England v Bangladesh, 1st npower Test, Lord's

Plenty to cheer for Bangladesh despite defeat

Stats highlights from the Lord's Test between England and Bangladesh, which the home team won by eight wickets

S Rajesh

May 31, 2010

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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.

Tamim Iqbal celebrates his blistering hundred, England v Bangladesh, 1st Test, Lord's, May 30, 2010
Tamim Iqbal made two 50-plus scores in a Test for the third time © Getty Images

  • 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.

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Posted by ZsZs on (June 2, 2010, 18:50 GMT)

1st test Lords May 27-31, 2010: England scored 55.67 runs per wicket and Bangladesh scored 33.20 runs per wicket in this game. Last test in Dhaka March 20-24, 2010: England: 64.09 runs/wicket, Bangladesh: 35.20 runs/wicket. Chittagong test March 12-16, 2010: Eng: 62.15 runs/wicket, Bangladesh: 31.35 runs/wicket. Ratio (Eng/Ban runs-per-wicket) Trajectory over the last three meets: 1.98 -> 1.82 -> 1.68. I think that is a definite sign of improvement for Bangladesh and the trajectory is directionally correct. The unofficial criteria that I see for a country maintaining test status is that the ratio be below 2. I think Bangladesh is doing a good job, and should continue on the progression. What do you think will help them on this endeavor?

Posted by Mushtanda on (June 2, 2010, 16:47 GMT)

"Clearly Bangladesh is improving"- Yes, CLEARLY. From follow-on and innings defeat they have improved to follow-on and defeat. Some improvement, indeed.

Posted by donovancarragher on (June 2, 2010, 15:36 GMT)

This is all encouraging news and as an England fan and a cricket fan in general I look forward to the day when Bangladesh will be a strong opponent - but the fact is these stats only show that the batting is improving. So they are only getting closer to drawing tests, not winning them. To win you need to take 20 wickets and I worry that the pitches being prepared these days (especially in Bangladesh, on the evidence of Eng's recent tour) are just not giving the bowlers a chance. So whilst it's excellent to see the likes of Tamin lifting the batting, they need to give their bowlers a chance to develop, and for that I think they need more varied pitches.

Posted by ThalaivanIrukiran on (June 2, 2010, 14:57 GMT)

Mohammed Ashraful just playing on past repuration.. High time he starts contributing towards the team cause

Posted by   on (June 2, 2010, 12:37 GMT)

Hello all, my name is Irfan, and I'm a long time Pakistani fan. It was quite encouraging to see Bangladesh compete in a more effective fashion against England than in recenet years, hopefully the day is not too far away when they will become a good Test side. For all those people who still doubt Bangladesh's right to play at this level, it might put things in context to realise that New Zealand took 26 years to win a Test match, and even after that, it took more than ten years to beat Australia. Judging from this performance, Bangladesh are a side that is improving day by day. I hope that they better at Old Trafford, the pitch there traditionally offers some assistance to the bowlers, so both bowling attacks should be looking forward to that...

Posted by evenflow_1990 on (June 2, 2010, 9:36 GMT)

i'm quite pleased with bangladesh's performance. they've done well for a minnow side. tamim has great potential - if he can add some more solidity to his batting he could well have a test average of 50 in a few years. what they now need is a stronger bowling line up. if they can achieve that, there's no reason why they can't be at par with england the next time they meet =)

Posted by seanhass12 on (June 2, 2010, 7:45 GMT)

Bangladesh needs to improve bowling and bring pacers . only rich gets to play and able to play in club cricket . we have to bring cricket from the roots and it has to be for everyone. Then we can have S.Tendulkar and Jaq. kallis and don bradman so on. We cannot just look at skill we need opportunity to utilize the skills. Corrupt Board and politicians are to be blamed. How can they spend money on cricket when most people are hungry! actually they can put the money in their pocket HA!

Posted by   on (June 2, 2010, 6:08 GMT)

I am a great supporter of Bangladeshi cricket. Therefore, there are certain points to be made. It is okay to cheer individual performances but in a team game, it is the team effort that counts in the end. And in test cricket, one doesn't play 2 innings but four. You have to win at least 3 innings to have a chance of getting a favourable final result. For such sustained, high quality play, you need at least 2-3 consistently excellent batters and bowlers and others can then play around them and contribute. Unfortunately, this structured team process is not to be found in the Bangla set up, though there have, at least at home, been some false dawns. I am afraid that till the time most of the team starts pulling its weight, we will be condemned to revel in individual statistics.

Posted by   on (June 2, 2010, 3:15 GMT)

Thanks S Rajesh. I hope this number crunch open eyes of people like Boycott.

Posted by   on (June 1, 2010, 23:11 GMT)

Clearly Bangladesh is improving. And surely, in time (hopefully soon) they will be taken as a team to be reckoned with. Bangladesh has the right stuff there , they just need to know how to utilize them. The talent is obvious. Maybe a better bowling coach will do.

Whatever the outcome ...We are here to support you Bangladesh!


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