England v Bangladesh, 3rd ODI, Edgbaston July 12, 2010

England take series with huge win

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England 347 for 6 (Strauss 154, Trott 110) beat Bangladesh 203 (Mahmudullah 42, Bopara 4-38) by 147 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Andrew Strauss and Jonathan Trott produced the highest partnership in England's one-day history, surpassing the 226 that Strauss and Andrew Flintoff recorded against West Indies at Lord's in 2004, as England crushed Bangladesh by 144 runs to atone for their historic defeat in Saturday's second ODI at Bristol, and secure a record-equalling fourth consecutive series win.

Strauss and Trott's second-wicket stand of 250 was complemented by a late onslaught from Ravi Bopara, who slammed 45 not out from 16 balls, and Bangladesh never came close to challenging a formidable target of 348. Their key man, Tamim Iqbal, skied an Ajmal Shahzad slower ball to mid-on in the third over, and Shahzad followed up by blasting Imrul Kayes from the crease with a fearsome gloved lifter. A pair of miscues and a comical run-out left Bangladesh floundering on 86 for 5 in the 19th over, whereupon Bopara put the seal on a spirited return to the side with 4 for 39 in 10 skiddy overs.

It was not an entirely flawless performance from England: the loss of six wickets for 46 between overs 41 and 47 once again raised concerns about the solidity of the middle order, with Luke Wright's directionless summer continuing as he flailed his way to a first-ball duck after being pushed up the order for a late slog. And the closing stages of the match meandered mercilessly, with Mahmudullah and Abdur Razzak adding 56 in 15.3 overs to haul the total up towards 200. But seeing as Strauss and Trott had already put the contest beyond doubt with the 11th highest one-day stand of all time, there was not a whole lot to quibble about.

England's second-wicket pairing left nothing to chance as they batted in tandem for exactly 40 overs of the innings. Strauss was the star performer with 154 from 140 balls, his fourth and highest ODI hundred but his first since the tour of the Caribbean in March 2009, while Trott put to one side the bitter memory of his last-over dismissal to Shafiul Islam at Bristol to improve on his career-best for the second match in succession. He made 110 from 121 balls before wellying the disciplined Mashrafe Mortaza to midwicket. Mortaza's final figures of 10-2-31-3 were outstanding, but he was the only Bangladeshi to keep a lid on England's aggression.

For that, the credit belonged to Strauss, who once again belied his self-appointed reputation as a "stodgy" opener, to blister along at a tempo rarely witnessed in England's one-day history. In all he struck 16 fours and five sixes, each of them deposited up and over the leg-side boundary, as he took personal responsibility for Saturday's setback to put England's one-day revival back on track.

It was a commanding performance against a Bangladesh team that was unable to raise its game for a second match in succession, but England still had to earn their right to the ascendancy. They lost the toss after a 45-minute rain delay, and were sent into bat in overcast conditions, and when Craig Kieswetter was bowled through the gate in Mortaza's first over for a second-ball duck, the prospect of further embarrassment could not be ruled out.

Strauss and Trott, however, responded to the setback with an initial volley of boundaries - including a brace of fours as Shafiul Islam strayed onto Trott's pads, and an agenda-setting six from Strauss as Mashrafe dropped short - before settling back into a holding pattern to ease the score along to 45 for 1 at the end of the 10-over Powerplay. Shafiul, whose crucial final wicket had sealed the Bristol victory, this time conceded a record 97 runs in nine overs. Strauss dismantled his line and length early on, before Bopara crushed him in a final over that cost 28.

Mashrafe did his best to keep England on a tight leash in an unchanged eight-over spell that yielded just 17 runs, but at the halfway mark of the innings, England were sitting pretty on 117 for 1, and perfectly placed to increase the tempo. Strauss nudged Shakib for a single to reach his hundred from 106 deliveries, before cutting loose with a bold array of improvisatory strokes, including a variation on Eoin Morgan's ambidextrous "paddywhack", and a bona fide right-hander's nurdle to third man (or rather, fine leg). He needed just 29 more deliveries to rush to his second score of 150 in ODIs - the other also came against Bangladesh, at Trent Bridge in 2005.

Trott maintained a more measured approach, as is his wont, picking off his runs with clips, drives and pulls as he capitalised on the absence of Kevin Pietersen and Ian Bell, and built on his double-hundred in the Lord's Test back in May with another unflappable performance. In his five home appearances since August 2009, Trott has now amassed an Ashes-winning century, a Test double-century, a maiden ODI hundred and a 94 to boot. It's food for thought for those who continue to question his bottle.

Andrew Miller is UK editor of Cricinfo

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  • ZsZs on July 16, 2010, 19:47 GMT

    To all my Bangladeshi Fans. Please do not respond to obvious contentious remarks. Show some restraint, and take the higher road. Trust me, my use of the 'higher road' will be mocked. Does not matter. Show some class. The Indian BCCI has grown too fast, and all fast rises, if not tempered with humility, leads to great falls. Let us not go down that road, let us take the higher path, be calm. Sympathise with the defeats, cherish the wins, and foremost show class in all your postings. Celebrate the sport. Thank you.

