England v Bangladesh, 2nd Test, Old Trafford, 2nd day June 5, 2010

Swann's five eclipse Tamim heroics

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Close Bangladesh 216 (Tamim 108, Swann 5-76) trail England 419 (Bell 128, Prior 93, Shakib 5-121) by 203 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details
How they were out

England finished an incredible second day at Old Trafford in a commanding position, and could yet enforce the follow-on on Sunday morning after bundling Bangladesh out for 216, a deficit of 203. But not for the first time this summer, and presumably not for the last either, they discovered that their once meek opponents have developed a punch that can leave even the most Tyson-esque heavyweights stunned. That wallop's name is Tamim Iqbal, and for the second time in consecutive innings he produced an innings of rare audacity that swiped the headlines and stole the hearts of even the most partisan England supporters.

Tamim made 108 from 114 balls, with 11 fours and a straight six off Graeme Swann, to file away alongside his 100-ball 103 at Lord's last week. It was his sixth score of fifty or more in seven Test innings against England, and his third hundred in five internationals against them, after he announced himself to their bowlers with a wonderful 125 in the first ODI in Dhaka three months ago. And in keeping with each and every one of his performances to date, England were clueless against his onslaughts, and relied eventually on the hurricane blowing itself out, as it did in the 34th over of the innings with a anticlimactic snick to the keeper off James Anderson.

With Tamim, however, went Bangladesh's momentum and much of their spirit. No doubt it will return at an unexpected moment later in the game, but having hurtled along to 126 without loss while the doughty Imrul Kayes was at the crease, to lose 10 for 90 by the close was a dereliction of duty. Nevertheless with Swann rediscovering his form after a barren first Test (and another frustrating first spell prior to a switch to the Stretford End), and Ajmal Shahzad ripping through the lower-order in an exciting late spell of reverse-swing bowling, England did at least earn their overnight advantage with some pizzazz of their own.

All the same, it was hard to overlook the rise and rise of Tamim, who has now - in a measure of his own brilliance and the shortcomings of his team-mates - leapt into second-place on the list of Bangladesh all-time Test centurions, ahead of Habibul Bashar on three, and just behind Mohammad Ashraful, who never looked like adding to his current tally of five as he chopped a loose cut to gully to give Shahzad the first of his three scalps.

England's bowlers treated Tamim with caution from the very start of his innings, which is ironic seeing as he displayed next to none in return. With concerns about his prowess on the cut and pull, Anderson opted to cramp him for room from around the wicket, but the only real effect was to rule out the prospect of an early lbw. Steven Finn's extra height was of little concern either, and with Kayes all but strokeless alongside him, it wasn't until he reached the nervous nineties that Tamim ditched the see-ball-hit-ball method that had served him so well and resorted to out-and-out madness.

At Lord's last week, Tamim hurtled through the nineties in a single over against Tim Bresnan, and now it was clear to see why. With a series of ugly heaves and swats, he betrayed his nerves in a manner that Kevin Pietersen has tended to do in the past, and had he not under-edged a mow at Swann through fine leg, he might well have been stumped for 95. Instead, one ball later, he toe-ended a gleeful cut through point for four, and punched the air in triumph once again.

But slowly but surely, England overcame their reticence and responded with a furious volley of blows that, by the close, had left Bangladesh backed onto the ropes and awaiting their fate. The key to the turnaround was Swann, who claimed all five of his wickets in a 12-over spell following a frustrated first foray from the Brian Statham End, in which he failed to locate either the length or the right pace to trouble Bangladesh's batsmen, and was looking like being shown up by his Bangladeshi opposite number, Shakib Al Hasan, who had himself claimed 5 for 121 to wrap up England's first innings, including one of the balls of the year to dislodge Ian Bell for 128.

Swann's first wicket was that of Junaid Siddique, whom he had tormented from round the wicket and eventually removed via a thin edge to Prior, and he followed up three overs later by bowling Jahurul Islam through the gate for 5, a classic offspinner's dismissal. Tamim then fell with the score still on 169, and from that moment on, the innings was on its knees. Shakib never settled, and thrashed a sharp edge to Anderson at slip, whereupon Shahzad - whose initial foray had been six uneventful overs for 35 - claimed three in three overs to justify his selection and showcase his flat-wicket credentials.

Ashraful was Shahzad's first victim, as he flapped a cut at a zippy outswinger, before Mahmudullah and Shafiul Islam were cleaned up by excellent full-length stump-rattlers. Swann then had Mushfiqur Rahim nicking off to Anderson at slip once again, before bagging the No. 11 Shahadat Hossain for a second-ball duck. As England left the field with their morale restored, Strauss was left to sleep on the follow-on decision. Judging by the state of the wicket, and the Tamim factor, he will probably be tempted to bat on.

None of what transpired could have been predicted while Bell and Matt Prior were adding 153 for England's sixth wicket in a serene morning session, to haul their side from a precarious overnight position of 275 for 5. After their spirited display on the first day, Bangladesh's grip on the contest was being loosened, it seemed, finger by finger. But then, with 15 minutes to go until lunch, Shakib bowled Bell with an absolute beauty that gripped and turned to ping the top of his off stump.

