England vs Bangladesh
England Win By An Innings And 80 Runs
Bangladesh add to their first-innings collapse with another this time around. Losing all 10 wickets in less than a session takes some doing, but all credit to England's pace bowlers, who put together a quite thorough performance.
Over 34.1 Swann W
123-10 - Wicket! Bangladesh's ultimate demise takes its ultimate blow, as one big hit too many from Razzak holes out to Morgan, who takes a great catch in the mid-on area.
Over 34 Finn 0-0-W-0-4-0
123-9 - Finn fetches his five-fer in a questionable manner. Wicket! Islam feathers a straightforward edge to first slip, where Strauss claims a catch which he may well have taken on the bounce. Television replay upon televsion replay reveal that there was some doubt but the third umpire hit the red-light button regardless. Anyway, last man in is Shahadat, who gets off the mark with a fat swat for four.
Over 33 Swann 0-2-0-1-0-0
119-8 - Islam tries to replicate his partner's big-hitting ways but can't find the fence and makes do with a couple of hacked miscues through the on-side. Razzak, meanwhile, is still throwing the kitchen sink at every ball faced. It seems just a matter of minutes before Swann will have him hole out on the ropes.
Over 32 Finn 0-1-0-1-0-0
116-8 - Razzak has no interest whatsoever in taking on the fast bowler. Neither does Shafiul, as both waddle their way through the single on offer.
Over 31 Swann 0-4-0-4-6-3
114-8 - Tiny consolation for the pending losers, who herald the arrival of their collective century as Razzak slaps Swann down the ground for a couple of fours. The belated big-hitting continues as the four close-in fielders are left to twiddle their thumbs as Razzak goes hard, high and huge over long-on for the first - and probably last - six of the day.
Over 30 Finn 4-4-0-0-0-W
97-8 - Expecting the short ball - and rightly so - Mahmudullah rocks onto the back foot to swat four and then four again through midwicket with strokes more typical of Twenty20 cricket and void of any Test-match-esque class. Wicket! And, as fate would have it, Finn has the last laugh, forcing the top edge off the umpteenth bouncer of the over. Prior does the rest and now England are just two wickets away from series glory. Shafiul in now.
Over 29 Swann 0-0-1-0-0-1
89-7 - Four men close to the bat again, with Swann adamant that he is going to get rid of the left-handed Razzak sooner rather than later. That all goes out the window though, as the tail-ender steals a single to mid-on, who is far too deep for my liking. As is cover sweeper, who affords Mahmudullah a single in his successful bid to farm the strike his way.
Over 28 Finn 0-0-0-2-4-0
87-7 - Finn beats Mahmudullah, who is left hanging on the back of a bouncer. But no short-leg fielder in place so the bobbled ball goes unsnappled. The right-hander then bites back with some wonderful timing on the but, beating a diving backward point for four. Not too many full deliveries in that over. Finn's ploy short ball-laden very clear.
Over 27 Swann 0-0-0-2-3-0
81-7 - Mahmudullah pokes a couple through cover and then three across third man, leaving Rassak to contend with as many as four men - short-leg, solitary slip, silly mid-off and short gully - around the bat. He manages it successfully, employing the straightest of bats on the forward-defence.
Over 26 Finn W-0-0-0-0-0
76-7 - Right on cue, Shahzad gets a breather and Finn returns with instant success. Wicket! It's a rank loosener, to be honest, which somehow manages to snipe Rahim, who simply clips a leg-side half-volley to midwicket. Substitute fielder Karl Brown (no relation to Gary Pratt) takes a simple catch and the new man in is Razzak.
Over 25 Swann 1-0-0-0-1-0
76-6 - Rahim and sidekick take in a single each as this partnership continues to prove to the frustration of England, who need an inspired bowling change. Shahzad has quickly tired and Swann is certainly not finding as much fizz as he did on Saturday.
Over 24 Shahzad 0-4-0-1-4-0
74-6 - Rahim decides that there is no use in scratching around the crease over after over, instead opting - with gusto - through the off-side this over. The first a classic cut and the second somewhat more of an upper-cut, both of which fetch him four and ruin Shahzad's figures.
