Bangladesh v England, 2nd Test, Dhaka, 4th day March 23, 2010

England chip away to leave home side floundering

The Bulletin by Liam Brickhill
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Bangladesh 419 and 172 for 6 (Shakib 25*, Shafiul 0*) lead England 496 (Bell 138, Bresnan 91, Shakib 4-124) by 95 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

It has been a grinding effort from England but, led by Graeme Swann and Stuart Broad with two wickets apiece, they gained momentum as the fourth day, making regular inroads into Bangladesh's batting order to set up the prospect of 2-0 series win. The home side limped to 172 for 6 - a lead of 95 - as their resistance began to falter after Tamim Iqbal was dismissed for a belligerent 52. Shakib Al Hasan remained unbeaten on 25 and it will be down to him to try and give his side something to defend on the final day.

After battling hard during the first three days Bangladesh's resistance is finally starting to crack with England able to apply pressure. However, once again it wasn't a faultless performance from the visitors who batted ponderously during the morning and then spurned a number of chances, some easier than others, in the field.

With the ball beginning to turn appreciably, Tamim was given three lives off James Tredwell in his short, but enterprising innings when Bangladesh came out to bat for the second time with a deficit 77. The first came in Tredwell's opening over as he immediately found some purchase off the wicket to graze the edge of Tamim's bat, but the deflection bounced out of Matt Prior's gloves and a tumbling Paul Collingwood on slip could not hold on either.

Unperturbed by Imrul Kayes's unlucky dismissal - bowled after the ball ricocheted off his thigh pad - Tamim continued in a positive vein but almost paid the price when, on 26, he charged down the track to Tredwell and slammed the ball very hard at a catchable height back to the bowler. However, the ball slipped through his fingers, and with Junaid Siddique trundling along steadily at the other end, Bangladesh had reduced their deficit to four when Tamim was dropped the third time - and this one was by far the easiest of the lot. He swished wildly and the ball looped gently towards Jonathan Trott at point but he somehow managed to let the ball slip through his fingers.

Tamim's luck finally ran out shortly after he had brought up his second half century of the match as he slashed at Swann and Broad held on to a regulation chance at point. Jahurul Islam strode out to the middle on a pair in his first Test, with Bangladesh at 86 for 2, and got off the mark in emphatic style by lofting his sixth ball over long on. His next scoring shot was another six as he mowed Tredwell back over his head.

In the second unlucky dismissal of the day, Junaid - who had settled in nicely - went back to Tredwell and forced the ball firmly off the back foot and straight onto Cook's foot at silly mid off. The ball popped gently back to Tredwell and Junaid fell to a singularly peculiar caught and bowled. Mahmudullah, who scored a defiant 59 in the first innings, was soon undone by an impressive piece of bowling by Bresnan, who had been moving the ball both ways and shaped one away to take a thin outside edge as Bangladesh slipped to 130 for 4.

England sensed their opening, and after a brief period of resistance Jahurul was completely outfoxed by Swann as he stepped out to drive but the ball dipped, gripped and turned through the gap between bat and pad and crashed into the off stump. He bristled with intent in his 43 but appeared only to have two modes - total defence or all-out attack.

Mushfiqur Rahim, who has been a solid presence in the middle order throughout England's tour, strode to the middle with his side in dire need of a stabilising partnership at 156 for 5. With Shakib starting to settle at the other end, captain and vice-captain buckled down but with just over three overs remaining Broad snapped their resistance in the midst of an aggressive final spell.

Finding considerable reverse swing, he had a very strong lbw appeal turned down but steamed in to bowl Mushfiqur, via an inside edge, with his very next ball, and Bangladesh were tottering at 169 for 6. Shafiul Islam survived the 12 deliveries he faced before the close, and Shakib remained defiant, but it's a tough battle ahead.

England had extended their lead to 77 in the morning, as their innings was finally wrapped up for 496. Bresnan took his ninth-wicket partnership with Tredwell to 47 in a turgid first hour of play before he fell for 91, skipping down the pitch to Abdur Razzak in the first real display of intent only to be beaten in the flight and by the turn as the ball bit into the surface.

