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

Finn and Strauss secure eight-wicket victory

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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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  • rabsusa 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

  • tick 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.

  • crashbang 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.

  • awaistanveer on June 1, 2010, 8:27 GMT

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

  • Sabbir007 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!

  • pollok911 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

  • jointoo 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.

  • RSG476 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

  • vhabuk_bd 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"

  • rabsusa 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

  • tick 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.

  • crashbang 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.

  • awaistanveer on June 1, 2010, 8:27 GMT

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

  • Sabbir007 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!

  • pollok911 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

  • jointoo 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.

  • RSG476 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

  • vhabuk_bd 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"

  • jstein91 on June 1, 2010, 4:45 GMT

    Another result which goes begging for bang.

    As a bang fan I feel its disheartening to see them work so hard for it to be undone. with time comes experience. Perhaps experience where they just needed to shut up shop and outlast a session or so to force the draw.

    In hingsight, 160 odd was never going to be enough to bowl engl out. Bang's bowling lineup (or lack there of) is really hindering the batsmen's hard efforts. Where is mashrafe?

    Granted bang got dished some bad weather but thats cricket. To be a top team, i think you need to be able to adapt and handle any situation. agreed mamudullah is batting too low. Maybe capt shakib also needs to move up?

    The quicks need to stick to their line and length. Spraying them all around may have been a ploy to get strauss and cook playing loose shots, but at the end of the day if you bowl at the top of off (ala mcgrath) wickets will come. Shahadat should know that by now.

    Chin up bang - keep at it, wins will come soon.

    J.S

  • Percy_Fender on June 1, 2010, 4:23 GMT

    Steve Finn does look and bowl quite a bit like Glenn Magrath. There is no doubt about it. It is early days yet to compare him with the legend but his arrival would have encouraged the Englishmen into believing that they already have the Ashes in their pocket. In this match, his bowling was when the conditions were overcast. That is more like Gus Fraser than Magrath who could take wickets in all conditions. I suppose he will gain in experience as he plays more. I am quite sure that he is going to trouble the best even later this summer. Australia is also going to see someone similar to their own not too long ago. What is more is that Anderson, Bresnan and Broad with Sidebottom could make it a pretty effective pace lineup. With Swann also around, Ponting and co seem destined for a treatment they are not used to.

  • Gilliana on June 1, 2010, 1:54 GMT

    Defeated but not disgraced. Bangladesh will definitely improve as time goes by.

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on June 1, 2010, 0:30 GMT

    Decent fight by Bang. Still they need to learn to bat when the ball moves (like most batsmen worldwide these days) and Eng needs to learn to bowl when the ball doesn't move as much.

  • Number_5 on May 31, 2010, 23:14 GMT

    How refreshing to see some real cricket at last. I continue to be impressed by the improvement in the Bangladesh test team and and can see a win over one of the established teams not too far away (probably at home not away just yet...) and hope they tour down under again soon. As for England they look to have a very talented group of youngsters coming through, and although we will get a taste in the upcoming 50 over series, the thought of an ashes summer is already occupying my and many others thoughts....

  • Rag-Aaron on May 31, 2010, 22:15 GMT

    Why do we always hear this nonsense about taking away test status from the weaker teams? - it'll just ensure that they stay weak. Bangladesh are clearly improving all the time and just look how young these guys are - in 5 years they'll be tougher for sure.

    And don't forget Sri Lanka were easy beats in the 80s and before that it was New Zealand for several decades. I saw some old records from the first half of the century and South Africa didn't win much for a while either so this weird snobbery about not playing weaker teams should just stop - you never hear this sort of discussion in other sports.

    New Zealand's history is really instructive - Australia (our only close neighbour) refused to play us until the seventies and look how long it took us to get our act together and before anyone starts going on about how bad New Zealand is at the moment I'll remind you that until England won the final of the WT20 we were the only side to take a game off them this year (3 games actually).

  • Clive_Dunn on May 31, 2010, 22:01 GMT

    Congrats to Bangladesh for taking it to the 5th day and for a few good individual performances. Personally I hope their cricket can kick on from here, and in all honesty I think they have shown significant improvement since 2005 and if they can find just one test quality strike bowler they will win matches. I hope they do, cricket needs them. Old Trafford will be very different to this pitch though, it's quick. As an England supporter I think it'll be over in 3 days, I just hope the Bangladeshi fans can moderate their expectations and take a long term view about their teams progress. I know everyone is raving about Tamin, but for me Rahmin is a real quality player.