Over 23 Swann 0-0-0-0-1-4b
65-6 - Not for the first time today, Prior lets through four byes. These can hardly be deemed his fault, as a big, attempted slog-sweep from Rahim is missed and scoots past the wicketkeeper, who kicks the turf in a bit of frustration.
Over 22 Shahzad 0-0-0-0-0-0
60-6 - Shahzad rollicks in, sending down an absolute cracker to Rahim, who breathes a sigh of relief as the ball screams past his helmet. Good thing England opted for Ajmal ahead of Sidebottom, whose pace is nothing more than pedestrian these days.
Over 21 Swann 1-0-0-1-2-0
60-6 - Rahim gets a bit of treatment to his crocked finger from the team physiotherapist and then takes in a string of sighters as spin enters the fray for the first time today. Not a tremendous amount of purchase off the surface for Swann, yet. He does some additional bounce though, which Mahmudullah manages to steer past the solitary slip.
Over 20 Shahzad 0-1-0-1-0-0
56-6 - The ball cuts back in to Rahim but he deals with adequately before pushing for a single. Shahzad goes short, holding the ball across the seam, and Mahmudullah can help but hook the ball just short of fine leg. It's a single but the batsman was not in control of the stroke to be honest. England have put another man back on the square leg fence for the hook. Another ball has jagged back and caught Rahim painfully on the finder. We now have two keepers on the park with finger troubles.
Over 19 Anderson 0-0-0-0-4-0
54-6 - Yet again Anderson beats the outside edge, this time of Mahmudullah. He's into his tenth straight over and has as many as four slips and a gully queing up for chance. Anderson gets a delivery to cut back sharply off the seam to Mahmudullah who awkwardly shies away from the ball and somehow gets it down to fine leg for four. The Village People have been spotted in the ground as the players take a brief drinks break.
Over 18 Shahzad 0-1-0-0-0-4
50-6 - The Bangladeshi pair scamper through for the single. Shahzad is keeping it full and making the batsmen play with a hint of movement but overpitches to Rahim who eases the ball elegantly down the ground for four.
Over 17 Anderson 1-0-4b-0-0-0
45-6 - Anderson is into his ninth and Mahmudullah finds another single off the first ball. Anderson is not looking as sharp as previous overs and perhaps deserves a rest. Matt Prior again is not looking comfortable as he is beaten by a big in-ducker from Anderson and it's four more byes. The wicketkeeper quite clearly is taking on some serious finger pain.
Over 16 Shahzad 0-0-0-1-0-0
40-6- Bangladesh certainly don't need a run out now but the pressure of no runs nearly has Mahmudullah thinking about a suicidal run. Morgan is fielding at point and he's pulled off a good stop to prevent a single. Mahmudullah is able to punch one a bit straighter and tick over the scoreboard while Rahim digs out a full delivery from Sahzad who was looking for a yorker to finish.
Over 15 Anderson 0-0-0-0-0-0
39-6 - Beautiful shape again from Anderson away from the right handed Rahim. The lowest total at Old Trafford is 58 by India but that is under threat today with runs seeminglt very hard to come by for the Tigers and wickets running out. Rahim leaves a couple and then fends one off to gully on the bounce to end a maiden over.
Over 14 Shahzad 1-0-W-0-0-0
39-6 - Wicket! The skipper is gone! Great piece of bowling from Shahzad who nips one back to Shakib and takes out off stump. It's come back enough to get through the gate. He's bowling with an impressive upright seam and keeping it straight to keep the batsmen in constant danger. A decent bouncer to finish the over.
Over 13 Anderson 0-W-0-0-1-0
38-5 - Wicket! Andrew Strauss is off the field for a brief break and he's missed his chance at first slip! Jonathan Trott has snaffled up the catch to get rid of Ashraful thanks to a Jimmy Anderson outswinger, what a peach. That's as much emotion as you'll every see from Trott, he loved it. Ashraful could have left it, but still, a great delivery.
