Category Archive: Bangladesh Cricket

Bangladesh Cricket News

Jan 16

Mushfiqur head injury overshadows New Zealand Test defeat of Bangladesh

• Player at centre of dramatic scenes after being hit on back of helmet
• Wicket-keeper returned to the ground after receiving treatment

Kane Williamson’s excellent 104 not out led New Zealand to an unlikely seven-wicket victory over Bangladesh in the first Test. But the result was slightly overshadowed by Mushfiqur Rahim being taken to hospital after being hit on the helmet by a bouncer.

Mushfiqur took his eye off a shorter delivery from Tim Southee and was struck on the back of his helmet, requiring an ambulance to come onto the Basin Reserve pitch and take the Tigers captain away to a nearby hospital.

Related: Bangladesh open for business and ready to take on world after England win

Continue reading…

Permanent link to this article:

Jan 08

New Zealand blast to T20 win over Bangladesh to seal series whitewash

  • New Zealand 194-4; Bangladesh 167-6
  • Black Caps win match by 27 runs and series 3-0

New Zealand completed a Twenty20 whitewash of Bangladesh with a 27-run win in the third and final international in Mount Maunganui.

The win was set up by a Corey Anderson’s 41-ball innings of 94 which helped New Zealand reach 194-4, and was underlined by a disciplined bowling effort headed by Ish Sodhi’s 2-22 off four overs.

Related: Kevin Pietersen’s quickfire 73 helps Stars to Melbourne derby win over Renegades

Continue reading…

Permanent link to this article:

Dec 20

Bangladesh in New Zealand 2016-17

Results and scorecards from Bangladesh’s tour of New Zealand, featuring two Tests, three ODIs and three Twenty20 internationals.

Permanent link to this article:

Dec 04

Breaking boundaries: Bangladesh’s women cricketers

Gifted cricketers Chumki Akter and Ismat Ara were born in poverty in Bangladesh. Now they are playing the game at the highest level. Mark Seacombe hears how a British charity is offering young women the future of their dreams

At the age of 10, Ismat Ara was facing a wretched future. Like millions of girls born into acute poverty and deprivation in rural Bangladesh, she was destined for marriage in childhood, perhaps as young as 12, an abrupt end to her education and a life of drudgery. Or something worse.

Five years later, she is standing proudly, but nervously, on the turf of the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in the capital, Dhaka, resplendent in her blue and yellow strip, waiting to be introduced to Jos Buttler, captain of England’s one-day international cricket team. “I look forward to seeing you on television,” he tells her. A rising star, Ismat is now destined to play for the national women’s cricket team. “That is my dream,” she says, in her self-effacing, quiet way.

I feel the power when I have a bat or a ball in my hands

We wanted it to be a sport where the Muslim girls could dress modestly. It had to be cricket

As well as playing for her country Jesy is blazing a trail for women on TV as the first female pundit

Continue reading…

Permanent link to this article:

Oct 31

England in a spin as they contemplate India after Bangladesh struggles

England’s drawn series offers selectors more questions than answers regarding their best XI before the challenge of five Tests in India

There is a lot of time for thinking and for netting but none for playing before England start their Test series against India in Rajkot on 9 November.

England’s management team has learned a fair amount from the two Tests in Bangladesh, which provided a gripping spectacle way beyond our expectation, but this does not include the identity of the 11 players that constitute their best team on the subcontinent.

Related: Trevor Bayliss: do not write off England in India despite Bangladesh loss and drawn series

Continue reading…

Permanent link to this article:

Oct 31

Bangladesh open for business and ready to take on world after England win

The visit of Alastair Cook’s team has saved Bangladesh from isolation and the captain Mushfiqur Rahim believes they will soon be beating all the big sides

As Bangladesh toast their greatest win it is worth just for a moment pondering two things: first, how far they have come since England, the vanquished, last toured these parts in 2010 and then what might have happened had they not come this time.

“They’ve obviously taken big strides,” Alastair Cook said, with a healthy dose of understatement. In 2010 the fact that Cook was captaining England said a bit about the opposition. Andrew Strauss was resting up and England still won both Tests, batting big on flat tracks, with ease – by 181 runs and nine wickets.

Related: England omnishambles signals Ballance’s exit and need for Cook to rethink

Related: Bangladesh claim historic Test win over England as collapse ensures tied series

Continue reading…

Permanent link to this article:

Oct 30

Inexperience cost England – Cook

England captain Alastair Cook blames inexperience for England’s batting collapse in their 108-run defeat by Bangladesh.

Permanent link to this article:

Oct 30

Bangladesh win after England collapse

England collapse after tea on day three of the second Test as they lose to Bangladesh for the first time in a Test match.