It was a delivery that brought to mind Shane Warne's nailing of Mike Gatting on this same ground 17 years ago. While the turn was nowhere near as prodigious, the ball nevertheless drifted from off to leg before biting the turf and beating a bamboozled outside edge. Shakib's reaction, however, was to stand stock-still and ponder. He doubtless recognised that his own men would have to take on the same conditions before long. Indeed they did, but not before Tamim had made a minefield look like a motorway.

Andrew Miller is UK editor of Cricinfo.

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  • crashbang on June 6, 2010, 15:16 GMT

    20WICKETS IN 2 SESSIONS OF CRICKET, AND YOU SAY Bangladesh are not chokers, well let us say hopeless not up to standard sick of hearing that Bangladesh are so improved RUBBISH .

  • Winsome on June 6, 2010, 15:00 GMT

    Morshed, the Aussies have had Bangladesh youth players at their academy in Australia and helped Bangladesh set up their own academy.

    I don't know what else they have done though.

  • Winsome on June 6, 2010, 14:45 GMT

    There is a lot of pressure on the captain obviously what with having to fulfill so many roles and he is very young, but he seems to just lose the plot out there. What is he doing playing 20/20 ugly mows when he is in test cricket?

    The middle order have gifted Swann wickets in this match by playing him as if he is club standard. They could really do with learning some respect for the game.

    And Ashraful should be dropped for some time to come. They need to find players that they can develop into international class as his development has ground to a halt.

  • McGorium on June 6, 2010, 14:33 GMT

    @Morshed: Sorry, bad argument. Most of the Zim white players were Zimbabweans, living and playing in Zimbabwe. But never mind that. Why ignore SRL, which is an even better example than Zim: Subcontinental, smaller population, civil war for 20 years. They haven't stopped producing classy players since they started. Induction to test cricket means that the country has a first class setup capable of producing good players (it's one of the requirements). Which means, either the Ban setup is grossly mismanaged, or that standards were lowered in 2000.I suspect it was more of the latter:back then,BCCI did not have the financial muscle,and all asian countries wanted a stronger asian block in the ICC. The ICC does nurture Ban by making other countries play them as part of the FTP. It's not economically viable to play Ban, and no country would had it not been for the FTP. But Ban has to stand on its own two legs, just like SRL did.They do play like amateurs,just look at today's scorecard.

  • on June 6, 2010, 14:03 GMT

    @ Morshed Mannan what has the rest of the world done for Australian cricket, English cricket, Pakistan cricket. Nothing. They did everything by themselves. Just a day back I wrote an article saying the exact same thing when Andrew wrote about how big Bangladesh Cricket is coming up. Bangaldesh has 2-3 players playing consistently.The other 8 are glorified by someone elses grace.Its a sorry site to see the openers put all the efforts and then everyone else giving it away.I agree the Indian cricket team lost in Zimbabwe, but we atleast found 4-5 players that could make a permanent move in the first grade team with the big boys. Look at the last one year, Bangladesh hasnt dominated, the others have played bad for a session which has looked good on Bangladesh's resume. I hope they start with finding a replacement for Ashraful, who has pretty much done nothing in the last few years. Nothing sorrier than seeing talent wasted. I hope they pull themselves up. Would be good for the Cricket.i

  • fr600 on June 6, 2010, 12:36 GMT

    Why the hell AshraFOOL is still in the team? Check his recent statistics. Probably a fast bowler would bat better than him. Then why waste a spot with this guy?

  • Bang_La on June 6, 2010, 11:54 GMT

    Thanks again Mr. Miller. What you can please suggest to Bangladesh players is, to borrow (or buy if they sell!!) some unbeatable English mind! I was stunned while watching the way England claimed back the control of the match. Simply splendid! I am not afraid to give Caeser his due! I suspect, every batsman after Tamim went out had a shdaow of Tamim in mind and they felt challenged somehow and wanted to prove himself. Again, Ashraful, with more than 50 tests' experience under his belt, triggered the collapse. He had no business to hit a ball away from body in Tamimish style.

  • on June 6, 2010, 11:46 GMT

    Tamim is really a good batsmen and i feel allso sorry for him i hope he is keeping up.

  • RaviV on June 6, 2010, 11:14 GMT

    Tamin is a first rate batsman. His attacking style has a method behind it and does not qualify as slogging (which was the root cause of the BD collapse). I'd rate him as teh best BD batsman I've seen. Ashraful was good, but somethings gotten into him which has led to his pathetic display. Perhaps it's his ego which was bruised when he was sacked as captain, or maybe something else between his ears. From whatever I've seen, however, both Tamim and Ashraful have the technique to thrive on the bouncy SA and Australian wickets. BTW, being an Indian supporter, I'd like to state that nobody in their right senses would denigrate BD. They've come a long way especially in tests. They just need to learn how to take the initiative and keep the opponent on the mat when they've got him there!

  • Bingaaa on June 6, 2010, 11:07 GMT

    Rubbish Bangladesh!!!These players wont even get a game in a aussie school team..ICC should seriously think about their test status after this series is over..They keep on sayin improving but i guess they have never really improved in which department have they improved their batting ordinary, pathetic bowling and horrible fielding side..I think this should be there last test series and they should be out of test arena for quite a while they dont deserve the test status atm..NAths!!!

  • crashbang on June 6, 2010, 15:16 GMT

    20WICKETS IN 2 SESSIONS OF CRICKET, AND YOU SAY Bangladesh are not chokers, well let us say hopeless not up to standard sick of hearing that Bangladesh are so improved RUBBISH .

