England v Bangladesh, 1st npower Test, Lord's, 3rd day

Steven Finn rattles Bangladesh on rain-hit day

The Report by Andrew McGlashan

May 29, 2010

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Bangladesh 237 for 7 (Mahmudullah 7*, Shahadat 3*, Finn 4-75) trail England 505 by 268 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Steven Finn removed Mushfiqur Rahim with the second new ball, England v Bangladesh, 1st Test, Lord's, May 29, 2010
Steven Finn was the star for England as they made good use of a short day © AFP

Steven Finn made the most of the 28.5 overs allowed by rain and bad light on the third day at Lord's to further enhance his reputation with three wickets as Bangladesh limped to 237 for 7 under overcast skies. With James Anderson bowling himself back into rhythm, claiming a confidence-boosting brace, it was tough for the visitors who had performed so admirably on Friday but are still 69 runs away from saving the follow-on.

English bowling attacks always look far more threatening when they have overhead conditions to help them and they were transformed from the below-par performance of the previous afternoon. Finn was given his favoured Pavilion End and reaped the rewards by causing continued problems with his bounce, while Anderson began to rediscover his outswinger.

With a view to the future it was Finn's performance that was most eye-catching. Significantly he was handed the second new ball and struck with his second delivery to remove the stubborn Mushfiqur Rahim as one nipped between bat and pad, not dissimilar to now Glenn McGrath, Finn's idol, took many of his wickets at Lord's.

It wasn't until 3.20pm that the players managed to take the field and England were clearly keen to take advantage of the conditions, but had also talked about their tactics as the lengths were much better. Finn, operating from the end where he does most of his bowling for Middlesex, struck in the fourth over when Junaid Siddique - after a resilient 58 - couldn't withdraw his bat in time; a problem caused by the extra bounce.

Mohammad Ashraful, who was dropped for the series in Bangladesh a couple of months ago, came in at No. 5 and opened his account with a positive square drive before being unluckily sent on his way. Finn nipped a ball back into his pads and Asoka de Silva answered the bowler's appeal though subsequent replays showed it was missing leg.

At the Nursery End Anderson continued to battle against himself following an inactive three-weeks in the Caribbean which has left him short of bowling. However, slowly he began to rediscover the outswinger which barely made an appearance the previous day and produced a lovely delivery which went away from Jahurul Islam to nick the outside edge.

Shakib Al Hasan, short of match practice after suffering chicken pox at the start of the tour, began in positive fashion but had to be very watchful as conditions continued to aid the bowlers. Tim Bresnan replaced Finn after a seven-over spell and was much improved as he found a fuller length to regularly beat Mushfiqur's outside edge.

It was Anderson, though, who made the next breakthrough when Shakib's concentration wavered and he pushed hard outside off stump to a ball that moved away. Matt Prior made a hash of a simple catch, but fortunately for the wicketkeeper Andrew Strauss was on hand at first slip to pouch the rebound much as Graeme Swann had been in the World Twenty20 final when Craig Kieswetter spilled an edge. However, given the scrutiny on Prior's place it won't be a good idea to do it too often.

Mushfiqur, five years after making his debut on this ground as a 16-year-old, gave another demonstration of the technique that makes him Bangladesh's most solid batsman. But in gloomy light after tea he couldn't keep out Finn's excellent start with the new ball during a seven-ball period between stoppages. Jamie Siddons, the Bangladesh coach, was clearly annoyed by the umpire's judgement on the light as the players left the field again after the wicket.

Play resumed for another nine deliveries - three of which Shahadat Hossain swung wildly at to suggest he wasn't keen on the fight - and although England were denied the chance to wrap up the innings they will be confident of putting Bangladesh back in again on the fourth day.