Permanent link to this article:

Oct 29

England are still in a muddle over their batting and bowling hierarchies | Vithushan Ehantharajah and Dan Lucas

The No8s are outperforming the top-order, Zafar Ansari is not a better batsman than Chris Woakes and Steven Finn continues to disappoint

If there is something that characterises this England side, it is the bowling pin nature of their batting contributions: little up top, a lot lower down. The numbers show as much: this year, England’s sixth-wicket average is their highest (over 80), with the seventh, averaging over 50, their next best. Not for the first time, they were bailed out again by weighty contributions down the order, as Chris Woakes and Adil Rashid put on 99 for the ninth wicket – the highest English partnership for that wicket in Asia. Instead of a tail, England had Zafar Ansari at number eight – who has opened the batting for Surrey – followed by Woakes (nine first-class hundreds) and Rashid (10). As cricket writer Dave Tickner pointed out, given the value of having a strong batsman at number eight, “it must surely count as cheating of some sort for England to have three of them”. While their army of eights haven’t quite sorted the spin department, it has given England the level of insurance with the bat that no other Test side can match. VE

Related: Ben Stokes and Zafar Ansari help England hang on against Bangladesh

Related: Bangladesh v England: second Test, day two – as it happened

Continue reading…

Permanent link to this article:

Oct 29

Ben Stokes and Zafar Ansari help England hang on against Bangladesh

• Bangladesh finish second innings 152-3 to lead by 128 runs
• Chris Woakes and Adil Rashid rescued 99 runs for England

Chris Woakes and Adil Rashid atoned for another England top-order shortfall before Bangladesh’s batsmen hit back on another fluctuating day of this Test series.

After lurching to 69 for five and 144 for eight in response to Bangladesh’s 220 all out, the tourists relied on a magnificent 99-run ninth-wicket stand between Woakes and Rashid to snatch a slender 24-run advantage at the halfway point of the second Test.

Related: England are still in a muddle over their batting and bowling hierarchies

Related: England hang on with late strike but Bangladesh build lead

Related: Tamim Iqbal tucks in and gives spinners and Alastair Cook food for thought

Continue reading…

Permanent link to this article:

Oct 29

Bangladesh v England: second Test, day two – as it happened

An unbeaten 59 from Imrul Kayes took Bangladesh to 152 for three and a 128-run lead against England, who were buoyed by the wicket of Mahmadullah with the final ball of the day

12.03pm BST

You know I still make Bangladesh favourites. They’ve got a decent lead very quickly and, despite Mahmadullah’s brain-fade, batting to come that has plenty of potential runs in it.

I’m off to

do more work,
but do join me again at about 3am GMT tomorrow morning for what promises to be a cracker of a fourth day. Cheers for reading and apologies for any tweets and emails I couldn’t use. Bye!

Related: Ben Stokes and Zafar Ansari help England hang on against Bangladesh

12.01pm BST

31st over: Bangladesh 152-3 (Imrul 59) Alastair Cook is told he can’t bowl Finn in this light, so Zafar returns. I guess this will be the penultimate over, although the way he’s taking his time could well make it the last. Imrul comes forward to the second ball and looks to defend, but is nutmegged outside leg-stump by the low bounce. There’s a sense of panic when he turns back and heads towards his crease, but he’s fine. Cook brings in the men from long-on and long-off to catching positions and the pressure tells! The very last ball of the day brings the wicket England wanted and they’ll be buoyed going into tomorrow. Bangladesh lead by 128 with seven wickets in hand.

11.59am BST

Utterly idiotic from Mahmadullah. He goes for the huge slog-sweep and ruins all his hard work by missing a straight one. Down go the stumps on the last ball of the day.

11.53am BST

30th over: Bangladesh 150-2 (Mahmadullah 46, Imrul 58) On Sky, Mike Atherton is talking about playing with his dog, which makes me want to be mates with Mike Atherton all the more.

Mahmadullah is playing a fine innings himself here, scurrying and busy, and moving to 46 from 54 balls with a clip to midwicket for a well-run two and a push to mid-on for one. The 150 comes up and we can start thinking about what kind of total Bangladesh will want to defend. Another 120 runs and it’d be a corker of a fourth innings.

11.49am BST

29th over: Bangladesh 147-2 (Mahmadullah 43, Imrul 58) Another overthrow after a pointless shy at the stumps by, I think, Ballance. It looks like he’s been exiled to the deep for that one. A googly out the rough takes Imrul by surprise and takes the shoulder of the bat, but there’s no catcher in place. Twice the batsman sweeps and the second time it works, beating the sweeper Duckett and skidding away for Imrul’s eighth boundary.

11.45am BST

28th over: Bangladesh 138-2 (Mahmadullah 40, Imrul 52) Into the last over then, which Moeen will bowl. Imrul misses a big sweep and is very careful to keep his back foot planted in the crease with Bairstow lurking ominously behind. Moeen needs to take a wicket to prevent this from being Bangladesh’s day, despite that 99-run ninth-wicket stand for England.

Er… it looks like we’re carrying on. Of course we’ve had the minimum overs for the day. It’s looking dark out there too.

11.41am BST

27th over: Bangladesh 135-2 (Mahmadullah 38, Imrul 51) John Starbuck writes: “Dan,TMS are reminding us that, as the clocks go back tonight, their official start time will be 03:45 GMT, so why bother going to bed? Those crazy, irresponsible TMS guys, eh?” I’m opening up the OBO tomorrow, so I’ve just spent Rashid’s over swearing loudly while Barry Glendenning and Gregg Bakowski laugh at me.

