Bangladesh v England, 2nd Test, Dhaka, 3rd day March 22, 2010

Ian Bell and Tim Bresnan earn England narrow lead

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England 440 for 8 (Bresnan 74*, Tredwell 0*, Shakib Al Hasan 4-99) lead Bangladesh 419 (Tamim Iqbal 85, Swann 4-114) by 21 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Ian Bell's classy 138 wrestled England a narrow advantage in the second Test after Bangladesh's hopes were deflated by poor umpiring decisions and gritty batting. Bell was supported by a fluent 62 from Matt Prior and a battling 76 from Tim Bresnan who batted through the final two sessions to remain unbeaten at the close.

What ended a lacklustre day started with real tension when Jonathan Trott was dismissed in the third over. His torturous effort last night heaped pressure on his batting partners but he was unlucky to be out to a ball that trickled back off his forearm on to off stump. It was an important strike and left England teetering on the brink of embarrassment until Bell revived their hopes.

Watchful but untroubled throughout he has transformed his reputation as a soft-centred scorer of easy runs to one of England's steeliest batsmen this winter. His 10th Test hundred is the first time he has passed three figures without a team-mate doing the same before him in the innings and is a mark of how far he has come since being dropped after England's 54-all-out calamity in Jamaica last year. Dripping with talent he feathered the ball around the ground at will, reaching three figures in typically deft style, gliding Rubel Hossain for four behind point.

Bell's average against Bangladesh continues to be stratospheric, although plummeted to a mere 244 when he was finally dismissed for 138. Unlike his runs in the first Test this innings was crucial, guiding England out of trouble and setting up a chance of victory. It's the style of knock that makes him appear like a natural No. 3, a hole the selectors have longingly looked at Bell to fill, but given his success down the order they will be reluctant to tamper.

It could have all been different for Bangladesh had they not been denied three decisions at crucial moments. With Shakib Al Hassan asphyxiating England at one end and Rubel finding incisive reverse-swing at the other, Prior was on 7 when Rubel snaked one into his pads and trapped him bang in front. However, Tony Hill thought otherwise and Prior made it count.

After struggling for runs early on the second new ball broke the shackles and Prior went on to share an enterprising 98-run stand with Bell. Shakib, much like his opposite number, has made some curious decisions through the series. He virtually ignored his two offspinners, Naeem Islam and Mahmudullah, instead stubbornly sticking to Abdul Razzak's innocuous left-arm spin. Razzak was poor on the second day but was again given the new ball. He repeatedly erred in length and line and allowed Prior to canter his way to an 83-ball fifty.

It was only a rash swipe from Prior, looking for a third boundary in an over over off Shakib, that allowed Bangladesh a glimpse at a first-innings lead as they saw Bresnan wondering out at No. 7 ahead of Graeme Swann and Stuart Broad with the deficit still 147. Bresnan should have departed on 5 when Shakib found an inside edge that popped up off the pad to silly point, yet once more the decision was turned down and the home side never really recovered.

Across the two Tests and the earlier one-day series Bangladesh have endured the worst of the decisions. It's difficult for a side used to losing to see opportunities denied and it was no surprise when, seeing the chance of a rare win disappearing, Jamie Siddons, the Bangladesh coach, grow increasingly agitated. Firstly he charged into the umpires' room and later, when an lbw appeal against Bell was turned out, he was seen gesticulating at the boundary edge. It was the kind of passion that David Lloyd used to show in his time as England coach and Siddons' frustration was understandable.

Bangladesh really flagged as the day wore on, revealing their inexperience as the fielding descended into farce at times and the intent all but disappearing. Bresnan picked off the runs that were available on a pitch designed for utter tedium. He'll make harder Test runs but a maiden fifty, coming at a time England needed them will be a useful nudge to the selectors when Ashes fever heats up later in the year.

Bangladesh showed more heart in the final session with Rubel, in particular, running in hard in unforgiving conditions. England once again favoured caution over adventure, working the ball around and being content to drift along without showing the flair needed to be ruthless. Shakib toiled all day, recalling yesteryear with 27 maidens, and was rewarded when Bell skied a slog-sweep to midwicket.

Shortly before the close, Bangladesh finally had some luck when Bresnan drilled a drive back at Shakib, who deflected it onto the stumps to run out Graeme Swann at the non-striker's end and Broad was out lbw to the underused Mahmudullah. Bresnan ended 26 short of a maiden hundred and England will need to extend their narrow to give themselves before trying to extract Bangladesh for a second time on this very docile surface and, once again, there will be a huge onus on Swann.

Sahil Dutta is assistant editor of Cricinfo

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  • POSTED BY _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on | March 23, 2010, 12:05 GMT

    I think Sahkib made a good rational statement unlike some of the fans on this site. He admitted they had a rough time with decisions, there were poor standards ann blamed the BCB for not having the UDRS system! He never accused the umps of bias! ,which may be expected since he is an Int'l cricketer with a superior understanding of the game. I have no problem with saying one is disappointed with the decisions, I too feel d same with ump standards all over the world dropping. BUT I have a problem with the EXCESSIVE ACCUSATIONS of racism n bias of the umps. Racism and prejudice r serious serious offenses, especially for sport officials. I believe many of those who LOOSELY accuse persons of racism n bias on this site are cowards, thats right cowards who don't have the guts to accuse persons face 2 face. If you want to vent serious accusations without concrete evidence, do it with your friends at home not on an Int'l website. It ruins the tone of the comments section for it is rude.

