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Plays of the Day from day two of the first Test between England and Bangladesh at Lord's
May 28, 2010
Stats of the dayJonathan Trott's 226 was the fifth-highest individual score in a Test at Lord's, and the third-best by an Englishman behind Graham Gooch (333) and Wally Hammond (240). It also equalled Kevin Pietersen's own 226, against West Indies at Headingley in 2007, as England's best in Tests for two decades - since Gooch's magnum opus against India in 1990. There have now been 14 double-hundreds in 67 Tests against Bangladesh, and funnily enough, Trott's score is the same as that made by another dour South African-born right-hander, Neil McKenzie, at Chittagong in February 2008.
Tut-tut moment of the dayEoin Morgan could do no wrong on Thursday, as he nudged and lapped his way to a confident but self-controlled 40 not out - a debut innings that showcased just enough of his natural style, while underpinning it with evidence of real substance. On Friday, however, he didn't quite manage to pick up where he'd left off. With a debut half-century there for the taking, he poked a touch flat-footedly outside off stump, and snicked a thin edge through to Mushfiqur Rahim. It was a very mortal end for a player who's been built up as Superman in recent weeks - and perhaps just an inkling of an indication that he still needs to work on his long-form technique.
Misplaced passion of the dayShahadat Hossain was a pumped-up character as he settled into Bangladesh's best bowling spell of the day. Mixing up his angles to disrupt the rhythm of England's right-handers, he slanted a good-length delivery off the edge of Tim Bresnan's bat and into the safe hands of Junaid Siddique at slip before tempting Trott into a loose dab to gully. As he charged past to celebrate the breakthrough with his team-mates, he mouthed a send-off to Bresnan while reaching down to kiss the Bangladesh badge on the breast of his shirt. But, unfortunately for Shahadat (though happily for a certain telecoms firm) he picked the wrong side, and planted a smacker on the emblem of the team sponsor.
Celebration of the dayThe lure of the Lord's honours boards never fails to excite, but especially for the one team that had never before left its mark in the visiting dressing-room. On Bangladesh's last Test tour in 2005, they managed three wickets in the match and six in the series, while Shahadat's own contribution (on debut) was 12 wicketless overs for 101. This time, however, he emerged with 5 for 98, and capped his effort by rattling James Anderson's middle stump with the final delivery of the innings. At the moment of impact, he wheeled away in triumph, pursued by his gleeful team-mates. Rarely, if ever, can a side have left the field so contentedly after conceding a 500-plus total.
Scare of the dayOn Thursday, it was the turn of one Bangladeshi opener to cause his team concern, as Imrul Kayes wore a Morgan pull on the helmet and staggered groggily off to the pavilion. Today there was an even more alarming incident, when Imrul's batting partner, Tamim Iqbal, dived in front of the Grandstand to field a firm clip from Matt Prior, but landed heavily on his injured left wrist. As he was helped from the field in clear pain, there were some initial fears that his tour might be over, but happily - and as it turned out, flamboyantly - that was far from the case.
Innings of the dayWith apologies to Trott, whose innings was weighty but never exactly set the pulse racing, there was only one real entertainer with the bat today. Tamim's 55 from 62 balls was his fourth half-century in five innings against England, and he launched his latest onslaught as if he'd just retaken his guard after a drinks break in Chittagong. Tim Bresnan's first over contained two haymaking slashes for four - one over the slips, the other through midwicket - and two further demented mows that missed the off stump by a whisker. At first it appeared that his wrist was causing him gyp, but soon it was clear that it's just the way he plays. And had it not been for Kevin Pietersen's direct hit from point, he might still have been tonking as we speak.
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