Bangladesh v England, 2nd Test, Dhaka, 1st day

England work hard to restrict Bangladesh

The Report by Sahil Dutta

March 20, 2010

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Bangladesh 330 for 8 (Tamim 85, Mahmudullah 59, Swann 3-94) v England
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Tamim Iqbal didn't hold back during his attacking innings, Bangladesh v England, 1st Test, Chittagong, March 13, 2010
Tamim Iqbal's glittering innings lit up the morning for Bangladesh © PA Photos
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It was another case of what might have been for Bangladesh as they mixed talent with frustrating naivety to stutter to 330 for 8 on the opening day in Dhaka after their innings had been launched by a blistering 85 from 71 balls from Tamim Iqbal. Mahmudullah contributed a silky half-century and captain Shakib Al Hasan returned to form with 49, but England chipped away after opting to play five bowlers.

In oppressive heat and on a track remorselessly lifeless for the quick bowlers the visitors toiled hard. They were punished whenever they strayed by a Bangladesh side bristling with positive intent but unable to buckle down and build something more substantial. The tone was set by Tamim's sizzling assault in the morning session.

He celebrated his 21st birthday by launching into England's new-ball bowlers, dispatching Tim Bresnan for 23 from three overs and pinning Alastair Cook on the defensive almost immediately. He was dropped twice, a tough chance on 7 by Paul Collingwood at second slip and a much simpler offering to Cook at mid on 35 from a leading edge, and they cost England.

Having climbed to No. 2 in the world following his Man-of-the-Match outing in Chittagong, Graeme Swann's introduction was supposed to halt the run glut but Tamim was in no mood to let up. Identifying Swann as the pivotal threat in England's attack Tamim picked off two boundaries from his first over before unfurling four more in successive deliveries a couple of overs later, the last of which was handsomely deposited over mid on as he bought up a half century from just 34 balls.

Having sauntered to 80 with almost an hour remaining before lunch it appeared Tamim was on his way to becoming only the fifth player in Test history to make a century before lunch on the first day. The fireworks had left Cook desperately seeking some stability and it came from his second spinner, James Tredwell, who was making his Test debut at the expense of Michael Carberry.

Despite lacking the effervescence that makes Swann such a force, Tredwell has a game honed through a decade in the English shires, and he proved accurate enough to induce a poorly-executed sweep from Tamim which, in a flurry of bat and gloves, looped up to Matt Prior although the ball came off the forearm. Tamim looked disgusted to have been given out he had every right to feel aggrieved.

Having prized an opening Swann then burst through with a two wickets, trapping the debutant Jahurul Islam in front for a sixth-ball duck before removing Junaid Siddique, a century-maker in his last innings, in similar fashion after lunch. With England on the brink of taking control Shakib joined Mahmudullah for an enterprising 59-run stand.

Mahmudullah was unhurried and untroubled, working the ball around nicely and feathering boundaries during a half-century reminiscent of VVS Laxman. He reached his 50 with a languid cover drive off Swann and looked set to go on, but drove lazily to point against the first ball of a new spell by Steven Finn. It was Finn's only joy on a tough day. He was on the wrong end of Tamim's attack during the morning session and failed to find the consistency and bite, albeit on a very placid track, that he produced at Chittagong.

Meanwhile, Shakib chose to swipe his way out of poor form. Having been dismissed twice by Swann in the first Test, Shakib took the attack to his nemesis, slog-sweeping and cutting well, without quite giving an air of permanence. He reached 49 before missing an attempted heave across the line to give Tredwell his second wicket of the day. Once again Bangladesh needed a period of rebuilding.

Mushfiqur Rahim had picked up where he left off in Chittagong, displaying technique and temperament during a calm knock that threatened to edge the day for Bangladesh before he fell to a snarling delivery from Bresnan to the second new ball. On a day where nothing even offered to move off the seam Bresnan got one to climb and jag away from Rahim. With the shadows lengthening Abdur Razzak attempted an ambitious slog to leg to become Swann's third lbw victim of the day and epitomised the regular lapses of concentration that continue to haunt Bangladesh's progress.