  • jashan83 on July 15, 2010, 18:30 GMT

    Bangladeshi lost to Ireland today.....LOL......ROFL....they are a disgrace to cricket, by again and again loosing to non test sides. And when they had won the second one day they were like they have won the world cup, and it's a turn around. Well it is just one of the few flukes in cricket. And some people pointed out that India is struggling in Sri Lanka. Well match ended in a draw. And whatever way India has gained ranking, Bangladesh why don't you do the same thing. Bangladesh cannot, and that too with just 2 stadiums in a country with population of 140 Million. Pakistan has at least 5 times more stadiums with same population.

  • SABD on July 14, 2010, 17:10 GMT

    @Mushtanda: Abt Bangladesh: Ok, I agree that in terms of the no. of matches played some of the BD players are 'experienced'. But for a team to perform consistently well, it needs 2-3 world class players in their 30s who hv played for the team for atleast a decade(e.g., Tendulkar, Ponting, Kallis, Vettori, Strauss, Afridi, Mahela,etc.) to guide them in pressure situations. There hv been numerous occasions where BD have lost a game from a commanding position, simply due to lack of experience(in keeping up the pressure on the opponents). Unfortunately, Bangladesh has no such players. Bangladesh have only recently found international standard in a few players like Mortaza, Shakib and Tamim who are more consistent then the rest in the team. When these 3 grow up to their 30s, they'll be able to provide that sort of a guidance to the team. Look at Morgan, he wasn't as prolific a batsman as he is now when playing for Ireland. Now as he is getting support from quality players, he has improved.

  • Mushtanda on July 14, 2010, 14:51 GMT

    Shadab again- if Indians are wnning only on home-grown flat-track wickets, how come their opponets are not doing good on those wickets?-- a flat-track after all is a flat-track for both teams, it doesn't become one when only India bats and then conjures up demons when the other team does. If India is not good at playing under overseas conditions, so are the foreign teams that lose while playing India in India.

  • Mushtanda on July 14, 2010, 14:45 GMT

    Shadab Frahanul Aslam- You call Indians as emotion-choked, but give away your own "emotion-choked" behavior by calling your players "boys in 20". Experience is not about how old you're, it's about how many games you've played. Most of BD's "boys" have at least 40-50 ODIs under their belt, and so they're not boys anymore.

  • Mushtanda on July 14, 2010, 12:58 GMT

    The only one that deserves to be banned is Bengali Tiger himself, for making ad hominem attack on Indians. Unfortunately, Cricinfo publishes these comments but censors those that speak the truth about the Bangladeshi team. The other day somebody addressed Indians on this message board with the adjective "bloody"- how can such messages pass Cricinfo's moderation while innocuous messages get censored?

  • RADB on July 14, 2010, 12:18 GMT

    It's very hard to begrudge Bangladesh their first win over England, but in a way, it highlights just how far they still have to go before they become a force in international cricket. The win was a match that England should have won at a canter. It was against an understrength, reckless, complacent England, playing well below their abilities, Bangladesh were mostly playing at their very best, and even then, they only just won.

  • on July 14, 2010, 12:01 GMT

    Indians, stop bashing Bangladesh and worry abt ur own bowling line-up. SL Pres. XI takes 200+ lead against the no. 1 in tests! This proves how u hv cheated the world by increasing ur rating by playing too many home test series' on flat batting tracks. Your team has elevated to the top without beating Aus or SA in a test series outside India! You are the biggest disgrace ever to cricket, let alone Bangladesh! India's fielding is the worst among all test playing nations, including Bangladesh!

    And is 347/7 an ODI score never made by a team before? Is Bangladesh the only team getting all out for 200 chasing such a score? How the hell do you expect these boys mostly in their early 20s to pull out two consecutive victories against an Eng side in Eng which has just beaten Aus 3-2? How can u say that Afghanistan is a better side? Do they hv players good enough to beat Eng? First carry out some sole-searching before posting such emotion-choked rubbish.

  • murray2010 on July 14, 2010, 7:59 GMT

    Wow...beating Bangaldesh 2-1 ! not exactly an improvement this summer !? I think thats its a long way down from our wonderful 20T20 World Cup performances and I would like to blame ( and hopefully pass this comment to Andy Flowers) team selection. Amongst other factors, our T20 WC win was based on the partnerships of Morgan and Luke Wright, who so obviously lifted each others performance. Since then, they had a 95 run partnership (at over 6 runs an over) in the 1st ODI against Australia - culminating in Morgan's century. In the 2nd ODI, their partnership was only 19 runs (at over 6 runs per over) and they were both out, quickly following each other - as Michael Yardy came in. In both those ODIs Wright bowled well. Then in 3rd ODI, Wright was only given one poor over, on a spinners pitch and then supplanted in the (established, winning) batting order. Fancy, splitting up the Morgan/Wright partnership for Morgan & Yardy - two left handers, with Yardy a slow-scoring (dour) older man wh

  • Domzo on July 14, 2010, 6:28 GMT

    "England played a 'do or die', other partnerships of their batting indicate that they are not unbeatable"

    Or alternatively, given that Strauss and Trott weren't separated until the innings was 80% over pretty much, the other players were just hitting out to up the scoring rate further. Bopara pulled it off, but it could just as easily have been any of the others.

