England v Bangladesh, 2nd Test, Old Trafford, 3rd day

Anderson and Finn rout Bangladesh

The Report by Andrew Miller

June 6, 2010

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England 419 (Bell 128, Prior 93, Shakib 5-121) beat Bangladesh 216 (Tamim 108, Swann 5-76) and 123 (Finn 5-42) by an innings and 80 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details
How they were out

Steven Finn dismissed Imrul Kayes for the fourth consecutive innings, courtesy of a catch at deep square leg, England v Bangladesh, 2nd npower Test, Old Trafford, June 6, 2010
Steven Finn claimed his second five-wicket haul of the series © Getty Images
Steven Finn bounced through Bangladesh to complete his second five-wicket of the series, after James Anderson had broken their resistance in an unplayable spell of new-ball swing bowling, as England surged to victory by an innings and 80 runs in a remarkable day's play at a damp and overcast Old Trafford. Following a two-and-a-quarter hour delay, England's decision to enforce the follow-on was amply justified, as they achieved the rare feat of claiming ten wickets in consecutive sessions.

Bangladesh came out to bat with a 203-run first-innings deficit, but they never recovered from the devastating loss of Tamim Iqbal to the second delivery of the innings - and nor, to be frank, did they really try. After consecutive scores against England of 86, 14, 85, 52, 55, 103 and 108, the law of averages dictated that Tamim was due to miss out at some stage, but to do so under gloomy skies and against a swing-tastic Anderson sent a message of abject defeatism to his fragile colleagues.

After punching his first delivery with confidence and aggression through the covers, Tamim fenced at his second, a zippy lifter outside off stump, and grazed a simple edge through to Matt Prior. For the first time in the series, that left his partner, Imrul Kayes, to cope on his own, and while he gutsed it out as best he could for five overs, the steep bounce of Finn eventually did for him for the fourth innings in a row, as he wafted a hook to Ajmal Shahzad at deep square leg, just as he had done during Saturday night's collapse.

Junaid Siddique joined the procession five balls later, as Anderson's booming outswing snicked his edge and skewed to Kevin Pietersen in the gully, and Finn made it 21 for 4 when Jahurul Islam dabbed atrociously outside off, for Prior to claim his second catch - a touch gingerly, as it happens, as he was nursing a damaged nerve in his right index finger.

The ever-maligned Mohammad Ashraful claimed two fours in three balls as Finn's peculiar habit of losing his footing in his followthrough persuaded Andrew Strauss to remove him from the attack after five overs, but Anderson ended his brief stay via a looping edge to Jonathan Trott at first slip, before Ajmal Shahzad produced a beauty to snick Shakib Al Hasan's off bail as the ball jagged back at the left-hander.

At 39 for 6, Bangladesh had lost 14 wickets in the match for 129 runs, and were tumbling hopelessly towards their lowest score of all time - 62 against Sri Lanka in July 2007. But Mahmudullah and Mushfiqur Rahim, two batsmen whose obduracy had not really been witnessed so far on this tour, helped patch up the scorecard in a 37-run stand for the seventh wicket. Mushfiqur required treatment for a painful blow on the fingers from Shahzad, but he wasn't dislodged until Finn returned to the attack in the 26th over - whereupon he clipped a first-ball loosener obligingly to midwicket, and trooped off aghast for 13 from 42 balls.

Mahmudullah's response was to go down swinging - literally, as he belted consecutive bouncers from Finn for four before snicking a top-edge through to Prior in the same over, and his gung-ho attitude rubbed off on Abdur Razzak, who took advantage of Graeme Swann's preoccupation with a bleeding finger to smash his very next over for two fours and a six over cow corner. But his partner, Shafiul Islam, wasn't quite so proactive in his approach, and Finn mopped up his second five-wicket haul of the series as Andrew Strauss scooped a low (TV-verified) chance at first slip.

Four balls later, it was all over bar the presentations, as Razzak aimed another mow at Swann, for Eoin Morgan to steady himself at long-on and cling onto a steepling chance. Despite the elation of Tamim's century on Saturday afternoon, Bangladesh had contrived to lose 20 wickets for 213 inside two sessions. It represented a sad crash-landing at the end of a series in which they had won a lot of friends for the style and intent of their play.

Andrew Miller is UK editor of Cricinfo.

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Posted by goodmood08 on (June 10, 2010, 2:25 GMT)

Being able to play in different conditions is something the BD team needs to learn over time. They performed relatively better in their home conditions against England. By not having their main strike bowler Mashrafee (who seems to have accustomed himself in different environments quite well) may also have been somewhat of a factor for the result. But got to give credit to where it's really due. England players played brilliantly and never let up the pressure. As far as the debate over test status is concerned look no further than Zimbabway and what they are doing to the big teams. Five years from now we shall see all this noise will vanish in thin air.

Posted by Sam_k14 on (June 9, 2010, 7:22 GMT)

I have been telling for sometime that BD team should not be playing test cricket. Their more than comprehensive defeats not only proves my point it also suggests that they should not be playing ANY FORM of international cricket. Their test status should be revoked immediately. We as fans want to see decent teams playing not some substandard teams who canht bat,ball or field. I also noted one BD fan says BD lost because the sun was not shining! Well that arguement is laughable but it ranks better than BD cricket!! Why or why do we have to put up with these teams that ruin the English summer. I suggest we as fans start collecting signatures and petition the ICC to remove BD test status.