Throughout the day Cook's captaincy was more robotic than insightful, chasing the ball and quickly reverting to defensive fields as England flagged in the late-afternoon heat. Yet on a pitch that looks like it could deteriorate come the latter stages, their eight wickets ensured the edge after a fluctuating day.

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Posted by   on (March 21, 2010, 6:01 GMT)

I dont understand why ill motivited people are soughting over HOT CONDITIONS!.Are BD players batting under AC controled environment? I dont think so , possibly those cricket intellectualsr fear their earliar coments against BD! Any way, we never mind the coldest condition in UK or any where else- Because we believe it is a game,not politics and our players are always ready for the game!

Posted by   on (March 21, 2010, 5:16 GMT)

Bd played really well, isnot it?

Posted by Cricket_needs_Mental_Toughness on (March 21, 2010, 0:11 GMT)

Get the HOT SPOT REPLAY technology to eliminate bad umpiring. Australia recently used this technology in test matches and ODI. See the article

http://www.cricinfo.com/ci-icc/content/story/393156.html

Posted by Cricket_needs_Mental_Toughness on (March 21, 2010, 0:08 GMT)

Hot Spot Replay Technology:

http://www.cricinfo.com/ci-icc/content/story/393156.html

To substantially decrease the questionable umpiring decisions, Bangladesh Cricket Administration and Nimbus Sports should consider getting the "HOT SPOT REPLAY Technology" and associated Referral System AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. I watched this technology in action during the broadcast of Australia-Pakistan test matches recently --- it is great - excellent method to get to the truth and eliminate questionable umpiring decisions.

SHAKIB - Please do not play cross-bat to Graeme Swann's bowling. You have lost your wicket doing so a couple of times recently. Do not understand why you have to play cheeky (actually SILLY) shots like reverse sweep, and get out. As a Captain and a top order batsman, you have a big responsibility -- think of big scores, 100 - 150, and stay at the crease for 50 to 75 overs ...like Ponting, Clarke, Sangakkara, M. Jayawardene, Alstair Cook, Dhoni. Learn from Mushfiqur Rahim.

Posted by goodmood08 on (March 20, 2010, 23:50 GMT)

Those umpires may want to watch out for their back before they make any more mistakes like they did so far. Fans of BD team may not be that forgiving. Things happen in a hurry over there. High emotional outbursts is a very common attribute and it may spill over in the wrong places.

Posted by mujahidul on (March 20, 2010, 23:10 GMT)

Do the umpires have some rating system like the cricketers. Each wrong decision should devaluate their rating and like Ebay star rating the umpires should have ratings with their name. Umpires should be categorized and ranked based on their ratings. Referral system should be available more frequently where the cricketers should be allowed to request the umpire for a referral to the third umpire. We wall want to see fair game. If umpires are given freedom like this against the weaker teams, cricket will never get popularity in the world.

Posted by Rezaul on (March 20, 2010, 20:37 GMT)

ICC: International Creep Council never cares about the continuous suffering of Bangladesh from ugly umpiring. They are always happy to go with new lack of confidence umpires in Bangladesh matches. These umpires always takes the safer side of stronger team against Bangladesh. Bangladesh always plays against 13 players in the field. We all know Bangladesh is a new team and weaker that other established teams. But whenever they try to march on umpires come to the party to halt their progress. Look at Tamim's innings, he was going so gorgeously and Rod Tucker nailed him OUT. I dont understand if you are not sure then why dont you take help from third umpire who has technology to guide you. Actually these people are sick and should never stand in test matches. They make test matches a joke by their stupid fingers. Thats where I like Darrel Hair, Harper, Sheperd, Buckner, Venkatarghaban, Peter Willy.

Posted by _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on (March 20, 2010, 19:38 GMT)

@Rhododendron. I agree with re-shuffling the order and pushing Rahim up to maybe 4 but I don't agree with swapping. The truth is Bang first class system is not good enough to produce TEST READY players. They have to LEARN ON THE JOB. They must be persisted with for a min of 20 games or so. Continuity is the key. When you look at 2 other struggling teams like NZ and W.I., you will notice that players like Ross Taylor, Martin Guptill and even Vettori for NZ or Fidel Edwards and Chris Gayle for W.I. have improved steadily after a number of avg. or 1/2 decent matches because their 1st class structure is also weak. Playing in their current Club structure may not have brought a fast enough improvement.

