire was so hurried to give it out!! This fact hurts me most. Do the umpires see their decisions in replays after a match, or a day of Test? I'm not sure. How can they make so many mistakes? And, how do they give decisions of LBW so fast while BD or Zimb batsmen are batting? Why all the 'benefit of doubt' decisions are against BD?

  • Shahadatrz on March 21, 2010, 21:40 GMT

    SECOND PART

    Some people say like this, "BD cannot win a single match...they will not be able to win even after 20 years...etc." To them, my request to check, how many times, we have been deprived of win, just because of UMPIRING??

    Remember, the test in Multan? The great Inzamam saved face of Pakwith his unbeaten century? ut who saved Inzamam, who kept him unbeaten? The great UMPIRES of ICC. The guys who tell "these are parts of games...etc.", when they r deprived of win, like this, they become more furious than ourselves.

    We all know, how English, Aussie, Indian media become furious if Pietersen, Ponting, or Sachin are given out wrongly, and they say 'cum-on guys, it's part of game", when batsmen of BD or Zimbabwe are given out, and in so many occasions!!

    I cannot believe the situation. Hoe ,many time these ridiculous umpires can make these decisions?? And why 90% of them are against BD?

    CONTINUE READING...

  • pappu_bkb on March 21, 2010, 21:30 GMT

    dear all...please wait with patience......bangladesh will probe its value to everyone....world cup coming...and we will see english to play with us....just give some time to our budding cricketers...

  • Sarfin on March 22, 2010, 6:31 GMT

    at least two more bad decisions today (3rd day). one was definite bad-pad catch. still two sessions remains. i think more to come!!! now what the "umpire-supporters" have to say???

  • Tamzid on March 22, 2010, 5:08 GMT

    Why is it that Bangladesh consistently finds some pretty clear decisions going against them? It is inexplicable? I know umpiring is a tough job, but the least we can expect is consistency. England bowlers get the 50-50 calls, like in the case of Johurul Islam, going their way; but when Bangladesh is faced with the same kind of situation, in the case of KP and Prior, their appeals get turned down.

  • jezzricho on March 22, 2010, 0:14 GMT

    Go bangers! as for England...aaahhh hahahahahahahaha

  • raghavaussiecombine on March 21, 2010, 23:38 GMT

    Well done! Bangla. A definite improvement. From good stroke-makers to good spinners to respectable medium pacers! The team is too good to not win a test match against any of the top 5 teams in 3 yrs.

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on March 21, 2010, 23:24 GMT

    Personally, I think world cricket will be better off with Eng losing this match and I will list reasons why... #1 So the mentally weak who go on every day about umpiring decisions will be content enough to stop accusing the umpires! KP's reprieve was NO DIFFERENT from Rahim's reprieve in the test match b-4! The commentators said the only thing that could have saved Rahim is the fact he is extremely short. #2 Eng will stop playing such negative=stupid cricket. Really. How they drew SA in SA playing such negative cricket is the 8th wonder of the world + How many runs can u let through 3rd man? #3 So idiots who think Bang should give up test status can keep quiet! Who r they gonna play? I rather see them losing against top sides than beating Associate teams (although it would be good for the assoc. teams to play them more) #4 So KP can learn to apologise when he plays STUPID shots. I mean Ashraful would have been proud of that dismissal.

  • realredbaron on March 21, 2010, 23:15 GMT

    @SimonSpliff, I don't know where did you get your masters in history from but surely it seems you wasted at least 2 years of your life. When Rezaul said whether England thinks it still owns the world like it did in 17th century he might have jeopardize the dates but I'm pretty sure he conveyed the message clearly. The British started their rule of exploitation and expansion and invasion of others' territories and properties starting from Elizabeth I's reign, which falls in 16th century. Whatever Rezaul said, it meant the "Nazi" like activities the British committed in the subcontinent. The company cut fingers of the local weavers in Dhaka so that they can sell the fabric from Liverpool. The British landlord would kidnap the wives and daughters of the farmer so that he can force those poor farmer to cultivate indigo instead of food crops that they usually produced. What important is what they did, not when. Beside by 18th century company had already taken the wealthiest part of India.

  • nafee on March 21, 2010, 23:13 GMT

    500/3..........i have to say peterson really has great sense of humor.........wake up man ur still in u day dreams.............hahaha nevertheless what a joke............

  • Shahadatrz on March 21, 2010, 22:07 GMT

    What would be the result of the ODI series, if umpires were a bit 'just'? The scoreline is 0-3 for us, but it would go 2-1 for us easily.

