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March 23, 2010
Swipe of the day
Poor Tim Bresnan may never get a better chance to post a Test-match century. The pitch was flat, and with James Tredwell (one of the game's more competent debutant No. 10s) alongside him, England were in no apparent hurry to get a move on as he edged towards his landmark. Bresnan duly moved his career tally to exactly 100 runs, but alas, only 91 of those came in this particular innings. With the century in sight, Abdur Razzak ripped one out of the rough as Bresnan aimed to slot a big heave over long-on, and he knew he was gone long before the third umpire confirmed the stumping.
Drop of the day
Of all the batsmen in the Bangladesh team, the one you don't want to give a sniff to is Tamim Iqbal. He has the class and the range of strokes to punish all indiscretions, so when Jonathan Trott shelled a chance that Mike Atherton described as one of the three worst drops he'd ever seen in international cricket, it seemed England's victory hopes had been grassed at the same time. Tamim, as it happens, had already survived two tougher chances, but this was an absolute shocker. A gentle lob off a slashing swipe outside off, and Trott barely even had to backpedal as he made to collect the ball in front of his face. But instead of cashing in, Tamim seemed flummoxed by all this good fortune, and seven overs later, Stuart Broad showed how a catch should be taken, low in the gully.
Fluke of the day
Alastair Cook has not enjoyed himself in the field in this Test. Three clear-cut chances fizzed through his fingers in the first innings, while his second-day captaincy left a whole load to be desired. But at least his boot has been in full working order. On Saturday, Shakib Al Hasan survived a trial by TV after a firm drive ricocheted off his toe and into Matt Prior's gloves, but was deemed to have touched the turf en route. Today, however, there was no doubt at all. Cook's toe was once again on hand (to pardon the phrase), as Junaid Siddique's firm push turned into a gentle lob to the bowler, Tredwell.
Shot of the day
Jahurul Islam was a nervous man as he made his way out to the middle. On Saturday he picked up a duck in his first innings in Test cricket, and with a pair in prospect, England parked four men around his bat right from the moment he arrived. Five tense dot-balls ensued, as he drove with defiance but failed to pierce the field. But then, he decided, what the heck. A firm plant of the front foot, a massive swing of the blade, and his first scoring stroke in international cricket was a straight six down the ground off Graeme Swann. Eight balls, and one half-chance later, he repeated the dose and doubled his tally, this time off Tredwell.
Appeal of the day
Stuart Broad attracted a heap of criticism for failing to look at the umpire while appealing for lbw against Razzak in the first Test, but he was on his best behaviour today. Twice in two balls, he remembered his manners and turned to address Rod Tucker - firstly when the umpire turned down an lbw shout against Mushfiqur Rahim that looked from the replays to have been better than marginal, and then, moments later, when he squeezed a delivery through bat and pad and into the base of the stumps. Presumably he was unsighted, but perhaps he was just making sure.
Departure of the day
Every England trip has its forgotten man, and few members of this particular tour party have been as anonymous as Liam Plunkett. His tour of Bangladesh consisted of two ineffectual overs in the second ODI at Dhaka, and a whole load of drinks-carrying thereafter, and now he won't even be on the same flight home as his colleagues. An ECB spokesman confirmed that he had experienced "minor discomfort" in his right elbow while throwing, and would be heading home a full 24 hours before the end of the tour to seek further medical advice, before jetting off on holiday.
Andrew Miller is UK editor of Cricinfo. Go to http://twitter.com/miller_cricket to follow him on Twitter through the England tour of Bangladesh.Feeds: Andrew Miller
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