Posted by skrat on (March 20, 2010, 19:31 GMT)

thats how 'UMPIRES' play against the 'minnows'.really a sad end to a brilliant innings of tamim.Hats Off to him.

Posted by Quddus-Mamu on (March 20, 2010, 19:22 GMT)

Bangladesh needs another opener like Tamim Iqbal. Also, some one in number 4 position. Junaid is getting better in number 3. If they all can perform at the same day, they can fight against any test playing country.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2010, 17:21 GMT)

ICC: International cricket Council : what r they doing currently ? don't they monitor umpires' decisions ... it is a shame to c an umpire giving a wrong decision confidently............ i also think umpiring is a very hard job... also feel pity for them as they don't get rest in 5 days... they have to stand and stand for long 5 days under the sun.... so, i think they shud judge well and they deserve to be judged well too.... they reall do a very good job... sometimes a wrong decison may come ... acceptable... but consistenty wrong decisions at a valuable moment agains a team probably not acceptable...

Posted by M-S-R on (March 20, 2010, 16:58 GMT)

Here we go, umpires are in action again to recue the English team: blower-getting benefit of doubt decision to cut short the fantastic efforts of Tamim! Umpires making sure Jahurul forgets his Test debut. Out of a total 8 fallen wickets, 50% were "lbw" ……… Lets see how the umpires react against BD spinners who're much superior to their English counterparts!

Posted by ashikuzzaman on (March 20, 2010, 16:31 GMT)

Bad umpiring decisions are part of the game unfortunately until the technology goes to a level of perfection when we will need no more umpires in the field. We just have to live with it. Tamim is continuing to emerge a great attacking batsman in world cricket and I rate him in the category of Sehwag for all reasons. I believe over ages, he will stabilize a bit more and will be come more difficult to get out. First day of test, 94 overs played and 330/8 is a kind of score we don't often see from Bangladesh. So let's hope we take advantage of this decent start and make it to 370s. Anything less than 350 in this good batting wicket would be insignificant anyway and if Naim an somehow make it to 400 that would be gorgeous! If the wicket keeps turning more, then our chances to book England with no lead in first innings are good and we will have to keep in mind to make them bat in the fourth innings as late as possible to at least get a draw out of this test. Let's see how far we can go.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2010, 16:16 GMT)

you cant blame umpiring decisions for Bangladesh's down fall!! They even themselves out. Trott got a shocker in the first innings at Chittagong and he might of made Bangladesh toil longer without much success, Shakib Al Hasan was as plumb as any LBW you could possibly see three balls before he got out. What spectators notice is the fact that England made Bangladesh pay for any errors, whilst their captain today duffed one over the top then made the same mistake again!!! simples

Posted by ashikuzzaman on (March 20, 2010, 16:14 GMT)

Bad umpiring decisions are part of the game unfortunately until the technology goes to a level of perfection when we will need no more umpires in the field. We just have to live with it. Tamim is continuing to emerge a great attacking batsman in world cricket and I rate him in the category of Sehwag for all reasons. I believe over ages, he will stabilize a bit more and will be come more difficult to get out. First day of test, 94 overs played and 330/8 is a kind of score we don't often see from Bangladesh. So let's hope we take advantage of this decent start and make it to 370s. Anything less than 350 in this good batting wicket would be insignificant anyway and if Naim an somehow make it to 400 that would be gorgeous! If the wicket keeps turning more, then our chances to book England with no lead in first innings are good and we will have to keep in mind to make them bat in the fourth innings as late as possible to at least get a draw out of this test. Let's see how far we can go.

Posted by T2-- on (March 20, 2010, 15:56 GMT)

In this series their are so many decision went against Bangladesh ICC really need have look at this especially for team like Bangladesh to day Tamim Iqbal played an outstanding game 85 from 71 balls but the birthday boy was given out by the umpire what bad decision was that. if was given out the young birthday boy could have got his century who know maybe more than that.plus he could break the record and make the 5th first century in Test. what way it would be for him to celebrate his birthday. on the 1st test shakib was given out plus if more decision went against Bangladesh please ICC have look. plus this series Bangladesh did not have nay look at all.