    Why Morgan was not given out so may times? What was the umpire thinking-every time it was NOT OUT??? Or, if he gave this, England would lose...England would lose!!! Against BD!! Oh my God!! So, he had not the brave heart to give that decision? Did u see giving the LBW of A. Razzaq in BD's 1st innings? It looked to me that the umpire lifted his finger before the bowler appealed? It was not actually, seemed to me, as the umpire was so hurried to give it out!! This fact hurts me most. Do the umpires see their decisions in replays after a match, or a day of Test? I'm not sure. How can they make so many mistakes? And, how do they give decisions of LBW so fast while BD or Zimb batsmen are batting? Why all the 'benefit of doubt' decisions are against BD?

  • Shahadatrz on March 21, 2010, 21:40 GMT

    SECOND PART

    Some people say like this, "BD cannot win a single match...they will not be able to win even after 20 years...etc." To them, my request to check, how many times, we have been deprived of win, just because of UMPIRING??

    Remember, the test in Multan? The great Inzamam saved face of Pakwith his unbeaten century? ut who saved Inzamam, who kept him unbeaten? The great UMPIRES of ICC. The guys who tell "these are parts of games...etc.", when they r deprived of win, like this, they become more furious than ourselves.

    We all know, how English, Aussie, Indian media become furious if Pietersen, Ponting, or Sachin are given out wrongly, and they say 'cum-on guys, it's part of game", when batsmen of BD or Zimbabwe are given out, and in so many occasions!!

    I cannot believe the situation. Hoe ,many time these ridiculous umpires can make these decisions?? And why 90% of them are against BD?

    CONTINUE READING...

  • pappu_bkb on March 21, 2010, 21:30 GMT

    dear all...please wait with patience......bangladesh will probe its value to everyone....world cup coming...and we will see english to play with us....just give some time to our budding cricketers...

  • Shahadatrz on March 21, 2010, 21:29 GMT

    TO ALL WHO R DEBATING HERE WITH UMPIRING ISSUE

    Hi, BD fans! Don't be disheartened or grieved by the comments from those who r saying "umpiring mistakes are for both teams"...Just read this and u will get some materials to think deeper.

    Umpires are human beings, so they must do some mistakes. And they DO, all the time. Good umpires do less, while poor ones performs series of mistakes.

    First of all, u must not be hurt by the comments from those who post comment here supporting there beloved umpires. Because, these guys do not watch a full cricket match, do not know any details about cricket, and its conspiracies.

    Some of them are telling that BD have not chosen for Referral system for this series. But they don't know at all that Nimbus Sports took the decision, not BCB. Nimbus has no wish to spend money here in BD for applying technologies for referral. So, these guys, telling that BD has not opted for referral really poor in knowledge. Just forgive them.

    READ NEXT COMMENT ON UMPIRE

  • mujahidul on March 21, 2010, 21:06 GMT

    Congratulations to Bangladesh team for their team effort. Eleven Bangladeshi players played against 13 opponents and showed a real team spirit. Best wishes for Tamim, he'll go a long way. Shafiul's maiden fifty was also very entertaining. We all want to see fair game. If we can't ensure fair game, cricket will never get popularity in the world. The umpires should have some rating system like the cricketers. Each wrong decision should devaluate their rating and like Ebay star rating the umpires should have ratings with their name. Umpires should be categorized and ranked based on their ratings. Referral system should be available more frequently where the cricketers should be allowed to request the umpire for a referral to the third umpire.

  • Biddut1 on March 21, 2010, 20:28 GMT

    ICC must do something about BAD/Unfair umpires, who happen to give benefit of doubts to England for the entire series. It is unfair and they keep on doing same thing every time. Bad umpiring must be punished, must be.

  • tbennett54 on March 21, 2010, 20:20 GMT

    Q. Which England batsman, forced into service as an opener, and normally a free stroke-playing middle-order batsman, is capable of dropping anchor, going strokeless for long periods, and apparently relaxing between deliveries, unconcerned about his slow rate of scoring? A. Chris Tavare - oh, sorry, Jonathan Trott

  • on March 21, 2010, 20:05 GMT

    nice game ................................................ ....................... .............................. ..................................... ............................... ........................................ ............................... ...............................

  • on March 21, 2010, 20:02 GMT

    ahhh..come on.....dont blame the eden garedens pitch.......remembers sa were 220 for 2 or so...wen they collapsed to seam bowling and not spin....and wat happened to sa batsman...if india could bat dat well why not sa....

