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Sunday, March 14, 2010

BEXIMCO Test Series 2010
Bangladesh-England 1st Test - Day 2

All too familiar collapse

Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal (L) plays off his hips on way to making an unbeaten 81 while England star Paul Collingwood (above) salutes his teammates upon reaching his century on the second day of the first Test against England at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong yesterday.Photo: AFP

After the first day's play it was inevitable for Bangladesh that they would be put under a pile of runs on the second day of the first Test at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium. And England had no problems executing their plan on the placid track as they declared the innings on a mammoth 599 for six just forty-five minutes ahead of the tea break leaving a challenge for the Bangladesh batsmen to survive after a hard day's work under scorching heat.

The whispering after the first day's play was whether this young side have mustered any competitiveness in the longer version and after Shakib Al Hasan's poor decision to field first, the batsmen could only give the perfect answer to the critics. But alas, the same old top-order collapse was revisited in the port city courtesy of poor shot selection to give a chance to raising questions towards Paul Collingwood in the press conference: "How do you rate Bangladesh in Test cricket or was it the easiest hundred for you?"

Many were even sensing a result inside three days. Star England batsman Collingwood, who struck a stroke-filled hundred, might have been polite in his answers but the Bangladesh score was 154-5, still 246 runs behind to save the follow-on, didn't reflect anything polite for the home team.

Imrul Kayes and Zunaed Siddiqui were found wanting against short-pitched bowling of Stuart Broad to cause early collapse but the promoted Mahmudullah Riyad seemed to salvage some pride when he was batting with Tamim Iqbal, on 81.

Riyad looked solid and elegant in his batting but lost his composure as Bangladesh missed an opportunity to finish the day with some pleasure. It made no sense to play a ridiculous sweep shot with only few overs remaining on the day when all he needed was to play safely to extend their fourth wicket partnership which ended at 94 runs. Captain Shakib Al Hasan also threw away his wicket to deepen the crisis. And here lies the problem of Bangladesh batting:

"We lost some wickets through poor shot selections as the pitch was really good for batting,” admitted Riyad, who has already impressed many with his batting.

The all-rounder however was very much confident about his team's chances of a turnaround in the match from a dire situation.

“Maybe tiredness was a reason behind the collapse. I still think there is a chance for us to avoid follow-on and put up a good total on the board because Mushfiqur (Rahim) and Nayeem (Islam) is still there to bat. And most importantly Tamim batted brilliantly and I hope he can carry on tomorrow (Sunday),” he said.

In the bleak sight that is Bangladesh's batting, local boy Tamim was exceptional. The left-hander fluently reached his half-century off 53 balls but for a change, the ever-improving batsman slowed down as wickets fell in a heap at the other end.

There was a ray of hope with Tamim's batting and the focus would be on him when the game resumes today. He is in best position to salvage some pride for the Tigers.

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I'm very surprised with the Continuous Consecutive Performance by the Tiger(!) in our home ground.

: Hodol

Our boys are still far from playing like professionals.They have not yet deveveloped attitude and aptitude of playing long version competitive cricket against quality opposition. Kays and Junais could not cope with short lifting deliveries. Riad and Saquib got out to irresponsible strokes. Aftab was unlucky given out when the ball did not touch his bat or gloves. The wicket is playing easy. If Tamim and Mushfique plays positively there is no reason why Bangladesh can not try and avert follwing on.But the question is can they rally take up the challende?

: Khondkar Saleque


  • Nawaz
    Sunday, March 14, 2010 07:32 AM GMT+06:00 (309 weeks ago)

    Since BD visited WI and Shakib became the captain of BD team, we ended up praising Shakib Al-Hasan a bit too much. We all forgot that we were playing against a second choice WI team. Anyway, we praised Shakib so much that this praise now reached his head and he started to become arrogant. This is not the first time that Shakib opted to do the opposite, when he should have opted for the best option as per the cricket pitch. Is it because he thinks he is the best spinner there is and he can just change the flow of the game, just by bringing himself (thus spin) into attack from the very beginning? It may work for limited over games, but not for test cricket. He may be a good All-rounder but he has already proved that he is not a good captain. Good luck cannot carry you forever.

    Rahim has captained under-19 team successfully and hence experienced. Why not give him a chance and see how good he can be? We cannot go any lower than we already are.

    And finally please BCB members, bring back Rakibul and Mortaza ASAP.





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