Bangladesh v England, 2nd Test, Dhaka, 5th day

Cook hundred takes England to 2-0 series win

The Report by Sahil Dutta

March 24, 2010

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England 496 and 209 for 1 (Cook 109*, Pietersen 74*) beat Bangladesh 419 and 285 (Shakib 96, Tamin 52, Tredwell 4-82) by nine wickets
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Shakib al Hasan played several positive strokes while compiling 96, Bangladesh v England, 2nd Test, Dhaka, 5th day, March 24, 2010
Shakib Al Hasan extended Bangladesh's lead over 200 with a fine 96, but it wasn't enough © PA Photos
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What was at times a fluctuating contest turned into a comfortable victory for England as Alastair Cook finished his first tour in charge with a controlled, unbeaten 109 and Kevin Pietersen continued his return to form with a 74 to complete a nine-wicket victory and a clean sweep. England remain the only team to have an unbeaten record against Bangladesh, but have been made to work hard for their success by a home side that showed signs of development but still frustrated with fundamental mistakes.

It was particularly satisfying for Cook to guide his side home with his 12th Test hundred, having copped plenty of criticism for some naive captaincy through the tour. It was, as ever, more efficient than spectacular, as he picked off the generous offerings from a tiring Bangladesh attack. His toe-ended cut to bring up three figures and slog-sweep through midwicket to seal the result were both fitting as he proved captaincy would not affect his dogged batting.

Before a ball had been bowled on this tour Cook was left out of England's preliminary Twenty20 squad, but in every match since he's shown how his game has developed. Adding a touch of adventure to his steely temperament he ended as the leading scorer in the series after making a career-best 173 in the first Test and demonstrated an authority that had been missing during his struggle form form last year.

Needing 209 at almost four an over after Shakib Al Hasan's fighting 96 kept England in the field until after lunch, Bangladesh had a chance to squeeze the visitors, but they couldn't muster the resolve. Shakib looked exhausted, having made 141 runs and bowled 66 overs in the game. He wondered around the field with his arms folded and, rather than open with himself, allowed Shafiul Islam and Abdul Razzak to gift England an easy start.

The openers had strolled to 40 before there was any trouble - albeit through another dubious umpiring decision. Jonathan Trott was given run out by the third umpire when the only replay available showed the stumps broken only after Trott had made the crease. It only added to the catalogue of poor decisions in this game, but unlike the previous ones had no bearing on the match.

If anything it only hastened Bangladesh's demise as Pietersen demonstrated the flair that separates him from the rest of his England team-mates. Using his feet to drive the spinners beautifully and unfurling the occasional switch hit, he appeared to recover the swagger that made him such a force before his Achilles injury. He will face sterner examinations soon, but can head off to the IPL in good spirits.

For moments on the final day, like periods throughout the series, Bangladesh offered stubborn resistance, only to crumple when more something substantial could have been built. On his 23rd birthday, Shakib bristled with intent as he tried to carry his side to a position of safety. Needing to both extend the lead and take time out of the game he shunned the cautiousness his opposition favour and took the game to England.

Almost from the off he made his intentions clear, chipping down the crease to the quick bowlers and scything cuts and drives through the off side regularly. At the other end Shafiul Islam blended defence with purpose as the pair added 60 in 14 overs. England looked ragged but rather than stick with their captain, Shakib's team-mates were unable to resist the flighted temptation of James Tredwell with Shafiul and Naeem Islam both gifting their wickets at crucial moments.

It meant the momentum Shakib created was wasted and he was marooned with the last-man Rubel Hossain when still 14 short of a deserved hundred. Again Shakib backed aggression to get him through, taking 10 from the first five balls of Tredwell's opening over after lunch. But, just one shot away and with a field set tantalising tight in on the single, Shakib couldn't resist running down the wicket and having an enormous swipe. He missed and despite a forlorn dive was stumped to end hopes of a hundred and Bangladesh's chances of forcing a draw. It was a deflating end that killed off both Shakib and his team's heart for the fight.

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Posted by sathishvaiju on (March 26, 2010, 6:13 GMT)

Dear Guys, i don understand one thing, wat BD proved in the recent past???????? Always losing matches, irrespective of ODI or Test, but still people r telling Bangla-Tigers proved a lot bla bla n all. bangladesh team , first of all is not at all tigers, they r rats, they can't become a tiger.People make a note of it, Even in 2030, Bangladesh continue these kind of loses and people will comment,Bangladesh has improved a lot , ha ha ha crazy guys.