  • on May 31, 2010, 21:11 GMT

    I think both sides, on reflection will be very pleased with their performances. England would probably have hoped for a far more comfortable win, probably inside 4 days. But a win is a win. As everybody else has said Steven Finn had a fantastic day, really good to see a youngster outshine the rest. I can't see how Bresnan can remain in the side, i feel the way he bowls he's going to need to maintain a batting average well over 35 to justify selection. As for Bangladesh, they clearly didn't have the strength in bowling to compete head to head on that front. However when they bowl well they can cause batsman difficulties, and take wickets, unfortunately this is far to rare, they bowled for 5 and a half sessions, and they probably bowled poorl for 4 of them. I would like to know the thought process behind sending Shahadat as a nightwatchman, Mahmuddullah is far too good a bat to have at 9. If they had that extra wicket realistically they could have batted for an extra hour after lunch

  • on May 31, 2010, 19:22 GMT

    Congrats to ENGLISH TEAM on winning the test match..I think they a should have done better with the bowl...but credit goes to bengal tigers for their batting..I think mahmuddulah should be promoted up the batting order and robiul islam should be replaced by a spinner possibly shuvo...ashraful should be dropped and in his place naeem islam should get a chance..Also english team needs to do better in second test ......Finn is no doubt a good prospect ...It will be interesting to see if he plays against Touring pakistani team..considering the pace battery england already possesses in the form of Sidebottom,Anderson,Broad,Onions and Bresnan............

  • 2.14istherunrate on May 31, 2010, 19:16 GMT

    Who would be quite so insane as to withdraw test status from BD at the very time they have turned the corner? In two tests now they have given England some hard work and this is a team which beat Aus and drew in SA. Admittedly BD have only one half of their game in order, but the batting is well worth Test status.Re bowling obviously they miss Mortaza and need to unearth a legspinner from somewhere or something of the mysterious variety.But having done the hardest of hard yards hopefully BD are nearing a time when they will win games. Old Trafford should be a stiffer challenge as for any Asian side with its bounce, a feature which other grounds desperately need to search for. Whatever happens there though BD should return home feeling happier than when they arrived.

  • on May 31, 2010, 18:31 GMT

    anyone surprised Trott wasn't man of the match over Finn? Double hundreds are pretty rare...

  • prabhat_005 on May 31, 2010, 17:53 GMT

    as a supporter of tigers, i'm really disappointed to see that BD lost this test match. There was a very good chance for the tigers to draw this match if they bat until tea. but the failure of the middle order again cause the team to face another lose. shakib, musfiq and other middle order batsmen made the top order's brilliant effort worthless in both innings. I think, BD team should eye for draw in each test match, not to target win or mentally prepared for lose. whenever we r habituated with regular draw, we can also win some.. don't b upset boyz... u've done well in this match., but nt great. good luck for the next one.

  • demon_bowler on May 31, 2010, 17:52 GMT

    Almost half the year is gone, and England have yet to play on a test wicket that isn't hopelessly lifeless as soon as the sun comes out. This is very good for Bangladesh, but not so good for test cricket. Let's hope that Old Trafford is that rarity nowadays -- a pitch where the bastmen are actually TESTED.

  • CiMP on May 31, 2010, 17:49 GMT

    It is a defeat but not a disgrace for Bangladesh. Again thet faltered at the last mile as in the first innings. Had they held on for one more hour (up to drinks after Lunch) they wd have had a fair bit of chance to draw the match. England wd have had nearly 45 overs to score over 200 runs possibly and that wd have not been easy. Yet all is not lost. BD can take heart from the fairly good show they have put up. They need to build on this performance.

  • on May 31, 2010, 17:47 GMT

    hey satanwish.........I know the way Bangladesh played in the 5th day did not really make the game interesting. But by taking Test status away from Bangladesh, Zimbabwe how many nations will be left to play test.SHOWS HOW MUCH U KNOW ABOUT CRICKET. I was hoping that to help the weaker nations they should be exposed to more Test cricket so in the future the competition level will be closer not worlds apart. I hope the rest of the cricket world don't have a narrow vision as you do.........

  • ZsZs on May 31, 2010, 17:41 GMT

    Tamim has progressed significantly as batsmen. Now he must learn to put his team first before himself. After scoring the century, he should learn that it is not all about him, and that even though he has reached his personal milestone his team needs him to continue the good work. Now, it is for Tamim to put his team before him. He has gotten his dream, now devote yourself to the team's dream. Time to become a bit mature. Well done, don't get me wrong. But cricket now calls upon you to take the next big step. Hope you answer that call.

  • on May 31, 2010, 16:15 GMT

    Again we watch BGD batting crumble and waste Tamins/Junaids innings. This shows the immaturity of a young team. BGD definitely has the batting to compete against any team but bowling is still lacking killer instinct and that is more due to lack of skill than anything else. You cannot live on spin alone. All in all BGD fared well as they are able to push world class cricket nations to 5 days, that is a small step but as long as they continue to improve BGD can and will get some test wins very soon.

  • YorkshirePudding on May 31, 2010, 16:13 GMT

    Commsierations to the Bangladesh Team, I was for Day 4 and 5, and saw Tamin score one of the best 100's I've seen scored in England. Its a shame that a few of the Tail end batsmen couldnt put on another 50-60 runs as it would have made the afternoon session more interesting. Having said that England came out and started to dominate as a result Shakib switched to defensive mode when it was imperative they took wickets. Overall I've seen an improvement in Bangladesh since they last toured in 2005, and England were less than impressive when bowling, and they really need to look for a strike bowler, we missed Broad as the strike bowler, and of the other bowlers the only other English bowler that stood out was Finn, though he needs to learn not to fall over in his follow through. 7/10 for Bangladesh, 5/10 for England.