  • ZsZs on July 16, 2010, 19:47 GMT

    To all my Bangladeshi Fans. Please do not respond to obvious contentious remarks. Show some restraint, and take the higher road. Trust me, my use of the 'higher road' will be mocked. Does not matter. Show some class. The Indian BCCI has grown too fast, and all fast rises, if not tempered with humility, leads to great falls. Let us not go down that road, let us take the higher path, be calm. Sympathise with the defeats, cherish the wins, and foremost show class in all your postings. Celebrate the sport. Thank you.

  • jashan83 on July 15, 2010, 18:30 GMT

    Bangladeshi lost to Ireland today.....LOL......ROFL....they are a disgrace to cricket, by again and again loosing to non test sides. And when they had won the second one day they were like they have won the world cup, and it's a turn around. Well it is just one of the few flukes in cricket. And some people pointed out that India is struggling in Sri Lanka. Well match ended in a draw. And whatever way India has gained ranking, Bangladesh why don't you do the same thing. Bangladesh cannot, and that too with just 2 stadiums in a country with population of 140 Million. Pakistan has at least 5 times more stadiums with same population.

  • SABD on July 14, 2010, 17:10 GMT

    @Mushtanda: Abt Bangladesh: Ok, I agree that in terms of the no. of matches played some of the BD players are 'experienced'. But for a team to perform consistently well, it needs 2-3 world class players in their 30s who hv played for the team for atleast a decade(e.g., Tendulkar, Ponting, Kallis, Vettori, Strauss, Afridi, Mahela,etc.) to guide them in pressure situations. There hv been numerous occasions where BD have lost a game from a commanding position, simply due to lack of experience(in keeping up the pressure on the opponents). Unfortunately, Bangladesh has no such players. Bangladesh have only recently found international standard in a few players like Mortaza, Shakib and Tamim who are more consistent then the rest in the team. When these 3 grow up to their 30s, they'll be able to provide that sort of a guidance to the team. Look at Morgan, he wasn't as prolific a batsman as he is now when playing for Ireland. Now as he is getting support from quality players, he has improved.

  • Mushtanda on July 14, 2010, 14:51 GMT

    Shadab again- if Indians are wnning only on home-grown flat-track wickets, how come their opponets are not doing good on those wickets?-- a flat-track after all is a flat-track for both teams, it doesn't become one when only India bats and then conjures up demons when the other team does. If India is not good at playing under overseas conditions, so are the foreign teams that lose while playing India in India.

  • Mushtanda on July 14, 2010, 14:45 GMT

    Shadab Frahanul Aslam- You call Indians as emotion-choked, but give away your own "emotion-choked" behavior by calling your players "boys in 20". Experience is not about how old you're, it's about how many games you've played. Most of BD's "boys" have at least 40-50 ODIs under their belt, and so they're not boys anymore.

  • Mushtanda on July 14, 2010, 12:58 GMT

    The only one that deserves to be banned is Bengali Tiger himself, for making ad hominem attack on Indians. Unfortunately, Cricinfo publishes these comments but censors those that speak the truth about the Bangladeshi team. The other day somebody addressed Indians on this message board with the adjective "bloody"- how can such messages pass Cricinfo's moderation while innocuous messages get censored?

  • RADB on July 14, 2010, 12:18 GMT

    It's very hard to begrudge Bangladesh their first win over England, but in a way, it highlights just how far they still have to go before they become a force in international cricket. The win was a match that England should have won at a canter. It was against an understrength, reckless, complacent England, playing well below their abilities, Bangladesh were mostly playing at their very best, and even then, they only just won.

  • on July 14, 2010, 12:01 GMT

    Indians, stop bashing Bangladesh and worry abt ur own bowling line-up. SL Pres. XI takes 200+ lead against the no. 1 in tests! This proves how u hv cheated the world by increasing ur rating by playing too many home test series' on flat batting tracks. Your team has elevated to the top without beating Aus or SA in a test series outside India! You are the biggest disgrace ever to cricket, let alone Bangladesh! India's fielding is the worst among all test playing nations, including Bangladesh!

    And is 347/7 an ODI score never made by a team before? Is Bangladesh the only team getting all out for 200 chasing such a score? How the hell do you expect these boys mostly in their early 20s to pull out two consecutive victories against an Eng side in Eng which has just beaten Aus 3-2? How can u say that Afghanistan is a better side? Do they hv players good enough to beat Eng? First carry out some sole-searching before posting such emotion-choked rubbish.