  • POSTED BY on | March 23, 2010, 3:36 GMT

    thats very difficult to improbe our country cricket

  • POSTED BY on | March 23, 2010, 3:24 GMT

    The same thing happened in Pakistan where they were literally given the game, Bangladesh isn't playing England - they have two additional players and the ICC will simply ignore it, because it's much easier that way. Had this been the English team only then, would ICC take a stiff stance. WHAT A SHAME ! With this attitude Baseball do much better than cricket in the near future. At least a failed organization incapable of implementing a system which fair reviews are part of the game is too much to ask for" "Respecting the official umpiring" - what kind of pathetic, low minded attitude is this with all the available technology ! I have a very good SOLUTION. Put in game reviews, and if umpires refuse to use it and make the wrong decision fine them, HEAVILY - then there will be no more mistakes.

  • POSTED BY Rezaul on | March 23, 2010, 3:00 GMT

    All I can say is that its a shame for cricket what we have witnessed in Dhaka. Two umpires are competing with each other to give one after another decisions against Bangladesh. We saw three genuine LBWs (KP, Prior,Bell) were not given in England innings then finally a catch Out was not given. On the other hand, Zohurul was given LBW which was very marginal. Actually these people are shameless. They just do not want to see Bangladesh does better. Imagine what would happen if umpires would give right decisions: England would all out of below 300 and a healthy lead would have been an ideal situation for Bangladesh who played better cricket than England in this test. But these umpires, match referee do not have any respect for cricket. All they can chorus on undermining Bangladesh. Its a shame for cricket. Again, if a team needs to take 14/15 wickets in an innings then how can you expect them to do better!!

  • POSTED BY DesiChele on | March 23, 2010, 2:46 GMT

    Well done England. Reaching 400 with the help of the umpires was quite an achievement. But I am sure this England team will need little more than the umpires support when they play against teams like India, Australia. Give Bangladesh the support of the umpires that England are getting or paint them white. Bangladesh will blackwash England every time they play. No matter it is Test, One-dayers or T20.

  • POSTED BY on | March 23, 2010, 2:03 GMT

    I cant take it anymore....seriously enough is enough...how could you turn down appeal after appeal. There is a limit. Jesuuuuuuus Christ, it seems the umpire came onto the field already deciding that they wont give out any appeal against England...Only God can help us.

  • POSTED BY Bengali-Tiger007 on | March 23, 2010, 0:37 GMT

    Hi everyone, just wanted to thank all those who have so far admitted and agree that the poor umpiring decision is actually taking away the game from the BD. I think that 'Sharif217' is bang on the money. I agree with him that something must be done because there is still 2 days of play remaining. I understand Siddons anger and frustation, but what he and the BCB can now do is take it up to the ICC. They should make a formal complaint to the ICC. But I dont know how effective ICC is, I really dissaprove of the ICC. It takes them a lifetime for a meeting which is apparently still taking place right now in Dubai, don't know how a meeting can take so long, not too sure whether they are meeting or just having a fun holiday? While on the other hand they are most likely to be aware of the dimwitt umpires on this series who are completely not elligable to even be umpires. These two umpires should be removed and hopefully they wont be there for the 20/20 wcup. IPL is superior to the ICC bigtime

  • POSTED BY on | March 23, 2010, 0:25 GMT

    Could somebody clarify the role of the 3rd umpire? He can see the replays. Can he not contact the field umpires when there's an obvious mistake?

  • POSTED BY on | March 22, 2010, 23:00 GMT

    what in the earth is happening? OMG this is some low class umpiring ruining the fun of cricket... SAVE THE CRICKET

  • POSTED BY on | March 22, 2010, 22:19 GMT

    We need fair umpiring..........Let England have 12 wickets as a handicap benefit but please ensure that there is a semblance of fairness in umpiring......Please stop sending worthless junkies ...we'll pay their unemployment wages if required

  • POSTED BY _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on | March 23, 2010, 12:05 GMT

    I think Sahkib made a good rational statement unlike some of the fans on this site. He admitted they had a rough time with decisions, there were poor standards ann blamed the BCB for not having the UDRS system! He never accused the umps of bias! ,which may be expected since he is an Int'l cricketer with a superior understanding of the game. I have no problem with saying one is disappointed with the decisions, I too feel d same with ump standards all over the world dropping. BUT I have a problem with the EXCESSIVE ACCUSATIONS of racism n bias of the umps. Racism and prejudice r serious serious offenses, especially for sport officials. I believe many of those who LOOSELY accuse persons of racism n bias on this site are cowards, thats right cowards who don't have the guts to accuse persons face 2 face. If you want to vent serious accusations without concrete evidence, do it with your friends at home not on an Int'l website. It ruins the tone of the comments section for it is rude.

  • POSTED BY on | March 23, 2010, 3:36 GMT

    thats very difficult to improbe our country cricket

  • POSTED BY on | March 23, 2010, 3:24 GMT

    The same thing happened in Pakistan where they were literally given the game, Bangladesh isn't playing England - they have two additional players and the ICC will simply ignore it, because it's much easier that way. Had this been the English team only then, would ICC take a stiff stance. WHAT A SHAME ! With this attitude Baseball do much better than cricket in the near future. At least a failed organization incapable of implementing a system which fair reviews are part of the game is too much to ask for" "Respecting the official umpiring" - what kind of pathetic, low minded attitude is this with all the available technology ! I have a very good SOLUTION. Put in game reviews, and if umpires refuse to use it and make the wrong decision fine them, HEAVILY - then there will be no more mistakes.