Posted by YorkshirePudding on (March 25, 2010, 23:01 GMT)

nislan, yep just like the LBW appeal that broad had turned down, what did he do? Did he let his head drop, no, he tried harder the next ball, and the result was a definative OUT. This is where bangladesh need to improve thier game, instead of bemoaning the umpires decision, you get on and make sure there is no doubt. And Minnows are not the only team to suffer, in SA england suffered bad umpiring with Umpire Harper who made more than 5 or 6 marginal calls. One where the bat was no where near the ball (there was daylight between them) was given out Caught at slip. Australia suffered in England with a number of bad decisions.

Posted by Jipster on (March 25, 2010, 19:29 GMT)

I think that apart from being very tired, and resigned to the defeat on the last day, BD can feel proud of themselves in these Tests. I can't say if the wicket didn't help, but they took England into day 5 on both tests which bodes well for the future. They also have some class players emerging. I said on the day 4 bulletin of the 1st test that I wanted to see a BD player get a century and take 300 deliveries to do it - he got 106, and took 292 deliveries. This is the mentality that I hope seeps into all of the BD team psyche for Test Match Cricket. I love to see the flair too, which Tamim definitely has, but what I wanted to see was a BD player WILLING to grind a score out and display some quality mental strength. I was impressed - Good games Tigers !

Posted by nislam4 on (March 25, 2010, 16:11 GMT)

@ Yorkshirepudding: I do understand that the dynamics of a game can not be predicted. However with dismissal of players like KP, Bell, Prior, the likely scenario would have been that the BD players would have been energized to go for the kill. On the other hand, denial of genuine appeal deflated them.

Posted by jackiethepen on (March 25, 2010, 9:48 GMT)

I think Bangladesh played really well and it was foolish of the English media to write them off but the England team certainly didn't. However Bengali-Tiger it is unscientific to say that Bangladesh would have won the game if the lbw umpiring decisions had been given. If the first lbw shout had been allowed against Prior, then a whole new future would have been created with Bresnan coming in early to bat with Bell. Because of the nature of cause and effect we have no idea what would have happened in that future. Everything would have been different to a degree. Bresnan might not have met that ball that caused his lbw shout or it might not have been bowled by the same bowler or Bell might have dealt with it better because he had been in longer. They both might have played differently losing Prior. It would have been a blow to lose Prior and created a rearguard action mentality in which Broad and Swann might have played differently. We will never know.

Posted by YorkshirePudding on (March 25, 2010, 9:37 GMT)

Sallu, you have to consider that England never took the world cup or limited overs cricket seriously until recently (last 10 years), it was always considered a sideshow to the main event of test cricket, and to some extent is still considered as a minor competion, you only have to look at the number of ODI's that england play compared to India or Australia. In the current sequence, England have played 36 ODI's compared to Indias 49, and Australias 53. In tests, the numbers are reveresed, with England playing 47 tests, and India playing 38, Australia playing 39.

Posted by YorkshirePudding on (March 25, 2010, 9:12 GMT)

nislam4, you are wrong in your assumption, you are taking the view that those players would have been out in exactly the same way. The innings could have taken a change of direction and as such there is no guarantee that the wickets would have fallen at those scores. You could play that same innings 2000 times with KP falling on 35, and each time you would get different results, as a wicket will change the way the next batsmen plays. Heres a question, In the second innings do you agree that Trott should have been given out, and would you feel the same if it was a Bangladesh batsman? The Evidence was inconclusive in one frame the bat is on the line, in the other the stumps are broken and his bat is 2-3 inches over the line, now on that evidence Trott should have been given the benefit of the doubt and been given not out. An umpire only has one chance to see a dismissal and needs to make a decison, he sometimes gets it wrong.

Posted by WhoCaresAboutIPL on (March 25, 2010, 8:11 GMT)

I have some sympathy with Bangladesh comments, but all the "virtual arithmetic" about the number of runs that certain decisons cost are meaningless. Unfortunately, although they played well for three days, BD could not sustain the level of concentration needed to push an England team missing their seam strength and their captain. I am not sure all the hype from Jamie Siddons helped them at all!

The real test will come in May - then we will see how much BD has improved. Unfortunately the world at large will see two massive losses - 9 wickets is a real thumping - and on that wicket 400 could have been reached.

Posted by cricket_rulzzz on (March 25, 2010, 7:40 GMT)

umpiring was at its worst in this series. but thats not the only reason BD lost the match. England played well but not as expected. on the other hand BD played better than many expected. so, it was a good series to enjoy. & BD proved that this team will be a great force in the near future.