  • murray2010 on July 14, 2010, 7:59 GMT

    Wow...beating Bangaldesh 2-1 ! not exactly an improvement this summer !? I think thats its a long way down from our wonderful 20T20 World Cup performances and I would like to blame ( and hopefully pass this comment to Andy Flowers) team selection. Amongst other factors, our T20 WC win was based on the partnerships of Morgan and Luke Wright, who so obviously lifted each others performance. Since then, they had a 95 run partnership (at over 6 runs an over) in the 1st ODI against Australia - culminating in Morgan's century. In the 2nd ODI, their partnership was only 19 runs (at over 6 runs per over) and they were both out, quickly following each other - as Michael Yardy came in. In both those ODIs Wright bowled well. Then in 3rd ODI, Wright was only given one poor over, on a spinners pitch and then supplanted in the (established, winning) batting order. Fancy, splitting up the Morgan/Wright partnership for Morgan & Yardy - two left handers, with Yardy a slow-scoring (dour) older man wh

  • Domzo on July 14, 2010, 6:28 GMT

    "England played a 'do or die', other partnerships of their batting indicate that they are not unbeatable"

    Or alternatively, given that Strauss and Trott weren't separated until the innings was 80% over pretty much, the other players were just hitting out to up the scoring rate further. Bopara pulled it off, but it could just as easily have been any of the others.

  • on July 14, 2010, 5:30 GMT

    @Bengali-Tiger007 How do you know all Indians are anti-Bangladesh? do you know every single Indian supporter and their personel cricketing view on this matter? I'm not Indian by the way, but English born and bred. I find your comments lacking wisdom with a hint of anti social undertones. You would like Indians to be banned from Cricinfo? And what was that comment you made about India only being better than BD by a "margin". Are you serious? If you were comparing BD with Zimb or NZ I may agree but not India. There is a gulf between them in every format of the game especially test cricket where it matters.

  • ZsZs on July 14, 2010, 1:46 GMT

    Why don't the Indians go watch their own team against SL. Bashing others never makes yourself look good.

  • Bengali-Tiger007 on July 13, 2010, 17:32 GMT

    @all other Indian fans, Yes we lost this last ODI disgracefully and allowing Eng to get a score to 347 in 50 overs was a criminal offence. But If you haven't noticed, all Indians are anti Bangladeshis, they cannot stand the slightests of improvements made by BD. Not even that, Indians are hating Srilanka because they are the best team in the sub-continent. Get over it, your not World Champs. Pak and the Srilankans will always be better than India. You guys are only better than BD by a margin, not some Gulf! Even if ICC bans BD Tests, we still have Srilanka to support who I think will win their second WC in 2011. India is still a great country, I've been to goa a few times and Indians in India are very nice friendly people, its just a shame that Cric info can't find a way of blocking Indian cricket animals from using this site!!!! (Also BCB should fine players that has no intention to play for wins). Enough Said......!

  • gmaurup on July 13, 2010, 17:22 GMT

    @Graham Thomas: thank you for your nice words. Hope senses prevail among we Bangladeshi supporters :)

  • pavels on July 13, 2010, 14:47 GMT

    BCB is doing their job only by hiring some high profile coach for the national team. And they are highlighting these steps as their success, leaving the domestic cricket stucture in poor condition. But unfortunately success of the cricket team will never be consistent without a strong domestic cricket structure. Let us pray that the BCB understands the truth soon enough.

  • indianzen on July 13, 2010, 14:26 GMT

    new tactics are needed, newer spinners are needed... you cant carry on with the same old bowlers again and again. Drop ashraful, mashrafi, bring in more youngsters or else, this will continue...

  • on July 13, 2010, 12:13 GMT

    Very contrasting views from the Bangladeshi supporters we are seeing here now. Compare this please to their last comments where they described their team with words like "WORLDCLASS", "THE BEST" and "PROOVING THEY ARE A FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH" These words should not even be on the same paragraph when seriously describing them. I'm sorry dont mean to be harsh but I find Bangladeshi supporters arrogant when they clearly don't have anything to be arrogant about...apart from the odd win after about 30 matches lost.

  • on July 13, 2010, 12:05 GMT

    Are we really need more experience to be consistent? most of the crickets already played more then 50 one day internationals. Mashrafe Ashrafull more than 100 odis. Still bd supporter you are telling that we need experience. i am betting if Ashrafull played 1000 matches he still couldn't improve.

    Bangladesh cricket is going two step backwards instead of going one step up. Where is cricket academy.....where is our young stars...where is genuine talent like Sakib and Tamim who have passion and courage to play for beloved country.

  • rsmehdihasan on July 13, 2010, 11:49 GMT

    Same old story.now how long as a Bd supporter i have to wait to see another win? . one or two year.. another 20+ defeats. Dear Bangladesh cricket board can you give the answer of my some questions? why our national cricket league structure is not improving?. why we can't make good sporting pitches? why we can not produce a world class spinner like Mohammad Rafique? Why we still do not have a full fetched cricket academy which is the most important for a test playing nation whether everyone already have more cricket academies? last of all why Ashrafull is getting chance again and again whether lots of young starts still waiting for a place?

    most of Bd supporters tell that we are an inexperience side but for your kind information most of the Bangladeshi players has already played more than 60-70 ODIS matches. Ashrafull and Masrafi already played more than 100 ODIS. if you can''t perform now you never could.