  • POSTED BY Rezaul on | March 23, 2010, 3:00 GMT

    All I can say is that its a shame for cricket what we have witnessed in Dhaka. Two umpires are competing with each other to give one after another decisions against Bangladesh. We saw three genuine LBWs (KP, Prior,Bell) were not given in England innings then finally a catch Out was not given. On the other hand, Zohurul was given LBW which was very marginal. Actually these people are shameless. They just do not want to see Bangladesh does better. Imagine what would happen if umpires would give right decisions: England would all out of below 300 and a healthy lead would have been an ideal situation for Bangladesh who played better cricket than England in this test. But these umpires, match referee do not have any respect for cricket. All they can chorus on undermining Bangladesh. Its a shame for cricket. Again, if a team needs to take 14/15 wickets in an innings then how can you expect them to do better!!

  • POSTED BY DesiChele on | March 23, 2010, 2:46 GMT

    Well done England. Reaching 400 with the help of the umpires was quite an achievement. But I am sure this England team will need little more than the umpires support when they play against teams like India, Australia. Give Bangladesh the support of the umpires that England are getting or paint them white. Bangladesh will blackwash England every time they play. No matter it is Test, One-dayers or T20.

  • POSTED BY on | March 23, 2010, 2:03 GMT

    I cant take it anymore....seriously enough is enough...how could you turn down appeal after appeal. There is a limit. Jesuuuuuuus Christ, it seems the umpire came onto the field already deciding that they wont give out any appeal against England...Only God can help us.

  • POSTED BY Bengali-Tiger007 on | March 23, 2010, 0:37 GMT

    Hi everyone, just wanted to thank all those who have so far admitted and agree that the poor umpiring decision is actually taking away the game from the BD. I think that 'Sharif217' is bang on the money. I agree with him that something must be done because there is still 2 days of play remaining. I understand Siddons anger and frustation, but what he and the BCB can now do is take it up to the ICC. They should make a formal complaint to the ICC. But I dont know how effective ICC is, I really dissaprove of the ICC. It takes them a lifetime for a meeting which is apparently still taking place right now in Dubai, don't know how a meeting can take so long, not too sure whether they are meeting or just having a fun holiday? While on the other hand they are most likely to be aware of the dimwitt umpires on this series who are completely not elligable to even be umpires. These two umpires should be removed and hopefully they wont be there for the 20/20 wcup. IPL is superior to the ICC bigtime

  • POSTED BY on | March 23, 2010, 0:25 GMT

    Could somebody clarify the role of the 3rd umpire? He can see the replays. Can he not contact the field umpires when there's an obvious mistake?

  • POSTED BY on | March 22, 2010, 23:00 GMT

    what in the earth is happening? OMG this is some low class umpiring ruining the fun of cricket... SAVE THE CRICKET

  • POSTED BY on | March 22, 2010, 22:19 GMT

    We need fair umpiring..........Let England have 12 wickets as a handicap benefit but please ensure that there is a semblance of fairness in umpiring......Please stop sending worthless junkies ...we'll pay their unemployment wages if required

  • POSTED BY on | March 22, 2010, 22:13 GMT

    I cant take it anymore....seriously enough is enough...how could you turn down appeal after appeal. There is a limit. Jesuuuuuuus Christ, it seems the umpire came onto the field already deciding that they wont give out any appeal against England...Only God can help us.

  • POSTED BY BD_CricFan on | March 22, 2010, 21:48 GMT

    OUTRAGEOUS!!!! After all the history of poor one-sided umpiring decisions against Bangladesh, BCB didn't want to spend the money for the UDRS????? BUT they found the money for the painting facelift and flowers in the stadium to suck up to the ICC president??????? If Bangladesh loses this match due to bad umpiring and shakib couldn't ask for review due to the absense of UDRS then I hope the entire cricket board will resign if they have some self-respect and dignity left by then.

  • POSTED BY on | March 22, 2010, 21:01 GMT

    There are lots of matches where Bangladesh loose the match because of umpire ugly and brutal decision against them--but at the end of calculation the statics show only the result which indicate how bad this team--but this so called history do not show the real story. England fear to take referral system because if they take this there unnamed team member-tucker and hill would fail to help them .

    What is that match referee do actually,does he only there to punish player?

  • POSTED BY on | March 22, 2010, 20:54 GMT

    i think its unfortunate for Bangladesh but it is cricket, it happens, i remember it happening to England plenty of times, If it was England who were getting rough decisions who would have sympathy with them, probably not many people.................... Bangladesh though look potent at home, they may get a draw here but i think Australia next time they are over there might need to worry, no real seam or spin bowling threat and an ageing batting line up. ................ however to be a threat elsewhere they need to stop this pointless spin bowling attack............ Rubel Hussain has been the most penetrative bowler, get mortaza back, and give shafiul more of a bowl.