  • satanswish on May 31, 2010, 15:43 GMT

    Congratulations England Team for this win.

    ICC should seriously consider awarding test status to weaker teams like Bangladesh & Zimbabwe. Their matches do not replicate high international standards & they should be given more time to improve their game capabilities. Test playing status of such weaker teams should be withdrawn ASAP, West Indies is not far behind. LOL :-)

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  • satanswish on May 31, 2010, 15:43 GMT

    Congratulations England Team for this win.

    ICC should seriously consider awarding test status to weaker teams like Bangladesh & Zimbabwe. Their matches do not replicate high international standards & they should be given more time to improve their game capabilities. Test playing status of such weaker teams should be withdrawn ASAP, West Indies is not far behind. LOL :-)

  • YorkshirePudding on May 31, 2010, 16:13 GMT

    Commsierations to the Bangladesh Team, I was for Day 4 and 5, and saw Tamin score one of the best 100's I've seen scored in England. Its a shame that a few of the Tail end batsmen couldnt put on another 50-60 runs as it would have made the afternoon session more interesting. Having said that England came out and started to dominate as a result Shakib switched to defensive mode when it was imperative they took wickets. Overall I've seen an improvement in Bangladesh since they last toured in 2005, and England were less than impressive when bowling, and they really need to look for a strike bowler, we missed Broad as the strike bowler, and of the other bowlers the only other English bowler that stood out was Finn, though he needs to learn not to fall over in his follow through. 7/10 for Bangladesh, 5/10 for England.

  • on May 31, 2010, 16:15 GMT

    Again we watch BGD batting crumble and waste Tamins/Junaids innings. This shows the immaturity of a young team. BGD definitely has the batting to compete against any team but bowling is still lacking killer instinct and that is more due to lack of skill than anything else. You cannot live on spin alone. All in all BGD fared well as they are able to push world class cricket nations to 5 days, that is a small step but as long as they continue to improve BGD can and will get some test wins very soon.

  • ZsZs on May 31, 2010, 17:41 GMT

    Tamim has progressed significantly as batsmen. Now he must learn to put his team first before himself. After scoring the century, he should learn that it is not all about him, and that even though he has reached his personal milestone his team needs him to continue the good work. Now, it is for Tamim to put his team before him. He has gotten his dream, now devote yourself to the team's dream. Time to become a bit mature. Well done, don't get me wrong. But cricket now calls upon you to take the next big step. Hope you answer that call.

  • on May 31, 2010, 17:47 GMT

    hey satanwish.........I know the way Bangladesh played in the 5th day did not really make the game interesting. But by taking Test status away from Bangladesh, Zimbabwe how many nations will be left to play test.SHOWS HOW MUCH U KNOW ABOUT CRICKET. I was hoping that to help the weaker nations they should be exposed to more Test cricket so in the future the competition level will be closer not worlds apart. I hope the rest of the cricket world don't have a narrow vision as you do.........

  • CiMP on May 31, 2010, 17:49 GMT

    It is a defeat but not a disgrace for Bangladesh. Again thet faltered at the last mile as in the first innings. Had they held on for one more hour (up to drinks after Lunch) they wd have had a fair bit of chance to draw the match. England wd have had nearly 45 overs to score over 200 runs possibly and that wd have not been easy. Yet all is not lost. BD can take heart from the fairly good show they have put up. They need to build on this performance.

  • demon_bowler on May 31, 2010, 17:52 GMT

    Almost half the year is gone, and England have yet to play on a test wicket that isn't hopelessly lifeless as soon as the sun comes out. This is very good for Bangladesh, but not so good for test cricket. Let's hope that Old Trafford is that rarity nowadays -- a pitch where the bastmen are actually TESTED.

  • prabhat_005 on May 31, 2010, 17:53 GMT

    as a supporter of tigers, i'm really disappointed to see that BD lost this test match. There was a very good chance for the tigers to draw this match if they bat until tea. but the failure of the middle order again cause the team to face another lose. shakib, musfiq and other middle order batsmen made the top order's brilliant effort worthless in both innings. I think, BD team should eye for draw in each test match, not to target win or mentally prepared for lose. whenever we r habituated with regular draw, we can also win some.. don't b upset boyz... u've done well in this match., but nt great. good luck for the next one.

  • on May 31, 2010, 18:31 GMT

    anyone surprised Trott wasn't man of the match over Finn? Double hundreds are pretty rare...

  • 2.14istherunrate on May 31, 2010, 19:16 GMT

    Who would be quite so insane as to withdraw test status from BD at the very time they have turned the corner? In two tests now they have given England some hard work and this is a team which beat Aus and drew in SA. Admittedly BD have only one half of their game in order, but the batting is well worth Test status.Re bowling obviously they miss Mortaza and need to unearth a legspinner from somewhere or something of the mysterious variety.But having done the hardest of hard yards hopefully BD are nearing a time when they will win games. Old Trafford should be a stiffer challenge as for any Asian side with its bounce, a feature which other grounds desperately need to search for. Whatever happens there though BD should return home feeling happier than when they arrived.