His dismissal enlivened what had been a grinding effort from England, as the batsmen had been content to settle for a run rate of under three an over. After Bresnan departe Tredwell started to up the ante, with a brace of boundaries off Shakib, who completed a marathon 66 overs. By the end of the day Shakib was again trying to thwart England, this time with the bat, and he will need a captain's performance to stave off defeat.

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  • CaptainPedant on March 24, 2010, 11:39 GMT

    Another narrow squeak there, England lucky to scrape home by nine wickets (and the one wicket lost a dubious run-out according to Cricinfo). Boring, boring England. Hope some of the Banglas get the chip off their shoulders some day soon, or you can hope and pray for an all-subcontinent cricket circuit of your very own. The only trouble with that is that India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan will eat you for breakfast, dinner and tea every. single. time, and you won't even have the tired old excuse of racism to hide behind. Enjoy. :p

  • Sarfin on March 24, 2010, 7:07 GMT

    I don't understand why " BCB didn't take UDRS system" comes into debate. Whether available or bot, umpires are bound to give right decisions. few mistakes are quite acceptable but the amount of wrong decisions in this particular match cannot be tolerated. they stand there and paid for for right decision. remember Andy Flower saying weaker teams suffer from biased umpiring. Now my question is whether big guns need the help of umpires to sustain their pride? even ICC president and Eng media criticized umpiring. that should be the end of this debate. because those criticism was not from BAN rather from Eng media!!

  • ozone8237 on March 24, 2010, 6:10 GMT

    GUYS!! I just wanted to state that Shakib is the man Bangladesh found after struggling long time and he is proving himself as the deserving captain since he is leading by example; Way better than Habib-ul-bashar or Ashraful. He is gradually earning my respect along with Tamin iqbal. You go guys and keep leading by example and keep up your high spirits, focus and team work.Victories that are just falling in their reach will be right in their grasp shortly. Go Tigers go!! and make the world respect you and let the other teams have a fear of losing in their hearts grow day by that when they face Bengal tigers... Good Luck Farhan Khan

  • Sarfin on March 24, 2010, 6:05 GMT

    @ Trickstar... Bell could be out on 82 and later scored 138. Prior could be out on 9 and scored 62. Bresnan could be out on 5 and scored 91. that sums up they were gifted 195 by the umpires. now do the rest of the calculation...if umpires were just and BD scored another 275 runs in 3rd innings what could happen in this match?you may add the pressure imposed on Eng with the fall of each wicket and Trott was also given a life by umpires!!! some people like you don't accept that Ban can play well and can have good players. But now face the fact. on a even day ( considering umpiring) both ODI and test series could have different results. face the fact, Ban are going to do what Eng couldn't do in 100 yr.

  • on March 24, 2010, 6:04 GMT

    Bangladesh is playing much better cricket than some test nations. They look positive. They are eager to win irrespective the strength of the other teams. They have found a few courageous players like Sakib, Tamim, Rahim, Mahmudullah. It's really good sign for cricket to see that Bangladesh is emerging as a good test playing nation. Wish you all the best.

  • Rezrocks on March 24, 2010, 5:57 GMT

    Mr. miller, to top up all the comments, you are a journalist, so never be biased. Its always nice to be an outspoken journalist, but the better one is he who thinks over journalism and and use his mighty sword(pen/keyboard) for the betterment of.... England cool, getting through, but hats off to Bangladesh, if a baby never desires to run, he will not be willing to learn to walk. lets go for the win, the draw will be just in the corner...

  • Sarfin on March 24, 2010, 5:50 GMT

    @ Trickstar...of course the BD spinners are "so called". but then what about Eng batsmen??? they had to have the heartiest supports of umpires to past BD 1st innings total and they lost 7 wickets to score just over 200 runs in Ctg test. Both pitches are admitted to be flat by Eng team. pls don't say Eng batsmen are "so called" as they couldn't survive against "so called" spinners on a flat track!!! I am a big fan of Pitersen and Collingwood. Pls don't call them "so called".plss...ha ha ha...

  • on March 24, 2010, 5:01 GMT

    Its tough to say anything about win......But I am rememberring about Mr. Botham Comments. I am sure Mr. Botham must be against his previous conception. Its proved that in a grat field of cricket Bangladeshis are now competable. This is all our earnings from English Man. Thanks English Cricket Board. Thanks all English Men.