  • POSTED BY murshed on | March 22, 2010, 20:52 GMT

    According to the Oxford dictionary the definition of an umpire is "A person in charge of a game who makes decisions during it and makes sure that the rules are obeyed." Those two guys, with white shirts and black pants on, were nowhere near to this definition. Furthermore, the commentaries of the series were not too far from the so-called umpiring. For instance, Whenever Bangladeshi players failed to score runs or gave away too many runs; they were torn into pieces by the English commentators but flat pitches, hot weather considered failures for their counterparts. About bowling, I agree that Bangladesh did not bowl well before this test; but so far in this test Bangladeshi's bowling was far better than their opponent's. For example, in the first day of the test, England conceded 330 for 8 in their 94 over and yesterday Bangladesh conceded 269 in their 90 over and picked up 9 wickets (4 were not given). Now you do the math.

  • POSTED BY realredbaron on | March 22, 2010, 20:49 GMT

    With proper umpiring, or at least consistent umpiring, England would have been below 300 in their 1st innnings. @simonspliff, Bangladesh created much pressure at the morning and it was after 3 plumb decisions going against them that they deviated from their line, length and fielding.Stop whining.There were worse dust bowl wickets in India and Pakistan where visitors from England had to play.Even to this date, India prepares slow, with uneven bounce, deteriorating wickets for the series deciding test if they go down during the 1st few tests in their home series. The wicket in Bangladesh at least holds properly and yes it is a batting heaven and yes it may not be the best pitch to play test on, but it is far from the worst that you'll find in the subcontinent. There are young new prospects in Rubel Hossain and Shafiul Islam who can bowl around 135-140 kph and they are some of the latest addition to the team. They need time and beside no pace bowler could shine on this pitch.

  • POSTED BY Coastaltown on | March 22, 2010, 20:27 GMT

    Umpiring decisions were woeful, and I really feel for bangladesh. This is speaking as an england fan, incidentally. Unfortunately when you're up against it the decisions go against you (did a single aus batsman get out to a marginal decision in the entire 1990's? Probably, but it sure as hell felt like they didn't). I'm still annoyed about Graeme Smith in the last SA test...heigh ho. Bad luck, one day, hopefully, you'll get the rub of the green.

    One thing which does need pointing out, though, without wishing to sound patronising, is that bangladesh have put up a hell of a fight, and with better luck would probably have a first innings lead. Hopefully a few nay-sayers regarding their test status will knock it off, now.

  • POSTED BY Pickledwalnuts on | March 22, 2010, 20:26 GMT

    Bangladesh's captain, Shakib Al Hasan, blamed the Bangladesh Cricket Board for failing to pay for the use of the Umpire Review Decision System, after his side's hopes of an historic maiden Test victory over England were undermined by a succession of rough umpiring decisions that allowed their opponents to graft their way to a 21-run lead with two first-innings wickets remaining.

    This iss where the main problem lies. Yes the umpiring has been woeful but the BCB have shot themselves in the foot.

  • POSTED BY ZsZs on | March 22, 2010, 20:21 GMT

    It is a shame for Test Cricket if umpiring is biased like this and there is no recourse. I wanted to see a good game. Shame that umpiring can spoil a good game like this. In a test so evenly poised there is no room for error, and any one's part. This is a disservice to the cricketing world.

  • POSTED BY on | March 22, 2010, 20:14 GMT

    What a JOKE ! waiting to c some more amazing . tricky , frustating bogus boo umpiring decisions............... ICC doing nothing... this test match shud be stopped here... Shakib can leave the field 2mrw... if any confirmed bogus decision given again.... ROD TUCKER & TONY HILL grat going... hhahhahhahah

  • POSTED BY pollok911 on | March 22, 2010, 19:26 GMT

    job well done by ICC & the umpires...They were by far the best players for the England team.

  • POSTED BY panchdona.narsingdi on | March 22, 2010, 19:22 GMT

    Who he read cricinfo news regularly never like to hear the word ("poor umpiring" or miss umpiring)..... So now my question to ICC in this regards, those million of people are watching the cricket match""""What you have tell them for poor umpiring" Its very sad to us how many time will happen it. Tiger really fight against 11 English player and include of two umpire,,,,

  • POSTED BY on | March 22, 2010, 19:08 GMT

    What happened out there today was pretty shameful.

    It was a case of two struggling umpires trying too hard to impress their Boss and going way overboard. I guess they didnt want Mr.Morgan to face any embarrassing moments from the media had Bangladesh taken a sizeable lead.

    Only delaying the inevitable.

  • POSTED BY on | March 22, 2010, 18:53 GMT

    Now i see why all th English players have such good averages...If i was allowed an lbw and catch to be discarded per innings i would also boast a test average of 40 plus........ Bangladeshi players shouldn't be disheartened neither should the selecters....since they are taking 15 wickets per innings already....like to day England shoudv been 430/11........or even less if u cant the runs the batsmen had when they were out.....probably 250/10 atmost..

    we will start winning on this pitch YES the flattest one in the world when we start taking 20-25 wickets per innings. That will happen next time England come with more South Africans or which ever country they start importing players from

  • POSTED BY on | March 22, 2010, 18:50 GMT

    Thanks Cricinfo for highlighting the issue. We would support your continual effort.

  • POSTED BY on | March 22, 2010, 18:29 GMT

    We Bangladeshi fans (and surely players and stuffs also) are really frustrated with sick umpiring decisions, and unsurprising all go out of Bangladesh's way. How can you fight against a top team when all three top scorers are blessed trough poor umpiring? It surely demoralizes bowlers and fielders confidence. Can we blame those cricket-fans who fear ICC has instructions to the umpires to provide comport to the top teams in the field?