  • on March 21, 2010, 19:53 GMT

    I agree that Trott is not worth Test cricket. Its just that Carberry isnt that good either..Peterson,Collingwood, Bell and Prior are standard batsmen....However the Bangladeshis are finding their way...Players like Tamim, Mushfique, Shakib, Mahmudullah, junaed are showing what they are worth...I wouldv thought Naeem wasnt worth test matches but I think we have to wait and see abt him. However Players like Mashrafi, nafees, aftab should be given more opportunities b4 throwing them out. imrul is a joke for test cricket. He doesnt have the technique to play the ball through the ground.maybe he's ok for ODI's but not for test cricket. I still cant forget Nafees's thrashing of warne in Dhaka or Aftab murdering harmison in England. But I do think Shakib needs to show some patience in his batting approach. He's losing the solidity he used to show in the beginning of his career. the more Bd play against 13 player teams the more competitive they will become. howvr Enamul jr shd have been played

  • Quddus-Mamu on March 21, 2010, 19:04 GMT

    Well done Shakib: 24 overs,15 Maiden, 26 Runs,1 Wicket,1.08 run/Over. That's Great.

  • supersaiyaan on March 21, 2010, 19:02 GMT

    Lol.its funny how english fans r shouting abt d caught behind decisions of jonathan trott(which came off d helmet) in defence of biased umpiring.well dats jst 1 guys.wud u give another example of bad decision dat wnt against england.cmon try.

    There is atleast a dozen(if nt more) of bad decisions dat went against bdesh in d series.people(those who hv watched ) will remember this series 4 a long tym bcoz of biased umpiring.. bdesh fought hard n shown a lot of promise even tho they had 2 play against 13players.

    Biased umpiring at its best.

  • Sarfin on March 21, 2010, 18:28 GMT

    @ SimonSpliff, jure23 and others who agreed with them,even the English commentators criticized umpiring. then why the supporters can't? remember, supporters are mostly governed by emotions than logic. @ those who criticized pitch..i find nothing to complain. India made such a pitch where inform Dale Styn became nothing and off form Harvazan became hero.it was a series and ranking deciding match and India is now no.1. if the current best team can make a pitch to save their face, then why the last team in ranking can't make a pitch to avoid a 3/4 day defeat??and i think it is too early to talk about Dhaka pitch because it's just 2nd day and the pitch offered some turn in first day( i couldn't watch 2nd day's play) it is really funny when people watch BD scoring good many runs in 4th innings and the credit goes to pitch. remember Eng lost 7 wickets in 3rd innings in Ctg test. so give some credit to BD batsmen, otherwise u have to confess Eng can't survive in a "flat" pitch..:p

  • 5OLD13R on March 21, 2010, 17:54 GMT

    bangladesh have been playing brilliantly for these two days, but to really show that they can really hack it in the test arena they need to hold out for this test match and just keep on improving.

    shakib bowled brilliantly but made some mistakes by keeping razzack on when he was clearly looking very ragged, Rubel bowled very well i had my doubts about him but at the age of 20 he can be a really good star for our country.

    but my question is where is Mashrafe? and is he in the IPL or has he been left out of the squad

  • Sarfin on March 21, 2010, 17:22 GMT

    To all who supports the umpires,note my points pls 1. almost all the "just clipping leg stumps appeal" went against BD...why?? 2. some decision went against England too. but how many?? i guess two.two in 6 innings (3 ODIs and 3 test innings) is ok. one in Ctg test against Trott, another in 1st or 2nd ODI against Petersen. But how many against BD?? 3. only Shakib suffered at least 3 wrong decision in 6 innings. 4. in 2nd ODI Morgan was not given out in 3 cases (if my memory doesn't betray) and eventually he scored 100 and BD was deprived from a sure victory.when a genuine batsman isn't given out 3 times in a match, then may i ask how many wickets you have to take to win?? i guess 14 wickets. in such a condition any team would complain. 5. i didn't mentions the number of wrong decision in this match. u may count it from today's bulletin.

    now i'd like to ask why so many decision goes against BD? i guess the reason is BCB is not as influential as other cricket boards??? answer me pls.

  • Bengali-Tiger007 on March 21, 2010, 17:19 GMT

    You know its pathetic that umpires make bigger headlines interms of forum which has been the main talking point of this whole tour. Also BD have so far kept their cool during the first two days. But although I'm happy with the result so far, still abit unhappy with the English batting line up. As Cricket fans, we all expect fire works from any openers of any teams such as Tamim (I enjoyed watching him bat). Tamim I think almost forgot that it was a test match and not the IPL and that for me was brilliant. But however, I don't agree that trott is an opener, infact trott should have been dropped and Carbery should have played and thats my honest opinion. But its interesting to see that the 'Sehwag' crew have dissapeared and thats quiete embarrassing, so maybe they should just keep their thoughts to them selves nextime. '' Oh ordinary, ordinary; where at though?''