Imrul moves to a fine 50 with a reverse sweep that goes fine and fine down to third man. This has been an excellent innings from the man whom some thought of as a jumped-up ODI player before this series.

11.37am BST

26th over: Bangladesh 127-2 (Mahmadullah 36, Imrul 46) Woakes is off, Moeen is on with just three overs left. Bairstow, who is getting increasingly irritating behind the stumps, screams his head off for lbw against Imrul, who dug a full ball out with his bat about a foot away from his boot. Cook, unlike Mushfiqur this morning, is not impressed enough to call for a review. There’s a better shout a couple of balls later when Mahmadullah is hit on the pad from round the wicket, but Moeen turns away without appealing himself.

11.32am BST

25th over: Bangladesh 124-2 (Mahmadullah 33, Imrul 45) Another call for a catch from behind the stumps, but Rashid’s leg-break just looped up off the pad with daylight between bat and ball. Two singles from the over drop the run-rate below five, which is a victory of sorts for England. The lead is 100.

11.29am BST

24th over: Bangladesh 122-2 (Mahmadullah 32, Imrul 44) Two more boundaries: Woakes strays on to the ankles, Mahmadullah steps back and across and whips it fine for four to bring up the 50 partnership from 61 balls. Fine stuff that from the hosts, whose run rate is – incredibly – still around five an over. Root, incidentally, is off the field with an upset stomach. Then four balls later Woakes puts a half-volley in the slot and Imrul reaches into the coaching manual and pulls out the cover drive.

Oi, @DanLucas86, England needs a wicket! What are you planning to do about that? Howzat?!#BANvENG

11.22am BST

23rd over: Bangladesh 113-2 (Mahmadullah 27, Imrul 40) Nice shot from Mahmadullah, going back in his crease and punching against the spin to mid-on for just one. You kinda feel he deserved more. Imrul then brings out the reverse sweep and Zafar comes round to save a couple with a good slide. The Bangladesh batsmen play that shot well, getting across and right on top of the ball to smother the spin. A leading edge along the ground and through gully, off the googly, brings two more then a clip off the pads lands a foot or so short of Buttler at midwicket. “You are kidding me?” says a grumpy Rashid and his mood won’t be helped by Imrul thwacking the final ball on the pull, through midwicket for four.

11.19am BST

22nd over: Bangladesh 104-2 (Mahmadullah 26, Imrul 32) Belatedly, Chris Woakes is introduced to the attack and Mahmadullah’s single takes Bangladesh to 100 with minimal fanfare. Imrul reaches for a full, wide one and Bairstow appeals for a catch behind, but I’m not convinced he even believes that one himself given his grin. He cashes in with a glorious pull shot, from a waist-high short ball and crashed through midwicket with a lovely woody sound for four.

Simon McMahon updates us: “Arrived in Glasgow. Apparently ‘Joe and Casper’ are here too. Yeah, me neither. They’re YouTubers apparently. But at least Mrs McMahon kept me up to date with the cricket on the way through, asking at one point ‘so, do both teams get a go at batting and bowling every day?’ It’s been that kind of Test, hasn’t it?”

11.13am BST

21st over: Bangladesh 99-2 (Mahmadullah 25, Imrul 28) Change of bowling as Zafar, who looked increasingly confident, takes a break and is replaced by Adil Rashid. The leggie played a fine innings with the bat earlier and he turns one square out of the rough, albeit well outside leg-stump and almost worth calling a wide. Once again Imrul top-edges an attempted slog-sweep and again it lands safe, this time around backward square. They take two.

11.09am BST

20th over: Bangladesh 96-2 (Mahmadullah 24, Imrul 26) I’d haul Stokes off now, given he looks knackered and could well be England’s most effective bowler when the ball gets properly old. The covers are being readied, while on the field a pair of singles push Bangladesh’s lead to 72. The final ball induces an inside edge that thuds into pads when it could so easily have been stumps. Such are the fine margins etc.

11.03am BST

19th over: Bangladesh 94-2 (Mahmadullah 23, Imrul 25) It’s raining, so not sure how much longer this will last – I’d be surprised if we get the 10 remaining over in. Imrul lives dangerously, top edging a booming slog-sweep but the ball falls wide of Moeen at midwicket. It would have been hard for him to watch that one in the air. Although there’s little excusing the fielding sloppiness that allows a couple of overthrows a few balls later.

10.59am BST

18th over: Bangladesh 90-2 (Mahmadullah 20, Imrul 24) Stokes continues after drinks and it looks like the clouds have given way a bit – it’s certainly brighter there. Imrul drives and it comes off the thick outside edge, going through point and slightly in the air rather than booming through cover as he intended. The ball before that, Stokes got a bouncer all wrong and it was called a wide on height. The final ball is on the opener’s pads and whipped hard, square, aerially and safe for two.

“King of the wicketkeeper chat was surely Paul ‘Mad as a badger’ Nixon,” says Phil Russell. “His most celebrated comments have had plenty of airings previously, but my favourite remains the one where he innocently asks the batsman “Do you hold you breath when you play your shots?” Which as a subtle way of getting into a batsman head is so much better than the usual ‘come on lads, this lot are a bunch of [redacteds]’ nonsense that seems to proliforate these days.”