  • rsmehdihasan on July 13, 2010, 11:46 GMT

    Same old story.now how long as a Bd supporter i have to wait to see another win? . one or two year.. another 20+ defeats. Dear Bangladesh cricket board can you give the answer of my some questions? why our national cricket league structure is not improving?. why we can't make good sporting pitches? why we can not produce a world class spinner like Mohammad Rafique? Why we still do not have a full fetched cricket academy which is the most important for a test playing nation whether everyone already have more cricket academies? last of all why Ashrafull is getting chance again and again whether lots of young starts still waiting for a place?

    Honorable president of BCB can you answer my above questions? most of Bd supporters tells that we are an inexperience side but for your kind information most of the Bangladeshi players has already played more than 60-70 matches ODIS. Ashrafull and Masrafi already played more than 100 ODIS. if you can''t perform now you never be performed.

  • ra_tokyo on July 13, 2010, 11:15 GMT

    What's wrong with most people here? Bangladesh won their first match against England in the last match and they have the right to celebrate. Now, the series result is 2-1 in the 3 match series, it does not seem too bad, is it? At least, they tried (and failed) to win the 3rd match. It would be worse to play for 250-270 rather than trying to win and fall early, that showed positive approach. Bowling didn't click and that made the difference. To the fans of other sub-continental teams : we face the same psychological problems and may lose to Australia / South Africa (and now, England) in quite humiliating ways. Please don't behave like you are at the top of the world. The last time, any subcontinental team won the world cup was 14 years before. Peace!

  • rhubarb_crumble on July 13, 2010, 10:33 GMT

    That was disappointing from BD. They're an improving side and a half decent in this format. I have to say though one win and all the BD fans were going crazy. They're know where near that good yet, but there one win was needed. I would really love to see BD be a good test side in the future. As for England, too many asians on this site talk them down I think they anti-England, maybe its a colonial things or something but that is in the past for us. I think we should be given credit we're easily the best ODI and T20 side in the world right now and also a strong Test team. Somehow I don't think that credit will come. Like a post I saw on here once too many people are only concerned with their views on asian cricket and that is a shame.x

  • syed.hassan on July 13, 2010, 10:22 GMT

    To tarek_bangladesh: sorry i never meant to be racist ..... its just that they get over the moon with one win .....its actually disgusting the way they lost the next match .... did u see the shakib run out ?

  • on July 13, 2010, 9:25 GMT

    And they are back. next victory in 2011 (for bangladesh). being a bangladeshi myself i say they must not play cricket at all. all they do is only humiliate themselves and the country. ICC please intervene.

  • Raiyan10 on July 13, 2010, 8:04 GMT

    @Sameerkh007 Bangladesh are going to vs Ireland, Scotland and Netherlands soon so if Bangladesh play well they will get another ODI victory as early as 7 days.

  • on July 13, 2010, 7:14 GMT

    A true Gentleman of cricket would show compassion , even commiserations for the losing side . Be constructive , not destructive with your comments . Everyone needs help along the way , in all facets of life's journey . The winners do not consider the opposition team as an ENEMY , like in War. If it was to be as such , then the losers would just drop out until there was no Opposition . Who would the Winners play then ? Against themselves ? Until it dwindled down to 2 men standing ! Keep the Game alive , be kind with your comments , and don't take it as so personal . It is still only a Game.

  • ostad on July 13, 2010, 6:47 GMT

    England played a 'do or die', other partnerships of their batting indicate that they are not unbeatable..B.desh made their best effort....but Tamim, Ashraful and Shakib disappointed them...less RR with more wickets in hand is better than more RR with less Wickets in hand...that unplayed 5 overs belonged to those three players..., please be responsible and calculative... if you could make 270 runs it would be for us like winning the match.

  • mayurbaruah on July 13, 2010, 6:00 GMT

    Shafiul Islam should have watched the Essex vs Somerset match the day before the 3rd ODI where Ravi Bopara hit the final 3 balls of the 20th over for three consecutive sixes !!!

  • on July 13, 2010, 5:58 GMT

    This is wrong. Besides Mortaza, Shakib is also a genuine international bowler. It maybe said that Shakib is out of form now. But that is the case of all. It has happened with Yuvraj, and may others so one cannot be in the pinacle of their form at all times. However to permit England go beyond 280 is not excusable.

  • ZsZs on July 13, 2010, 5:35 GMT

    Syed Hassan, I guess you only watch cricket and oblivious to the WC2010, no not the twenty20, the WC. So bash the WC if you want to bash K'Naan's song. I guess you can be an ostrich and watch cricket all day. Get a life...