  • POSTED BY sallu123 on | March 22, 2010, 18:26 GMT

    repeatation of shameless umpiring

  • POSTED BY Kalim-Bangladesh on | March 22, 2010, 18:19 GMT

    Its shame for ICC and shame for cricketing world as whole. One emerging team aren't even getting fair decisions. If u talk of mistakes it can't be one sided it can be and should have been in favour of both sidesl. I think BCB needs to make a statement here. Package all the legal genuin decisions that were turn down by so called Elite Panel Umpires and ask ICC whether these umpires can continue or not, try and eliminate them from elite panel. Hit them where it hurts the most, their elimination from Elite panel will leave them with less money and it will be examplary for other umpires as well.

  • POSTED BY phoenixsteve on | March 22, 2010, 16:57 GMT

    Firstly I like to say how great it is to be able to watch this series here in the USA! My wife doesn't appreciate my "strange hours" it's been great. The cricket has been a little dull and the pitches are the culprit. England have modified their team selection and tactics intelligently and credit should be given to captain and selectors for that. BD have improved and are proving hard to beat at home but I think the real test will come abroad in England, New Zealand, South Africa and of course Oz! It's been a shame about the umpiring and BD have had the worst of it which is a shame for them. However we should not forget the years of poor decisions and all the potential England test stars who's careers were cut short by appaling umpiring. Bad decisions unfortunately are part of the game and one reason that cricket is such a character builder. Technology can help things along and this series is one the ICC should feel slightly ashamed about. There's no malice in the poor umpiring though

  • POSTED BY supersaiyaan on | March 22, 2010, 16:54 GMT

    Lets jst hope bdesh make it 2 semi-final in next years wc.then we will be a cricketing power house overni8 n bcb will be beefed up n hv far more influence on icc.then umpires gona think thrice b4 giving a decisions against bdesh.

  • POSTED BY Shahadatrz on | March 22, 2010, 16:49 GMT

    Sahil wrote here in this article: "It could have all been different for Bangladesh had they not been denied three decisions at crucial moments." Then, "Prior was on 7 when Rubel snaked one into his pads and trapped him bang in front. However, Tony Hill thought otherwise..." Then, "Bresnan should have departed on 5 when Shakib found an inside edge that popped up off the pad to silly point, yet once more the decision was turned down" Then, "Across the two Tests and the earlier one-day series Bangladesh have endured the worst of the decisions." So, pls calculate the runs England actually scored. I calculated and found that Eng were all out under 250, if 80% of the decisions were given that were turned down. So, how can Eng supporters and commentators blame the pitch where Eng cannot score over 250 without their teamwork with umpires? I cannot say much today, as all of u have watched what happened today. My only worry is now, what will happen when BD team will go England in May?

  • POSTED BY Enam_Khan on | March 22, 2010, 16:48 GMT

    It is absolutely disgusting what umpires had done. Throughout this test series and earlier one day series Bangladesh had to accept poor umpiring. I can not say those descesions were umpires' mistakes anymore. I think Bangladesh Board should take this mattrer to ICC. People easily criticise Bangladesh for poor performance but mostly they forget Bangladesh had to fight two opposition, firstly Umpires and secondly opposite team. However Bangla boys should be possitive and try to play their best for next couple of days. Our boys should rise facing all un-justice and show the world they are capable. SHAME ON UMPIRES. Bravo Bangladesh, go forward and all the peoples love cricket will be behind you.

  • POSTED BY mujahidul on | March 22, 2010, 16:43 GMT

    Review system should be mandatory for each international match. How come a ground is selected for World cup and there is not technology to apply the review system? In addition to the review system, Umpires' performance review should also be done on every match and the umpires should be ranked accordingly. How can an Elite panel member of the ICC be so biased? Human error should be balanced against each team. But, here all the errors occured against one single team. That's suspicious!!

  • POSTED BY wali1446 on | March 22, 2010, 16:36 GMT

    It's UNFORTUNATE for Bangladesh but not a rare scene now a days. Umpires always go against the weaker teams. May be it helps them to remain in the so called ELITE PANNEL. I think these two gentlemen should get a ban for atleast one year which might help them to come out from predetermined gesture. I AM SORRY TO ALL BANGLADESHI SUPPORTERS....

  • POSTED BY bangali_1 on | March 22, 2010, 16:19 GMT

    CricInfo, your title today should have been 'poor umpiring earn England narrow lead'. The 2 Incompetent field umipires just ruined the match. Do you think, these 2 umpires could show the 'courage' for not giving out in some occasions yesterday had the team been India or Australia instead of Bangladesh? I hope ICC is watching what damage is being done to cricket by poor umpiring. Its not just Bangladesh who is at the receiving end of bad umpiring, it is the cricket in general... You can't expect cricket to flourish when umpires like Tucker and Hill conduct the show (or do they have anything against Bangladesh? May be its the heat!)

  • POSTED BY WhoCaresAboutIPL on | March 22, 2010, 16:07 GMT

    I (an England supporter) have a great deal of sympathy with the Bangladesh side, but the problem is not(in my view) bias in the umpiring, but not very experienced umpires allowed to officiate (with or without the review system).