10.54am BST

Here’s some actual journalism I did.

Related: London Welsh still hopeful of financial saviour amid uncertainty over future

10.53am BST

It’s drinks.

10.52am BST

17th over: Bangladesh 85-2 (Mahmadullah 19, Imrul 21) Despite those two wickets, Mahmadullah reckons attack is still the way to go against Zafar and he waits for the full ball on middle, then clumps it nicely back over the bowler’s head for the 14th boundary of the innings. Imrul hasn’t scored a run since the 12th over.

Apparently Zafar Ansari also plays the piano. Any excuse for this.

10.47am BST

16th over: Bangladesh 81-2 (Mahmadullah 15, Imrul 21) There are ostensibly 12 overs left today after this one but it is very dark now and rain is forecast for around about now. A maiden.

10.44am BST

15th over: Bangladesh 81-2 (Mahmadullah 15, Imrul 21) Zafar continues and is looking better with every over. That wicket might have given Bangladesh second thoughts about trying to dismissively swat him from the attack. A lovely drifting ball turns and beats Mahmadullah, who eventually gets four with a very lovely sweep from outside off from the last ball. Good bowling and good batting in that over.

@DanLucas86 Zafar Ansari becomes the first person ever to deliver 40,000 words on civil rights and take a Test wicket in the same year

10.41am BST

14th over: Bangladesh 75-2 (Mahmadullah 9, Imrul 21) The new new man Mahmadullah (not a typo) is off the mark in style after Stokes takes a wicket with the first ball. A swivel-pull dismisses a short ball to fine-leg for four, then a lovely crisp cover drive doubles it. The clouds are coming over.

“Hi Dan.” Hi, Derek Walmsley. “I’m not really feeling Bairstow’s lyrical flow behind the stumps – bit blood and thunder for my liking. I wonder if you had any favourite wicket keeper cheerleaders? Matt Prior was a bit more bright and up tempo, and I remember the odd engagingly hysterical laugh from Gilchrist.”

10.36am BST

And there’s a dent in Mominul’s Test average. A good line, just back of a length from Stokes and he can’t resist a little prod. Cook goes to his left and clings on.

10.34am BST

13th over: Bangladesh 66-1 (Mominul 1, Imrul 21) Zafar Ansari’s first Test wicket quietens the crowd and brings the 5’3” Mominul Haque to the crease. He’s a fine player, with a Test average of 53 and three hundreds, including ones against New Zealand and Sri Lanka. I’d imagine Bangladesh will slow things down and just look to accumulate now…

10.32am BST

Shows what I know. Tamim plays a rare tentative shot and pays the price: prodding forward it goes from inside edge, to pad, to Cook at leg-slip.

10.29am BST

12th over: Bangladesh 65-0 (Tamim 40, Imrul 21) The batsmen are, understandably, watchful against Stokes. His third ball is short, wide rubbish angled across Imrul but he’s not tempted. He does pull hard at a straighter bouncer but doesn’t get hold of it, the ball tumbling to midwicket for just a single. With his final ball he knocks the stumps with his bowling hand, a no-ball, and looks to have hurt it a bit; indeed at the end of the over he runs off.

Andy Potts responds to the 10th over: “The way Bangladesh are scoring the ball will be roughed up in no time. Finn has never really shined as a bowler for England. What’s happened to Stuart Broad?”

Now, now. No Finn-bashing, @DanLucas86. #FinnsForFinn
(I hope this tweet produces a wicket as promptly as one did this morning.)#BANvENG

10.24am BST

Perhaps a bit earlier than he might have liked, Cook tosses the ball to Stokes. Tamim Iqbal has the strike. This could be fun.

10.23am BST

11th over: Bangladesh 61-0 (Tamim 38, Imrul 20) Another reverse sweep, another boundary to Tamim through the region formerly known as point. Zafir, to his credit, asks for a field change and gets it. Nonetheless, I’m about to curl up in a shivering ball thinking about what Virat Kohli and co are going to do to this attack. Four seamers for India, anyone?

10.20am BST

10th over: Bangladesh 56-0 (Tamim 33, Imrul 20) The boundaries are flowing and Bangladesh are scoring at an ODI rate. Imrul drops his hands and edges wide of the slips and down to the rope at third man to bring up the 50 for Bangladesh. A single, then Tamim plays an absolutely brilliant lofted cover drive, hard and over the close field for four more. This is cracking stuff.

Andy Potts writes: “I would have had Stokes open the bowling with his figures in the first innings to keep it tight and to keep the pressure on, then Ali at the other end to make things happen.”

10.16am BST

9th over: Bangladesh 46-0 (Tamim 28, Imrul 15) Down the leg side from Zafir and Imrul sweeps hard, but he can only get one as there’s a sweeper coming round. Tamim likes the sweep too and, when Zafir tosses one on off-stump he reverses it beautifully to pick up four more. He’s 28 from 28 balls now.