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Posted by Farukafaj on (May 30, 2010, 11:11 GMT)

now BD scored 282 in the first innings, not that bad as u guys r talking!! one fact for u guys: do u know the test bowling average of the main srtike bowler of England , James Anderson? it is more than 34.43

Posted by saif_bd007 on (May 30, 2010, 10:53 GMT)

dear Yankee, Probably u missed the match yesterday. None of them threw wickets. May be for the first time in a match. It was just the weather and the pitch that let them down. Otherwise, if Jemmy was that good a bowler, the he could bowl a single good ball on 2nd day. He was awful with his 17 overs on that day.... To me playing a whole day better than England at Lords is great. We would see a better BD team if the weather would not siezed the momentum.....

Posted by Ruhel_Moscow on (May 30, 2010, 10:01 GMT)

ASHOKA de Silva *** when will u retired from umpiring.you harm bd cricket.just 4 you we couldnt win karachi test.plz dont be shameless.if you r not perfect thn dont stand on the ground.plz.150 millions people looking this match but u only1 dissoppointing us.Just 4 ur one bad decision Ash will suffer now.bcoz he was strugling since long time. plz guys write something about bad umpiring........

Posted by   on (May 30, 2010, 9:59 GMT)

296 to save follow on. 3 wickets in hand. Interesting. Hopefully they get them before lunch. Without losing more than 1 wicket. Bangladesh is not a bad team at all. Give them another year and they will be winning tests.

Posted by CricketingStargazer on (May 30, 2010, 9:58 GMT)

Yes, imran Khan wanted neutral umpires. The reason was that there was a real danger of sides boycotting Pakistan because the partial umpiring was convincing them that there was no point in playing there (there are some pretty convincing statistical studies based on unbiased statistics). With increased TV coverage the evidence of systematic favouritism (as against the odd bad decision) was becoming impossible to deny. The problem is that not all countries play the same amount of First Class cricket and it is difficult for an umpire in Jamaica or Bangladesh to gain the same experience as one in England or India. Hence, the proposal by England and Australia that for the series in Australia next winter the best umpires stand, irrespective of nationality, otherwise the ICC is tying one hand behind its back on umpiring standards.

However, what these days gets called a poor decision & slammed by players & press is frequently only seen to be poor on the second or third super-SloMo replay!!

Posted by be_realistic on (May 30, 2010, 9:24 GMT)

McGorium, brother....where do you live in England? perhaps you know how many people from Bangladesh is working there? Oh! Look around you might find some in your area at diners or coffee shops or video library or maybe if you are watching from the gallery then there are some BD people sitting almost next to you! And yet tell us we are ignorant about English weather? sorry man! I can't agree in the least! Besides, winning is not everything man...not for BD fans...you should know we are the only team remaining in asia to grab the WC title...you might live long enough to see those glory days my friend...keep your fingers cross coz you can't tell what happens in Cricket!!!

Posted by CricketingStargazer on (May 30, 2010, 8:37 GMT)

Obvious the light metres have a button that increases the reading by a few points when Bangladesh are batting. This is a new innovation by the ICC.

People demanded the return of light metres (ever seen players being taken off for bad light in India when the sun was still casting shadows, because the home side was in some difficulty? -- incidents like that used to be a regulae occurance) because it means that the decision is no longer subjective: the umpire takes a reading and unless it gets better, there is no play, however much one or other side may desire it.

Posted by NY_Yankee on (May 30, 2010, 8:27 GMT)

And to all the Bangladeshi fans out there, its about time u guys stop whining about how and what could have been IF the decision would have gone the other way; take responsibility for ur team n pray ur batsmen stop making these silly mistakes again n again! u HAVE to keep going once u cross the 50 runs mark..or atleast try to continue on..do NOT just throw away ur wicket...put a price on ur wicket dnt gift wrap it n give it out to oppositions like that common guys! u know better than that!

Posted by   on (May 30, 2010, 7:00 GMT)

@promit007: Yes, Bangladesh beat beat WI but their first XI were on strike! And as for Zimbabwe, well... plz when you write something be sure of it...

@Zobaid_Khan. You say "...in cricketing history Engaland has always been the beneficiary of wrong decisions that went in their favour" Always?! What are you talking about. This is just ill-informed, closed eye, jingoistic nonsense.