  • sawn on March 21, 2010, 16:57 GMT

    GO TIGERS!!!!!!!!! WE R GONNA WIN IT!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on March 21, 2010, 16:53 GMT

    In comparison to the overall series the umpiring was the best today.probably because England was batting for most of the day..The duty of umpires is to be consistent in their decision making which was not true for the entire ODI series and 1st Test match..Even Enamul sucked up to English bowlers appeals when he turned over legitimate Bd appeals.....maybe the ICC has nothing to with it directly....It may be in the mindset of umpires.Or it could be that the guinea pig umpires who are on trial basis or are being considered to be sacked are sent 2 Bangladesh...Forget umpiring. I think Shakibs captaincy was very mature today except for prolonging Razzaqs spell in the end.I think EnamulJr should be given a chance in Tests given that his average and strike rates are much better than Raz in Tests....Taking Jahurul was a mistake. the end....ICL returnees are being mistreated 4 some reason. ie. Aftab showed application in the last test1st innings his wicket was the umpires.2nd was an unplayabl 1

  • SimonSpliff on March 21, 2010, 16:40 GMT

    To Rezaul, it wasn't the 17th century that England ruled the world, in the 17th century most of Europe was worried about French hegomony after the decline of the Spanish. England, and later Britain didn't become a great world power until after the War of the Spansh Succession in 1701-1714 and didn't "rule the world" until the 19th. Company control over parts of India wasn't solid until the mid 18th century. I don't really know why I fealt the need to write this, but as a History Masters student I do feel I should correct bad history. Also why are you blaming us for umpiring mistake. Umpiring mistakes happen. Trott was given out wrongly in the first test, Finn had an LBW decision turned down in the first test, as did Broad. Part of cricket I'm afraid. Also India control world cricket now as we all know, why does England get accussed for keeping contries down but at the same time everyone agrees the subcontinent is the place where the money is...

  • TexasRanger on March 21, 2010, 16:22 GMT

    The umpires' decicions have been very spotty .. starting with Tamis wicket and it continues on.

  • on March 21, 2010, 16:12 GMT

    Now Bangladesh can hope for something from this taste. They have a lot of positives so far, need some hard work from the bowlers and filders, keep pressure and a solid second innings total. I think England will be in trouble in the fourth innings, as they were in their second innings in Chittagong against spin attack. Mahmudullah should have some more exposure, particularly for long spell bowling, in stead of Abdur Rajjak. I think Rajjak is fit for one day cricket, and he is not in his best form at present.

    The English bestsman are very selectives against playing Sakib, which is a illustration of their homework and meet the situations deemand. I think if bangladesh can take a lead in first innings and score a decent total in their second innings, England will have panic in their second innings.

  • on March 21, 2010, 16:11 GMT

    Bangladesh has been playing test cricket for 10 years if you see there performance they have improved when they got the test status England is the country who reject to vote Bd for test status but now see how much we have improved i believe in there next tour to Bangladesh England will be whitewashed give us another 5 years we would prove it to you

  • on March 21, 2010, 16:09 GMT

    BANGLADESH SHOULD BE GIVEN A CHANCE JAHURUL FOR OPENING IN SECOND INNINGS BECAUSE OF IMRUL'S DISGUSTING OPENING.

  • nafee on March 21, 2010, 16:09 GMT

    collingwood is really unlucky.........similar kind of ball striking PETERSON's leg was more close then the COLLy's one...........this 2 decision by tony hill justify how bad umpiring has been throughout the series .......when it comes to bangladesh umpires always take chance against them................. bcz their is no punishment for that & that is the safe route for umpires to succeed in icc like great ASOKA DE SILVA...........

  • on March 21, 2010, 15:20 GMT

    i can discuss lot other things apart from umpiring or likes, such as batting approach of Bangladesh's side. They should have learned about the application in test level. I am convinced that they've got the required skill, but what one can do with the skill without its application in right time? I think Bangladesh just has missed the chance posting 500+ in first innings in this placid pitch. and please dont talk much about bad umpiring, it just will be another nice excuse for our weak result and miss the opportunity talking about team's cricketing application or lack of it.