10.13am BST

8th over: Bangladesh 41-0 (Tamim 24, Imrul 14) “Catch!” is the cry as Imrul sweeps hard and in the air out towards square-leg. It goes too fast for Stokes out in the deep to pick it up and away the ball goes for four. It was a big ask for the Durham man to get to that.

At what point do we have to ask whether Finn will ever realise his clear potential?” asks Elliot Wilson. “It’s during sessions like these, where Finn really needs to find lightning in a bottle, that he tends to go missing.”

10.09am BST

7th over: Bangladesh 35-0 (Tamim 23, Imrul 9) Finn is off but it’s Zafir Ansari rather than Woakes. Ansari is another one I’m not sure about; yes he was the “next cab off the rank”, but that was a year ago and we’ve had an entire county season between the Pakistan series in the UAE and now, during which he was easily outbowled by Ollie Rayner. He overpitches to Tamim and again that bottom hand comes into play, drilling it through extra cover for four. Two balls later he flicks one just short of Cook at leg-slip. The camera angle on the replay doesn’t show us whether or not it carried but my suspicion is that it didn’t.

10.06am BST

6th over: Bangladesh 29-0 (Tamim 18, Imrul 8) Now Imrul gets in on the boundary game, sweeping very nicely from outside off and behind square for his first four and the first off of Moeen. Bangladesh lead in what is now essentially a one-innings match.

Speaking of Mo, here’s a good question from Neil Delaney: “Moeen was opening the batting last year & the bowling now. There can’t be too many others to do this. Sobers?” I don’t think Kallis ever opened the batting did he?

10.02am BST

5th over: Bangladesh 24-0 (Tamim 18, Imrul 3) Personally I’d have Woakes on for Finn; in fact I’d probably have opened with Woakes. In fact I probably wouldn’t have picked Finn, whose first-innings effort can kindly be described as anodyne. He twices asks for lbw against Tamim but with curbed enthusiasm, as the ball was twice going well down the leg side. Tamim gets his third boundary, using his bottom hand and excellent timing to shovel a full ball through extra cover. That levels the scores in no time at all.

“Your guitar hero is Bieber?” Asks Patrick Harvey. “For Shame! Try this instead.”

9.58am BST

4th over: Bangladesh 18-0 (Tamim 13, Imrul 3) A thick outside edge from the first ball goes to slip, but it was played with soft hands by Imrul and dribbled along the ground. After a leg-bye, Tamim plays a nice cut off a wide ball but can only get a single to point. When he’s in this kind of nick, Tamim is a lovely player to watch.

Mehedi just the third bowler to take a six-wicket haul in each of his first two Tests after Alec Bedser and Narendra Hirwani

9.55am BST

3rd over: Bangladesh 16-0 (Tamim 12, Imrul 3) Finn gives round the wicket a brief go to Imrul Kayes and to little avail. After a single he goes too full to Tamim, whose first innings hundred is looking increasingly outstanding. He looks good here, too, leaning into that ball and clipping it off his ankles with gorgeous timing and through to the midwicket boundary. Another overpitched ball is knocked in front of square leg for two more. The lead is down to eight.

9.51am BST

2nd over: Bangladesh 9-0 (Tamim 6, Imrul 2) It’s Moeen from the other end, with two slips in place for the left-handers. Mushfiqur didn’t use his spinners especially well as England’s ninth wicket eroded Bangladesh’s lead, so it’ll be interesting to see how Cook does. There’s a big shout for lbw when Tamim prods forward but he was hit outside the line, as both Moeen and Bairstow point out so Cook doesn’t review.

Jim Procter-Blain writes: “Just thought I’d point out that Justin Bieber is not a talented musician. If he was, then all those girls wouldn’t have been screaming to get out at his concert.” Arf.

9.47am BST

1st over: Bangladesh 7-0 (Tamim 5, Imrul 1) Steven Finn is opening the bowling for England and, after a couple of singles, he gets an inside edge from Tamim with a ball that rises sharply and clumps via bat into pad. In comes short-leg. Tamim gets his first boundary off a short, wide ball that he murders through point with a mighty cut. A leg-bye concludes the over.

9.37am BST

They’ve actually taken it early, which I didn’t realise, and now I’ve missed my chance to go to Tescos. Vending machine for crisps it it.

9.34am BST

John Ryan is angry. John Ryan didn’t get up early for this kinda crap. John Ryan has not been watching Tests for too long. “Bangladesh’s only hope of ever being a competitive test team is if there’s a rule change that allows them to have a new ball at the beginning of every over,” he writes. “One of the most shambolic few hours of cricket I’ve ever seen.”

9.27am BST

Bangladesh will have a mini session to negotiate before tea. In the meantime, Simon McMahon writes: “Morning Dan. I don’t know much about Belgian folk music, but I am going to Glasgow to see Justin Bieber tonight (escorting teenage daughters, that’s all, I’ve not got a ticket myself, you understand). Apparently he wants to be a real musician. Well, Justin, I want to play cricket like Ben Stokes and write songs like Neil Hannon, but it ain’t gonna happen. Anyway, cocktails on me if this Test is tied.”

I hate to say it but Biebs is a talented guy. I even quite like a couple of his songs though I couldn’t name any. I got a new guitar yesterday (early birthday present, thanks Liz!) and can’t do this.