As for neutral umpires the ECB wanted COMPETENT umpires who were DISINTERESTED after some unashamedably bent decisions largely by Pakistan umpires. Their nationality is irrelevant.

Bangladesh should play the odd test against the "big 8" but really they should mostly be playing against Ireland, Afghanistan, Kenya and Netherlands in 4 day games.

Posted by McGorium on (May 30, 2010, 6:48 GMT)

@ZsZs: True, but ignores the fact that between 1939 and 1946, no cricket was played. (WWII). India had its independence stuff going on in 1947, and while I don't have the data, I'd imagine that test cricket only restarted around 1949 or so. Also, at the time, the only other test nations were WI, Aus, Eng and maybe SAF. Today, you have Pak, Zim, Srl, NZ. Plus, we don't spend 3 months travelling to England, so we play more cricket per year. 22 tests between 1932-1955 is 1 test per year! @ promit007: I corrected myself on the Zim thing in a separate post. That post was delayed in appearing. As far as WI goes, true, I forgot. Probably because it was such a farce. A second string side, because the main players were on strike. Not bangladesh's fault, but the fact remains: they can't beat a fully equipped test side. I doubt if they can beat an A side from a major test country. It's just the facts. Anyone who blames biased umpiring for these losses hasn't a clue.

Posted by mkibria on (May 30, 2010, 6:37 GMT)

To McGorium, get your facts right. Bangladesh won 3 tests so far and drew few. They played 66 tests not 80 odd. Cricket is not a worldgame because of people like you. You want to stop a nation to play a sport? No one can has the sole right to play a format of a sport. You dont want to play with me, dont play. We will play with others. Its too shameless for England to decide that they will take Bangladesh's hospitality and go there to play tests but not invite Bangladesh to England after 2013. And to others, who wonder why there is an uproar every time a wrong decision goes against Bangladesh, we could have few more wins if ICC wouldnt experiment newcomer umpires to Bangladesh matches that takes part in Bangladesh. ICC does it because the world dont know what happens in Bangladesh. In last few years wrong decisions went against Bangladesh a few too many times, benefit of doubts rarely came to Bangladeshi batsmens' favour So every time it happens, its like rubbing salt to their wound.

Posted by YorkshirePudding on (May 30, 2010, 6:34 GMT)

@those using the India and NZ teams as a focus point. Yes it took these teams a long time to win thier first match, however, when compared to the amount of cricket played today it was a relatively short span, IIRC the Indias and NZ's would have been lucky to play 3 tests a year, bangladesh have so far played more than that in the last 5 months...Yes Bangladesh won 3 tests last year against the west indies, but its fair to say that the team that bangladesh played was severely under strength, and is probalby the equivalent of a low-second division county, or top minor county...I would like to see the full strength Bangladesh team playing 4-5 match series against A sides, from England, Australia, and India, home and away, this will help improve them more than playing full strength Test teams...Why India doesnt invite the Banglasdesh Test team to tour more is a mystery even if they play the A side, it will help them improve.

Posted by   on (May 30, 2010, 6:08 GMT)

Bangladesh should be banned from test cricket for another 5 years let them show some consitency in ODIs then we can start thinkng of letting them play tests .If the current pattern carries on they are likely to be thrashed again and again . The ICC should realise that Bangladesh are only lowering the quality of tests being played which is pretty low in most test series.

Posted by promit007 on (May 30, 2010, 5:07 GMT)

@Mcgorium: BD not only won tests but also won test series against WI and ZIM. plz when you write something be sure of it...

Posted by ZsZs on (May 30, 2010, 4:58 GMT)

To Mr. McGorium: India received their test status in 1932, won their first match in 1952 (20 years). Bangladesh: first test 10 november 2000, first test victory 2007, i.e. after 7 years. NZ: status granted 1932, first win after 26 years. Not bad for Bangladesh.

Posted by Zobaid_Khan on (May 30, 2010, 4:54 GMT)

McGorium, thanks for calling Bangla fans ignorant about English conditions. In the same paragraph you have shown your own ignorance; Bangladesh has not a single victory in test cricket which is not true. About umpiring decisions, in cricketing history Engaland has always been the beneficiary of wrong decisions that went in their favour. The idea of neural umpires came from Imran Khan, and it was the ECB always standing against it.