I don't understand how is Bangladesh still allowing Imrul kayes to play., 10 match and 20 innings average 13 run. Does a player with 13 run average deserve to play in a international level ? if they allowing him to play than Ashraful should play as well.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2010, 15:50 GMT)

good play Bangladesh(80%)

Posted by British-Bangali on (March 20, 2010, 15:45 GMT)

Well done boys much better loved the attack play unfortnately Tamim Iqbal could not continue. Hope the last few wickets last maybe 10-20 overs and let our bowling attack have a go. Key will be to get Trott and cook out before they fully settle otherwise Eng will have no problem to bat for two days if required. Agree with Bang_la Maybe Tamim was unlucky but that's test match maybe luck will be with Bangladesh? We can hope.....

Posted by   on (March 20, 2010, 15:36 GMT)

Tamim is a "Sehwag" kind of player..Attacking is the best kind of defense for this type of players..so i think i should keep attacking rather then pushing the ball for singles or doubles..u see,he played 2 superbly attacking innings against England..on both occasions,whenever he is trying to force himself into a defensive mindset just before century..he got out..so,my suggestion is "See the ball..Hit the ball"...

Posted by supersaiyaan on (March 20, 2010, 15:34 GMT)

now as far as i see it,this is a bit too much??if the umpiring is that bad then why in the hell BCB didnt take actions(report to icc for immediate replacement) against ROD Tucker after the 1st test or even after the odis..tahs just awful. he doesnt deserve to be umpiring in the test level..if any of the top icc officials is watching this series,then im afraid it cud well be his last test as an umpire..and also BCB should demand to see referrels in actions the nxt tym they play(atleast in tests.)

Posted by Inaz on (March 20, 2010, 15:34 GMT)

i agree with u bro (sorwer alauddin).......jahurul s an openin batsman n first class cricket..& he s n gud form, finshn de eason as de top run gettr n domestic season dis yr.....i dont understand y de hell they pick imrul kayes when there s far mre bettr players n domestic cricket like shuvagoto hom....shuvagoto hom deserves a plc n de team cuz he s a consistent performer

Posted by Rhododendron on (March 20, 2010, 15:29 GMT)

What happened to shahriar nafees by the way? hasn't the failures of Imrul Kayes been going on for quite some time now? nafees and ashraful are obvious contenders for the two non-performing positions in the Bang batting line-up at 2 and 4. and why cant mahmudullah, mushfiqur and naeem islam move further up given their consistencies lower down the order?

Posted by   on (March 20, 2010, 15:27 GMT)

Hope jahurul, imrul will shine in 2nd innings..... Shakib shud try to play some good shots , not only slog sweeps..... I hope Bangladesh will reach 370 2mrw.....450 would have been a good score probably...

Posted by _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on (March 20, 2010, 15:03 GMT)

I think Bagladesh are playing with good confidence but they have been a bit immature with their stroke play and could have quickly been in trouble had the catches been taken. With the wicket taking turn I hope to see Sahkib really have a good go at the Eng batsmen who often wilt under pressure. @ Bang_La, I am convinced you have some serious issues. I am going to be honest, Tamim looked very out in real time and will be dissapointed he didn't carry on and didn't calm down and play that ball through mid-on. I am confident he will mature as he plays more, especially since he knows his place in the team is very secure.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2010, 14:50 GMT)

What these umpires are doing!!?? They continued their ugly performance against Bangladesh. They at least be more careful to give decisions against a team who are facing bad decisions regularly. Where is the benefit of doubt for batsman?? A bad decision against you in the field seriously affect your mind badly. We don't want to see any more of these joke.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2010, 14:46 GMT)

thats true...this umpire thingy is frustrating... From that Zimbabwean umpire to Asoka De Silva...they are really idiots in white.

Y not bring Aleem Daar and Billy Bawden?