  • bobmartin on July 13, 2010, 5:34 GMT

    If there was one thing this match proved it was that having a pinch hitter opening the batting in ODIs is not absolutely necessary. Given the the bowling wasn't particularly penetrating, and that Kieswetter departed very early on in the piece, conventional openers proceeded to lay the foundation for someone like Bopara to come in at the tail of the innings and create havoc. So maybe... just maybe, it's time to rethink the pinch hitter theory and look for attacking, but less prone to early failure, openers. It also seems like the batting power play needs to be addressed. An interesting point was raised by Michael Holding yesterday... that Jimmy Anderson has been at the wicket in more batting power plays than any other England batsman. Now surely, you want proper batsmen at the crease then, not tail enders. And lastly, if the last 10 overs of yesterdays game had been a test match, the batters would have been surrounded by fielders.. So why did Strauss let the game just meander.

  • crashbang on July 13, 2010, 5:24 GMT

    when Tamim Iqbal, decides that he might try and build an innings and bat through an innings i might consider calling him a batsmen, at the moment he plays for himself not the team, and he is just a thrasher of the ball at the moment, not picking the right ball to hit, thinks he can score boundary,s of every ball, needs pulling into line, let him know that he plays for a team not himself, and really if you have trouble playing Bopara and Trott, not much future in the game for some of these Bangladesh players, and Siddon,s use by date is up to.He has to go.

  • crashbang on July 13, 2010, 4:38 GMT

    Get rid of Bangladesh, and bring in Afghanistan, they would be better than this rubbish we saw yesterday, with Bopara and TROtt bowling, well if Bangladesh nave trouble with them bowling what hope have they got, and yes England are not playing well, it is playing a second rate bowling attack, like Australia too, they do not look that good either, it tells you that Tndia and South Africa are top 2, but tell me how many series have England lost,lately, ???Good question, and that includes beating Australia in all forms of the game...

  • Mushtanda on July 13, 2010, 4:03 GMT

    @aalhasankh : rightly said. and it's not just the banladeshi fans but also Cricinfo that starts heaping inordinate amount of praise over this extremely ordinary side that manages to win only once every decade. just read andrew miller's other article...

  • tareks_bangladesh on July 13, 2010, 4:00 GMT

    @ syed.hassan Dear Syed the words u have used here....if u understand manifest ur racist attitude, if u understand my point....learn something from the past and try to honor the spirit of sport otherwise people like u will destroy this sport.....and I wonder how this words get permission to get uploaded....."when i get older i will be stronger ..... stupid ass bengalis ... good for nothing cry babys of cricket .... cricketing disgrace this nation ... utter nonsence ... wake up ICC"

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on July 13, 2010, 3:25 GMT

    Come on guys, especially syed.hassan, give Bang a break (although some of the animosity was brought on by a few Bang bloggers in previous comments). I still think Bang got something out of this series, so too did Eng. I was hoping they would do better but an Eng comeback was always expected. For Bang to win, they Bang would have had to play much better given that it was highly unlikely Eng would play as bad. @demon_bowler...Shakib and Rafique (to a lesser extent) are actually BETTER than Mortaza, therefore you would have to say 3. Really hoping to see how IRE go against them, they breezed through their Associates tourney with ease, YET AGAIN, despite not having Ranking, Nail O'Brian and a few other regulars.

  • landl47 on July 13, 2010, 2:56 GMT

    England paid the price for complacency on Saturday, but showed today that they could raise their game when they needed to. Trott seems to be getting better and more organized all the time; it's going to be hard to keep him out of the side. Strauss is proving not only to be a good captain, but one who can lead by example, as witness the Ashes in 2009 when he was the leading scorer on either side. Still, a good effort in the three games by Bangladesh and congratulations for finally beating England after 10 unsuccessful years.

  • JB77 on July 13, 2010, 2:28 GMT

    A lot being said about the batting, but what of England's bowling? In keeping with the Ashes-centric theme of Cricinfo (I won't keep with the unashamedly pro-England theme though) who will lead the attack come November? 'Leader if the attack' Anderson couldn't hold his place in the team against Bangladesh and England have largely relied on bit-players to do the damage against Bangladesh. And Cricinfo's been telling me that Aus are struggling....

  • steelo_esq on July 13, 2010, 1:57 GMT

    wow a surprising lack of banter from the sub-continent supporters. anyhoo congrats to england for beating such a thoroughly experienced side. i imagine canada must be their next target to make themselves feel good

  • simon_w on July 13, 2010, 1:49 GMT

    Top stuff from England :) The defeat in the last game was disappointing, but it's (now) happened to everyone, and if you respond like this, I don't think there can be too many complaints.

  • syed.hassan on July 13, 2010, 0:41 GMT

    when i get older i will be stronger ..... stupid ass bengalis ... good for nothing cry babys of cricket .... cricketing disgrace this nation ... utter nonsence ... wake up ICC

  • demon_bowler on July 13, 2010, 0:38 GMT

    Only consolation for Bangladesh is Mortaza's return to form. He is the only genuinely world class bowler the Tigers have produced.