9.25am BST

82nd over: England 244 (Rashid 44) Taijul continues and beats Finn, before ending England’s resistance a couple of balls later. England have a slim lead but it’s in the balance.

9.24am BST

That’s it. The new ball turns and bounces away from Finn’s bat. He follows it and gets the finest edge, which Mushfiqur takes well.

9.20am BST

81st over: England 243-9 (Finn 0, Rashid 43) To no great surprise, and as you can see from that big chunky text above, Bangladesh take the new ball straight away. Their reviews have been topped up too, like a number of lives when you get 100 gold coins in the original Super Mario.

9.19am BST

Woakes’s fine stand comes to an end. He likes the look of an off-break, on his pads, and flicks it round the corner, straight into the hands of leg-slip.

9.15am BST

80th over: England 242-8 (Woakes 46, Rashid 42) The last over with the old ball, presumably and we have a change of bowling: Taijul replaces Mehedi. There is nothing doing for Bangladesh, but it is OK to have periods of a Test where wickets aren’t tumbling. Perish the thought this goes into a fourth day.

Good morning,” began John Starbuck a while ago. “Being seen dead is actually very fashionable right now. Think of what they’re going to do in Strictly Come Dancing, let alone the little horrors who’ll be ringing our door bell all weekend. We insist they try to frighten us and the smaller ones are always non-plussed by this.”

9.12am BST

79th over: England 240-8 (Woakes 45, Rashid 41) Lovely wrists from Woakes, who cuts delicately through backward point for two – the sweeper coming round to prevent the boundary nicely. I don’t know if it’s just me but does it seem to be a thing with the modern batsman to have a propensity for playing wristy shots through the off side. Quite why Sabbir is still bowling is beyond me.

9.09am BST

78th over: England 237-8 (Woakes 42, Rashid 41) Mushfiqur and Mahmadullah go up for an lbw appeal against Rashid, but Mehedi shows about as much interest as I have in Bon Iver: it was going down leg and I reckon bat was involved. Three singles nudge England further ahead and this partnership up to 93: England’s highest for the ninth wicket in Asia.

9.07am BST

77th over: England 234-8 (Woakes 41, Rashid 39) Two singles from another fairly flat over, Rashid with a heave to midwicket and Woakes with a deft glance. This is suddenly looking easy for England’s tail.

More on that Woakes wicket courtesy of Cara Lewis, who has kindly, er, done my job and looked up the laws for me. Cheers for that. According to the laws, under “unfair play” it says:

“(i) Any delivery, other than a slow paced one, which passes or would have passed on the full above waist height of the striker standing upright at the popping crease is to be deemed dangerous and unfair, whether or not it is likely to inflict physical injury on the striker.”

9.04am BST

76th over: England 232-8 (Woakes 40, Rashid 38) Four to Rashid, who aims a big airy swipe at a wide, full delivery and sends a fine edge whizzing down to the third man boundary.

As for Woakes, the law according to Atherton says that it’s a no-ball if the ball would have passed the striker above waist height as he’s taking his normal stance on the popping crease. Sky’s ball-tracking shows that this would not have happened.

9.01am BST

75th over: England 227-8 (Woakes 40, Rashid 33) This is a bit disappointing: Sabbir can normally be relied on for some dirty, filthy, grimy stuff that’s ripe for the batsman getting stuck into. This, though, is a perfectly respectable over that Woakes gets a couple from, top-edging a pre-meditaded sweep over the keeper and slips.

It looks like the decision to give Woakes not out with that no-ball a couple of overs ago was wrong. I’ll explain more in a moment because I’ve got to get this entry up and tell you what happened sharpish.

8.57am BST

74th over: England 224-8 (Woakes 38, Rashid 32) A quick check confirms that that was the first no-ball called in this series. Despite this kind of thing. Rashid adds one to the score with a flick through midwicket.

This is the first ball from Sabbir. This wasn’t given as a no ball #BanVeng

8.54am BST

73rd over: England 223-8 (Woakes 38, Rashid 31) I’ll admit, I missed the rest of that over through laughing my backside off. No runs were scored from it, aside from the extra after that no-ball. Frankly England didn’t deserve it and Bangladesh deserved to be penalised more harshly.

8.53am BST

Oh Chris! Sabbir tosses down a ludicrously awful full-toss that’s begging to be spanked like the kind of enthusiast we’re not going to mention on this desk at the Guardian. Spank it Woakes does, only to pick out midwicket, who takes a nice catch. However the umpires check the height and decide that, at the point of impact, the ball was above waist-height and is thus a no-ball. What a terrible, terrible piece of cricket.

8.49am BST

72nd over: England 222-8 (Woakes 38, Rashid 31) Refreshed, Mehedi returns to the attack, which makes a lot of sense what with him being, er, really good. “So what sort of lead should England be looking for here?” asks cocktail enthusiast Simon McMahon. “100? 150? A declaration at 350-9 to give the Bangladeshi openers a tricky half hour before close?” Given the way one ball from Mehedi keeps low and Woakes just manages to jab his bat down on it, I’d be cautious about thinking that too far ahead. A single to Rashid gives England a first-innings lead.