  • Winsome on June 6, 2010, 15:00 GMT

    Morshed, the Aussies have had Bangladesh youth players at their academy in Australia and helped Bangladesh set up their own academy.

    I don't know what else they have done though.

  • Winsome on June 6, 2010, 14:45 GMT

    There is a lot of pressure on the captain obviously what with having to fulfill so many roles and he is very young, but he seems to just lose the plot out there. What is he doing playing 20/20 ugly mows when he is in test cricket?

    The middle order have gifted Swann wickets in this match by playing him as if he is club standard. They could really do with learning some respect for the game.

    And Ashraful should be dropped for some time to come. They need to find players that they can develop into international class as his development has ground to a halt.

  • McGorium on June 6, 2010, 14:33 GMT

    @Morshed: Sorry, bad argument. Most of the Zim white players were Zimbabweans, living and playing in Zimbabwe. But never mind that. Why ignore SRL, which is an even better example than Zim: Subcontinental, smaller population, civil war for 20 years. They haven't stopped producing classy players since they started. Induction to test cricket means that the country has a first class setup capable of producing good players (it's one of the requirements). Which means, either the Ban setup is grossly mismanaged, or that standards were lowered in 2000.I suspect it was more of the latter:back then,BCCI did not have the financial muscle,and all asian countries wanted a stronger asian block in the ICC. The ICC does nurture Ban by making other countries play them as part of the FTP. It's not economically viable to play Ban, and no country would had it not been for the FTP. But Ban has to stand on its own two legs, just like SRL did.They do play like amateurs,just look at today's scorecard.

  • on June 6, 2010, 14:03 GMT

    @ Morshed Mannan what has the rest of the world done for Australian cricket, English cricket, Pakistan cricket. Nothing. They did everything by themselves. Just a day back I wrote an article saying the exact same thing when Andrew wrote about how big Bangladesh Cricket is coming up. Bangaldesh has 2-3 players playing consistently.The other 8 are glorified by someone elses grace.Its a sorry site to see the openers put all the efforts and then everyone else giving it away.I agree the Indian cricket team lost in Zimbabwe, but we atleast found 4-5 players that could make a permanent move in the first grade team with the big boys. Look at the last one year, Bangladesh hasnt dominated, the others have played bad for a session which has looked good on Bangladesh's resume. I hope they start with finding a replacement for Ashraful, who has pretty much done nothing in the last few years. Nothing sorrier than seeing talent wasted. I hope they pull themselves up. Would be good for the Cricket.i

  • fr600 on June 6, 2010, 12:36 GMT

    Why the hell AshraFOOL is still in the team? Check his recent statistics. Probably a fast bowler would bat better than him. Then why waste a spot with this guy?

  • Bang_La on June 6, 2010, 11:54 GMT

    Thanks again Mr. Miller. What you can please suggest to Bangladesh players is, to borrow (or buy if they sell!!) some unbeatable English mind! I was stunned while watching the way England claimed back the control of the match. Simply splendid! I am not afraid to give Caeser his due! I suspect, every batsman after Tamim went out had a shdaow of Tamim in mind and they felt challenged somehow and wanted to prove himself. Again, Ashraful, with more than 50 tests' experience under his belt, triggered the collapse. He had no business to hit a ball away from body in Tamimish style.

  • on June 6, 2010, 11:46 GMT

    Tamim is really a good batsmen and i feel allso sorry for him i hope he is keeping up.

  • RaviV on June 6, 2010, 11:14 GMT

    Tamin is a first rate batsman. His attacking style has a method behind it and does not qualify as slogging (which was the root cause of the BD collapse). I'd rate him as teh best BD batsman I've seen. Ashraful was good, but somethings gotten into him which has led to his pathetic display. Perhaps it's his ego which was bruised when he was sacked as captain, or maybe something else between his ears. From whatever I've seen, however, both Tamim and Ashraful have the technique to thrive on the bouncy SA and Australian wickets. BTW, being an Indian supporter, I'd like to state that nobody in their right senses would denigrate BD. They've come a long way especially in tests. They just need to learn how to take the initiative and keep the opponent on the mat when they've got him there!

  • Bingaaa on June 6, 2010, 11:07 GMT

    Rubbish Bangladesh!!!These players wont even get a game in a aussie school team..ICC should seriously think about their test status after this series is over..They keep on sayin improving but i guess they have never really improved in which department have they improved their batting ordinary, pathetic bowling and horrible fielding side..I think this should be there last test series and they should be out of test arena for quite a while they dont deserve the test status atm..NAths!!!

  • on June 6, 2010, 11:02 GMT

    only one tamim is not enough to save follow on of bangladesh!!!!!!

  • on June 6, 2010, 10:32 GMT

    Tamim is the best in the test

  • AAJS on June 6, 2010, 10:21 GMT

    So Ajmal takes 3 wickets and not a whimper from the so called 'neutral' commentators.. and Finn takes 4 in the last match (1st inn) and the ashes had been won downunder... McGrath had been taken over as metronome... and England had the most potent fast bowling attack in the world.. You lot should be ashamed of yourselves..

  • nipo10847 on June 6, 2010, 10:17 GMT

    @antiboson21: How many world cups England have won so far? Oh wait, None!England's cricket has been miserable for years now just like typical english fans. Stop hating, enjoy TAMIM's devastation, and have a life. Thank you.