  • SimonSpliff on March 21, 2010, 14:38 GMT

    My goodness there's a lot of moaning on here! Bangladesh have just put together two great days of test cricket together against a top team, you'd have thought they were in real trouble judging by your reactions. These decisions are marginal frankly; also the ICC has done something about umpire decisions, it's the UDRS but Bangladesh decided not to use it. The standard of umpring has been poor I agree, but that's for both sides. These aren't top umpires so that's to be assumed. Also the pitches are poor, everyone has said it, commentators from England and Bangladesh alike, even the Bangladesh team have said they're poor. Wait till you guys come to England, then you'll see proper test match wickets. Bangladesh need to make better pitches because it will really help their standard of cricket. It will encourage better technique for the batsman and give heart to the bowlers. All credit to the batsman though, they batted well, they can't help the pitch.

  • shonkhochil on March 21, 2010, 14:37 GMT

    I am missing all those guys who has been shouting to throw away Bangladesh from test status! Take a look at the NZ Vs AUS match..I can't imagine if Bangladesh had to do a follow on what kind of comments I would have seen ... And I am also missing the 'Ordinary' Shewag & his followers.. Tired of seeing them using this term.. Now they seems really quite but I know they will pop up if BD just do bad in one day.. By the way this series of England will be the example of worst Umpiring in the history of cricket.. But who cares?! You can give whatever decision if you are at Bangladesh match.. Just make sure the decision doesn't go in favor of them..that's all.. I think even a blind Umpire would have done better than Rod tucker .. Can we get a blind Umpire in the next series other than Rod Tucker?? Plz ICC consider this...

  • on March 21, 2010, 14:36 GMT

    CricketingStargazer who are you, most of those who visit cricinfo would not agree with your arrogant words of wisdom, no fan is talking about defeat, being a cricket fan is all about passion and belief for your team, but one should be inclined to point out that it is people like you who don't do their homework correctly, if i am not mistaken, wasn't it the England team and fans who ridiculed the pitch as a reason for Bangladesh taking the first test match to the fifth day. Isn't that "defeatist" attitude. Or have i hurt your feelings now, why don't you go out to the middle and face a few overs from shakib and co, i sure you will survive, after all you don't play with a "defeatist" attitude do you.

  • Rezaul on March 21, 2010, 14:32 GMT

    Some of the guys here just need to shut up. The way they are talking feels like we are back to 17th century where English ruled the world without any rule. Everybody has the right to tell the truth and protest against wrong decisions. In this series, in fact every BD series umpires always play as opponent role. Some of the guys claim that both teams suffered for bad umpiring. Its absolutely wrong. Its BD who suffered every day, every innings. Look at these unworthy umpires, when they gave Zohurul LBW out the ball was just brushing leg stump. In contrary KP was hit on his pad by a ball which was going to hit middle and Leg stump, height was fine as well, but the umpire gave him Not Out because he was KP from English and Zohurul was Out because he was from Bangladesh. What an example of umpiring. These people are crazy.

  • on March 21, 2010, 14:30 GMT

    still 3 days 2 go..they(BD) hv 2 hold d game tight until d last minute..hope for d best..

  • on March 21, 2010, 14:23 GMT

    Quickly pointing out to umpires being not neutral does suggest Bangladeshi supporters need to be matured. It seems like Bangladeshi election - whenever one party looses the election blame it on the election commission or unknown third parties (nobody actually knows who they are!!). If the team is good enough they will win sooner or later... does not matter much in the long run.

  • Usman_Akbar on March 21, 2010, 14:13 GMT

    "What are you guys talking about?? How can you say hitting the top of leg stump is plumb?? Are you serious??"

    Dear Jure23, you must have watched from the second day forward. Go watch the first innings. Why benefit of the doubts are always against Bangladesh? How come the umpires are eager to raise fingers when BD is batting?

    "23.3 53.4 mph, Swann strikes! Jahurul falls for a duck on debut! Jahurul went back to defend, but the ball turned more than he expected, beating the bat and thumping into the pad. Swann went up in an appeal straight away, and replays suggest that the ball was, indeed, just going to clip leg stump."

    Just, clip, leg stump. By the way, the ball did pitch outside the stump as well.

  • on March 21, 2010, 13:52 GMT

    ICC need to rethink about these umpires, they are ruining the game...

