England v Bangladesh, 1st npower Test, Lord's, 2nd day May 28, 2010

Tamim and Siddique build on Shahadat's five

The Bulletin by Liam Brickhill

Close Bangladesh 172 for 2 (Siddique 53*, Islam 16*) trail England 505 (Trott 226, Shahadat 5-98) by 333 runs
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Bangladesh more than held their own on the second day at Lord's, reaching 172 for 2 at the close - 134 runs away from the follow-on - after Shahadat Hossain's 5 for 98 saw England bowled out for 505 after Jonathan Trott hit 226. Imrul Kayes and Tamim Iqbal added 88 for the first wicket before Junaid Siddique guided the visitors to the close with a determined, unbeaten 53 alongside Jahurul Islam.

England had been expected to dominate the day when they started on 362 for 4 but it didn't quite transpire that way even though Trott reached a career-best first-class score and equalled Kevin Pietersen's 226 as England's highest Test score since Graham Gooch's 333 in 1990. Shahadat's effort kept Bangladesh in the game and also made him the first Bangladesh cricketer to be included on the honours board at Lord's.

Tamim then shrugged off concerns about his injured left wrist with a half-century compiled in his own inimitable fashion after the visitors came out to bat midway through the second session. He got going by slashing Tim Bresnan over the slips and hammering a pull through square leg from consecutive deliveries, but also flashed wildly every so often to keep the bowlers interested.

Kayes was found out by the short ball during England's tour of Bangladesh, and it wasn't long before Bresnan and James Anderson were testing his technique. But as the shine started to come off the ball, things became easier and Bresnan was removed from the attack after Tamim took to him with three marvellous strikes in one over.

Tamim brought up his fourth half-century in five Test innings against England with a powerful pull through midwicket. He celebrated with a superb pick-up over square leg off the front foot, but two balls later took on Kevin Pietersen's arm with a risky single and was run out for 55 by a direct hit from point.

With his wicket, Bangladesh suddenly seemed more vulnerable, having collapsed after similarly promising starts countless times before, but this time they showed they have the grit and determination as Kayes and Siddique built another solid partnership. However, Steven Finn's pace and bounce eventually proved too much for Kayes to handle, as he gloved a nasty, neck-high bouncer to be easily caught by Andrew Strauss at first slip for 43.

Again, England felt they had their opening, but Siddique and Jahurul buckled down and defied everything the hosts could throw at them. Siddique had started aggressively, striking four boundaries before he had reached 30, but reined himself in after Kayes's departure while Jahurul, determined to survive until the close, was in no hurry at all.

Siddique passed fifty with a firm push to the midwicket boundary off Swann and as the end of the day approached both batsmen retreated into a defensive shell. They had some luck too, as the odd ball nipped past the outside edge and an inside edge from a tentative prod by Islam shot just past the stumps in the final over, but Bangladesh will be mighty pleased with their efforts.

They had desperately needed a good start after a weak showing on the opening day, and Shahadat responded with a determined opening spell as he found movement through the air with a newish ball and kept tight off-stump line to trouble the batsmen. He was quickly rewarded with Eoin Morgan's wicket - edging a flat-footed push to be well caught by a tumbling Mushfiqur Rahim behind the stumps - and also hurried both Trott and Matt Prior's defences with his probing line.

Bangladesh were gifted their second breakthrough by some witless running as Trott placed the ball through the covers and Prior charged back for a second run, only to see his partner wasn't responding. Unperturbed, Trott progressed in much the same vein as he had on Thursday.

However, Shahadat continued to impress after lunch to break a 63-run partnership between Trott and Bresnan, changing his line of attack to round the wicket and forcing Bresnan to push away from his body at a delivery angled across him to edge a catch to Siddique at a wide first slip.

Graeme Swann wasted no time in getting going, but Bangladesh struck again when Trott opened the face of the bat to guide a ball straight to backward point to end his 349-ball stay before Shahadat secured his pride of place on the away dressing room wall by rattling Anderson's stumps. Bangladesh left the field with a spring their step and ended the day in equally high spirits.

Liam Brickhill is an assistant editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • Sabyasachi on May 29, 2010, 14:50 GMT

    Busturd asoka de silva! Again wrong dicission? Why ? Why always against bangladesh?

  • golam mohammad on May 29, 2010, 14:18 GMT

    Knowing history of some previous collapses from Bangladeshis, we are always skeptic about them. But the biggest thing is that, under Siddons, they really seem to have learnt the test cricket batting (or showing signs of learning). Just a couple of years ago, the highest batting average of the team was of Habibul's at low thirties and the rest at 22-25 region. Now most of them seem to be pushing the bar. Tamim- 36.78, Imrul- 13.18 (looks to have the weakest stats after 11 matches), Junaid- 25.90, Jahurul- 21.50 (just 1 match), Ashraful- 22.78 (he can not improve avg. unless plays the next 53 matches at an avg of 50!), Shakib-33.14, Mahmudullah- 42.33, Mushfiqur- 28.96. And the core Tamim, Junaid, Shakib, Mahmud and Mushfiq just started to score hundreds and fifties regularly-- so stats will be better. Hope they continue to improve. best wishes tigers!

  • Dummy4 on May 29, 2010, 14:09 GMT

    well a good performance by the BD Boys i'm a sri lankan who follow them around in this last two years they need a pace bowler to duo with Rubel that would be the key to a strong BD team

  • ali on May 29, 2010, 13:48 GMT

    its bed luck for bangladeshi batsmen, bcs after hard rain stop,start again play,after that english first bowler ball swing much, its very hard for bangladeshi batsmen, atleast fist 5 over, still i hope siddique playing well & score first century in lords as a bangladeshi batsmen,good luck for bangladesh

  • Shameem on May 29, 2010, 13:43 GMT

    it was really a health feeling after seeing bd batsmen showing real guts at lord's.the way tamim was batting was awesome..junaid goes on pretty good and is accompanied by johurul (a real talent, the cricworld is yet to know) who is economic and cautious. waiting for a real fight against english...C'mon tigers!

  • rimon on May 29, 2010, 13:01 GMT

    @RAVIKANT KISANA ....thnx 4 ur nice comment, its always good to hear from a foreigner the positive or negative abt bd cricket . i think bd is progressing day by day :)

  • H on May 29, 2010, 12:36 GMT

    Criticizing Bangladesh for its poor performance is an elitist attitude. The elitist attitude in cricket is harming the popularity of cricket. You see the popularity of cricket, especially the test version, is going down. How many countries became champions of FIFA world cup competition and how many countries are participating in the competition? It's not harming soccer, rather it's increasing the sport's popularity. Why not in cricket?

  • Dummy4 on May 29, 2010, 12:27 GMT

    Like the Bangladesh batsmam's batting,the way they r going superb!!!

  • Ziad on May 29, 2010, 12:06 GMT

    Well, Bangladesh had a good day yesterday. Today under the seaming condition, it will be a real test time for them.Still a plenty of batting to come with Ashraful, Mahmudullah, Shakib and Mushfiq. From 172/2, they should atleast be able to score 350-400 and if they do so, it will be a very good performance from Bangladesh. Best of luck for Bangladesh!

  • Dummy4 on May 29, 2010, 11:43 GMT

    I am an Indian and a big fan of this new Bangladeshi team. Tamim, Shakib and Mahmudallah are just awesome talents and they are all so young! Reminds of the Indian trioka of Dravid, Tendulkar and Ganguly in 1999-00, when they were all so young and so promising!

    Bangladesh now need to unearth one good pace bowler - just one will do. And one wicket-keeper who can bat and make 50s regularly. 4 strong teams from Asia will be awesome!

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