Posted by leedsfanca on (March 25, 2010, 6:01 GMT)

This whole series was little more than a warm up exercise for England. That said, it's nice to see KP start to regain a little of his form and Cook should also be pleased with his contributions. Against a stronger team, the weaknesses of the current England seamers would have cost us dearly.

Posted by nislam4 on (March 25, 2010, 4:51 GMT)

To those who question Bangladesh's complaint about poor umpiring in this Test, please read the following from Cricinfo's commentary:

"Foxx has found a calculator to produce this little stat - "KP LWB at 30, scored 45, = 15 Prior LBW at 9, scored 62, = 53 Bell LBW at 82, scored 138, = 56 Bresnan Caught on 5, scored 91 = 86 That amounts to 210. 496-210 = Eng 286/10. 419-286= Bng lead +133.Bangladesh could have declared long ago.."

Posted by provash on (March 25, 2010, 1:36 GMT)

i'm a BD supporter. I think Bengali-Tiger007 and demon_bowler both are wrong. Good comments by Chapelau, Srinivasan and dipuzr.

In a nutshell, there r many positives for BD, but still some way to go... specially regarding attitude... need more professionalism, tougher approach and c-o-o-l head..

Well done England.

Posted by MartinAmber on (March 24, 2010, 23:16 GMT)

Did anyone else see Bob Willis's verdict on the England players on Sky's highlights show earlier? Poor old Alastair Cook scores two hundreds and captains thes side to a 2-0 win, and gets marked down for 6/10 for basically "not being Mike Brearley" in the field! Even Stuart Broad and Jonathan Trott got the same mark as Cook! I find Bob's sourness and utter refusal to hype things up very refreshing, but I think he went too far here. Not that Cook will be bothered, of course...

Posted by tbennett54 on (March 24, 2010, 22:23 GMT)

Bangladesh did play well in this match and were certainly unlucky. In time their young team will develop more discipline. Mushfiqur Rahim, Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudullah and Shakib are genuine batting talents. I hope they can bring a couple more seam bowlers to England as it will be a waste of time relying on spinners like Razzak and Naeem in English early-summer conditions. I feel a bit sorry for Shakib whose mammoth efforts in this match seemed to have knackered him by the time England's run chase began - his captaincy was lacklustre as a result. Like the whole team he is also very young and will undoubtedly improve as a captain. Cook's captaincy was rather negative but it would be churlish to moan too much given his 100% success rate. The continued improvement of Bell, and Pietersen's rehabilitation, as well as Cook's solidity, were major pluses for England.

Posted by tbennett54 on (March 24, 2010, 22:21 GMT)

Bangladesh did play well in this match and were certainly unlucky. In time their young team will develop more discipline. Mushfiqur Rahim, Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudullah and Shakib are genuine batting talents. I hope they can bring a couple more seam bowlers to England as it will be a waste of time relying on spinners like Razzak and Naeem in English early-summer conditions. I feel a bit sorry for Shakib whose mammoth efforts in this match seemed to have knackered him by the time England's run chase began - his captaincy was lacklustre as a result. Like the whole team he is also very young and will undoubtedly improve as a captain. Cook's captaincy was rather negative but it would be churlish to moan too much given his 100% success rate. The continued improvement of Bell, and Pietersen's rehabilitation, as well as Cook's solidity, were major pluses for England.

Posted by sallu123 on (March 24, 2010, 22:11 GMT)

mr robert brown oil ur own machine.coz u have seen the parformance of england last 4 world cups.being a cricket super power wht they have done.they dont even won a world cup.

Posted by sallu123 on (March 24, 2010, 21:00 GMT)

main problem is bd cricketers cant read the situetion.they should learn how to hold nerve.

Posted by YorkshirePudding on (March 24, 2010, 20:41 GMT)

I have to say I've been impressed by Bangladesh's improvement over the last 5 years. They have a lot of positives and a couple of concerns, Iqbal has genuine talent with the bat, however he things flashing the blade is the way to go, rather than grinding out an innings when required.

Rahim, IMHO needs to move up the order 3 places, and consider leaving the gloves behind, the lower order is very good with the bat, with Mamadullah and Al Hasan.

Dipuzr, its a very pragmatic appraoch you have there, and very healthy for a test cricket supporter. As Demon says, if you dont get a decision as a bowler you go back to your mark and make sure theres no doubt in the umpires mind next time, Broad did precisely this.