8.46am BST

Well, two things I didn’t expect when I got up at 5am: 1) that the cricket had already started, and 2) that England would be on top midway through the day with the scores exactly level on 220. Do get in touch, email me here or tweet me here. This isn’t a bad observation from John Etheridge.

There’s a strong case for saying Rashid bats better against spin in Test cricket than he bowls it

8.43am BST

Morning. As if I’d be seen dead at a Bon Iver gig.

8.42am BST

71st over: England 220-8 (Woakes 37, Rashid 30) Sabbir Rahman, part-time leggie, comes on to bowl a couple of full tosses. However, Woakes and Rashid don’t get ahead of themselves and just putt some easy ones. A third single, off the back foot through cover from Rashid, brings England level. And with that, my stint comes to an end. Dan Lucas is here to take cover.

8.39am BST

70th over: England 217-8 (Woakes 34, Rashid 28) Shakib, getting nothing from Rashid, goes over the wicket and is immediately worked to midwicket for three. England are winning this battle by some distance now…

8.37am BST

69th over: England 214-8 (Woakes 36, Rashid 25) Just as Taijul Islam thinks he has the right pace, Woakes uses it to dab fine, again, for four. Finishes the over with a authoritative forward press and block.

A good time to wake up @Vitu_E. 2 hours ago I’d have been severely depressed, but we’ve saved this. What a beautiful thing Test cricket is.

8.34am BST

68th over: England 210-8 (Woakes 32, Rashid 25) Shakib is trying to elicit a mistake from Rashid, but the leggie isn’t taking the bait. When the third delivery is tossed above his eye line, he simply steps out and drives it through extra cover for one. Woakes returns the strike with a cut to the man at deep point. England trail by just 10…

8.30am BST

67th over: England 208-8 (Woakes 31, Rashid 24) Shuvagata’s stint is over, too. He’s replaced by Taijul Islam, who bowled very well this morning. Maybe the pitch has changed or these two are just very comfortable, but Taijul isn’t carrying the same threat with an older ball.

8.28am BST

66th over: England 206-8 (Woakes 30, Rashid 23) Good delivery from Shakib spins sharply and beats Rashid on the outside edge and hits his pad in front of middle and leg. Unfortunately for him and Bangladesh, the ball landed in the footmarks outside leg stump.

8.24am BST

65th over: England 205-8 (Woakes 29, Rashid 23) Unless he’s tired, no reason why Mehedi should not be bowling here. Shuvagata just not offering anywhere near the same threat and singles coming easily. The partnership has moved to 61…

@Vitu_E England have gone from 6/5 to 4/6 to win this in the last 15 minutes.

8.22am BST

64th over: England 203-8 (Woakes 28, Rashid 22) As expected, Kamrul is hooked and is replaced by Shakib and, oh look, a maiden. Funny, that…

8.20am BST

63rd over: England 203-8 (Woakes 28, Rashid 22) Another nice drive from Rashid brings two down to mid off.

8.18am BST

62nd over: England 201-8 (Woakes 27, Rashid 20) Can’t imagine Kamrul is getting another over this match: that one has gone for 10 which, given the moment, is a staggering gamble that hasn’t paid off. Rashid shows off with a lovely drive on the up through extra cover. Then Woakes gets in on the act with a late cut for another boundary.

8.11am BST

61st over: England 191-8 (Woakes 22, Rashid 16) I didn’t mention it before, but Shuvagata is operating around the wicket to the right-handers, who are more than happy to smother or play with whatever spin is there. When he does bowl on the off side, Woakes jabs him down the ground and, thanks to a mix-up on the fence, gets three.

8.08am BST

60th over: England 188-8 (Woakes 20, Rashid 16) That man on the fly is in the game, though again, jus ground fielding as Rashid hooks haplessly behind square. “Unbelievable that Bangladesh are going to let this ninth wicket partnership go for over 50, at a time when they could have taken control of the test. They won’t win now and, based on the last hour, don’t deserve to. In fact, they might be behind by 9 a.m.” Tell us what you really think, Jon Ryan!

8.05am BST

59th over: England 185-8 (Woakes 18, Rashid 15) Another new bowler at the other end: off-spinner Shuvagata Hom, who has eight wickets and an average of 59 from seven Tests, comes into the attack. There’s nothing particularly tricky about him or his action. But, having looked like getting away with just one from the over, another four byes help England crawl towards parity.

8.01am BST

58th over: England 180-8 (Woakes 17, Rashid 15) A seamer! My sweet fingers! For the first time in the innings, Bangladesh decide to see what seam can offer. Kamurl Islam Rabbi, who bowled a very good spell of reverse-swing in the second innings of the first Test, comes into the attack. There’s a bit of shape into the right-handers, but perfectly manageable. There’s a fielder out for the hook and he comes in to play as Woakes flips one around the corner for a single.

7.56am BST

57th over: England 176-8 (Woakes 16, Rashid 12) Another two, to the Ingerlund, and it looks like Bangladesh might be turning to pace for the first time in this innings. “Don’t know much about their queueing habits,” says John Starbuck, “but you obviously have in mind Volkskunstgroep Reuzegom.” You read my mind, John.

