England v Bangladesh, 1st npower Test, Lord's, 3rd day May 29, 2010

Steven Finn rattles Bangladesh on rain-hit day

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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 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.

Andrew McGlashan is assistant editor of Cricinfo

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  • 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

  • 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.....

  • 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........

  • dummy4fb 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.

  • 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!!

  • 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!!!

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • dummy4fb 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.

  • 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.

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