  • Shaikhsaad on June 6, 2010, 9:51 GMT

    Its a really sad thing to see that the only one interested in winning is Tamim and not others...had tamim been injured...they would have benn all out for 98 runs. Some may say that this is a young side...but they have to learn from experience...when a player loses a wicket...the next should try and build a base and possibly drop anchor...a man like ashraful who has lost all the glitter should use common sense and try to stay a at the crease as much as possible...for eg...when he got out only 8.4 overs where remaining...it is also the duty of others to contribute to the total...

  • on June 6, 2010, 8:51 GMT

    perhaps bangla A cud be a permanent fixture as team no 6 in india's duleep trophy.. or some other team's annual domestic championship. this will only aid them like the gopalan trophy did to SL (Tamil nadu played SL annually).. already Hol/Sco?Ire do it in english county.. bangla must do same in India.. will indian board help??

  • kryon on June 6, 2010, 8:42 GMT

    Obviously those who have seen Bangladesh play recently have to agree that this team is different.players like Tamim and Shakib have gained the status of being world class performers.I see great future in Shafiul Islam.Junaid is slowly making a spot in the hearts of Bangladeshis and so is emrul kayes.A year ago even I was skeptic about why Bangladesh was playing test matches.But things are much brighter now.Lets go for a flashback...Bangladesh had countless time pushed the opposition on the backfoot almost getting a win....Pakistan in Multan,Australia in Fatullah,Nz in Chittagong...and also India and England.And there are more like Tam and sakib in the pipeline.Besides if bangladesh doesnt play who will...Ireland.It has got 150 million avid cricket fans for all we know.Lastly for the Bd team....get rid of Ash..he never had a cricket brain never will.We better find someone in his place quickly.A person who gets out with a poor ball like that really shudnt be playing.I agree with Siddons.

  • on June 6, 2010, 8:40 GMT

    crashbang

    Given the amount of money that is poured into Australian cricket, I'd expect no less of our system than high-quality players (although there have been less bright young things coming through than before). Not to mention the long tradition of International cricket in Australia, dating back to the first Ashes series.

    Therefore to term Bangladesh "chockers" (sic) is widely off the mark. For the definition of "choker", watch replays of the World T20 semifinal against England which, considering the talent in the Australian cricket team and the time/money invested in the Centre of Excellence (still can't believe a cricket team has so much "research" money being poured into it).

    Please demonstrate less ignorance next time.

  • zaman_ash on June 6, 2010, 8:32 GMT

    @antiboson21 n his likes: if u really think there should either b good cricket or NO cricket then england should hv been kicked out from test arena after their 5-0 defeat in d ashes, pakistan should hv been out due to d horrible show in aus tour... abt ur sympathy- we dnt need ur sympathy. wht we need is something fruitful 4 our cricket-development like hp training 4 our young players or other related stuffs. cricketing world is a family... if u try to kick sombody out of it not he rather d family is gonna break down 'coz it consists of just a few members. this is d reality. take this.

  • crashbang on June 6, 2010, 8:05 GMT

    Did you realize the third highest scorer in the BANGLADESH,score card was Extras , not a bad bat 22 not out, The old Banga,s need a few more like him, you are a joke BANGALADESH

  • Bingaaa on June 6, 2010, 7:59 GMT

    Rubbish bangladesh!!!These players from bangladesh wont even get a game for our aussie school team..

  • YorkshirePudding on June 6, 2010, 7:24 GMT

    @Morshed, I beleive that Australia has opened its academies to players, there are a couple of players due to play in the England County Championships, I know ashraful has played a couple of seasons in the UK after the 05 tour, and I expect the counties will be looking to sign Tamin for next year. However its not just ECB, CA, BCII, WICB, and CSA that have to act, but the BCB also needs to approach these boards and ask if they can play the first class sides and A-Teams on a rotation. Bangladesh Cricket has a number of pieces in place but they arnt quite fitting together.....As for the follow-on being enforced, i have my doubts, as the OT pitch is looking like a real turner and chasing 150-200 runs on the final day could be tircky against a side with 3 spinners.

  • on June 6, 2010, 6:48 GMT

    If you tell me Bangladesh should be banned from test cricket and should not be given any chance that's BS then West Indies and New Zealand should also be banned, cauz they barely win test cricket and icc should stop the cricket development program. but wait here we see india is out of the series of Srilanka and Zimbabwe........ dahhhhhh. so india should be out of ODI cricket..

  • on June 6, 2010, 6:47 GMT

    Tamim is brilliant but the way sakib n ashraful got out was totally offensive. I think Bangladeshi players should need good exposure in UK and Aus. I don't know why the board relies on the gifted talent. If gifted talent do not nurture well, it will b worthless like Ashraful.

  • on June 6, 2010, 6:44 GMT

    I think people commenting here (and elsewhere) seem to forget how many teams have been reliant on only one or two players to win them test matches. The West Indies, post-Walsh & Ambrose in the early 2000s were heavily dependant on Lara and Zimbabwe, in its test playing days, often had to rely on Andy Flower. I am not suggesting Tamim is as good or as consistent as either player but test victories can be secured around the achievements of one/two players. Maybe one day he will hit a double century and eat up just enough time to push for a draw?