  • Sam_k14 on March 24, 2010, 3:50 GMT

    @cricinfooo, And I believe Elvis is still alive and singing. I believe

  • Sam_k14 on March 24, 2010, 3:46 GMT

    @BD fans. Here we go again... BD is losing because of umpires. The whole world is against them! The reality is the team is not good enough. They were awarded test status waaaayyy too early. I mean look at the way they were AND ARE getting humiliated. This is a big farce. BD should FIRST play only county games then Zimbabwe team, Werst Indies B team and then eventually (at this rate after 50 years) should consider playing test. This is an INSULT to cricket. What a useless team! Frankly I have my doubts they will win even a single match during the world cup. BD fans stop whinging. ACCEPT the FACT that your team is useless.

  • CaptainPedant on March 24, 2010, 11:39 GMT

    Another narrow squeak there, England lucky to scrape home by nine wickets (and the one wicket lost a dubious run-out according to Cricinfo). Boring, boring England. Hope some of the Banglas get the chip off their shoulders some day soon, or you can hope and pray for an all-subcontinent cricket circuit of your very own. The only trouble with that is that India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan will eat you for breakfast, dinner and tea every. single. time, and you won't even have the tired old excuse of racism to hide behind. Enjoy. :p

  • Sarfin on March 24, 2010, 7:07 GMT

    I don't understand why " BCB didn't take UDRS system" comes into debate. Whether available or bot, umpires are bound to give right decisions. few mistakes are quite acceptable but the amount of wrong decisions in this particular match cannot be tolerated. they stand there and paid for for right decision. remember Andy Flower saying weaker teams suffer from biased umpiring. Now my question is whether big guns need the help of umpires to sustain their pride? even ICC president and Eng media criticized umpiring. that should be the end of this debate. because those criticism was not from BAN rather from Eng media!!

  • ozone8237 on March 24, 2010, 6:10 GMT

    GUYS!! I just wanted to state that Shakib is the man Bangladesh found after struggling long time and he is proving himself as the deserving captain since he is leading by example; Way better than Habib-ul-bashar or Ashraful. He is gradually earning my respect along with Tamin iqbal. You go guys and keep leading by example and keep up your high spirits, focus and team work.Victories that are just falling in their reach will be right in their grasp shortly. Go Tigers go!! and make the world respect you and let the other teams have a fear of losing in their hearts grow day by that when they face Bengal tigers... Good Luck Farhan Khan

  • Sarfin on March 24, 2010, 6:05 GMT

    @ Trickstar... Bell could be out on 82 and later scored 138. Prior could be out on 9 and scored 62. Bresnan could be out on 5 and scored 91. that sums up they were gifted 195 by the umpires. now do the rest of the calculation...if umpires were just and BD scored another 275 runs in 3rd innings what could happen in this match?you may add the pressure imposed on Eng with the fall of each wicket and Trott was also given a life by umpires!!! some people like you don't accept that Ban can play well and can have good players. But now face the fact. on a even day ( considering umpiring) both ODI and test series could have different results. face the fact, Ban are going to do what Eng couldn't do in 100 yr.

  • on March 24, 2010, 6:04 GMT

    Bangladesh is playing much better cricket than some test nations. They look positive. They are eager to win irrespective the strength of the other teams. They have found a few courageous players like Sakib, Tamim, Rahim, Mahmudullah. It's really good sign for cricket to see that Bangladesh is emerging as a good test playing nation. Wish you all the best.

  • Rezrocks on March 24, 2010, 5:57 GMT

    Mr. miller, to top up all the comments, you are a journalist, so never be biased. Its always nice to be an outspoken journalist, but the better one is he who thinks over journalism and and use his mighty sword(pen/keyboard) for the betterment of.... England cool, getting through, but hats off to Bangladesh, if a baby never desires to run, he will not be willing to learn to walk. lets go for the win, the draw will be just in the corner...

  • Sarfin on March 24, 2010, 5:50 GMT

    @ Trickstar...of course the BD spinners are "so called". but then what about Eng batsmen??? they had to have the heartiest supports of umpires to past BD 1st innings total and they lost 7 wickets to score just over 200 runs in Ctg test. Both pitches are admitted to be flat by Eng team. pls don't say Eng batsmen are "so called" as they couldn't survive against "so called" spinners on a flat track!!! I am a big fan of Pitersen and Collingwood. Pls don't call them "so called".plss...ha ha ha...