    Traditionally English umpires have come from the County circuit, and have learnt the ins and outs (!) from the other side. In Ashes matches we are now subjected to poorer umpires because the best (amongst these, in particular, Aussie and English) cannot stand. I understand that the pressure for "independent" umpires came from South Asian Boards - perhaps it is time to relax this so we have better on-field decisions. I appreciate this may seem contentious, but decisions do not seem to be improving....

  • POSTED BY Shahadatrz on | March 22, 2010, 16:06 GMT

    @ Sarfin: I'll join u to hammer those debaters who debated yesterday. I said yesterday that these people never see a full day of a Test, and if they argue today, I'm sure they are more blind and partial than the umpires.

    I don't want to explain anything today, as I'm truly speechless. Just want to show some proof to my beloved debtors who support their beloved Rod and Tucker, the great Umpiring pair in the world.

    Pls just read this article, as u haven't watched today's play. This article is written by Sahil Dutta, a neutral man, not a BD person. So, what he wrote here?

    CONTINUE READING...

  • POSTED BY Sarfin on | March 22, 2010, 16:02 GMT

    ICC don't care about cricket. They only thinks about money. That's why Simon Taufel, Rudi Koertzen stand in a domestic cricket league (IPL) and tests matches suffer from wrong decisions.It's all about money

  • POSTED BY on | March 22, 2010, 15:55 GMT

    Here is what Jamie Siddons can say to BD team (Quote/Poem Taken from Marv Levy..they way he addressed his Buffalo Bills team)--- "'Fight on my men,' Sir Andrew said, 'a little I'm hurt, but not yet slain. I'll just lie down and bleed a while then I'll rise to fight again.'"

  • POSTED BY Sarfin on | March 22, 2010, 15:41 GMT

    Code of conduct protects umpires from being criticized. But who protects bad umpiring? Referral should be must in every international match whether ODI or Tests. up to the 1st hour after launch, BD looks quite well-determined. But then it seemed they just gave up. It's understandable. in a difficult condition, they manage to deliver some wicket taking deliveries and those were turned down by umpires.Thus the spirit of a young team is destroyed. IT IS A REAL SHAME

  • POSTED BY mujahidul on | March 22, 2010, 14:53 GMT

    lack of confidence, incompetent umpires remain in the ICC elite panel to kill the possibilities of cricket. I don't see any hope of this game if ICC continues to take this type of approach of favouring the stronger teams. Wrong upiring decisions is acceptable as human error when it balances both the teams, but when every wrong decision goes in favour of one team, question on fairness must arise.

  • POSTED BY on | March 22, 2010, 14:48 GMT

    Congrtulations to Sir Tucker and Sir Hill for the upcoming Knighthood!

  • POSTED BY on | March 22, 2010, 14:47 GMT

    Congrtulations to Sir Tucker and Sir Hill for the upcoming Knighthood!

  • POSTED BY mujahidul on | March 22, 2010, 14:33 GMT

    Cricket will never get popularity if a fair game can't be ensured. ICC is showing blind eyes on those crucial umpiring errors. How come those umpires retain their positions in the ICC elite panel even after so many regular mistakes!! If people urgues that mistakes are part of the human, then, I'll say, at least we should ensure that umpires with less mistakes will be ranked higher than those with regular mistakes. For the last 10 years I'm following international crickets very closely but with these type of favouritism by the lack of confidence umpires, I'm sure I'll loose my interest in cricket very soon. Bangladesh has shown their spirit of improvement, now it is up to the ICC to ensure fair cricket, otherwise They'll loose crickets fans from those developing nations very soon.

  • POSTED BY on | March 22, 2010, 14:01 GMT

    It's all very well complaining about the umpiring, which to be fair, was pretty atrocious. But Bangladesh won't win matches if they have bowling that innocuous, pitches that flat, and fielding that inept. It's a cliche because it's true. Catches win matches.

  • POSTED BY ravsman on | March 22, 2010, 13:50 GMT

    well done Bangladesh !!! - another sterling performance by the ICC elite panel of umpires...

  • POSTED BY on | March 22, 2010, 13:23 GMT

    We Bangladeshi fans (and surely players and stuffs also) are really frustrated with sick umpiring decisions, and unsurprising all go out of Bangladesh's way. How can you fight against a top team when all three top scorers are blessed trough poor umpiring? It surely demoralizes bowlers and fielders confidence.

    Can we blame those cricket-fans who fear ICC has instructions to the umpires to provide comport to the top teams in the field?

  • POSTED BY M-S-R on | March 22, 2010, 13:20 GMT

    Denied decisions by the Umpires were not borderline…………those were black and white! Where is the moral Mr. "White" coat gentlemen??

  • POSTED BY on | March 22, 2010, 13:16 GMT

    umpires rock england innings as usual!

  • POSTED BY tbennett54 on | March 22, 2010, 13:12 GMT

    I thought Bell's was a top class innings although the pace of scoring was perhaps not quite good enough. A bit more enterprise (and by Bresnan too) might have put England a lot further ahead, more quickly, thereby taking advantage of those dire umpiring decisions. Bangladesh were certainly unlucky, but Shakib's captaincy was at times unfathomable - in an innings of over 400, to give the two off-spinners so few overs was ridiculous. Naeem does seem rather innocuous, but not more so than Razzak, and more variety would have kept the England batsmen on their toes.

