Middlesex v Bangladeshis, Tour match, Lord's July 5, 2010

Jahurul and Kayes set up 141-run victory


Bangladesh 301 for 7 (Jahurul 88, Kayes 77, Evans 3-51) beat Middlesex 160 (Shah 61, Shafiul 3-31) by 141 runs

Bangladesh secured a confidence-boosting victory in their final warm-up match before the one-day series against England as they beat Middlesex by 141 runs at Lord's. The success was set up by a 143-run stand between Jahurul Islam (88) and Imrul Kayes (77) which laid the platform for an imposing 301 for 7. The home side only briefly threatened while Owais Shah was making 61.

In their opening practice match against Sussex the tourists had embarrassingly collapsed to 104 all out against a second-string attack. Middlesex also fielded a weak line-up and this time the batsmen managed to cash in to give themselves a valuable confidence boost before the first ODI, at Trent Bridge, on Thursday. The bowlers, led by Mashrafe Mortaza's tight opening spell, then produced a solid performance as the spinners made inroads.

However Jahurul, who made his Test debut against England in March, was the stand-out performer with an elegant innings and looked set for a hundred before lofting into the deep. But it was also an important performance from Kayes who had produced some turgid displays in the recent Asia Cup. Here he showed that he could find another gear as he struck three sixes in his 92-ball stay, albeit against friendly bowling.

At the start of the innings all eyes were on Tamim Iqbal to see if he could reproduce the sort of display that lit up the Test match here in May when he wrote his name into the history books as the first Bangladesh century-marker at headquarters. He started brightly with a series of clumping drives as he raced to 28 off 20 balls, but then missed a wild swing across the line at Robbie Williams.

Junaid Siddique, who had also impressed during that Test, fell three overs later when he clubbed a drive to mid-on to leave Bangladesh 50 for 2, but this time the innings didn't descend into freefall. Kayes bedded in to provide the anchor, while Jahurul produced some attractive strokeplay, especially through the off side, to keep the scoreboard moving at a healthy rate.

The bowling was unthreatening, but the pair maintained their concentration with Jahurul first to his fifty from a sprightly 42 deliveries then Kayes followed shortly afterwards from a more sedate 67 balls. Kayes departed when he tried to loft Toby Roland-Jones down the ground and skied a thick outside edge to backward point and Jahurul couldn't clear the boundary either off Tom Smith's left-arm spin.

Shakib Al Hasan, replaced for this leg of tour as captain by Mortaza, made 38 and Mushfiqur Rahim hit the ball cleanly during the batting Powerplay before picking out deep square-leg as he tried to clear the Tavern boundary.

Mortaza then made a breakthrough in his opening over when John Simpson dragged into his stumps and his new-ball partner, Shafiul Islam, picked up Jackson Thompson in the fourth over when the opener pulled to mid-on. Shah and Dawid Malan provided a platform for the chase as they added 87 in 14 overs, but not for the first time Shah was involved in a run out when he set off for a single then declined with Malan already committed.

Shah was dropped by Mushfiqur Rahim on 57 as he charged Shakib, but two balls later the left-arm spinner had his revenge as Shah missed a sweep and was lbw. Tom Scollay's first innings for Middlesex was an undistinguished affair which ended with a horrid swing to leg as the chase subsided with 10 overs to spare.

Andrew McGlashan is assistant editor of Cricinfo

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  • dummy4fb on July 11, 2010, 22:36 GMT

    I didnt read the comment before today. It seems a few cricket pundits can predict match result watching at the sky and some pundits dont know how the supporter behave. And I am very happy that BD team slapped them hard by beating England. What a game of cricket that was. Respect other if u want respect from other. Best of luck to all.

  • Ace84 on July 7, 2010, 19:10 GMT

    Iam a Pakistani and not a Bangladeshi but being Muslim I support BD as well as national team PAK Congrats to BD for the victory but they really have to improve in some sectors In Asia Cup Pak vs Ban the target was 385 there was no effort 4m the BD's Really they just have to play wid more team spirit look at Shahid Afridi's captaincy. he's doing gr8 job Best of luck to Mortaza

  • dummy4fb on July 7, 2010, 17:45 GMT

    i wish bangladesh tomorrow fight with england

  • ZsZs on July 7, 2010, 16:18 GMT

    Thats it, Bangladesh will lose the 1st match at least. Overcast skies predicted over Nottingham for game. It is just disgusting that the cricket outcome can just be so easily predicted by looking at Accuweather! Overcast or rain expected in the other two as well.

  • Showmik on July 7, 2010, 12:24 GMT

    The victory will surely be a confidence booster, given the loss we suffered from the first match....I believe this will work into the mentality of our batsmen and not repeat the mistake they did against Sussex....I am glad Ashraful is given a break and player like Dickens and Raqibul is being tried again....its a good decision fron BCB's point of view....moreover, i am waiting to see what and how Mashrafe applies his tactics in the field...."Mashrafe isnt fit yet", this mantra can be true but at the same time i feel a change is needed as Shakib need to focus more on his performance as a player....

    Overall, the team composition looks good....and i am waiting to see our tigers perform....Cheers!!!

  • shonkhochil on July 7, 2010, 2:54 GMT

    @Inala Naveej-- do you have a team to support??

  • SABD on July 7, 2010, 2:54 GMT

    It's a matter of great regret that we are making fun of a 2nd string county side. It is so obvious that Bangladesh NATIONAL team should win over them. In fact, it would hv been a disgrace had BD won this match by a margin any shorter than this. The real challenge lies ahead.

    But I'm a bit sympathetic to BD on their defeat to Sussex. They had arrived in England the day before, and were supposed to be suffering form 'jet lag'. We also hv ODIs on consecutive days agnst Ireland on 15th and 16th, despite the fact that BD players are playing non-stop cricket since the domestics in last November.This is very inhuman on part of the BCB to arrange such schedules.

  • BD_sabbir22 on July 6, 2010, 13:54 GMT

    start liking the BD top order, specially the way Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes is playing now a day. Tamim Iqbal tries to score in every single ball and Imrul kayes likes to start of slow. It is a great combination. Junaid Siddique can play according to the situations ….. which is essential to create the platform for a higher score. Good luck BD players for upcoming tournament. We all will be watching…….

  • dummy4fb on July 6, 2010, 12:46 GMT

    HAHA OMG look at these Bangladeshi supporters dissing the county team and calling for improvements from them! After a pathetic embarrassing loss to a second string county side in the first game they win the second and now they are world beaters?

    @ Silver Ashfaq: the HOME SIDE is not a second string county side called Middlesex it is actually the team called ENGLAND which recently won the T20 WC and even beat Australia in an ODI series. And Bangladesh didn't crush Middlesex as badly as they were squashed by Sussex in the opening game. Pathetic how you are reduced to crying all hail the Bangladeshis over wins against county teams now shows how desperate you have been! Of course they are a different team to Australia how can you possibly even compare the best team over the last decade with the worst???

    @ Md Midul Islam Simon Your mocking a county team over a loss to an 'international' team? Oh the sheer irony .. You should know more than anyone else which country's team needs to grow up

  • Tigg on July 6, 2010, 8:24 GMT

    Better from Banga, although really an international side should be getting 20-50 more against a second string team.

    Another encouraging performance from Tom Smith. That spinner hs talent.

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