  • on March 24, 2010, 5:01 GMT

    Its tough to say anything about win......But I am rememberring about Mr. Botham Comments. I am sure Mr. Botham must be against his previous conception. Its proved that in a grat field of cricket Bangladeshis are now competable. This is all our earnings from English Man. Thanks English Cricket Board. Thanks all English Men.

  • Sam_k14 on March 24, 2010, 3:50 GMT

    @cricinfooo, And I believe Elvis is still alive and singing. I believe

  • Sam_k14 on March 24, 2010, 3:46 GMT

    @BD fans. Here we go again... BD is losing because of umpires. The whole world is against them! The reality is the team is not good enough. They were awarded test status waaaayyy too early. I mean look at the way they were AND ARE getting humiliated. This is a big farce. BD should FIRST play only county games then Zimbabwe team, Werst Indies B team and then eventually (at this rate after 50 years) should consider playing test. This is an INSULT to cricket. What a useless team! Frankly I have my doubts they will win even a single match during the world cup. BD fans stop whinging. ACCEPT the FACT that your team is useless.

  • Bengali-Tiger007 on March 24, 2010, 0:21 GMT

    Hi guys, I've already said this before and I will stick to my opinion. Winning this test match will be like winning the lottery for BD. Our fate and destiny leads to only one thing and that is a ''big fat loss''. I don't even for a second believe that BD played bad, infact BD were better than Eng throughout this whole 2nd test match. How can you expect BD to win against 13 man Eng side with two umpires wearing the England shirt underneath their white coat???? This is the evidence of ICC being incompetent, as they have proved it in this series. Swann gets away swearing foul lingo and finn gets away harrassing Siddique and the ICC didn't care. But however, Jamie Siddons gets fined and disciplinned just for displaying a tiny percentage of frustration, comon guys tell me is that any worse than what swann or finn did???? I hope the Indians bring out a new league which will consist of ODI and Test matches and throw out the ICC so that we don't face anymore racism like this. Comon India!!!!!!

  • Cuzer on March 24, 2010, 0:06 GMT

    Hang on a minute boys - you forget the only reason you can't refer these decisions, therefore getting the right decision out in the middle is because your cricket board REFUSED to pay the money for the technology - so look a little closer to home for your excuses eh?

    As for comparing it with the Daryl Harper decision with England v South Africa, what garbage! The reason he got it wrong was he didn't have his volume turned up on the replay, that's just incompetence and basics of the job, the wrong decisions here are human error. What about the LBW Broad never got when the WK padded up to him late tonight, offering no shot, plumb out, thankfully 2 balls later he's gone but that's how decisions go boys - you win some you lose some. You've been unlucky with the decisions this test but you are in a poor position overnight and no amount of decisions would have made much difference to that, no value placed on your wickets today I'm afriad - poor batting!

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on March 23, 2010, 23:18 GMT

    I think Tamim has to start taking huge responsibility for his actions. He is by far the best/inform batsman in the team and unlike the equally capable Sahkib, Rahim and Mamahdulla, he ONLY has to bat. He's been hogging all the luck in this test match (5 dropped catches and countless streaky shots) and still never even hit the 90's! He's young but is a senior batsman and needs to calm down. His team needs him more than Eng need KP, Ind need Sehwag or Sri Lanka need Dilshan! He can't afford to say "oh thats the way I play."

  • cricinfoo on March 23, 2010, 20:35 GMT

    i belokve dat de nxt match is gonna be won by bd,,,,no way ,,,go t hell,out of sylabus,,,,,,,,,,,sakib will do a great contribution,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  • Mashroof on March 23, 2010, 20:23 GMT

    @Donkey_Booter:I agree that England is the better side but I am afraid I differ about your opinion on "'a few decisions".A single crucial decision can thange the wind of a game and I do not think if all the valid appeals were given out,England would have passed even 350.We know that Bangladesh is an emerging nation with lots of limitations,but it is really really frustrating when we see that Umpires are turning down the valid appeals again and again-both in the cases of batsmans(they are given out when they are not) and bowlers(their plumb appeals are turned down).At least 10 decisions in this series have gone against Bangladesh and the result of the series would have been different if those decisions were in favour of Bangladesh.