  • on March 21, 2010, 13:37 GMT

    Not bad boys if can get England out for 300 run and Bangladesh another 350+ run i hope they do so we have game on our hand we need few more players at this moment you got players in a international level we need 2 more goods bats man, another good all-rounder and 2 blowers. than we can give game to any team any time. maybe bringing Ashraful, Rajin saleh, Raqibul hasan, Mortaza, Suhrawadi Shuvo

    Bcb should bring Raqibul hasan quick as they can

  • Trickstar on March 21, 2010, 13:25 GMT

    I think when you get caught off your helmet and given out like Trott in the first game then that's a bad decision,but LBW just clipping top is sometimes given and sometimes not,England had a decision that was exactly the same that got turned down in the Bang first innings so it goes either way,it's a pity the Bang fans are a bit one eyed and can't stop moaning about the umpiring because the team's doing well.

  • realredbaron on March 21, 2010, 13:13 GMT

    @CricketingStargazer, who told you the review system is decided by the home team?! It is decided by the broadcasters who, in this case, are Nimbus Communications Limited, an India based broadcasters. They have not decided because of the extra bucks they have to spend on the review system and then they compared this to the potential tv audience they would generate in a test series involving Bangladesh. Everything is going against Bangladesh.

  • realredbaron on March 21, 2010, 13:10 GMT

    @cricketingstargazer, you surely haven't watched every minute of the cricket matches(both ODI and test) that Bangladesh team have played in this England tou of Bangladesh. Bangladesh fans are not moaning here. Many neutral non-Bangladeshi cricketing fans are also complaining about the umpiring system. There was not a single incident where English players were unfairly treated by the umpires. But Bangladesh have been treated unfairly in more than one occasion. This is not normal. This is disproportionate and biased umpiring. No one said umpires are taking side. They are not just brave and honest enough to give marginal decisions against England. They are always giving marginal decisions against Bangladesh and also sometimes turning decisions against Bangladesh where Bangladesh surely deserved it in favour of themselves. This has always happened but not to the extent it is happening in this series.

  • on March 21, 2010, 13:10 GMT

    BANGLADESH SHOULD BE GIVEN A CHANCE JAHURUL FOR OPENING IN SECOND INNINGS BECAUSE OF IMRUL'S DISGUSTING OPENING.

  • on March 21, 2010, 13:06 GMT

    Happy to see shakib maintaining pressure on the opponent batsman on a flat wicket.... Still England is in a good position to win this match.... We have to do better to make a result agains England..... friends, umpiring can be like this but in these 2 days it was better that the 1st test.... and we have to win these limitations..........2mrw and the 1st session of the 4th day ...................is going to be important....

  • realredbaron on March 21, 2010, 13:04 GMT

    Bangladesh's main opponent is the umpires. The worse are always umpiring in Bangladesh matches. Except Aleem Dar, there is hardly any umpire who have had completed a Bangladesh home series without any controversial decisions. Yes, controversial decisions occur in cricket. It's part of the game. But for Bangladesh, it is just happening all too often and also disproportionately against them. The umpiring in this Bangladesh series was the worst form of umpiring I have seen in a long time. The one day series could have been different if the series deciding 2nd match was not taken away from Bangladesh by the umpires. One of the umpires from that ODI is also officiating in the tests and he again performed for England today. @jure23, it is just happening all too often and in more than one occasion every day of cricket for Bangladesh team. Frustrating.

  • dipuzr on March 21, 2010, 13:02 GMT

    i truly agree that its time we stop blaming umpires & look at ourselves. after all, there's something called benefit of doubt & the law has made it in batsman's favour. so even if the umpire thinks "i think its out", he cant give it out..... anyway, rather than looking at the umpire, lets see what we have done to take the wickets.. nothing much really. cook & peterson gave away their wicket. only collingwood was out to the bowler. since the pitch is so flat, we need to ask sakib what about taking initiatives to force a batsman to take risk, which will certainly give some hopes to the bowler. & finally what's advantage of being a home team when dont get any advantage??? will someone ask this to the curator????

  • hjfaruq on March 21, 2010, 13:02 GMT

    This is very unfortunate issue for Bangladesh even the umpire is from Bangladesh (remind the ODI in Chittagong!! Enamul Haque was stand there). I can't understand why ICC deprive the cricket match by the umpires! Now I remember one of my teacher's dialogue (Associate Prof. of Curtin University, SG in Business faculty) " Boss is always right even he is a monkey". What a elite decision of ICC in this 21st century!!

  • on March 21, 2010, 12:58 GMT

    BANGLADESH SHOULD BE GIVEN A CHANCE JAHURUL FOR OPENING IN SECOND INNINGS BECAUSE OF IMRUL'S DISGUSTING OPENING.