  • POSTED BY mcheckley on | March 22, 2010, 13:10 GMT

    England CAN afford to play five specialist bowlers when the wicketkeeper is Prior and four of those five bowlers are Broad, Swann, Tremlett and Bresnan, all of whom bat "properly". Who is the better bat out of the four might be debated - long term I would go for Broad, who exudes class but is as yet undeveloped. Neverthless, it would be a rare innings in which one of those did not contribute significantly to the score. What England CANNOT do is play five bowlers including Panesar, Anderson, Harmison and Sidebottom. You have to look at the whole BALANCE OF THE SIDE. With Broad and Swann presumably established, and Bresnan, one assumes, now moving ahead of Onions and Sidebottom in the pecking-order, much more flexibility is available, even without Flintoff or any other true allrounder of test class.

  • POSTED BY on | March 22, 2010, 13:09 GMT

    It feels very good to see the effort of Bangladeshi players. But very much disappointed to see the performances of umpires. I believe ICC will take a serious look about poor umpiring.

  • POSTED BY cric_enthusiast_31 on | March 22, 2010, 12:31 GMT

    its sad to see the umpires taking the game away from Bangladesh. had those three clear calls been give, Bangladesh would be batting now with a lead of 50 or so. But favor, it seems, favor the favorites.

  • POSTED BY on | March 22, 2010, 12:21 GMT

    Many many thanx to Mr. Sahil Dutta for writing about umpiring............... We could n't just believe decisions against England turned down one after another in a hot day in DHAKA, and i was thinking that Bangladesh would have done 500 on the 1st day.. if umpiring wasn't against them.... are they doning it deliberately ?

    Liked the innings from Ian Bell... Knew that he was a real good batsman... We shud learn test batting from him....

  • POSTED BY sallu123 on | March 22, 2010, 12:18 GMT

    another show of poor umpiring.icc is blind not to see umpires bad decision.if same thing was happend with england.they would have create a strong issue.no matter wht this the reality coz bangladesh is an asian country.in this way any teams can win.the way umpires are blessing england.we have alraidy seen it 2nd odi eng vs bd, how umpires blessed morgan.

  • POSTED BY on | March 22, 2010, 12:12 GMT

    I think umpires dont take chance against big teams, so that is the reason for bangladesh got unlucky here.

  • POSTED BY on | March 22, 2010, 12:12 GMT

    Anyone up for comparing GP Swann with Shakib Al Hasan? Just check out the scorecard!!

  • POSTED BY Sarfin on | March 22, 2010, 12:07 GMT

    I wish those who made laugh at the BD supporters yesterday for criticizing umpires, might take a part in today's conversation!!! Eng would be well under 300 with fair umpiring. Even a bat-pad was turned down. It seems, benefit of doubt goes to the favor of England rather than batsmen or bowlers. Funny day, isn't it?

  • POSTED BY on | March 22, 2010, 12:07 GMT

    Umpiring is just ..... This is Injustice. You Cant Play Cricket like that.

  • POSTED BY on | March 22, 2010, 11:36 GMT

    The Umpiring is getting worse and worse, very shocking

  • POSTED BY sharif217 on | March 22, 2010, 11:32 GMT

    Hello. Good evening. It is just frustrating for the Bangladesh. And disgusting for the cticket. How umpires can do frequent mistakes and of course when things are one sided, I mean all the related wrong decisssions went against Bangladesh!! But for how many times. Once it is repeated time and again, then obviously people may ask the questions of reliability about the umpires. I am not very clear about the role or responsibility of Match Refree. Can't he observe all those stupidity!! Why things are not referred to ICC. This is a big moral factor for a Cricket te4am like Bangladesh, who is trying best to gain certain standard in the world cricket community. I urge to all concern, please inform the matter to the highest echelon of ICC and do some thing for saving the Cricket team like Bangladesh.

  • POSTED BY on | March 22, 2010, 11:26 GMT

    I hope Mr David Morgan has witnessed some of the cruicially bad decision given by the umpires and also hope that he realizes how incompetent Tucker and Hill are. They combined together to dash any hope that millions of cricket fans of Bangladesh had. Lets face the reality, this match can now have only one winner, England. However, others will say draw is equal to victory for Bangladesh.

  • POSTED BY Nayan_bd on | March 22, 2010, 11:26 GMT

    You people at Cricinfo. If you really support cricket from your heart than I think you should publish at least one article about the pathetic umpiring in this series between England & Bangladesh. Even from a neutral point of view I think what is happening is bad for cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | March 22, 2010, 11:22 GMT

    Bresnan gets a chance to flex his bat and prove his worth against a mediocre county level attack

  • POSTED BY on | March 22, 2010, 11:14 GMT

    Score at the end of the 3rd day should read: England 1st innings 440/13 with another 2 (or may be 4) wickets remaining. Shame on Tucker and Hill for bringing test cricket in to disrepute. Bresnan, why you were shaking your head during that crucial appeal? You knew that you had hit the ball and being an English gentleman you should have walked. I think WG would have done so in the circumstances!

