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

Finn stands tall under murky skies

Bowler of the day
Steven Finn was England's most threatening bowler in batter-friendly conditions on Friday, and sure enough, when the clouds rolled over and the deck juiced up today, he continued to excel by sticking to the virtues that had made him a threat in the first place. Finding a tight line and appreciable lift from his six-foot-plenty frame, he set the tone for his team-mates with 2 for 33 in a seven-over first spell, and when the new ball was taken late in the day, he was rightly given first use from the pavilion end. Within two deliveries, he scalped Mushfiqur Rahim with a beauty.

Delivery of the day
Where Finn was discipline personified, James Anderson reaped his rewards through whimsy. Line and length has never been his modus operandi - hence his reputation as a bit of a "daisy" - but whereas yesterday was one of those days he didn't, today he got the ball singing to his tune. The delivery to extract Jahurul Islam was a beauty - a snaking outswinger that burst off the turf, grazed the edge, and zipped through to Matt Prior.

Fumble of the day
After a blissful year in which he seemed finally to have seen off his challengers, Prior's place in the side is once again under scrutiny thanks to the emergence of Craig Kieswetter in the limited-overs format. The assumption is that his Test place is safe for now, largely because his glovework - once so shaky - has improved beyond recognition. Even so, he'll be under pressure not to let his standards slip, and so he was very grateful for Andrew Strauss's alertness at slip as he parried a flying edge off Shakib Al Hasan into the hands of his skipper.

Decision of the day
There's no Decision Review System for this series, largely because of Sky's justifiable unwillingness to foot the hefty bill without the aid of sponsorship, but while the stakeholders wrangle on the sidelines, the umpires are left to make their judgments without back-up. And after Alastair Cook's unlucky lbw on the first morning, today it was Mohammad Ashraful's turn to cop a rough one. Facing up to a hostile spell from Finn, he was trapped on the crease by a full-length lifter, and was not best pleased by Asoka de Silva's verdict. The ball would have flown over the top of leg stump.

Stop-start of the day
It always seemed ambitious to schedule a tea break at 5.10pm, and sure enough, the final "session" of the day was a little bit of a farce. The players managed 13 deliveries in a row before a beauty from Bresnan to Mushfiqur persuaded umpire Bowden that the light really wasn't up to scratch, but after a five-minute hiatus, out they came again ... for seven balls ... in which time Mushfiq was less fortunate, as Finn splayed his stumps with a bail-trimmer down the hill that was reminiscent of Glenn McGrath in his Lord's pomp. Still they weren't quite done, however. A further nine deliveries, in which Shahadat Hossain somehow survived against Anderson, brought a lop-sided day to a close.

Andrew Miller is UK editor of Cricinfo.

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  • Oliver on May 29, 2010, 21:33 GMT

    I agree that the on-off bad light decisions were a mess - and I also think the umpires should have warned Strauss after tea that light was borderline and he should keep his fastest bowlers off. But if this had happened, and we had had another hour's play with say Swann and Petersen or Trott, who's to say there wouldn't have been another 2 or 3 wickets? Trott could have had 2 in his over before tea, having caught the edge twice! So I don't think the decision necessarily worked any more in England's favour than if they had had the chance to bowl longer with slower bowlers.

  • Jason on May 29, 2010, 21:28 GMT

    The wicket of Rahim while a good piece of bowling, was also down to the light issues and the stop start nature....However, the Bangladeshi team lost 4-48 in the preceeding overs when the light was perfectly ok, so there was no excuse...@James, the umpires have no right to tell a captain what bowlers he can use at any point in the day, however they can suspend play if the light they consider the light conditions unfit for play, which they did finally, I also beleive Strauss asked the umpires if it was light enough to play Fast bowlers, and they obviously gave thier agreement thats why Finn was in the attack and the new ball taken.

  • Dummy4 on May 29, 2010, 21:10 GMT

    Still No UDRS. And Ashoka umpiring in a Bd test game. Shame on you ICC, and shame on you Lords...

  • Dummy4 on May 29, 2010, 19:54 GMT

    Post tea was absolutly shambolic from a neutrals view. If England were going to take the new ball after the players had already gone off it shows that they are intending to bowl their quickest bowlers. When the light was fading as it was the umpires should have told England your can bowl your medium pacers / spinners until the light detiorates further or the light improves significantly so your pace bowlers are able to bowl. The stop start nature of it, must have been near impossible for the batsman to deal with, and it clearly affected Rahim however good a delivery. The unfair nature of the umpires decision to come on and off single handedly put England into a brilliant position from a good position.

  • M.Rashed Alam on May 29, 2010, 18:51 GMT

    Hay all , What's going on lords test eng vs ban ? Rain it's okay but Mr. Osuka di Silva why continuous this test....? Why Osuka add always Bangladesh match ? If i recall my memory , I'll give ICC at least 03 major miss take against Ban .Pls take it serious .


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