Posted by Rezaul on (March 20, 2010, 14:35 GMT)

Once again the white man in white slaughtered a bright innings and deprived Tamim, his fellow countrymen and cricket lovers all over the world from witnessing a more exciting huge ton. The ball went from his forearm and even English fielders did not appeal to umpire but Mr. Rod Tucker raise his finger straight way. English commentators couldnt identify any contact with bat or gloves after hundreds of repeated replays. Its a shame for cricket. There has been so much talk about bad umpiring in this series and always against Bangladesh, but still these people do not care. They just cant be in peace seeing a weak team trying to go on top. They have to come and obstacle that. I got sick of telling about ICC and these unworthy low class umpires. No matter how much we shout they will appoint new umpires in Bangladesh match and they always end up with giving bunch of decisions against Bangladesh. I dont get surprised anymore as its being established that weak teams always suffer from umpires.

Posted by shahrias on (March 20, 2010, 13:55 GMT)

330 for 8 is not bad but I still feel that we threw away too many good starts. It should have been 330 for 5 may be even 6. I am afraid we may have let another golden opportunity to apply pressure slip. Hopefully, they can stretch the score past 350, closer to 400.

Posted by mhb1951 on (March 20, 2010, 13:44 GMT)

I think it was very naive and at the same time foolish to try to blood in youngsters so early. Such frequent changes to a team does more harm than good. We could have stuck on with Aftab for just this match at least.

Posted by shonkhochil on (March 20, 2010, 13:18 GMT)

First of all--- I think yesterday's BD's performance shows that this team is growing together as a very promising side in world cricket. Second of all-- what's wrong with these Umpires? Are they blind or they are careless?? Why BD has to suffer almost all of their bad decision? I guess I haven't seen any 'poor performance' by the Umpires throughout the whole ODI & test series..and almost all the decision went against BD.. Tamim deserved a 100 yesterday..The way he was playing it was a treat to see.. But I guess Umpire didn't like it.. Seems like BD is playing against 11 player of England + 2 Umpires at the same time.. It's disgusting....

Posted by rkmasum on (March 20, 2010, 13:17 GMT)

Bangladesh passed a good day despite another unfortunate "negative umpiring". Bangladesh could have manage another few runs unless a couple of decisions (for tamim and Zahurul) went against.....

Posted by shoarthing on (March 20, 2010, 12:38 GMT)

Bangladesh started brilliantly - a very good toss to win, & real pressure applied on the bowlers & field by Tamsin. It will be interesting to see how quickly the wicket deteriorates, & whether 350-ish will be enough . . . hmm: but at least an interesting wicket made for a interesting first day.

Posted by Bang_La on (March 20, 2010, 12:11 GMT)

"Tamim looked disgusted to have been given out he had every right to feel aggrieved." Is that all? I am not charging anymore ICC for selecting unqualified and near blind umpires or bigots in white. What concerns me is, such careless attitude to a team, who gets runts being unworthy, would only come up with worse performance owing bad and faulty judgements. That would simply fuel the enthusiasm of the pundits to agree how right they have always been previously to ask the sanity of ICC decision to hand Bangladesh out test status. Indeed, their opinion would be based on wrong and incompetent umpiring. Thats so sad.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2010, 11:18 GMT)

Dear Siddons and Shakib, jahurul should play opening in second innings, please please and please, you will consider this seriously.........................................................................................................

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Sahil Dutta Assistant editor Sahil Dutta grew up supporting England during the 90s. Despite this, he still enjoys the game. His unrequited passions for Graeme Hick and, in latter years, Vikram Solanki gave him a stoicism that guided him through an Economics degree and a stint working at the European Parliament. He maintains the purest love for Tests and the whims of legspin bowling and still harbours hope that he could be the answer to England's long search for a mystery spinner. As it is, his most exciting cricketing experience was planning a trip to Australia for the 2006-07 Ashes with two utterly indifferent friends. Unfortunately his lung collapsed shortly before his planned departure and the pair were left to wander around from Test to Test, unprepared and clueless. Any comparisons with England are far too obvious to make. That cancelled holiday inspired an Ashes blog which led, via some tea-making at the Wisden Cricketer, to the ESPNcricinfo towers.
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