Posted by virtualshah on (May 30, 2010, 4:43 GMT)

Some Gentlemen are not bringing good for Cricket. Asoka De Silva is one of them. His quality dropped long long ago. He along with Mr. Tony Hill and Rod Tucker should be given any other job away from Cricket. They are making too many mistakes to accept and having no sign to rectify.

Dear Gentlemen, Step Down with your honor. Don't engage yourself in any International duty unless you are capable of now ( Maybe once upon a time, you were the best, does that mean you are not worst these days ).

Posted by Zobaid_Khan on (May 30, 2010, 4:36 GMT)

It is not about Bangladesh or England, nor about Ash or Cook being at the wrong end of his decision; it is about Ashoka. In West Indies they remeber him with the wrong decisions he had given in the past. Any bad decision given by deSilva is known as "a Shocker ". This was aptly narrated by none other than Michael Holding, although he was praising him for giving some good decisions. This was like a teacher praising a bad pupil when he solves a math problem, which the teacher thought was beyond him. Thanks Michael, for openning my eyes. NB!! Ashoka, when next time you are in Dhaka, please let me know. My friend has the best eye hospital here; may be we can help!!!!

Posted by Vindaliew on (May 30, 2010, 3:14 GMT)

Bad light is a normal thing in England, and can work both ways depending who is unlucky enough to be batting. Finn needs to be careful, though - coming on and bowling in dark overcast conditions, a few balls at a time, the stoppages denying batsmen any opportunity to settle, those two wickets were not as great as the media is making them out to be. He's a good prospect for England, but the advantage to England should be more due to the weather than on his bowling ability. Don't overhype yet another English bowler prematurely and put more pressure on their shoulders than they need.

Posted by bdcricfan21 on (May 30, 2010, 2:46 GMT)

I am from Bangladesh and I have been following my team for years now. But I am so sick of my fellow countrymen writing these petty comments about racism, umpires,etc. At the end of the day, the scorecard is all that matters. Unfortunately, we BD fans have run out of excuse for our team's abysmal record so for. We have been playing for ten years and our progress has been quite embarrasing. Our lack of progress stems from the incompetence of our cricket board to really build an infrastructure to produce quality cricketers. But then again almost all positions of power in Bd are filled with chubby little men in suits. I really don't see how this constant barrage of innings defeat is any good for our development. There's no excuses anymore. We are simply not good enough right now.

Posted by Farukafaj on (May 30, 2010, 2:21 GMT)

I dont understand why BCB doesn't take Ashoka de Silva to ICC as most of his decisions go against Bangladesh.ICC should take this matter seriously..he is a substandard umpire, dont suit for test cricket.

Posted by be_realistic on (May 30, 2010, 1:58 GMT)

sympathy, feeling sorry, didn't do good, this and that and all disgusting!!! Stop blaming everything but yourselves bangladeshi batsmen! A bad workman quarrels with his tools... England did good , you did bad..stop blaming umpires...why do you have to provide chances to people so that they can make a mistake?

Seriously....Bangladeshi batsmen really need to do a lot of soul searching....and get real...and accept what is happening , be sporting, competitive. England boys have been playing this game of cricket from the time when even Bangladesh was not born as a country! They are definitely experienced and better! So, keep your head straight and accept the fact that WE all your supporters expect a good fight not a win at this time.. England was the birthplace of Cricket but Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka won the world cup title. So, have patience , and one day you as well might make us proud by winning the WC trophy... but we know it will take time, now it is your turn to accept it, too.

Posted by Itchy on (May 29, 2010, 23:53 GMT)

Asoka de Silva does not favour any team - he's hopeless against all of them.