Over 12 Shahzad 0-0-0-0-0-0
37-4 - The debutant who did damage in the first innings is given a go now for England. He was the man to dismiss Ashraful yesterday. He's angling the ball across the left handed Shakib with the standard three slips and a gully. It's a maiden over but Shahzad is not looking as threatening as the opening pair of bowlers. Let's give him time to warm up though.
Over 11 Anderson 0-0-0-1-0-4b
37-4 - Anderson starts down the leg side but then gets his line right with an inswinger against Shakib who defends, and then picks of the next ball for a single into the leg side. Ashraful is tempted to have a nibble at Anderson and then practices his leave repeatedly between deliveries. More frustration for Prior meanwhile as Anderson goes wide and the umpire awards four byes. Not much Prior could have done about that one.
Over 10 Finn 0-2-4-0-4-0
32-4 - Oohs and Aahs from the crowd after Prior palms one down the leg side. It's clearly come off Ashraful's thigh pad though. The nuggety little right hander is looking confident and far more secure in these conditions than the rest of the batsmen so far this morning. He punches two off the middle of the bat and then hets elegantly through extra cover for four. Ashraful is less comfortabgle against the next full delivery which hits the batsman on the pad and he is fortunate to be given not out by umpire Bowden. Immediately he rubs salt into the wounds with four more, clipping one through square leg off his toes. To make matters worse for Finn he hits the deck at the end of his delivery stride. Incredible how ofter Finn falls over when he's at the crease.
Over 9 Anderson 0-0-1-0-0-0
22-4 - The skipper and the former skipper now have a huge task on their hands. Ashraful is confidently on the front foot and pushing into the covers for one to rotate the strike. Shakib has three slips and a gully to contend with, and Anderson's vicious outswing. Another ball scoots through low to Prior who takes a blow on the body. He's not having a happy time out there is the wicketkeeper.
Over 8 Finn 3-0-0-0-0-W
21-4 - With two new men at the crease the Tigers are extremely vulnerable. Ashraful is off the mark with three to midwicket with Jonathan Trott having a little fumble to give an extra run away. In these conditions the bowlers have to get the batsmen to play at as much as possible. Finn's a bit guilty of bowling slightly wide and not getting the batting pair to play enough. Wicket! Finn's responded perfectly to my overly-critical comments by getting Jahurul to fend unattractively away from his body and edge through to Prior. That was like slip catching practice. The Tigers are in all sorts of trouble now.
Over 7 Anderson 0-0-0-4-W-0
18-3 - Wicket! Once again, the dismissal had been coming. Siddique had been battling with the swing of Anderson not knowing whether it was coming in, or moving away. He leaves an inswinger which catches him on the pad but the lbw shout is turned away. Then, in control of the shot Siddique fends the ball down to vacant third man for a bonus boundary. But there is no control his next stroke as Anderson gets an away swinger to finally catch the edge and Siddique is caught in the slips by Kevin Pietersen. Some magical swing bowling by Anderson.
Over 6 Finn 4-0-4-0-0-W
14-2 - Kayes is again not all too happy against the short ball from Finn. Kayes hooks for four but he doesn't look comfortable which will encourage the bowler and the fielders. Finn then goes full and Kayes takes the opportunity to get on the front peg and crash a stroke to the off side fence. The bowler replies with his fastest ball of the morning so far getting the delivery to rise sharply and catch Kayes spinning away from the bouncer, but the ball flies to safety off his bat. Wicket! Surprise surprise, Finn goes short again and Kayes just cannot resist having another hook and is caught by Shahzad down on the fence square of fine leg! That was an especially predictable dismissal, Finn gets his man.
Over 5 Anderson 0-0-0-0-0-0
6-1 - There's a band of slip fielders just waiting for Jimmy Anderson to find the outside of the bat from Siddique and he's produced consistant away swing against the left hander again. Well watched by the batsman and it's another maiden over.
Over 4 Finn 0-0-0-0-0-0
6-1 - Finn has three slips a gully and Eoin Morgan at a kind of fly-slip. He standing in-field from conventional thrid man ready for any chance that might come from the short ball. Finn has started with a full approach and a little too wide, not tempting a stroke from Kayes on a couple of deliveries. The final ball of the over trickles through rather low to Matt Prior, indicating that the bounce is inconsistent in parts. Prior is not happy, he's just taken pain killers and is having to field balls off the ground.