  • imran.ahmad on March 23, 2010, 19:49 GMT

    Its been great to see the young Bangladesh team improve steadily over the last one year and a half. But one definitely feels that they have wasted a great chance to secure a win against a big opposition in this match. They had many opportunities to be in the driver's seat but each time, the English escaped. Yet the test is nicely n truly in the fifth day and Bangladesh deserves kudos for this. For the fifth day, it would be better if Bangladeshi players show the same stubbornness that they displayed in the first innings. They should plan to play hour by hour focusing on survival as also scoring against bad deliveries. It would still be a great result if they manage a draw. Anything beyond that shall be being too optimistic. But cricket being a game of uncertaintities, nothing can be completely written off. Yet being pragmatic than idealistic shall serve their purpose.

  • supersaiyaan on March 23, 2010, 19:21 GMT

    England lost to south africa by innings in d last match of dat series jst bcoz of one bad decision.d cot behind appeal against graeme smith which was referred but only to be turned down by daryl harper.england were furious after dat incident n as a result of dis daryl harper has been omitted by d icc frm umpiring in t20 world cup.we can all guess wats his fate goin to be. if only 1 bad decision can turmoil englands focus frm d game n been defeated by an innings;dn wat else to be expected frm d young blood of bdesh?dey hv suffered for more dan one(or 5) occassions.its hard 2 imagine wat dey r goin thru. But gud 2 see d tigers r still on d field n fighting hrd n avoided innings defeat(unlike englnd did against SA). bdesh are lot tougher dan englnd.

  • Cuzer on March 23, 2010, 19:19 GMT

    I think Tezmond needs to go and take a lie down for a while - too much Bangledeshy sun me thinks!

  • tareks_bangladesh on March 23, 2010, 19:07 GMT

    Just saw Billy Signaling Four in IPL. ICC Elite Panel Umpires are busy in an Elite job. Ultimately money and capitalism is everything, screw Test cricket, screw Bangladesh. Doesn't matter if they come up as a competitive Test nation or not let me tell u one thing, for this kind of elitism where ICC and major nations are reluctant to help out an emerging nation and happy to keep the game within few, this Sport has really bad time waiting. People are now cheering for flood of Sixes and Four. But for how long? These sixes and fours will get boring one day. Yesterday what has happened, I wish that wouldn't have any long term impact on this Young Bangladeshi team. They played their heart out and make no mistake, they could have 150 runs 1st innings lead and now that would stand in 300 runs lead…but whatever these doesn't matter. One thing though, FIFA, I hope u know what it stand for is going to help Bangladesh Football Federation to set up and world class academy. That sums it up.

  • gordon_boomandbust on March 23, 2010, 18:59 GMT

    England selection critisism is comically inept or pathetically crude. Are you suggestng England select only English born players? Fine by me and many others but not the liberal fascists who'll whine and whinge. If you could all stop flooding into our beautiful country creating immigrant burden that would help no end and not just for side selection. If you could even find someone like KP to naturalise in BD or wherever (fat chance) are you saying you wouldn't pick him? Then you'd be stupid as well as RACIST. To paraphrase, asian and WI sides are hideously brown (and SA/crimmos aren't exactly overflowing with non-white talent).

  • Trickstar on March 23, 2010, 18:57 GMT

    I can't wait to see this lot in England in a couple of months if they think 4 slow so called spinners who don't spin is going to take wickets they want to think again.Especially at that time of year when the ball swings round corners.

  • Chapelau on March 23, 2010, 17:26 GMT

    I agree with Green How - but looking forward, we will hopefuly see a nice tight contest on pacy green wickets in the summer? That said as an Englishman I am looking forward to seeing Tamim - exciting prospect.

  • on March 23, 2010, 16:50 GMT

    Who knows about that uncertanity can happen tomorrow , might be BD will win their 4 th test in their test history........Hoping for the best and wish good luck for my BD.

  • donkey_booter on March 23, 2010, 16:40 GMT

    @Zobaid: England would be in a strong position by now regardless. A few wrong decisions don't make a game - play and mentality do. England played better and had a better mentality. I mean, both sides have been very negative, but Bangladesh are just acting like a baby throwing its rattle out of a pram. It's really quite pathetic, and not what's expected of a test playing nation. England at least are just sulking in a corner wanting to go home. It also greatly irritates me how people keep banging on about the England team not being English. Personally, I wouldn't have Trott in the side, and Pieterson's only barely worth his place at the moment.