Posted by   on (May 29, 2010, 23:53 GMT)

Big difference between the development of Bangladesh compared to India and Sri Lanka. India and Sri Lanka have domestic cricket and Bangladesh does not. Bangladesh has come a long way and will continue to do so. McGorium, suggesting that England is so great is old stuff, they have not done so well in recent years and are not at the top of the table. How about some sportsmanlike conduct for the fans as well because some people need to learn that. I'll bet Bangladesh could whip you with their hands tied behind their backs. As for the whining from both sides, get a grip and just enjoy cricket. Umpires are human and that is all.

Posted by McGorium on (May 29, 2010, 23:45 GMT)

PS: I know Bang beat Zim, but that doesn't count. Zim is as pathetic as Ban, and in 2005, they were pretty bad with all the good players running off, leaving the team in shambles. A frontline side (Aus/SA/Eng/Ind/Pak/SRL/WI/NZ) even if at home is what's needed. There's a reason why most sides rest their major players when they play Ban...

Posted by   on (May 29, 2010, 23:29 GMT)

Yeah.. sick umpire... after the wicket of Mushfiq the umpires call of the game for bad light........ really.. biased..umpiring

Posted by McGorium on (May 29, 2010, 22:59 GMT)

All those complaining about the umpires playing in bad light: This is normal in England. Any side that tours England has to face such conditions. Perhaps bangladeshi audiences have no experience of test cricket in England. Places like Headingley are overcast, dark and rainy more often than not. Other teams cope, and so should the Bangladeshis. Anyway, I find it amusing that bangladeshis think the umpires are out to get them. Fact check: England doesn't need any help from the umpires to win this one. They're not even fielding a frontline side, and will still win with one hand tied behind their back. The real issue is Bangladesh is not test-grade material. 80 odd tests, and not a single victory, and roughly 90% defeats. India took 22 tests to win their first one, SRL has a similar record. Ban has taken 4 times as many tests and by the looks of it, will take longer. They have to learn to bat long and bat big. ODI batting is not the same as test batting.

Posted by Trickstar on (May 29, 2010, 22:47 GMT)

How did de Silva especially favour England,there has been to questionable decisions,not howlers but out of the Cook and Ashraful LBW's, Cooks' was far the worst,because the ball was missing the top by nearly 12 inch ,the other only just missed top.The fact that the Bang batsman could not handle the swinging ball and Finns' pace and bounce.It's alright to look good when England bowled crap yesterday but when they bowled well they all looked like walking wickets I was their today waiting hours for the game to start and paid loads of cash for the privilege,so they owe it to the fans in the ground and those watching on tv to get it playing and to be honest they should of never come off,it was ridiculous, it might of looked dark on tv but it wasn't that bad will I was watching. It wouldn't of mattered who was batting at the time,England or Bang,the umpires would of done the same,and to think otherwise is a bad case of a inferiority complex

Posted by Happy_AusBang on (May 29, 2010, 22:46 GMT)

I think it is time for Asoka de Silva to give up or do some serious retraining. I think his subconscious policy seems to be to err on the side of the stronger team. Which is why his benefit of doubt always goes to the team that has more clout in international cricket. This stands out clearly in his record.

Posted by   on (May 29, 2010, 22:42 GMT)

Oh for goodness sake, light is not done randomly, or based on the fact that Britain ruled the world for 2 hundred years, the Sri Lankans were ruled by the British just as much as you were. It's done by light meters and science. I was impressed with Bangladesh today actually, although there was a lot of half foward half back play they played close to their bodies. They have been really engaging to watch, they played the conditions really well and have been really patient. I've been a big fan of Bangladesh cricket for a while and I'm glad they've proved the complainers wrong. However seriously stop blaiming things on rascism and politics, India are the best test playing nation in the world, us whites aren't stopping them from doing that.

Posted by   on (May 29, 2010, 22:41 GMT)

I was there today with my 13 year old son, and I was delighted to see that for once the umpires thought about the paying spectators. Having waited patiently for play to being at 3.20, we were then frustrated by bad light. But for once the umpires did their best to give us pour souls actually watching at the ground, rather than viewing on TV, as much cricket as possible. No other country but England would have a respectable crowd to watch this kind of cricket, and to generously support both sides. Perhaps at last the spectator at the groud will get what they deserve.

