Trescothick and Strauss take England into the lead
After a one-sided first day England have a firm grip on this match. First Bangladesh were shot out for 108, then England's openers sailed past that inadequate total without being separated. The lead had swelled to 80 by the close, for the loss of Andrew Strauss for 69.
Strauss had put an indifferent start to the season firmly behind him, and it was a surprise when he missed one from Mashrafe Mortaza that pitched on leg and straightened. He and Marcus Trescothick had posted their fifth century stand in 13 Tests together, with their eventual 148 the lowest of those five.
Strauss had earlier brought up England's 50 in the course of pummelling Shahadat Hossain for four successive fours, one of them all-run, and hit nine in all. He did have a lucky escape when he edged Mohammad Rafique's third ball low to Habibul Bashar at slip, but a fairly simple catch went down, along with one or two Bangladeshi heads.
Trescothick was no slouch, either. He crunched Shahadat's first delivery in Tests - a no-ball - to the cover boundary to set the tone, and his own half-century included nine fours. Two of them came in an Anwar Hossain over that cost 13 - the 22nd of the innings - to take England into the lead, and by stumps he was within sight of his 11th Test century..
The wicket of Strauss spurred Mortaza into an impressive spell, during which he troubled both Trescothick and Michael Vaughan with some unexpected bounce. Vaughan also survived a return catch to the unfortunate Rafique when he had made only 8, but he broke out by creaming Anwar through the covers for a couple of classy fours - and without being entirely convincing he battled through with wicket intact, and spirits high.
Javed Omar started with an aerial cover-drive off Matthew Hoggard, then eased him over mid-off for another boundary. But throughout their modest Test career Bangladesh have been prone to losing wickets in clumps - and after the first wayward hour a clump was always on the cards. As the clouds gathered Nafees Iqbal fenced Steve Harmison to Trescothick at first slip, and immediately Bashar, Bangladesh's captain, was gone too, top-edging an attempted pull off Hoggard straight upwards.
The advent of Andrew Flintoff - another tall man who bangs it in - heralded more wickets. Aftab Ahmed had collected a breezy 20 when he flashed hard to second slip, where Strauss parried the ball but clung on to the rebound. And after Omar's studied innings came to an end when he edged a well-pitched-up ball from Simon Jones straight to Trescothick, Flintoff accounted for Mohammad Ashraful, who lost sight of a straight yorker and allowed it to thud into his pads.
It was left to Mushfiqur Rahim, at 16 years 267 days the youngest player ever to appear in a Test at Lord's, to show off the composure that has marked his tour so far. He and the experienced Khaled Mashud survived until lunch (85 for 5), but the wheels fell off shortly afterwards, as five wickets tumbled in half an hour.
Mushfiqur did what every golfer craves, beating his age, but after 56 balls of resistance for a composed 19 he misjudged a pearler from Hoggard that nipped away and knocked back his off stump. That was 98 for 9, and although Bangladesh limped into three figures (bringing them up with a scrambled bye) the end was not long delayed. Shahadat edged through to Geraint Jones - Hoggard's fourth wicket - and the innings was done and dusted for 108. Bangladesh did at least pass one minor milestone: they beat Zimbabwe's debut total at Lord's, in 2000, when they were shot out for 83, with Ed Giddins taking 5 for 15.
Sadly, those pre-match predictions that Bangladesh would be hopelessly outclassed were quickly fulfilled. This series promises to be a morale-booster for England before the Ashes, but little more than that. It's Test cricket, Jim, but not as we know it.
Nafees Iqbal c Trescothick b Harmison 8 (31 for 1)
Edged short one, looped to first slip
Habibul Bashar c G Jones b Hoggard 3 (34 for 2)
Top-edged pull vertically, keeper latched on to swirling catch
Aftab Ahmed c Strauss b Flintoff 20 (65 for 3)
Flashing drive high to second slip, who parried it upwards and grabbed the rebound
Javed Omar c Trescothick b S Jones 20 (65 for 4)
Edged well-pitched-up ball straight to first slip
Mohammad Ashraful lbw b Flintoff 6 (71 for 5)
Lost sight of straight yorker and played no shot
Khaled Mashud lbw b Hoggard 6 (89 for 6)
Padded up to one lifting past off stump, but given out
Mohammad Rafique run out (Vaughan/Hoggard) 1 (93 for 7)
Sent back, bat in air when bowler paddled mid-off's throw onto stumps
Mashrafe Mortaza b Harmison 0 (98 for 8)
Played down wrong line, off stump removed
Mushfiqur Rahim b Hoggard 19 (98 for 9)
Missed one that nipped away off seam and clipped off stump
Shahadat Hossain c G Jones b Hoggard 4 (108 all out)
Edged short one through to keeper
Andrew Strauss lbw b Mortaza 69 (148 for 1)
Missed one that pitched on leg stump and straightened
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