    On a side note, I am always bemused by Shakib's batting. He seems like such a calm and collected character when bowling but when he bats he tries to slog-sweep everything hot-headedly!

  • on June 6, 2010, 6:33 GMT

    Tamim is brilliant but the way sakib n ashraful got out was totally offensive. I think Bangladeshi players should need good exposure in UK and Aus. I don't know why the board relies on the gifted talent. If gifted talent do not nurture well, it will b worthless like Ashraful.

  • on June 6, 2010, 5:31 GMT

    he is a good cricket have more patients but in my point of view england must enforce the follow on and push Eoin Morgan up the order make him feel more comfortable in test arena

  • Icyman on June 6, 2010, 5:30 GMT

    Bangladesh's performances seem great only because of Tamim Iqbal's knocks. Other than that, they seem pretty ordinary. In the last few matches that Bangladesh have played, Tamim has been instrumental in giving them a great start. However, we find that the Tigers lose their way after the first 2 wickets are down. Middle order needs to fire for the Banglas.

  • crashbang on June 6, 2010, 5:19 GMT

    10 wickets in one session tells you the bangladesh side is not up to standard they have an opening bat and 1 bowler, the rest would not get a club game in Australia, Harsh yes and the Truth hurts to. bangladesh are Chockers

  • on June 6, 2010, 4:45 GMT

    the bcci cud probably induce Tamim to switch over to India!! his mates in bang are no good, which means all his efforts are in waste always.. comin to india would give value to him and to india, as evidenced by the fourth rate performance of our so called "bright future players" in the tri series..

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on June 6, 2010, 4:28 GMT

    Good knock by Tamim. Much improved shot selection...up till he got to the 90's and it is good to see that he is improving his shot selection so rapidly. Today proved that Tamim does need to bat even longer and score even bigger because once he got out it all went so wrong. Shakib, as captain was disgraceful with the bat. Holding said "he was trying to get out" I agree! Credit to Shazad, he looks the part and so to did Shafiul...was not afraid to bang the ball in, good prospect for Bang bowling attack, I hope he gets some pitches that make sense to help his growth. Speaking of the pitch, it was a bit better for batting than I thought but GREAT to see that both fast bowlers and spinners especially did get something from it, Swann fantastic again and Shakib's ball to Bell was great to watch. Hope the curators around at other grounds are taking notice and seeing how important the pitch is for the betterment of the game.

  • insanekiller on June 6, 2010, 3:49 GMT

    that is bang la for you... inconsistency...TAMIM is an excellent player...

  • antiboson21 on June 6, 2010, 3:36 GMT

    My sympathy is with Bangadesh. But only sympathy is not enogh to win a test matchagainst a nation who is the mother of cricket. Bangladesh had enough chances to prove their test dominancy since they beat pakistan and received the unconditional offer of playing test. To me Bangladesh should be banned for ever from playing test cricket. It is a total waste of time, money and energy. They have not produced any world class spinner, fast bowler or a batsman. All they have pproduced a one batsman, tamim Iqbal who can make a ton but does not know how to win a test match. Cricket is a classic game. Their should be really good cricket or no cricket. vick.

  • on June 6, 2010, 3:33 GMT

    To all the detractors of Bangladesh cricket, I have to ask this - what has the rest of the cricketing world done to aid the developments of Bangladeshi players? In the first place, comparisons with other countries is a moot point: cricket persisted in those Commonwealth countries as a relic of the colonial era in a manner that it didn't in Bangladesh. (Cricket did not carry over post- '71 partition) e.g. Zimbabwe may have gained test status in '92 but they have had white players (often with dual nationality) playing proper first class cricket for much longer. Many of them were also given the opportunity to play county cricket but none of the now-retired Bangladeshis who showed glimpses of test-class (Rafique, Bashar) were allowed similar chances to refine and correct their game. Our cricketers need greater access abroad, not only Tamim and Shakib, if not at county level but grade cricket in Aus, NZ, England and India!!

  • on June 6, 2010, 3:11 GMT

    Thats BD cricket team with all its glory!!...bravo!...

  • zak123kaif on June 6, 2010, 3:05 GMT

    Tamim is really a good batsmen and i feel sorry for him.

  • tompuffin on June 6, 2010, 2:31 GMT

    The way their batting, Bangladesh might as well get 8 bowlers and keep tamim and imrul. Maybe they might be able to bowl England out faster and rely on both of them to get Bangladesh within 100 runs to victory. (even then they might lose). I support NZ and I've seen some horrendous collapses before, but this... Poor Tamim for having unreliable team mates, and I really pity Andrew Miller... He was so positive the day before! Bangladesh (excluding the openers) have really only got themselves to blame for the mess they have to work their way out in. At least we have vettori to bulk up our middle order...

