Plenty to cheer for Bangladesh despite defeat
England finally completed an eight-wicket win in the Lord's Test against Bangladesh, but it wasn't before the visitors put in a spirited display with the bat in both innings. Here's a look a some of the stats highlights from the game.
- Bangladesh's match aggregate of 664 runs is their fifth-highest in a Test match. The highest remains 704, also against England, in Dhaka earlier this year. What's encouraging is that three of those top five have been achieved in 2010: they'd scored 690 against New Zealand in Hamilton in February. This was also one of the few occasions when Bangladesh played more than 200 overs in a match - they survived 1220 deliveries, which ranks ninth in all Tests for them.
- In their two innings, Bangladesh had five scores of 50 or more, which was a significant achievement for a team which has generally struggled with the bat overseas. This was only the fifth instance of them getting five or more 50-plus scores in a Test. The only occasion when they exceeded this was in the Dhaka Test against England earlier this year, when there were six such scores.
- Both Tamim Iqbal and Junaid Siddique scored more than 50 in each innings at Lord's, which was the first instance of two Bangladesh batsmen achieving it in the same match. Tamim has now achieved this feat three times, which is the second-highest for Bangladesh, next only to Habibul Bashar's seven. In the second innings, Bangladesh's top three - Tamim, Imrul Kayes and Junaid - all scored more than 50, which is the first time it's happened. They almost achieved it in the first innings too, with Kayes falling for 43 and the other two getting half-centuries.
- The 185-run first-wicket partnership between Tamim and Kayes is Bangladesh's highest for the first wicket, and the fourth-highest for all wickets. Tamim has been involved in four of the eight highest partnerships.
- Despite all this, Bangladesh still finished on the losing side, thanks to a couple of huge performances: Jonathan Trott became only England's seventh double-centurion at Lord's, and only the third since 1950.
- None of the names mentioned above won the Man-of-the-Match award, though. That prize, quite deservedly, went to Steven Finn, whose match haul of 9 for 187 was the first haul of eight or more wickets by an England fast bowler at Lord's since Steve Harmison's 8 for 97 in the Ashes Test in 2005. Stiffer challenges and batting line-ups await him - all three of his Tests so far have been against Bangladesh - but the start has been impressive nevertheless.
S Rajesh is stats editor of Cricinfo