  • hjfaruq on March 21, 2010, 12:51 GMT

    This is very unfortunate issue for Bangladesh even the umpire is from Bangladesh (remind the ODI in Chittagong!! Enamul Haque was stand there). I can't understand why ICC deprive the cricket match by the umpires! Now I remember one of my teacher's dialogue (Associate Prof. of Curtin University, SG in Business faculty) " Boss is always right even he is a monkey". What a elite decision of ICC in this 21st century!!

  • on March 21, 2010, 12:48 GMT

    from the beginning at the highest level of cricket Bangladeshi boys are struggling and people are always blaming them due to their performance. even some cricket personal around the world are always talking negative about Bangladesh cricket. if someone understand cricket and watched the Bangladesh cricket of last 2 decay and know about the facility and infrastructure in Bangladesh......they are bound to say "Bangladesh is on ryt track." I believe Tigers have a rosy future in cricket. we should give them another 3-5 year to bloom.

  • Kalim-Bangladesh on March 21, 2010, 12:42 GMT

    Now BCB has to play a big role, cricket no longer a game for only Englishes or for Aussies. Be it for the sake of market, Bangladesh has got the chance of becoming 2nd only to India. These frequent wrong/partial judgements should be packaged and then should be referred to ICC preferrably in a presentation having ACC members. There won't be shortage in support from sub-continent representatives especially when u have three big players like India, Pakistan & Srilanka beside u.

  • shoarthing on March 21, 2010, 12:41 GMT

    Bangladesh dominating play for probably 5 out of 6 sessions is good news. The wicket looks likely to be a little too dreary . . . tho' . . . . if it continues to flatten out tomorrow England might well get a decent ist innings total before the wicket starts to really crack on the 4th & 5th days . . . could be a genuinely competitive & interesting Test right to the end.

  • on March 21, 2010, 12:40 GMT

    BANGLADESH SHOULD BE GIVEN A CHANCE JAHURUL FOR OPENING IN SECOND INNINGS BECAUSE OF IMRUL'S DISGUSTING OPENING.

  • hjfaruq on March 21, 2010, 12:39 GMT

    This is a great opportunity for Bangladesh to make a glorious history against England when BD don't have the win against them even ODI match. Good luck and Go ahead Bangladesh

  • bhigi_billi on March 21, 2010, 12:22 GMT

    bangladesh is again effected for umpiring...ICC should think about this...this is happenning time and time

  • supersaiyaan on March 21, 2010, 12:20 GMT

    Disgusted wid d umpiring.dey r making 2-4 wrong decisions everyday,n unsurprisingly all of em are against Bdesh...

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

    THAT'S CALL I " TEAM BANGLADESH"..WELL DONE BOYS.KEEP IT UP...........INSALLAH WE WILL BE THERE.

  • jure23 on March 21, 2010, 12:01 GMT

    What are you guys talking about?? How can you say hitting the top of leg stump is plumb?? Are you serious?? Come on guys thats cricket. You are going to have decisions like that, it wasn't so bad. You are treating it like it happens every day to Bangladesh, and it doesn't. Anyway Peterson (Or whatever you want to call him) was out soon after, so it doesn't exactly change the match does it.

    Good effort by Bangladesh, I really hope they go on to win this match, but there is still a lot of work to do. Go the Tigers!!!~~

  • hjfaruq on March 21, 2010, 11:58 GMT

    One thing is very important to win in test for Bangladesh that BD team have two competitor in test match.....one is the opposition team off-course and another are two umpires!! ICC should look after on this to uplift this tremendous developed cricket team to continue the elite status of cricket

  • jure23 on March 21, 2010, 11:55 GMT

    ShamimH, Ferdous, and Nafee, what are you guys talking about??

    Y

  • CricketingStargazer on March 21, 2010, 11:47 GMT

    Possibly Bangladesh fans would do better to stop moaning about the umpiring, which has been poor for both sides and concentrate on the game. It sounds like you want to get the excuses in early before another defeat and is a totally defeatist attitude. There will always be marginal decisions and the occasional rank bad one. To say that they always go against your own side is to seek a justification for losing.

    Umpires are neutral. End of story. And it is the home side's decision whether or not to have the umpire review system in place.

  • Gupta.Ankur on March 21, 2010, 10:44 GMT

    Bangladesh is performing really well at home now and i think they deserve to be included more in other countries itenaries....

    Atleast they are doing better than NZ and WI....

  • on March 21, 2010, 9:38 GMT

    true, but i hope they can keep it tight.... we got this habit of getting the opponents pinned down and then letting them go...

