England v Bangladesh, 1st npower Test, Lord's, 5th day May 31, 2010

Finn and Strauss secure eight-wicket victory


England 505 and 163 for 2 (Trott 36*, Pietersen 10*) beat Bangladesh 282 and 382 (Tamim 103, Kayes 75, Siddique 74, Finn 5-87) by eight wickets
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In the end England's eight-wicket victory came with ease on the final afternoon at Lord's as they comfortably chased down 160 following Steven Finn's first five-wicket haul in Test cricket. Andrew Strauss guided the pursuit with a confident 82 after the visitors' last five wickets fell for 35 under cloudy skies against Finn and Tim Bresnan, yet they have done much to enhance their standing over the last five days.

With the ball new and the morning overcast the odds were always against Bangladesh delaying England long enough to put the result in serious doubt. It took ten overs to make the breakthrough but they then chipped away regularly to wrap up the innings on the stroke of lunch. Strauss and Alastair Cook were gifted a 60-run start by some woeful bowling and negative fielding settings. The only tension was to see whether the win would come before tea. Despite Kevin Pietersen playing out a maiden from Shakib Al Hasan some scurrying from the umpires ensured it did.

However, without Finn England would have had serious problems dismissing Bangladesh twice in this match. The 21-year-old has led the bowling effort in both innings, impressing with his maturity, accuracy and stamina. Strauss gave him an eight-over spell on the final morning and he responded with three further wickets to earn a place on the honours board in his first Test on his home ground.

Junaid Siddique and Shakib fought hard to survive and, as often happens when pressure builds, it was one of worst deliveries that made the breakthrough when Shakib cut a wide ball straight to Eoin Morgan at point. Siddique had again resisted stubbornly while England tried to pepper him with the short ball and the tactic could well have played a part in his demise as he tried to drive with his feet planted in the crease and popped a catch to mid off.

That gave Finn his fourth and this time he wasn't going to be denied a place on the board when he produced a beauty that climbed and took Mushfiqur Rahim's outside edge. However, he couldn't quite claim the scalp that would have made him the first since Ian Botham in 1978 to claim a 10-wicket match haul at Lord's.

James Anderson endured a frustrating morning as his rhythm continued to improve but was unable to add to his collection. He produced a testing nine-over burst and regularly beat the outside edge, but the closest he came to a breakthrough was when Bresnan spilled a tough chance at third slip off Mahmudullah.

Mahmudullah, who is batting far too low even taking into account the nightwatchman, continued the defiance shown by many of his team-mates. He and Rubel Hossain resisted for 10 overs until Bresnan found Rubel's edge as the No. 10 tried to leave the ball. It's been a difficult match for Bresnan, and he came in for some guarded criticism from Andy Flower on the fourth evening, but he closed the innings when Mahmudullah had a wild heave in the last over before lunch and ended with 3 for 93.

While Bangladesh's batting is making huge strides, there progress will be held back by the weak pace bowling. Shahadat Hossain's opening over went for 11 as he sprayed the ball wide at Strauss, while Rubel and Robiul were given an over apiece before spin came on from both ends.

Mahmudullah removed Cook as the left hander was given out lbw on the front foot and replays showed the ball would have gone over the stumps for the second time in the game. Strauss, though, eased to his second fifty of the match from 50 balls - nothing more than a gentle net for the captain - while Jonathan Trott eked along at his own sedate pace before Strauss was caught behind cutting with 13 needed.

The final result was as expected, yet Bangladesh can take great heart from the way they took the game five days and made England dig deep. Strauss and Flower will expect their side to be far more commanding in the second, at Old Trafford, on Friday but the visitors will have ambitions to make a mark of their own.

Andrew McGlashan is assistant editor of Cricinfo

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  • rob on June 1, 2010, 15:42 GMT

    re Finn "impressing with his maturity", surely you jest??? I have never in my life seen a newbie carry on the way he does - each time the batsman makes a run of his bowling, he has to carry on cursing and calling the batsman names. Shame on the TV coverage, where it takes no imagination to "see" what he is saying. Why if he is to carry like this all the time does the camera pan in so close?? Dont they know minors are watching? - and is this type of bevaiour we condone?? Firstly to prep him i think he needs to be sent to etiquette school first before anything else! Secondly I do hope he makes a winter tour down under where his antics will probably be treated in a way to make him a better bowler - theres nothing more than being hit all over the park to make you learn to bowl my father used to say - Mike Athurton should have asked him why is he so childish when hit for 4 when he got MoM award, if you dont wanna get hit for 4, then DONT bowl -rd

  • masood on June 1, 2010, 13:50 GMT

    australian can't be harassed to much by bowling bouncers.on pitches where australia are outplayed by fast bowling than what would happen to england i could only imagine.and finn bowling against australia in australia will not be like bowling against weak bangladesh in england.surely....take my point.