I'd love to hear a fair and honest bangladeshi appraisal of the england team if someone can post it.

Posted by Bengali-Tiger007 on (March 24, 2010, 20:13 GMT)

Its not BD at fault here that they are losing, any team can be dishearted and perform even worse then them. But I give full credit to my BD team for their courage and fight back. Eng should have been all out for less than 300, but its not our fault at all because the two umpires were wearing the England shirt underneath their white coat!!!! By the way, to all the Eng fans who are talking nonsense in this forum, please go else where. We are not push overs and we do not tolerate racism either. Even if you guys win, you'l all know that it wasn't a fair win and for that reason you all should be ashamed. BD won this match and we all know that. Another thing, we don't need to be told how to improve, The best teams in the world like India don't have express pace bowlers, infact they have world class medium pace bowlers like Zaheer & co. Rubel and Shaf are still very young, they will be top bowlers one day providing that the BCB don't mess them about. All the best Eng and the Tigers!!!!

Posted by Trickstar on (March 24, 2010, 19:37 GMT)

After the test has now finished it's been a hard fought win for England mainly due to the extreme temps and humidity and occasional pressure from Bang.The comments on here from the Bang supporters and others have bordered on pathetic, they bang on about racism they want to take a close look at themselves because if the England supporters said the same thing it would of been the first thing they would be called,it's a easy, insecure and lazy thing to say when things don't go your way.Speaking of the incidents lets be honest they were not howlers and 50/50 calls at best,with the Lbw shouts the ball only just clipped the top of the stumps ,you are not always going to get those shouts and England had a couple very similar to those turned down too..Speaking of bad decisions the only person who could be upset by the umpiring is Trott caught off his helmet in the 1st Test and then given out on a run out that clearly was in,imagine if that was a Bang batsman,the moaning would of been unreal.

Posted by Chapelau on (March 24, 2010, 19:19 GMT)

English fans were once called "whinging poms" (by the former worlds best) but it seems we have been replaced by Bangladesh as the whingers. If you play cricket you have to take the rough with the smooth. Every country has it's fair share of poor umpiring both for and against it and these things even out over time. The big lesson for Bangladesh- if they want to compete on all surfaces and in all conditions is mental toughness. This is what made the aussies great in the 80's and is a requirement for any great side. This was a good series for both sides, lets move on to the summer and see how the boys from Bangladesh fair on fast, green tracks where seam dominates.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2010, 19:05 GMT)

Of late I have begun to question the significance of personal milestones like 50s and 100s for batsmen. Shakib's demise today is another case in point, I think. Had it not been for the milestone he might have played a more judicial shot (and more importantly Eng might not have played upon the psychology of the batsman and set a single denying field.) That cd have possible (of course this is just a speculation) stretched BD's innings another 15 minutes and got them another 10 runs making it that much tougher for England to take up the chase. BD deserved a draw in this Test for the way they built their first innings and fought back in the second innings. Well, aren't these what-might-have-beens that lend charm to Test cricket?

Posted by demon_bowler on (March 24, 2010, 18:49 GMT)

Abject surrender by Bangladesh in the afternoon session. I'm sorry, but they will get slaughtered within three days at Lord's this June. Let's face it, on appallingly flat pitches, against a makeshift bowling attack and against some pretty insipid captaincy from Cook, they still couldn't draw or even lose by a respectable margin.

To those blaming the umpires, look at the way Broad reacted to having a plumb lbw shout turned down -- he went back to his mark and bowled an even better ball and got the wicket. That's the attitude Bangladesh need to have to adversity.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2010, 17:47 GMT)

Well done England C team! It's good that our boys eased up and made a game of it.

Posted by dipuzr on (March 24, 2010, 17:45 GMT)

There's one & only way to improve our cricket, ie improve the domestic cricket.... people will always criticize us as long as we give them the chances... & why bother about umpiring??? mistake or not, good or bad, if we are good enough then we can always compensate for that... our players cant resist a swing, they break under pressure only bcoz they dont do it day in day out... when they'll play hard & fair in domestic, test performance will automatically improve... unfortunately though, BCB might be having other ideas....

Posted by   on (March 24, 2010, 16:53 GMT)

Its good to see this that Bangladesh make English team to play a good cricket to win this game and last for all five days. And England Played really well to win this test in the fifth day in subcontinent. This test is very good from the point of view of Bangladesh, they realize that if they played better cricket like this then they always have a chance to draw the test at least. Some of the players of bangladesh really played well in this series and they prove that the win against the weak team of westindies is not a fluke. Well Played Bangladesh.