  • D.S.A on July 12, 2010, 23:50 GMT

    Great performances by Strauss, Trott, Bopara and Shahzad. Anderson and Shahzad sounds like a dominating new-ball pair to me! Today also proved Bopara is better than Wright. It wasn't selfless for Wright to try and hit a six off the first ball, it was stupid. Bopara timed it perfectly, much like against Somerset the day before this game, and ended the game with a strike-rate just under 300.

  • on July 12, 2010, 21:49 GMT

    You sort of expected England to bounce back in such fashion.

  • on July 12, 2010, 21:48 GMT

    Not meaning to be too fastidious...but I'm pretty sure one of Strauss' sixes was a jaunt down the pitch and in-to-out drive over the covers for 6? Not all "deposited up and over the leg-side boundary" after all? :)

  • maddy20 on July 12, 2010, 21:37 GMT

    Things are back to normal again! They were a little off-track in that match. Now that Bangladesh is back to losing ways we can be sure that they are back to normal!

  • SettingSun on July 12, 2010, 21:24 GMT

    Something needs to be done about Bangladesh and these non-efforts in ODIs. This is twice in the space of a few weeks that they have just given up and tried to just bat through the overs without even attempting to win. It's an absolute disgrace - what kind of coach is Jamie Siddons to endorse this approach? You know, in tennis they have started fining players who do not show enough effort to try and win. Maybe it's time the ICC implemented a similar policy.

  • TheSmudge on July 12, 2010, 21:13 GMT

    I'm not too worried about the loss of wickets. All the lower order batsmen who scored more than 1 had 100+ strike rates. They had wickets in hand and came in swinging and maintained the scoring rate after the two centurians got out.

  • Trickstar on July 12, 2010, 20:53 GMT

    Great from Strauss & Trott and some great hitting from Bopara and decent with the ball from him as well. Shahzad bowled well before he suffered that injury,he's quicker than many thought always above 90 mph with lots of venom and aggression .He should def keep opening from now on in ODi's and I'm looking forward to the Pakistan Tests to see how he goes there.

  • on July 12, 2010, 20:37 GMT

    All of a sudden, the Tigers are pussy cats again. Its over 10 years that Bangladesh has been playing ODI and their celebration after one good game is quite evident about how a victories have managed to stay away from them. Its pretty sad to see that the best replacement that they could find for a few injuries in the middle order is Mohammed Ashraful, a man who was dropped for quite truly a pathetic performance in the last few years. This just shows how poor the bench strength of this Bangladesh side is. One swallow doesn't make a summer. True cricket lovers or followers for that matter cannot just wait to see when ICC would actually act upon teams like these. The best example would be Zimbabwe who fought back and are knocking on the doors of ICC to rightfully claim their test status back. A break did wonders to them and quite honestly Bangladesh Cricket needs a long break as well. With all due respect to Tamim who has been a consistent performer for Bangladesh in the short span......

  • on July 12, 2010, 20:33 GMT

    The win for Bangladesh in the previous match was a fluke all along due to England's complacency and over confidence!

  • on July 12, 2010, 20:11 GMT

    What crap bowling and what crap batting.

  • on July 12, 2010, 20:05 GMT

    as a bangladesh supporter i can tell Bangladesh didn't fight but it was England who played the bestiest innings so far. Inshallah Bangladesh will win again some day...

  • 2.14istherunrate on July 12, 2010, 20:04 GMT

    That was a bit better. I feel that B'desh's victory served a purpose in allowing one to think that we were playing against opposition rather than stealing candy from a baby. This response was fitting indeed especially the Strauss, Trott partnership. I can't help thinking that there are journalists who need muzzling- the one's I refer to are those who doubted Strauss' value in ODI's. I have little doubt that these ersatz writer's/jokesmiths/garbage peddlers are the ones who peddle most of the rubbish in the press and are looking for another back to plunge the knife into. Perhaps journos should undergo psychiatric assessment yearly to find out how in touch with reality they are. These are doubtless the same bunch of cretinous losers who espouse the view that T20 is the way forward at the expense of all else, and whose opinion the ECB bother to listen to. I hope the ECB will let more distinguished voices call their bidding in future.

  • Bang_La on July 12, 2010, 19:56 GMT

    I am more concerned with England middle-order and they should fix the problem before the Ashes.

  • ZsZs on July 12, 2010, 19:54 GMT

    Wow, Great performance from England. Poor Bowling from BD.

  • aalhasankh on July 12, 2010, 19:15 GMT

    Hopefully,the Bangladesh win in the second ODI was not a fluke and not due to non-cricketing reasons.All those, including the Prime Minister of Bangladesh,who had rushed in with unbalanced comments, praises and congratulations,should now send in their condolences.Wonder when the Bangladeshis will grow up , learn to take both wins and losses in their proper perspectives and not behave as if a win once in a blue moon by their incompetent bunch of cricketers was a turning point in the history of mankind.