  • Robert on June 1, 2010, 9:10 GMT

    well as much as we talk about Bangladesh improving, the problem is , they start well but loose concentration, how many times do they get to the stage 4 for 200 and then just fold, even in this test when you see how they fell apart on the last morning, you just say it is the same old story, and sure it was a great hundred by the opener ,but 1 over later he is out, you must say to yourself ,now i start again , i am playing for the team, like Trott 227 that is what it is about,going on with it, people just wonder where Bangladesh is with there cricket, they just do not play solid enough for every session, the job is not finished at 4 down you must play the game and each session out, until that happens you will not see to many wins, sorry it is fact.

  • Awais on June 1, 2010, 8:27 GMT

    Steven Finn staring in England Win!!! he must be a South African. or is he?

  • Sabbir on June 1, 2010, 7:52 GMT

    It's really disappointing to see Bangladeshi's loose, but there is no doubt that, they are improving. They are young, and their cricket generation is not old as the other test playing nations in the world though it is ten years almost after gaining test status. And in this test, the English weather also support the home side! (The first sessions of third and fifth day, the condition helped the fast bowlers and later in the fifth day, when England came to bat, then batted under sunshine!!!) However Bangladesh need to learn to bat in these conditions and to play moving and bouncing deliveries. Well done, Bangladesh! Better luck next time!

  • Pollok on June 1, 2010, 7:35 GMT

    satanwish has no idea what he is talking about...Taking test status away from them will not help them learn more...Dont forget that BD has been playing Test cricket for only 10 years & yet they have taken England to the fifth day at Lords...I've seen Asian teams crumble in England within 3 or 4 days...Take heart from this performance & be patient...There will be plenty of frustrations in the near future as well but this team has genuinely improved and as long as it keeps moving forward that's all that matters...10 yrs is nothing compared to hundreds of years so give BD 25 yrs & then see whose who in World Cricket

  • JAYANTA on June 1, 2010, 6:07 GMT

    I like Tamim Iqbal's agressive attitude,he has wide range of shorts,but he has to learn how to convert hundred into big hundred.For statistics till now he's the highest run-getter in 2010 with an impressive average of more than 60

  • Charindra on June 1, 2010, 5:48 GMT

    I'm sorry, but I fail to comprehend why people are praising Bangladesh for having taken the game to the 5th day. This is a team that was granted test status in 10 years ago, and as yet haven't been able to win a proper limited overs series against a top side, let alone a test series. The passion for the game is certainly alive in the country, but it was sad to see how test cricket was devalued over the past decade.

  • Raja on June 1, 2010, 5:24 GMT

    It is good to see Bangladesh making Englad work hard for victory, but I also think that a mindset change is needed so that Bangladesh can go beyond thinking that a draw is fine. They have young players - Shakib, Mahamudullah, Tamim - who should do well. What was disappointing was how loose they were in their bowling in the 2nd innings. Another point : very few teams in Test cricket today have the ability to counter seam and swing bowling, a dying art. I wouldn't be surprised if most teams got found out in the first half of the English summer under favourable conditions for seam and swing. This English attack is just decent and that proved to be more than enough. That is also where Bangladesh will need to work hard at their game. A final point on Tamim - excellent hundred. But as teams get to see more of him and figure out his game, he will need to work on his technique for continued success. Sehwag has a well organized defence that is often overlooked. Tamim needs to study that

  • Sakti on June 1, 2010, 5:12 GMT

    Tamim Iqbql and Geof Boycot sat face to face in a TV show on Channel-5. At first Anchor Mark Nicolas wanted to know to Tamim what he said to media after century. After finishing his speech Boycot played a defensive shot- Boycot said " I did not criticize the bating of Tamim, and the batting of Bangladesh is not bad so far but you can not win a test match with such bowling attack"

    Tamim said " I have never seen your playing but I am heard that your defense was so good, I want to learn it from you if I get any opportunity"

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