Posted by plmx on (March 24, 2010, 16:34 GMT)

In my previous comment I compared Cook to Shakib because they both scored their runs on the same day (mostly) and on the same wicket and under similar pressure. The main difference being the quality of bowling faced.

Posted by plmx on (March 24, 2010, 16:22 GMT)

I sometimes wonder about the batting averages and quality of batting in a test like England versus Bangladesh. Would Shakib get more runs if he faced the likes of Razzak et al like Cook did and would Cook get as many runs if he faced Swann et al like Shakib did. Who is the better batsman between the two? They have acquired their runs facing markedly different quality bowlers. Batting averages are always confusing because other team's batsmen periodically face weak bowling like Bangladesh during which they improve their batting averages but BD batsmen do not get that chance.

Posted by _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on (March 24, 2010, 15:59 GMT)

I think Sahkib's 96 was right up there with any 100 scored in the series. He is a good player and proves he is worth a county place (also bemuses me how he missed out on IPL2) It was a near perfect captain's inning. The umpire's were also in better form over the past 2 days (there were NO HOWLERS). I hope BCB PERSISTS with the same 15 players in the future, that is the only way forward for them. They MUST learn to draw matches 1st and there is no reason why they can't on these pitches, Naeem Islam's dismissal really disappointed me, I threw my hands up in disgust even but he should be given more chances. As for Eng, to me only Swann, Bell, Bresnan and to a lesser extent Finn can take much from this series. I was not impressed with their performance at all, they were mostly very negative. Seeing that at least 1/2 the squad is tipped for Ashes, I think Aus are in a much better spot and will be itching to get at them.

Posted by RokibHassan on (March 24, 2010, 15:56 GMT)

ICC and the Umpires are responsible for bangladesh's defeat against england. this is not the first time that bangladesh suffer badly for some stupid umpiring. in multan against pakistan same thing happend, in newzealand and now agains england. ICC should apologise for there narrow minded policy to surve with worse umpires in weaker team's match. if in day-3 the decisions was rightly taken by the umpires bangladesh may have won the match atleast they could draw the match. that will boost the moral of bangladesh team. shame to ICC.................grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

Posted by supersaiyaan on (March 24, 2010, 15:05 GMT)

England , d umpires workd really hard. Dont forget to give both d umpires treat or sumthin.rod tucker n tony hill deserve it.

Posted by 2.14istherunrate on (March 24, 2010, 14:33 GMT)

Those Tests were good for everyone except groundsmen and umpires; for England because they stayed winning and remain unbeaten by Bangladesh,and won by healthy margins ,but did get enough resistance along the way to ensure this was not just meaningless flagflying; for Bangladesh because they showed how far they have improved, and that they do at least possess some fairly accomplished players-Tamim.Shakib,Mushfiqur,Junaid,Mahmudullah-who can only improve and are young enough to stay together for a long time ( the bowling is a bit thin by contrast,only Shakib and Rubel really showing the skill levels);and the spectators because there was some very entertaining cricket played over the five games. It will be harder for Bangladesh in the summer by a long way,but that was a great boost for them in their aspirations. The pitches are flatter than Pakistan's and could be profitably dug up ,and the umpiring was a great advert for the referral system. but in any case Bangladesh are no longer crap.

Posted by bumsonseats on (March 24, 2010, 14:32 GMT)

for all the problems wth the on field umpires who have a split second, to give a decision, which favoured england. englands problems seem to be the off field umpires, from Daryl Harper mistakes on englands tour of the west indies then his famous fiasco in S A were the sound was turned off and said he could not hear the nick, to the Trott run out. mistakes can be made, but when u are sitting in an air conditioned studio and it takes 2 minutes to make your mind up if hes run out, and then you still get it wrong. funny old world

Posted by allblue on (March 24, 2010, 14:15 GMT)

Thank you rsmehdihasan for your honesty. I feel the same way but was reluctant to post that here such has been the vitriol, almost hatred expressed towards English cricket in these blogs. We all know that Test status was awarded for political rather than cricket reasons, that the cart was put before the horse. The first thing to do was to establish a strong First Class structure in the country, because that is what produces Test cricketers. Good sessions, even good days, do not win test matches. Players toughened by hard First Class cricket learn how to push on and win games instead of wilting under pressure as BD have done here. Yes they are getting Test experience, but if that experience is always losing it could be doing more harm than good. If NZ and SL can produce competitive Test teams, there is no reason why BD cannot as well, and world cricket will be so much the better when they do. Strengthen cricket internally, and the players and mentality to win Tests will surely follow.