Posted by Mr.NOYON on (May 29, 2010, 22:33 GMT)

Asoka De Silva.....again.....and again against Bangladesh!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by landl47 on (May 29, 2010, 22:24 GMT)

So when unpire De Silva gave Cook out to a ball which was missing the stumps, how was that favoring England? Or aren't yopur memories long enough for that? The bad light rule has always been controversial (I think the umpires come off much too soon), but to suggest that what the umpires should have done is allow LESS play is ridiculous- unless you'd rather have no game at all than a game that Bangladesh lose. If the umpires had done what they should have done and kept the players out there, Bangladesh would have been all out by now. The worrying thing for England is that on Friday, in good conditions, they didn't bowl very well. They can't afford days like that against Australia..

Posted by OliverWebber on (May 29, 2010, 21:25 GMT)

Why is it that any time an umpiring decision goes against Bangladesh, there are dozens of protests in the comments section alleging bias, yet when one goes against England (eg Cook on the first morning), it's just accepted as part of cricket? I have great admiration for Bangladesh and think they have made fantastic progress in recent years, and I hope they continue to do so and to put pressure on more established teams. But when people moan about umpiring decisions it just sounds like sour grapes.

Posted by   on (May 29, 2010, 21:17 GMT)

Isn't it ridiculous that on a day reduced to less than 30 overs because of bad weather, during which the players would be sitting with their feet up in the pavilion, that a further 20 minutes is LOST BECAUSE OF THE TEA INTERVAL? What an insult to those who'd paid good money to go there, or who were watching on TV. When will the ICC, ECB etc wake up and realise this is the 21st Century?

Posted by YorkshirePudding on (May 29, 2010, 21:17 GMT)

As an England fan i feel sorry (like many fans) for the Bangladeshi batsmen, the umpires really didnt do them any favours at the end of the days play, unfortuantely the ICC made the umpires the arbitors of bad light, there was a time when Batsmen or Fielders could ask the umpire about the state of the light.....The overcast conditions suited england today, and England capitalised with 4-48 in 25 overs, they were lucky to get Rahim after the stop start play mentioned in the day...Shahadat doesnt look like he'll be around long, his shot selection is appaling at a point when he should be playing a supporting role to Mahmadullah in order to ensure they avoid the follow on and make England bat again.

Posted by kktharan on (May 29, 2010, 20:38 GMT)

asoka de silva and bad light played favor to english.

Posted by   on (May 29, 2010, 20:19 GMT)

The beauty of cricket, yesterday I was thinking we will draw the game. Today I think IF we will be able to avoid follow on.

Posted by _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on (May 29, 2010, 19:29 GMT)

Tough for Bang, they looked ready for a battle when the ball wasn't swinging and were really going well...they just have to learn to adapt. The Eng attack to be honest doesn't look too penetrative though, they looked skilled, particularly when the ball swings but not too destructive. If Bang fight mentally I do think they could make English bowlers battle even harder for wickets.

Posted by M-S-R on (May 29, 2010, 18:40 GMT)

We've seen it over and over how umpires handed the advantage to England during their "successful" tour to BD……………….seems the trend is still there………….what in the earth Umpires are thinking………….why to make the fuss…………just called off the match and handover the victory to England……………..just the way England was awarded the victory against Pakistan for protesting the Umpires decision!

Posted by nafee on (May 29, 2010, 18:06 GMT)

thats how test cricket has to be played.............with no common sense , no fairness , no brain.................how on earth the umpires were thinking when they bring back bang batman to bat for 7 balls in dark sky.................funny thing about it is ICC will not take any notice abt it......................so all we can do is to say LONG LIVE THE QUEEN..............................

Posted by zoomie on (May 29, 2010, 18:00 GMT)

It is appaling how the Bangladeshi's are treated by the umpires! Feel sorry for them.The Sri Lankan umpire has it in for certain countries:namely Pakistan and Bangladesh.Check his history of umpiring and you will see what I mean.Cricket should be a fair game for all nations.Otherwise it will sink!

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