  • POSTED BY SimonSpliff on | March 22, 2010, 11:12 GMT

    A poor day really all round. Some poor umpiring throughout the test, poor bowling by Bangladesh who bowled full tosses and weren't aggressive enough (weren't helped by the umpiring I'll admit), some shocking fielding, the second worse pitch I've seem in my life and some really stodgy batting. Some of the umpiring decisions I can understand, the one against Bresnann, didn't look out until it was really slowed down, but the Prior one, as Geoff Boycott would have said even a blind man would have given that out. Bangladesh need to look at their pitches though, I understand that they will make them not to assist fast bowlers but they haven't broken up or turned at all. There isn't any pace or bounce either which spinners also require. With pitches like this why would you want to be a bowler in Bangladesh, and a geniune quick is what they really need because they bat well it seems now. Who will be the Bangladesh Kapil Dev? Thoughts? Always good to hear the opposite point of view

  • POSTED BY British-Bangali on | March 22, 2010, 11:11 GMT

    Well done Eng and Bell BUT COME ON ROD GIVE THE DESHI BOYS A BREAK I fill bad for saying this but ICC should think about Rod Tucker position. Bangladesh needed good decision but what they got was frastration. Shame

  • POSTED BY Gupta.Ankur on | March 22, 2010, 11:07 GMT

    well finally bell did score...........i dunno why eng keeps picking the ashes 2005 heroes every time they are in doubt........

  • POSTED BY shoarthing on | March 22, 2010, 10:59 GMT

    I hope the BCB has learned two lessons from this short series: 1) to invest in a referral system; 2) to prepare some proper Test-match wickets. It is just about possible to imagine all four results; but this dreary wicket appears to be likely to prevent Bangladesh getting full value from winning the toss & really going for it in their first innings.

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  • POSTED BY shoarthing on | March 22, 2010, 10:59 GMT

    I hope the BCB has learned two lessons from this short series: 1) to invest in a referral system; 2) to prepare some proper Test-match wickets. It is just about possible to imagine all four results; but this dreary wicket appears to be likely to prevent Bangladesh getting full value from winning the toss & really going for it in their first innings.

  • POSTED BY Gupta.Ankur on | March 22, 2010, 11:07 GMT

    well finally bell did score...........i dunno why eng keeps picking the ashes 2005 heroes every time they are in doubt........

  • POSTED BY British-Bangali on | March 22, 2010, 11:11 GMT

    Well done Eng and Bell BUT COME ON ROD GIVE THE DESHI BOYS A BREAK I fill bad for saying this but ICC should think about Rod Tucker position. Bangladesh needed good decision but what they got was frastration. Shame

  • POSTED BY SimonSpliff on | March 22, 2010, 11:12 GMT

    A poor day really all round. Some poor umpiring throughout the test, poor bowling by Bangladesh who bowled full tosses and weren't aggressive enough (weren't helped by the umpiring I'll admit), some shocking fielding, the second worse pitch I've seem in my life and some really stodgy batting. Some of the umpiring decisions I can understand, the one against Bresnann, didn't look out until it was really slowed down, but the Prior one, as Geoff Boycott would have said even a blind man would have given that out. Bangladesh need to look at their pitches though, I understand that they will make them not to assist fast bowlers but they haven't broken up or turned at all. There isn't any pace or bounce either which spinners also require. With pitches like this why would you want to be a bowler in Bangladesh, and a geniune quick is what they really need because they bat well it seems now. Who will be the Bangladesh Kapil Dev? Thoughts? Always good to hear the opposite point of view

  • POSTED BY on | March 22, 2010, 11:14 GMT

    Score at the end of the 3rd day should read: England 1st innings 440/13 with another 2 (or may be 4) wickets remaining. Shame on Tucker and Hill for bringing test cricket in to disrepute. Bresnan, why you were shaking your head during that crucial appeal? You knew that you had hit the ball and being an English gentleman you should have walked. I think WG would have done so in the circumstances!

  • POSTED BY on | March 22, 2010, 11:22 GMT

    Bresnan gets a chance to flex his bat and prove his worth against a mediocre county level attack

  • POSTED BY Nayan_bd on | March 22, 2010, 11:26 GMT

    You people at Cricinfo. If you really support cricket from your heart than I think you should publish at least one article about the pathetic umpiring in this series between England & Bangladesh. Even from a neutral point of view I think what is happening is bad for cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | March 22, 2010, 11:26 GMT

    I hope Mr David Morgan has witnessed some of the cruicially bad decision given by the umpires and also hope that he realizes how incompetent Tucker and Hill are. They combined together to dash any hope that millions of cricket fans of Bangladesh had. Lets face the reality, this match can now have only one winner, England. However, others will say draw is equal to victory for Bangladesh.

  • POSTED BY sharif217 on | March 22, 2010, 11:32 GMT

    Hello. Good evening. It is just frustrating for the Bangladesh. And disgusting for the cticket. How umpires can do frequent mistakes and of course when things are one sided, I mean all the related wrong decisssions went against Bangladesh!! But for how many times. Once it is repeated time and again, then obviously people may ask the questions of reliability about the umpires. I am not very clear about the role or responsibility of Match Refree. Can't he observe all those stupidity!! Why things are not referred to ICC. This is a big moral factor for a Cricket te4am like Bangladesh, who is trying best to gain certain standard in the world cricket community. I urge to all concern, please inform the matter to the highest echelon of ICC and do some thing for saving the Cricket team like Bangladesh.

  • POSTED BY on | March 22, 2010, 11:36 GMT

    The Umpiring is getting worse and worse, very shocking