  • McGorium on June 6, 2010, 2:30 GMT

    @landl47: Not sure I agree with "Don't be too hard on them". Any team, that collapses the way Ban just did, deserves harsh criticism. Bangladesh is a 10 year old test side, and still haven't produced a single player of international class (I'll leave tamim out for now, because he's still new. Time will tell). Compare with recent test inductees: SRL got test status in 1982, and had D'silva, Ranatunga, Mahanama by the late 80s. Murali and Vaas debuted in the early 1990s, and Jayasuriya, shortly after. Zim debuted in 1992, and had Flower brothers, Streak, Olonga etc by 2000, and comparable in many ways to NZ as far as team spirit went. Mugabe's brain-explosion destroyed that team. My point? 10 years is a lot of time. There's something rotten in the state of BD cricket. It's time to stop mollycoddling them. if you don't have individual brilliance, you can still do well (look at NZ. Zim did that before 2002). You don't collapse like this in batting conditions. They can't even play for draws

  • Cricket_needs_Mental_Toughness on June 6, 2010, 1:58 GMT

    Tamim - very dependable. Kayes - good opener. BD batsmen - avoid hook shots - England positioned fielders to trap Kayes, Kayes took the bait within minutes. Swann and Shakib bowled very well, so did Shahjad. England strategy/bowling was superb today after Tamim fell. It seems Strauss & Co. detected a very weak spot in BD middle-order batsmen: when English fielders crowded the bat (at one time four fielders around the bat), BD players were VERY nervous, played rash shots as if to get out of pressure & go back to pavilion. Learn how Aus/SA/Eng batsmen cope with this type of pressure - see their batting DVDs. Disappointed how Shakib/Ashraful threw away wickets; Mahmudullah cover stumps while batting! BD batsmen should do this self-talk repeatedly "The Team needs me - l will bat for many hours and build partnerships, even if I do not score quickly." Coach Siddons - please plan quick countemeasures & intercept when sensing a collapse. BD Team - practice "Collapse Prevention" routine!

  • Mushtanda on June 6, 2010, 1:39 GMT

    another follow-on lead. what's new?

  • on June 6, 2010, 0:44 GMT

    Tamim Iqbal is fast turning himself into one of my favourite batsman in the world, what sheer talent he has. He's very much like Sehwag, not in the way he bats but his aggressive mindset. He does need to calm down a little though, like Geoff Boycott told him, don't change the way you play just tweak it a little. When he looks bad he looks awful. Shame no one else turned up in this game, after stumps on day one I was really looking forward to a really competative test, I had hoped that this was Bangladesh really showing the world they had turned the corner and frankly I'm gutted. Shakib and Ashraful just had wild swings at the ball like they couldn't help themselves and Jahrul Islam got out to Swann in excatly the same way in Chittagong (you have to play with the turn on spinning wickets) Someone in County Cricket better be looking at Iqbal though, he needs some expierenced people to take him under their wing and really nuture that boy on more tricky tracks and he'll only get better.

  • vichan on June 6, 2010, 0:22 GMT

    @ Rocket123: You said "Both openers have been stunning and provided a perfect foundation for the rest to pummel and humiliate English cricket"...Is the point of the game for Bangladesh to try and win, or to try and humiliate English cricket. It's comments like these from Bangladeshi fans that make me lose sympathy for that team and feel glad for the desperate situation they are in. Excellent batting by Tamim, by the way. He might even have made a pre-'71 Pakistan team back in the day with this kind of skill.

  • on June 5, 2010, 23:35 GMT

    Once again Bangladesh show themselves up for the 4th raters they really are, they are minnows in the world of cricket and should not be up against seasoned pro┬┤s.

    They shd be mixing it with Holland, Ireland and afghanistan, if like me you paid good money to watch this you would be screaming for a refund.

  • sallu123 on June 5, 2010, 22:55 GMT

    TAMIM should retire from cricket.coz not a single player giving him company.feeling bad for him every time his 100 goes vain

  • bdcricfan21 on June 5, 2010, 22:47 GMT

    Its days like this that makes you wonder whether Bangladesh is really improving. We've seen these collapses before, but to have this happen after such a wonderful start from tamim and imrul, is really disappointing. Whenever they get a good start, they manage to throw it away very pityfully. I wonder if it's a psychological issue rather that a technical issue. Bd are so used to loosing that whenever they are in a good position, they throw it away in order to come back to their comfort level of getting slaughtered. The loose shots played by shakib and mushfiqur was even more disheartening. I don;t expect anything from ashraful anymore ( with a whopping test average of 22), but shakib, mushfiq, and riyad need to step it up. A chance of a draw is gone, but hopefully BD will bow out with a bit more pride in the second innings.

  • Bang_La on June 5, 2010, 22:37 GMT

    what a rotten luck (or inefficiency)! now Bangladesh have to bat in rainy, damp and cloudy condition where they once failed! with a low morale for Bangladesh, I dont expect any better but end of teh match within three days.

  • gmaurup on June 5, 2010, 22:33 GMT

    It was due I guess. Last year, Bangladesh batting relied on Tamim, Mushfiq, Mahmudullah and Shakib. And in this tour, none of them except Tamim is within runs. In England runs are coming from tamim, Imrul, Junaid and Jahurul. While these four people were out in a flash, there was no way to return (though I was hoping others come back to runs). Hope they put another spirited fightback in second innings (somehow they are playing the second innings better now days). I believe Ashraful has disturbed the balance of this batting lineup. Mahmudullah seemed to be too classic a batsman to come at eight and he does not bowl that much either. Ashraful's role might be interchanged with his if Bangladesh is so obsessed to keep Ashraful in team. One important statistics from cricinfo profiles-- tamim scored 50 + in every 3 innings, Mahmudullah in every 3.2, Junaid in 4, Mushfiq in 6 and Shakib in 6.5 innings. And Ashraful made 50 + in every 9 innings in his career.