  • on July 12, 2010, 18:53 GMT

    So Bangladesh you have prooved me correct that your victory in the 2nd ODI against England was nothing more than a fluke. As I mentioned before they need to work much harder if they are going to be even slightly threatening to major opposition. Their fans will now also come off their high horses. Ashraful and Tamin are NOT Lara, Hussey or Tendulkar. Bangladesh would be easily beaten by most of England's division one county sides.

  • on July 12, 2010, 18:36 GMT

    congratulations england and particularly strauss and trott on a thumping win. for some unknown reasons all the bangladesh bowlers(barring mashrafee of course) bowled horrendously.anyway,now the tougher(!) part of the tour for bangladesh begins!because whereas nobody expected bangladesh to win against england;nobody would accept bangladesh losing against ireland,scotland and netherland.so, gear up bangladesh,forget this match. keep in mind you have just beaten england in their own soil!

  • Sameerkh007 on July 12, 2010, 18:18 GMT

    Jamie Siddons the Bangladesh coach has been bought down to earth. Now the question is when will Bangladesh win the next one day international, in a year, or 18 months or 2 years?. Because they seem to have this once in a blue moon win. Its like for Bangladesh to win they have to put 110% effort and also hope that opposition are at 50%, if the opponents play badly and Bangladesh play well only then there is a victory in sight.

    All that improvement of this great Bangladesh cricket team and blah blah blah and Indian team bashing here, will now disappear.

  • dr.jha on July 12, 2010, 17:20 GMT

    expected.. a fitting response by england...

  • on July 12, 2010, 15:45 GMT

    Marvellous batting from Strauss and Trott. Bopara did well too on his return.

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  • on July 12, 2010, 15:45 GMT

    Marvellous batting from Strauss and Trott. Bopara did well too on his return.

  • dr.jha on July 12, 2010, 17:20 GMT

    expected.. a fitting response by england...

  • Sameerkh007 on July 12, 2010, 18:18 GMT

    Jamie Siddons the Bangladesh coach has been bought down to earth. Now the question is when will Bangladesh win the next one day international, in a year, or 18 months or 2 years?. Because they seem to have this once in a blue moon win. Its like for Bangladesh to win they have to put 110% effort and also hope that opposition are at 50%, if the opponents play badly and Bangladesh play well only then there is a victory in sight.

    All that improvement of this great Bangladesh cricket team and blah blah blah and Indian team bashing here, will now disappear.

  • on July 12, 2010, 18:36 GMT

    congratulations england and particularly strauss and trott on a thumping win. for some unknown reasons all the bangladesh bowlers(barring mashrafee of course) bowled horrendously.anyway,now the tougher(!) part of the tour for bangladesh begins!because whereas nobody expected bangladesh to win against england;nobody would accept bangladesh losing against ireland,scotland and netherland.so, gear up bangladesh,forget this match. keep in mind you have just beaten england in their own soil!

  • on July 12, 2010, 18:53 GMT

    So Bangladesh you have prooved me correct that your victory in the 2nd ODI against England was nothing more than a fluke. As I mentioned before they need to work much harder if they are going to be even slightly threatening to major opposition. Their fans will now also come off their high horses. Ashraful and Tamin are NOT Lara, Hussey or Tendulkar. Bangladesh would be easily beaten by most of England's division one county sides.

  • aalhasankh on July 12, 2010, 19:15 GMT

    Hopefully,the Bangladesh win in the second ODI was not a fluke and not due to non-cricketing reasons.All those, including the Prime Minister of Bangladesh,who had rushed in with unbalanced comments, praises and congratulations,should now send in their condolences.Wonder when the Bangladeshis will grow up , learn to take both wins and losses in their proper perspectives and not behave as if a win once in a blue moon by their incompetent bunch of cricketers was a turning point in the history of mankind.

  • ZsZs on July 12, 2010, 19:54 GMT

    Wow, Great performance from England. Poor Bowling from BD.

  • Bang_La on July 12, 2010, 19:56 GMT

    I am more concerned with England middle-order and they should fix the problem before the Ashes.

  • 2.14istherunrate on July 12, 2010, 20:04 GMT

    That was a bit better. I feel that B'desh's victory served a purpose in allowing one to think that we were playing against opposition rather than stealing candy from a baby. This response was fitting indeed especially the Strauss, Trott partnership. I can't help thinking that there are journalists who need muzzling- the one's I refer to are those who doubted Strauss' value in ODI's. I have little doubt that these ersatz writer's/jokesmiths/garbage peddlers are the ones who peddle most of the rubbish in the press and are looking for another back to plunge the knife into. Perhaps journos should undergo psychiatric assessment yearly to find out how in touch with reality they are. These are doubtless the same bunch of cretinous losers who espouse the view that T20 is the way forward at the expense of all else, and whose opinion the ECB bother to listen to. I hope the ECB will let more distinguished voices call their bidding in future.

  • on July 12, 2010, 20:05 GMT

    as a bangladesh supporter i can tell Bangladesh didn't fight but it was England who played the bestiest innings so far. Inshallah Bangladesh will win again some day...