Posted by neopanthers on (March 24, 2010, 14:00 GMT)

hats off to shakib. its mesmerizing me lads, imagine bowling 66overs n after batting with lots of patience.. really gud sign for bangladesh..

Posted by   on (March 24, 2010, 13:36 GMT)

WELL,what a pathetic 5 th day by Bangladesh, now people keep saying we are improving 3 ODI and 2 Tests and what i saw was same old Bangladesh, in and out of the game inconsistent, blaming umpiring decisions, throwing in the towel when things do not go your way, and at times the comments by by certain commentators were so one sided that you thought Bangladesh was all over England Test 1 a 181 run Defeat, Test 2 a 9 wicket defeat, they are big losses, and to let England score 209 off 44 overs tells cricket people who no the game ,you give in, and if that hurts i am not sorry as sometime the real truth hurts.

Posted by Prince.Rocio on (March 24, 2010, 13:27 GMT)

A good fighting by Bangladesh boys.... they have yet to grow... they will surely match up big teams oneday.. and it will be nice if they focussed on game than words war......

Posted by VipulPatki on (March 24, 2010, 13:22 GMT)


Posted by   on (March 24, 2010, 13:14 GMT)

Well done Bangladesh, you played well, and for the first time in years there are real signs that you are moving forward. You should be proud of your team but make no mistake there is still improvements to be made. I don't think you deserved the 2-0 result frankly, I think you deserved to save this game on the overall cricket played but I think most of you will agree, umpires or not, that the better team won. Tamin Iqbal looks a really exiciting player, a county side should snap him up soon, especially for Twenty20's and the Friend's Provident Trophy. If you can sort out your pitches, make them more bowler friendly (I don't mean fast bowler friendly but the pitches didn't break up or aid spinners at all), create an academy and improve on that bowling attack then you are well on your way. Congrats to you all, you've proved to a few of us you deserve your test status. Don't accuse the umpires of being racist though. That's clearly untrue, they're two people doing a job, just not well.

Posted by Cuzer on (March 24, 2010, 13:13 GMT)

Jezzericho - Far more naturally gifted? What game were you watching?

Bangledesh have to learn to play test cricket properly, England got the tempo spot on winning just inside the 5 days, when weather is never going to be a factor ie Bangledesh you must understand the game lasts 5 days - NOT 50 overs!

Rating D+ Must do better I'm afraid!

Posted by JohnnyDextrose on (March 24, 2010, 13:05 GMT)

Can we stop all this bleating now about impartial umpiring? The only person who can really feel hard done by is Trott who got 2 inexplicable decisions against him in four innings, to add to the freak dismissal he got in the fisrt innings here. With a string of low scores and uninspiring performances behind him, that could put his place in jeopardy and a match winning knock here would have ended his winter on a positive note. What has dissapointed me is that the Bangladesh team seem to have no real belief and appeared to wilt in the (admittedly very trying) conditions. Clearly they have some very talented players in the team and with a bit extra leadership, belief, application and fitness they could have pulled off a very famous victory in this series. England were absolutley relentless throughout and the presuure eventually told. In alien conditions, it should and would normally have been, the other way round. Bangladesh need to push on, they have the talent, they must now apply it!

Posted by mujahidul on (March 24, 2010, 13:02 GMT)

I love sports but hate politics. Unfortunately ICC brought politicians into cricket. They exercise naked favoritism on the field and whoever speaks up, they shut his voice up by imposing fine. No action against those who is going with a blueprint of killing this game. If this type of attitude continues in cricket it will never ever get popularity in the world.

Posted by jezzricho on (March 24, 2010, 12:08 GMT)

Congrats to Bangladesh for there performance over these 2 tests! you matched England in most departments and showed your far more naturally gifted. If you had the coaching and development academy's that other countries have you would be up there matching it with the big boys of international cricket. Lets hope these results encourage your government and the ICC to help assist in these departments

Posted by   on (March 24, 2010, 11:07 GMT)

Cook hundred takes England to 2-0 series win

Posted by rsmehdihasan on (March 24, 2010, 11:06 GMT)

sometime i think we get test status too early. Main problem is our players still can not settle their nerve and fight for glory.

They break down in crucial moment.

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