Bangladesh v England, 2nd Test, Dhaka, 1st day March 20, 2010

England work hard to restrict Bangladesh


Bangladesh 330 for 8 (Tamim 85, Mahmudullah 59, Swann 3-94) v England
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

It was another case of what might have been for Bangladesh as they mixed talent with frustrating naivety to stutter to 330 for 8 on the opening day in Dhaka after their innings had been launched by a blistering 85 from 71 balls from Tamim Iqbal. Mahmudullah contributed a silky half-century and captain Shakib Al Hasan returned to form with 49, but England chipped away after opting to play five bowlers.

In oppressive heat and on a track remorselessly lifeless for the quick bowlers the visitors toiled hard. They were punished whenever they strayed by a Bangladesh side bristling with positive intent but unable to buckle down and build something more substantial. The tone was set by Tamim's sizzling assault in the morning session.

He celebrated his 21st birthday by launching into England's new-ball bowlers, dispatching Tim Bresnan for 23 from three overs and pinning Alastair Cook on the defensive almost immediately. He was dropped twice, a tough chance on 7 by Paul Collingwood at second slip and a much simpler offering to Cook at mid on 35 from a leading edge, and they cost England.

Having climbed to No. 2 in the world following his Man-of-the-Match outing in Chittagong, Graeme Swann's introduction was supposed to halt the run glut but Tamim was in no mood to let up. Identifying Swann as the pivotal threat in England's attack Tamim picked off two boundaries from his first over before unfurling four more in successive deliveries a couple of overs later, the last of which was handsomely deposited over mid on as he bought up a half century from just 34 balls.

Having sauntered to 80 with almost an hour remaining before lunch it appeared Tamim was on his way to becoming only the fifth player in Test history to make a century before lunch on the first day. The fireworks had left Cook desperately seeking some stability and it came from his second spinner, James Tredwell, who was making his Test debut at the expense of Michael Carberry.

Despite lacking the effervescence that makes Swann such a force, Tredwell has a game honed through a decade in the English shires, and he proved accurate enough to induce a poorly-executed sweep from Tamim which, in a flurry of bat and gloves, looped up to Matt Prior although the ball came off the forearm. Tamim looked disgusted to have been given out he had every right to feel aggrieved.

Having prized an opening Swann then burst through with a two wickets, trapping the debutant Jahurul Islam in front for a sixth-ball duck before removing Junaid Siddique, a century-maker in his last innings, in similar fashion after lunch. With England on the brink of taking control Shakib joined Mahmudullah for an enterprising 59-run stand.

Mahmudullah was unhurried and untroubled, working the ball around nicely and feathering boundaries during a half-century reminiscent of VVS Laxman. He reached his 50 with a languid cover drive off Swann and looked set to go on, but drove lazily to point against the first ball of a new spell by Steven Finn. It was Finn's only joy on a tough day. He was on the wrong end of Tamim's attack during the morning session and failed to find the consistency and bite, albeit on a very placid track, that he produced at Chittagong.

Meanwhile, Shakib chose to swipe his way out of poor form. Having been dismissed twice by Swann in the first Test, Shakib took the attack to his nemesis, slog-sweeping and cutting well, without quite giving an air of permanence. He reached 49 before missing an attempted heave across the line to give Tredwell his second wicket of the day. Once again Bangladesh needed a period of rebuilding.

Mushfiqur Rahim had picked up where he left off in Chittagong, displaying technique and temperament during a calm knock that threatened to edge the day for Bangladesh before he fell to a snarling delivery from Bresnan to the second new ball. On a day where nothing even offered to move off the seam Bresnan got one to climb and jag away from Rahim. With the shadows lengthening Abdur Razzak attempted an ambitious slog to leg to become Swann's third lbw victim of the day and epitomised the regular lapses of concentration that continue to haunt Bangladesh's progress.

Throughout the day Cook's captaincy was more robotic than insightful, chasing the ball and quickly reverting to defensive fields as England flagged in the late-afternoon heat. Yet on a pitch that looks like it could deteriorate come the latter stages, their eight wickets ensured the edge after a fluctuating day.