  • tompuffin on June 5, 2010, 22:13 GMT

    It seems like only Tamim turned up for the game. He's such a great batsman, with class and patience, pity his team mates always let him down. Do they really miss the shade of the pavilion that much? If only Bangladesh had 5 more like him...

  • landl47 on June 5, 2010, 22:09 GMT

    Congratulations to Tamim on another thrilling batting display and to Shakib for some excellent bowling. I think Bangladesh have looked a much better side in this game than they did at Lord's. Don't be too hard on them- England are a very useful side and can play with anyone at the moment. I suspect Strauss will bat again. If Tamim plays another wonderful innings and Bangladesh were to get, say, 350, it might be hard work against the spinners on days 4 and 5. It's been two days of very entertaining cricket so far and on this showing Bangladesh are well worth their test status.

  • Bang_La on June 5, 2010, 22:00 GMT

    I should apologize to Andrew Miller for Bangladesh display because he was so enthusiastic and started putting good words. It is Ashraful alone who triggered the collapse. With more than 50 tests behind him, the way he started to "swing & miss" was enough to show what was coming! In bangladesh cricket, a player is never choosen based on talent but connection. Ashraful is now fully blessed and backed by the present management of the cricket authority. So, be ready to see him long time in the team. My other regret is, Tamim and the top order batsmen had put Bangladesh in the height of respectability, Ashraful grounded it.

  • NikhilNair on June 5, 2010, 21:42 GMT

    with tamim nearing his 100.. n imrul looking good.. i thought bangladesh might loose 1, or maybe 2 wickets.. but horrible show today.. n they yet again proved ineffective... i just hope all the batsmen contribute well in 2nd inning n support Tamim well... he is getting as good as sehwag or hayden... hope he continues like this n he'll be one of the best opener ever.. n you mentioned him almost overtaking number of hundreds in bangladesh.. it's going to be too easy of a task for him.. i hope he gets it this series.. well good luck to the team.. hope they atleast draw or win this series :)

  • on June 5, 2010, 21:18 GMT

    I remember the days when Bangladesh used to suffer from the top order batsmen faltering and the middle order used to make sure the team finished the innings with something to show for. People always used to say it's just because we never have a good set-up and the middle order batsmen had to go out to pick up the pieces. Now, when we have found a formidable opening pair in Tamim and Kayes, our middle order batsmen has decided its time they take a break and play carelessly. It has been more than 10 years since we have started playing cricket competitively; how long must the Bangladeshi supporters wait until the team is finally balanced and we are able to at least be proud for supporting Bangladesh?

    While comparisons will be made against other countries and statistics will show that we are improving faster than other countries when they just gained test status, one must also consider those countries did not have the amount of support that Bangladesh cricket has today.

  • on June 5, 2010, 21:04 GMT

    tamim has again proved himself to be a class getting a 100.how much more u can expect from one batsman.imrul again made the same mistake playing bouncer-he shouldn't.wicket is turning a lot weather seems to be giving reverse swing.other batsmen must take more responsibilty and get run-it's a team-sport.i still beleive if bd batsmen play carefully this eng bowlers can't take their wicket away.

  • CMIS on June 5, 2010, 20:29 GMT

    pathetic display really.... no blame on tamim, that's the way he bats, like dilshan and sehwag. No one blames them when they get out. A player like him is a bonus for any side. the real pity is that thery don't have a middle order to back him up. Like I said yesterday, Bangladesh are incapable of stringing two good days of test cricket together. Once they do that, they will start drawing. Can't see past a loss inside four days here.

  • on June 5, 2010, 20:11 GMT

    I am very disappointed to see ashraful in the team. I am a big fan of him. But i do think he has got enough opportunities, but he wasted everything. I think he is satisfied with whatever he earned financially and as a player. Thats what stopping him to try out or work hard to consolidate his place in the team.

  • zaman_ash on June 5, 2010, 19:56 GMT

    was it CRICKET i watched since imrul n tamim left??? clueless... :O

  • Coastaltown on June 5, 2010, 19:43 GMT

    First and foremeost, I do enjoy watching Tamim bat. I don't know that Bangladesh should be too disheartened by the collapse, the bowling looked good, Finn got good carry, Anderson was almost there-ish (not quite sure where his line's gone, though), Shahzad looks decent, first time I've seen him bowl, first wcket was awful but the next two were crackers and Swann has run through better batting sides than this so no shame there. It's just pleasing that this series hasn't been as one sided as all and sundry predicted, I like a lot of what I've seen of Bangladesh, they'd give a lot of teams a run for their money, just find another seamer. Shame Mortaza's not playing.

  • demon_bowler on June 5, 2010, 19:17 GMT

    Another brilliant one-day innings by Tamim. Pity it's a five-day match.

  • YorkshirePudding on June 5, 2010, 18:52 GMT

    Still concerns over the England bowling attack, though Shahzad seems to have settled after his first spell. Tamin as ever looked to be a class act, unfortunatly he didnt get any support or backup from the other batsmen, losing 9 wickets for 90 runs...Now for the mind games, surely the Bangladesh team will have a restless night wondering if Strauss will enforce the follow on or bat again, if i was a betting man I'd say Strauss will enforce the followon, especially with the weather being frocast as heavy and overcast, not to mention the chance of rain showers.