Posted by YorkshirePudding on (June 7, 2010, 21:10 GMT)

@dipkirkup, At lords Bangladesh played very well, yes they lost by 8 wickets, but that was as much down to the Field settings...The counties are not controlled by the ECB, and as they are only allowed one or two overseas players on thier books, they will always opt for players that are able to perform at that level, from what we've seen only Tamin, siddique, Kayes have that ability. However playing in Local leagues like the Lancashire or Yorkshire leagues for a season or two will give them the experience of english conditions. I also take isse that it should be solely undertaken by the ECB, and would say that the BCCI and SL Cricket Boards need to take a bigger lead in this as it was afterall them that pushed for BD to be promoted for political reasons to give them more voting power.

Posted by YorkshirePudding on (June 7, 2010, 14:11 GMT)

@Boris, there are always 2 men of the series, each one is selected by the coach and captain of the opposing team, and it normally represents the player that was considered the biggest threat by the opposition. In the case of England, rightly so Tamin was considered the biggest threat in the Bangladesh Team, 2 hundreds at almost a run a ball, and the Bangladesh coach felt that Finn was the biggest threat in the series from england, 15 wickets out of a maximum 40 is a significant haul and represents 37.5% of the wickets available, not bad for a player in only his 4th test match.

Posted by bumsonseats on (June 7, 2010, 13:04 GMT)

i have had my fill of Bangladesh supporters. they say everyone has his 15 minutes of fame. i went to the London test and they did not play badly, but in the end well beaten by 8 wickets. but some of their supporters on here thought they deserved 7/10 points and england 5/10. they were beaten by an innings and 80 runs a walloping. then to top that, all they complain about Finn getting the wait for it the english man of the series not the man of the series . each coach/backup staff pick the player of the opposition team. get your facts straight. iv no problems with them playing test cricket if fact in a few years they may get quite competitive i would suggest they invest with the ecb help. were some off their players play in county cricket for 1/2 a season. and they also dig up their own pitches and relay with wickets with a bit of grass and pace. then start to find guys who are willing to bowl at 85mph then they may start to win tests.

Posted by landl47 on (June 7, 2010, 11:58 GMT)

Better teams than Bangladesh would have struggled against Anderson in these conditions. Look, the Bangladeshis have made the sensible decision to pick a young team so they can grow together as a unit. Now is not the time to lose faith. I think they have the nucleus of a good side, with two players of real class in Tamim and Shakib. Once the others improve a little, as they will since they are all so young, Bangladesh will be putting up respectable performances. England look a useful team with good depth. Personally I'd rather see them play five bowlers, since some of the bowlers can bat. Pakistan will be a better test, although Pakistani cricket is in such turmoil at the moment that who knows how they'll play?

Posted by boris6491 on (June 7, 2010, 10:33 GMT)

Tamim cannot perform every game. Sure, he got out to a very poor shot but the likes of Junaid, Shakib, and Rahim have just been disappointing when their team really needed them throughout this entire series. I do not mention Ashraful because he is and will remain a disappointment, he shows no signs of maturing as a batsman. I really thought Bangladesh could challenge England and they have even going so far as to dominate stages of the two tests but throwing away the initiative spectacularly when they had it or just bringing out a miserable show suddenly as shown by all four innings in the two tests. I was really surprised and quite angry to be honest to see that Steven Finn had achieved the man of the series in conjunction with Tamim. Finn has done nothing to deserve a man of the series award, he may have bowled well at times but I really felt that took away from the achievements of Tamim in this series. I don't feel such accolades for decent but not great performances are deserved.

Posted by tompuffin on (June 7, 2010, 9:06 GMT)

Bangladesh really need to get their players to play more cricket against higher tier players. Maybe they could sort a deal out with the English/Indian leagues, and loan player out. Whatever the case, Bangladesh really need to make some changes if they are going to do well. Start with kicking Ashraful... He must have graduated from the Chris Martin Batting Academy with flying colours...

Posted by YorkshirePudding on (June 7, 2010, 8:25 GMT)

I didnt realise that Bangladesh cricket only had 4 bowling machines, thats disgraceful especially for a test nation and at around £2-5000 they should be well within the BCB's budget...The comment about the other nations helping Bangladesh cricket out, however its a chicken and egg situation, the counties will look at bringing in the talented players, like Tamin, but the other Bangladesh cricketers need to be prepared to play Grade/Club cricket or at the very most play in a Second/third county/state XI...The counties may be persuaded to open the Acadamies but it will not be for free, and I believe Australia has already done this with the likes of Tamin, and a couple of others, what amazes me is that India, and SL (the two nations that really pushed for Bangladseh to bbe granted test status) dont invite Bangladesh players to play in thier domestic leagues.

Posted by kryon on (June 7, 2010, 7:46 GMT)

Those saying that BD shud not play tests better watch out for Eng in the coming tours.I think Eng got matches against Pak and Aus coming up.And frankly what I saw in this series doesnt speak well for the eng team.Alister cook and Peterson looked average even against the BD attack.For BD..Drop Ash and only bring him back if he scores a double at home and gets an average of 50 each innings in the domestic tournament.Its high time to find replacement players for all in the team as backup.Shahadat also has the Ashphobia.He thinks he is a really gud fast bowler and ends up being called as average at Old Trafford.Surprisingly Shafiul with his small stature compared to Shahadat generates more pace than him.BCB shud make deals with other boards like SA,AUS,NZ and Eng so tht our Batsmen can play a few matches in their domestic longer version and their bowlers play in our Longer versions.Btw BD is nw a formidable oneday side only because teams played against thm in tests followed by onedayers.

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