  • nafee on March 21, 2010, 8:38 GMT

    rubel to peterson......86/1.........plumb LBW.........but great decision by tony hill giving not out............that is the tale of this series...........this type of bad umpiring is now become common thing for bangladesh cricket.............. i really just fear for bangladeshi boy in upcoming days bcz this type of partial tendency from umpires to bangladesh is frequently happening without any punisment

  • ShamimH on March 21, 2010, 8:22 GMT

    Umpires and umpires - we need balance here else it will be a while before Bangladesh get's fair play.

  • ShamimH on March 21, 2010, 8:19 GMT

    Through out this tournament has been deplorable and shows up again and again. Peterson LBW or Trotts LBW - no chance for Bangladesh. No fair play in Cricket.

  • ferdous06 on March 21, 2010, 8:16 GMT

    well played Bangladesh. umpiring has to improve. its really bad to see all international umpires doing so bad in this series. hope Bangladesh can force a draw here. best of luck tigers!!

  • zia005 on March 21, 2010, 7:37 GMT

    It seems that Bangladesh side is playing matured cricket. No doubt the boys are playing well, specially the tail enders deserve thanks for their cool play.

  • Almost on March 21, 2010, 7:26 GMT

    Good going Tigers! Jus need to spin the English into a quandry and win this test match..Prove to the world that England are as overrated as u guys are underrated..PS-kudos to the English commentators who persisted in blaming the state of the pitch for every boundary and 6 u guys flayed off the clueless English!

  • zak_india on March 21, 2010, 7:25 GMT

    England bowlers deserve all the criticism but I think Bangladesh batsman deserve credit for this effort. Good job guys!!!

  • on March 21, 2010, 7:19 GMT

    Well done Tigers......... keep it up.....

  • on March 21, 2010, 6:52 GMT

    Just shows the inexperience of Cook (especially his captaincy) in subcontinental wickets...........Nicks probably wont carry to anyone in the slip cordon and will more often than not run down to the third man area boundary.........he seems to have this manic depression thing with his field settings going ultra offensive or ultra defensive whenever his decision backfires.........But credit should go to naim, Shafiul and rubel for maintaining their cool and for making the English sweat some more.

  • on March 21, 2010, 6:19 GMT

    England will be followed on, i am sure.

  • on March 21, 2010, 6:03 GMT

    419..well played tigers..against 13 opposition players(11 english players..2 field umpires)

  • on March 21, 2010, 6:03 GMT

    England will do good... i am afraid that they will make a huge run......... but they have to do it quickly .....

  • AnuragAcharya on March 21, 2010, 5:59 GMT

    Excellent cricket by Bangladesh. This type of cricket is very important for their development as a test team.... Good going Tigers!

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  • AnuragAcharya on March 21, 2010, 5:59 GMT

    Excellent cricket by Bangladesh. This type of cricket is very important for their development as a test team.... Good going Tigers!

  • on March 21, 2010, 6:03 GMT

    England will do good... i am afraid that they will make a huge run......... but they have to do it quickly .....

  • on March 21, 2010, 6:03 GMT

    419..well played tigers..against 13 opposition players(11 english players..2 field umpires)

  • on March 21, 2010, 6:19 GMT

    England will be followed on, i am sure.

  • on March 21, 2010, 6:52 GMT

    Just shows the inexperience of Cook (especially his captaincy) in subcontinental wickets...........Nicks probably wont carry to anyone in the slip cordon and will more often than not run down to the third man area boundary.........he seems to have this manic depression thing with his field settings going ultra offensive or ultra defensive whenever his decision backfires.........But credit should go to naim, Shafiul and rubel for maintaining their cool and for making the English sweat some more.

  • on March 21, 2010, 7:19 GMT

    Well done Tigers......... keep it up.....

  • zak_india on March 21, 2010, 7:25 GMT

    England bowlers deserve all the criticism but I think Bangladesh batsman deserve credit for this effort. Good job guys!!!

  • Almost on March 21, 2010, 7:26 GMT

    Good going Tigers! Jus need to spin the English into a quandry and win this test match..Prove to the world that England are as overrated as u guys are underrated..PS-kudos to the English commentators who persisted in blaming the state of the pitch for every boundary and 6 u guys flayed off the clueless English!

  • zia005 on March 21, 2010, 7:37 GMT

    It seems that Bangladesh side is playing matured cricket. No doubt the boys are playing well, specially the tail enders deserve thanks for their cool play.

  • ferdous06 on March 21, 2010, 8:16 GMT

    well played Bangladesh. umpiring has to improve. its really bad to see all international umpires doing so bad in this series. hope Bangladesh can force a draw here. best of luck tigers!!