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

Determined Bangladesh put pressure on England

The Bulletin by Liam Brickhill

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.

  • Josh on March 22, 2010, 0:14 GMT

    Go bangers! as for England...aaahhh hahahahahahahaha

  • raghav 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.

  • Dre 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.

  • Erwin 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.

  • ashiq 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............

  • Shahadat 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?

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


    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?


  • reza on March 21, 2010, 21:30 GMT

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

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