    And to the idiots saying England are boring, may I point out Bangladesh's current score rate - 2.52.

  • on March 23, 2010, 16:27 GMT

    hjfaruq Bangladesh have certainly convinced me they derserve Test status. Against India and now England they've shown they can be a competative force . They need more test cricket, not less, that's the only way they'll get better. With isues with certain teams around the world we need to embrace and strengthen more members into the cricket family, especially the test cricket arena. Bangladesh are a real challenge at home but what I would say is tha I think this team is some way off being competative outside the subcontinent. As I've said a few times now they lack penatrative pace bowlers and their batsman lack the technique on seaming, pacy wickets. I expect England to blow them away at home, especially if Anderson is fit and can get the ball to swing. I'd love them to suprise me though. Bangladesh should also tour more, like I said playing is the only way they'll get better.

  • crick_insect on March 23, 2010, 15:24 GMT

    bangladesh has two ways to save this match. one is by runs another is by times. mentality will b a big factor in this fifth day. it will not a revolution if bangladesh can bring the match in their favour. last day anything can b happened..

  • crick_insect on March 23, 2010, 14:57 GMT

    everything of this world have two ways, negative way & posetive way. sometimes some lost flood real humanbeing in solid pride if it comes through a posetive way..

  • gmaurup on March 23, 2010, 14:51 GMT

    Bangladesh should learn how to bat sessions away, England scored 496 in 174 overs. That is the way to demoralize opponents and force them to make mistakes. Bangladesh developed a lot in recent times and they can draw some matches before start winning if they can spend some more sessions. Some of the recent matches against India and NZ could have been drawn but Bangladesh opted to chase impossible totals all the time (450 + targets). Cricket can be played the Austalian style also (as Bangladesh is trying with run rates always around 3.5), but making 300 two times in a game at 3.5 runs per over means that the opponents have chance to bat 3 days (280 overs) and they play two days only (170 overs). With their present bowling strength all matches are going to finish in 4 days with a defeat. Trying to be Australia should surely be the target. But as wise men say ---- " learn how to walk before trying to run". Best wishes for them on the 5th day.

  • on March 23, 2010, 14:47 GMT

    England played well.... but still 2 main batsman are there : Shakib and Naeem.... if they bat through lunch 2mrw , and post lunch 1 hr... it is going to have a result of draw...... Many many thanx to both teams .... it was a real test of character all these days... maintaining momentum in very hot days... after a long time test cricket was so interesting to c.... BUT THE RESULT SHUD BE A DRAW...

  • on March 23, 2010, 14:32 GMT

    everything of this world have two ways, negative way & posetive way. sometimes some lost flood real human being in solid pride, if it comes in posetive way..

  • DQFinno on March 23, 2010, 14:16 GMT

    Why not add in go the whole hog and add in Irish into the England team - YAWN...it's getting dull now ! Really insightful commentary there tezmond... PS. I'm Irish....

  • mujahidul on March 23, 2010, 14:02 GMT

    This could be a completely different story if the game was fair. Here is a nice article on "Umpires for the Empire".. http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=131191

    I wish cricinfo would also publish stories like that.

  • mikemaj1 on March 23, 2010, 13:58 GMT

    Why is Bangladesh even playing Cricket in a Major League. Continous losses can damage team's and country's morale. They should be playing Test Matches with Nepal, Hongkong, Afghanistan, Ireland, Scottland, etc.

  • on March 23, 2010, 13:40 GMT

    as i was an spectators this test match between bagladesh and englandi see that bandladesh is playing quite good and they can have a chance of draw if they can last in crease at least up to lunch

  • hjfaruq on March 23, 2010, 13:23 GMT

    This test now going to tight competitive with the blessing of umpires to England. In this stage I remembered one dialog of my Professor of Curtin University, "Boss is always right even he is a monkey". ICC should think over it to make more glorious of this elite game. Some peoples are questioning about BD's test status; but should ensure the neutrality of judgement before kick-off the Shakib's team who is one of top five all rounder in test and best in ODI. BRAVO BANGLADESH!! Salute you.