Over 3 Anderson 0-0-0-0-0-0
6-1 - Anderson is producing swing and bounce and Siddique has no chance trying to get bat on ball. Fantastic bowling. Three away swingers just back of a length, two of which fly dangerously past Siddique's outside egde, and then a fuller inswinger. The left handed batsman survives and then is fortunate not to edge at the next two vicious outswingers.
Over 2 Finn 0-1-1b-0-0-0
6-1 - Steven Finn makes a perfect start. Kayes has been bounced out by Finn before so he was expecting it there again, but Finn puts in a full one which beats Kayes pushing forward. Finn's beaten the left handed batsman again on the front foot, and found the edge this time, but the chance is just out of reach of Matt Prior. It would have been some catch if he'd taken it. Prior's not looking totally comfortable, the physio came on between overs to have a chat to him and now he's let one go straight through his gloves for a bye! Back to normal service as Kayes negotiates the rest of the over.
Over 1 Anderson 2-W-2-0-0-0
4-1 - Jimmy Anderson produces a corker to snare Tamim! Huge blow to the Tigers hopes. It was going to take a beauty to get him out and second ball Anderson, bowling around the wicket, has caught Tamim fending off the back foot and found the edge through to Prior. Siddique is the new man in, and he's capable of doing a good job. He'll have to, and gets off the mark with a couple.
Parry's Jerusalem rings out as the players walk out onto the park. Finally it's time to go!
Follow-on: obvious, or not?
If England are using this series as preparation for the Ashes, then maybe enforcing the follow-on is not the way to go. Fair enough the conditions mean that bowling is ideal, but that could end the Test comfortably within four days. If Strauss and his boys had another bat then the team would get more of a run and better preparation for the end of year series downunder. Just a thought.
Official News is that England have enforced the follow-on and play will start at 1.15pm local time! What does Tamim Iqbal have up his sleeve or will the swing of Shahzad in favourable conditions just be too much for the Tigers to handle?
England warming up
Andrew Strauss' men are out in the middle having a run around and Matt Prior has his keeping gloves on, a tell-tale sign that England will enforce the follow-on. Not rocket science with the overcast conditions at Old Trafford. We'll bring you the official news as soon as there is any.
Some official news through is that there will be an inspection by the umpires at 12.45.
A couple of developments at Old Trafford, the covers are slowly but surely being rolled back, it's har to know how seriously we should take that. And whilst that is happening it has been decided that an early lunch will be taken, starting at 12.15 local time.
Rain Delayed start
The covers started coming off, and then were immeditely put back on, a first tast of what we have in store for the rest of the day perhaps. Best we stay positive though.
News on the rain
Not the best news but we'll keep you informed and be holding thumbs that we can get some cricket as soon as possible.
News on the rain
Unfortunately there is also rain predicted on and off throughout the day and the local lads are saying that it'll only get worse after 1pm
News on the rain
News is that it has been raining all night in Manchester, it's gloomy at the moment and there is still a bit of rain in the air. The covers are very much still on and will take about an hour to get off, and that can only happen once the rain has stopped.
Welcome to Day three at Old Trafford
Good morning everyone and welcome to Old Trafford. Unfortunately we have some bad news as the covers are on and there's a bit of rain about! Disappointing after such a quality day of Test cricket yesterday. We will keep you updated as soon as we know more.
- 4th - 6th Jun 2010
- Emirates Old Trafford
- B F Bowden and E A R de Silva
bangladesh BATTING CARD
|Iqbal||c Prior b Anderson||2|
|Kayes||c Shahzad b Finn||9|
|Siddique||c Pietersen b Anderson||6|
|Ashraful||c Trott b Anderson||14|
|Jahurul||c Prior b Finn||0|
|Al Hasan||b Shahzad||1|
|Rahim||c Sub b Finn||13|
|Mahmuddal||c Prior b Finn||38|
|Razzak||c Morgan b Swann||19|
|Islam||c Strauss b Finn||4|
|Total||All out, 34.1 Overs||123|