Sahil Dutta is assistant editor of Cricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on March 21, 2010, 6:01 GMT

    I dont understand why ill motivited people are soughting over HOT CONDITIONS!.Are BD players batting under AC controled environment? I dont think so , possibly those cricket intellectualsr fear their earliar coments against BD! Any way, we never mind the coldest condition in UK or any where else- Because we believe it is a game,not politics and our players are always ready for the game!

  • Dummy4 on March 21, 2010, 5:16 GMT

    Bd played really well, isnot it?

  • siliconv on March 21, 2010, 0:11 GMT

    Get the HOT SPOT REPLAY technology to eliminate bad umpiring. Australia recently used this technology in test matches and ODI. See the article

  • siliconv on March 21, 2010, 0:08 GMT

    Hot Spot Replay Technology:

    To substantially decrease the questionable umpiring decisions, Bangladesh Cricket Administration and Nimbus Sports should consider getting the "HOT SPOT REPLAY Technology" and associated Referral System AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. I watched this technology in action during the broadcast of Australia-Pakistan test matches recently --- it is great - excellent method to get to the truth and eliminate questionable umpiring decisions.

    SHAKIB - Please do not play cross-bat to Graeme Swann's bowling. You have lost your wicket doing so a couple of times recently. Do not understand why you have to play cheeky (actually SILLY) shots like reverse sweep, and get out. As a Captain and a top order batsman, you have a big responsibility -- think of big scores, 100 - 150, and stay at the crease for 50 to 75 overs Ponting, Clarke, Sangakkara, M. Jayawardene, Alstair Cook, Dhoni. Learn from Mushfiqur Rahim.

  • Mahmood on March 20, 2010, 23:50 GMT

    Those umpires may want to watch out for their back before they make any more mistakes like they did so far. Fans of BD team may not be that forgiving. Things happen in a hurry over there. High emotional outbursts is a very common attribute and it may spill over in the wrong places.

  • mujahid on March 20, 2010, 23:10 GMT

    Do the umpires have some rating system like the cricketers. Each wrong decision should devaluate their rating and like Ebay star rating the umpires should have ratings with their name. Umpires should be categorized and ranked based on their ratings. Referral system should be available more frequently where the cricketers should be allowed to request the umpire for a referral to the third umpire. We wall want to see fair game. If umpires are given freedom like this against the weaker teams, cricket will never get popularity in the world.

  • Rezaul on March 20, 2010, 20:37 GMT

    ICC: International Creep Council never cares about the continuous suffering of Bangladesh from ugly umpiring. They are always happy to go with new lack of confidence umpires in Bangladesh matches. These umpires always takes the safer side of stronger team against Bangladesh. Bangladesh always plays against 13 players in the field. We all know Bangladesh is a new team and weaker that other established teams. But whenever they try to march on umpires come to the party to halt their progress. Look at Tamim's innings, he was going so gorgeously and Rod Tucker nailed him OUT. I dont understand if you are not sure then why dont you take help from third umpire who has technology to guide you. Actually these people are sick and should never stand in test matches. They make test matches a joke by their stupid fingers. Thats where I like Darrel Hair, Harper, Sheperd, Buckner, Venkatarghaban, Peter Willy.

  • Dre on March 20, 2010, 19:38 GMT

    @Rhododendron. I agree with re-shuffling the order and pushing Rahim up to maybe 4 but I don't agree with swapping. The truth is Bang first class system is not good enough to produce TEST READY players. They have to LEARN ON THE JOB. They must be persisted with for a min of 20 games or so. Continuity is the key. When you look at 2 other struggling teams like NZ and W.I., you will notice that players like Ross Taylor, Martin Guptill and even Vettori for NZ or Fidel Edwards and Chris Gayle for W.I. have improved steadily after a number of avg. or 1/2 decent matches because their 1st class structure is also weak. Playing in their current Club structure may not have brought a fast enough improvement.

  • salman on March 20, 2010, 19:31 GMT

    thats how 'UMPIRES' play against the 'minnows'.really a sad end to a brilliant innings of tamim.Hats Off to him.

  • Javed on March 20, 2010, 19:22 GMT

    Bangladesh needs another opener like Tamim Iqbal. Also, some one in number 4 position. Junaid is getting better in number 3. If they all can perform at the same day, they can fight against any test playing country.

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