  • Fifthman on March 23, 2010, 13:20 GMT

    @tezmond

    Ah yes - while the Banglas were in with a sniff of a win, the match was interesting. As soon as it looks like an England victory ithe match suddenly becomes boring. Kind of predictable, really.

    And Enland do have more than their fair share of Saffers in the ranks, but no Indians, Sri Lankans or Bangladeshis that I can see. So stop dreaming, eh?Bangladesh have certainly improved, and on their home turf can give most teams a good game. But when they come to England in late spring, it will be carnage.

    Until Bangladesh groundsmen can prepare reasonably sporting tracks their national team will forever be handicapped, as they do not have the experience to play on seaming, bouncy tracks. What is intended as a means to help the home team actually handicaps them in the long term.

  • hjfaruq on March 23, 2010, 13:16 GMT

    This test now going to tight competitive with the blessing of umpires to England. In this stage I remembered one dialog of my Professor of Curtin University, "Boss is always right even he is a monkey". ICC should think over it to make more glorious of this elite game. Some peoples are questioning about BD's test status; but should ensure the neutrality of judgement before kick-off the Shakib's team who is one of top five all rounder in test and best in ODI. BRAVO BANGLADESH!! Salute you.

  • virtualshah on March 23, 2010, 13:16 GMT

    Do not forget to REWARD Mr.Tucker & Mr. Hill for their contributions. At least, buy them something ( a drink mate ) !!! Poor fellows. Should change their job on field.

  • on March 23, 2010, 12:58 GMT

    I've been very impressed with Bangladesh over the last few months. As well as Bangladesh have played and as frustrated as I'm sure many of you are there's no need to get personal Tezmond, I'm sure you're better than that. Bangladesh need to take the positives from these tour, and there are plenty. They have batted well, especially down the order. The wicket keeper Rahim needs to give up the gloves, concentrate on his batting and be moved up the order. Their bowlers need to keep concentration because sometimes they can drift. Their bowling attack lacks penetration sometimes, although they've been very unlucky that has happened throughout cricket history I can tell you. The better teams make another chance. Their pitches need improving to encourage up and coming bowlers, especially quicks, and to force the batsman to play with more patience and with a better technique. More bounce in the pitch helps bowlers and allows shots to be played more freely making games less stodgy.

  • hjfaruq on March 23, 2010, 12:39 GMT

    This test now going to tight competitive with the blessing of umpires to England. In this stage I remembered one dialog of my Professor of Curtin University, "Boss is always right even he is a monkey". ICC should think over it to make more glorious of this elite game. Some peoples are questioning about BD's test status; but should ensure the neutrality of judgement before kick-off the Shakib's team who is one of top five all rounder in test and best in ODI. BRAVO BANGLADESH!! Salute you.

  • Green_How on March 23, 2010, 12:17 GMT

    Change the record Tezmond - your comments are about as boring as you say the England team play is!! - The pitch is whats made this test boring and rememeber that it is England who are trying to force the win going into the final day having lost the toss on a very flat deck. The level of England bashing on this site is tedious. Note that the standout performers on this tour were all born in England - Cook, Bell, Bresnan and Swann !

  • on March 23, 2010, 11:55 GMT

    tezmond I'm sure which England team you have been watching over the last 18 months. I would hardly call them "boring".

  • Dr_Spin on March 23, 2010, 11:33 GMT

    tezmond. Sounds like desperation to me. Six down with a lead of 95 runs? Not sure how you will do it. What did you want? England to completely destroy you inside four days by scoring their runs more quickly on another slow low wicket? Banglas will need to set England at least four an over tomorrow to stay alive in this test.

  • richc on March 23, 2010, 11:21 GMT

    tedious pitches, with no life = slow boring games! I assume the reference above is to the two non-english born players (s.a.) in the england team? I hope bangladesh do improve and become a force - all they need to find is two opener pace bowlers, two decent spinners to help shakib, and 4-5 batmen to help Tamin and Shakib, though Siddique and Mahmudullah show some promise......