  • on June 5, 2010, 18:49 GMT

    i do not know....wot happens to Bangladesh....they play soo well and then just loses everythng...just like Pakistan...I think because there team is so young and immature...so mayb that is why they play like soooo gud for sumtime and sooo badly the other time...

  • rocket123 on June 5, 2010, 18:38 GMT

    What a pathetic performance and spinless surrender to English bowling. Both openers have been stunning and provided a perfect foundation for the rest to pummel and humiliate English cricket. The brittle middle order needs to stand up and own the game in the second innings. There is abundance of talent but lack of application. Watch and learn from the videos of "THE WALL" whose real name is Rahul Dravid. If Tamim can do it again and again, I am sure the rest can do it as well. Imrul has begun to show signs of improvement and he is playing is part to build partnerships with Tamim. Junaid will definitely play a long and patient innings but others need to take the ball and run the whole 9 yards. Bangladesh has the prowess and firepower to draw this match and must do it. We are supporting you, just go and do it.

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  • rocket123 on June 5, 2010, 18:38 GMT

    What a pathetic performance and spinless surrender to English bowling. Both openers have been stunning and provided a perfect foundation for the rest to pummel and humiliate English cricket. The brittle middle order needs to stand up and own the game in the second innings. There is abundance of talent but lack of application. Watch and learn from the videos of "THE WALL" whose real name is Rahul Dravid. If Tamim can do it again and again, I am sure the rest can do it as well. Imrul has begun to show signs of improvement and he is playing is part to build partnerships with Tamim. Junaid will definitely play a long and patient innings but others need to take the ball and run the whole 9 yards. Bangladesh has the prowess and firepower to draw this match and must do it. We are supporting you, just go and do it.

  • on June 5, 2010, 18:49 GMT

    i do not know....wot happens to Bangladesh....they play soo well and then just loses everythng...just like Pakistan...I think because there team is so young and immature...so mayb that is why they play like soooo gud for sumtime and sooo badly the other time...

  • YorkshirePudding on June 5, 2010, 18:52 GMT

    Still concerns over the England bowling attack, though Shahzad seems to have settled after his first spell. Tamin as ever looked to be a class act, unfortunatly he didnt get any support or backup from the other batsmen, losing 9 wickets for 90 runs...Now for the mind games, surely the Bangladesh team will have a restless night wondering if Strauss will enforce the follow on or bat again, if i was a betting man I'd say Strauss will enforce the followon, especially with the weather being frocast as heavy and overcast, not to mention the chance of rain showers.

  • demon_bowler on June 5, 2010, 19:17 GMT

    Another brilliant one-day innings by Tamim. Pity it's a five-day match.

  • Coastaltown on June 5, 2010, 19:43 GMT

    First and foremeost, I do enjoy watching Tamim bat. I don't know that Bangladesh should be too disheartened by the collapse, the bowling looked good, Finn got good carry, Anderson was almost there-ish (not quite sure where his line's gone, though), Shahzad looks decent, first time I've seen him bowl, first wcket was awful but the next two were crackers and Swann has run through better batting sides than this so no shame there. It's just pleasing that this series hasn't been as one sided as all and sundry predicted, I like a lot of what I've seen of Bangladesh, they'd give a lot of teams a run for their money, just find another seamer. Shame Mortaza's not playing.

  • zaman_ash on June 5, 2010, 19:56 GMT

    was it CRICKET i watched since imrul n tamim left??? clueless... :O

  • on June 5, 2010, 20:11 GMT

    I am very disappointed to see ashraful in the team. I am a big fan of him. But i do think he has got enough opportunities, but he wasted everything. I think he is satisfied with whatever he earned financially and as a player. Thats what stopping him to try out or work hard to consolidate his place in the team.

  • CMIS on June 5, 2010, 20:29 GMT

    pathetic display really.... no blame on tamim, that's the way he bats, like dilshan and sehwag. No one blames them when they get out. A player like him is a bonus for any side. the real pity is that thery don't have a middle order to back him up. Like I said yesterday, Bangladesh are incapable of stringing two good days of test cricket together. Once they do that, they will start drawing. Can't see past a loss inside four days here.

  • on June 5, 2010, 21:04 GMT

    tamim has again proved himself to be a class getting a 100.how much more u can expect from one batsman.imrul again made the same mistake playing bouncer-he shouldn't.wicket is turning a lot weather seems to be giving reverse swing.other batsmen must take more responsibilty and get run-it's a team-sport.i still beleive if bd batsmen play carefully this eng bowlers can't take their wicket away.

  • on June 5, 2010, 21:18 GMT

    I remember the days when Bangladesh used to suffer from the top order batsmen faltering and the middle order used to make sure the team finished the innings with something to show for. People always used to say it's just because we never have a good set-up and the middle order batsmen had to go out to pick up the pieces. Now, when we have found a formidable opening pair in Tamim and Kayes, our middle order batsmen has decided its time they take a break and play carelessly. It has been more than 10 years since we have started playing cricket competitively; how long must the Bangladeshi supporters wait until the team is finally balanced and we are able to at least be proud for supporting Bangladesh?

    While comparisons will be made against other countries and statistics will show that we are improving faster than other countries when they just gained test status, one must also consider those countries did not have the amount of support that Bangladesh cricket has today.