  • on March 23, 2010, 11:07 GMT

    I fully agree with Tezmond. Another 100 runs and England will need 200 runs to win in two full sessions- they cant do it. But Bangla boys will have play well to add those 100 runs. Lets keep praying; after all the happennings of the first 3 days, they need some poetic justice

  • tezmond on March 23, 2010, 6:50 GMT

    man do england no how to turn a interesting match boring.they took 2 days to get 496 runs,they would rather draw a match than have a real chance of winning,timeleft in match etc. bangas are so young they going to be a force in the not too distant future. by that stage england will be made up of s.a,indians,s.l,and bangladeshi's anyway. only a matter of time .

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  • tezmond on March 23, 2010, 6:50 GMT

    man do england no how to turn a interesting match boring.they took 2 days to get 496 runs,they would rather draw a match than have a real chance of winning,timeleft in match etc. bangas are so young they going to be a force in the not too distant future. by that stage england will be made up of s.a,indians,s.l,and bangladeshi's anyway. only a matter of time .

  • on March 23, 2010, 11:07 GMT

    I fully agree with Tezmond. Another 100 runs and England will need 200 runs to win in two full sessions- they cant do it. But Bangla boys will have play well to add those 100 runs. Lets keep praying; after all the happennings of the first 3 days, they need some poetic justice

  • richc on March 23, 2010, 11:21 GMT

    tedious pitches, with no life = slow boring games! I assume the reference above is to the two non-english born players (s.a.) in the england team? I hope bangladesh do improve and become a force - all they need to find is two opener pace bowlers, two decent spinners to help shakib, and 4-5 batmen to help Tamin and Shakib, though Siddique and Mahmudullah show some promise......

  • Dr_Spin on March 23, 2010, 11:33 GMT

    tezmond. Sounds like desperation to me. Six down with a lead of 95 runs? Not sure how you will do it. What did you want? England to completely destroy you inside four days by scoring their runs more quickly on another slow low wicket? Banglas will need to set England at least four an over tomorrow to stay alive in this test.

  • on March 23, 2010, 11:55 GMT

    tezmond I'm sure which England team you have been watching over the last 18 months. I would hardly call them "boring".

  • Green_How on March 23, 2010, 12:17 GMT

    Change the record Tezmond - your comments are about as boring as you say the England team play is!! - The pitch is whats made this test boring and rememeber that it is England who are trying to force the win going into the final day having lost the toss on a very flat deck. The level of England bashing on this site is tedious. Note that the standout performers on this tour were all born in England - Cook, Bell, Bresnan and Swann !

  • hjfaruq on March 23, 2010, 12:39 GMT

    This test now going to tight competitive with the blessing of umpires to England. In this stage I remembered one dialog of my Professor of Curtin University, "Boss is always right even he is a monkey". ICC should think over it to make more glorious of this elite game. Some peoples are questioning about BD's test status; but should ensure the neutrality of judgement before kick-off the Shakib's team who is one of top five all rounder in test and best in ODI. BRAVO BANGLADESH!! Salute you.

  • on March 23, 2010, 12:58 GMT

    I've been very impressed with Bangladesh over the last few months. As well as Bangladesh have played and as frustrated as I'm sure many of you are there's no need to get personal Tezmond, I'm sure you're better than that. Bangladesh need to take the positives from these tour, and there are plenty. They have batted well, especially down the order. The wicket keeper Rahim needs to give up the gloves, concentrate on his batting and be moved up the order. Their bowlers need to keep concentration because sometimes they can drift. Their bowling attack lacks penetration sometimes, although they've been very unlucky that has happened throughout cricket history I can tell you. The better teams make another chance. Their pitches need improving to encourage up and coming bowlers, especially quicks, and to force the batsman to play with more patience and with a better technique. More bounce in the pitch helps bowlers and allows shots to be played more freely making games less stodgy.

  • virtualshah on March 23, 2010, 13:16 GMT

    Do not forget to REWARD Mr.Tucker & Mr. Hill for their contributions. At least, buy them something ( a drink mate ) !!! Poor fellows. Should change their job on field.

  • hjfaruq on March 23, 2010, 13:16 GMT

    This test now going to tight competitive with the blessing of umpires to England. In this stage I remembered one dialog of my Professor of Curtin University, "Boss is always right even he is a monkey". ICC should think over it to make more glorious of this elite game. Some peoples are questioning about BD's test status; but should ensure the neutrality of judgement before kick-off the Shakib's team who is one of top five all rounder in test and best in ODI. BRAVO BANGLADESH!! Salute you.