7.53am BST

56th over: England 174-8 (Woakes 15, Rashid 11) Another two from the over – one from an overthrow – keeps England going. “The only person worse than Bangladesh at finishing off an opponent is Hillary Clinton,” writes John Ryan, as the ninth wicket moves to 30. “This is the cricketing equivalent of not knowing how and when to close your email server.” Make Bangladesh Great


7.51am BST

55th over: England 172-8 (Woakes 14, Rashid 10) I’ve been informed by Will Macpherson – award-winning, of these pages, rugger father – that Rocket is actually the name of an online banking facility in Bangladesh, for those that were wondering. Two from the over.

7.49am BST

54th over: England 170-8 (Woakes 13, Rashid 9) Both right-handers exchange singles as Taijul looks to find that pace which caused a lot of problems this morning. Zaph Mann on email wonders if a 50-over approach would help England’s top order. It certainly didn’t do Bangladesh any harm, he also points out. For me, that’s why Ben Duckett played ahead of Haseeb Hameed. Only issue is that Duckett’s been a tad tentative (understandably so).

7.45am BST

53rd over: England 168-8 (Woakes 12, Rashid 8) Back underway after lunch. I’ll be with you for the next hour before Dan Lucas takes over to tell you all about some obscure Belgian folk band who once waited in line for tickets to Bon Iver. Rashid flicks a single to get underway before Woakes waves his bat in Mushfiqur’s face to allow a ball to sneak through for four byes.

7.38am BST

“If Bangladesh let England get over 200 they deserve to lose the game,” writes John Ryan. “Good teams – not even great ones – know how to twist the knife and seize the opportune moments to turn games in their favour. This is a chance to see if Bangladesh are moving on up, or just all talk.” Harsh but fair, John. Bangladesh hold all the aces right now and only some shambolic decisions from them (see: yesterday) will allow England to get anywhere near that.

7.31am BST

It’s too early to weave this in naturally, so please forgive me – but if you haven’t already watched People Just Do Nothing, you really should change that…

7.22am BST

Another email in the interval, this time from John Starbuck: “Watching the ITV4 highlights last night (be warned, folks, they don’t always broadcast 7-8 pm; it was 6-7pm because of some darts match) I saw that it was billed as the Rocket Test Series. Any idea what this refers to? It presumably isn’t the ice-lolly (‘suckers’ in the East Midlands) introduced in the 1950s-60s, or the Rocketman serial at Saturday kids’ pictures, and I can’t see anyone seriously advocating a salad leaf or the supposedly first rock ‘n’ roll 45, so what could it be?” I *think* Rocket, the series sponsor, relates to the paddle steamer boats that offer trips through the various rivers of Bangladesh.

7.12am BST

Ian Copestake emails in: “Just to reassure me, but wickets don’t actually improve do they these days? If not then Bangladesh might struggle to add ten runs to their eventual lead. Leaving England a massive 40 to win.” I like you’re thinking, Ian. They don’t improve, per se, but if the pitch dulls, then fewer balls will rear up and batsmen can just focus on consistent low bounce. Ergo, Bangladesh win by 10.

7.05am BST

Easy to lament England’s display but it has been very difficult out there. Taijul Islam has been turning the ball at pace, while Mehedi Hasan has benefitted from some variable bounce. I’m off to refuel. Back with you in a bit.

7.02am BST

52nd over: England 163-8 (Woakes 12, Rashid 7) Cracking shot from Woakes, as he rocks back and powers one through backward point, beating the fielder in the ring and the one patrolling the fence. It’s the first time today that anyone has had any joy in that region. And that’s that for the two-and-a-half-hour morning session. England have scored 113 for the loss of five middle order wickets.

6.58am BST

51st over: England 158-8 (Woakes 8, Rashid 6) Change of bowling: Mehedi Hasan replaced by Shakib Al Hasan. He’s not getting as much bite off the pitch as fellow left-armer Taijul. Woakes, sure enough that he won’t skid one on, leaves comfortably outside off stump.

6.55am BST

50th over: England 158-8 (Woakes 8, Rashid 6) Quality from Woakes, who goes forward and dabs a ball around the corner for the first boundary in 53 balls. The key was the length of the stride, which turned Taijul’s full delivery into a full toss .

6.52am BST

49th over: England 153-8 (Woakes 3, Rashid 6) Rashid seems happier to face Mehedi but is nearly undone by a ball that skids on. The ball bounces out of Mushfiqur’s gloves and onto the stumps, with Rashid out of his crease… but the bails don’t budge! Incredible.

6.50am BST

Well worth a listen during the lunch interval

The @englandcricket team spent time finding out about work being done in Bangladesh to help victims of abuse. We’ll hear more at lunch.

6.49am BST

48th over: England 151-8 (Woakes 2, Rashid 5) Rashid tries to wrist one into next week and nearly swings himself off his feat as the ball blows him a kiss as it fizzes through to Mushfiqur. He goes again for an attacking shot and drives uppishly to the man set back at three-quarters mid off for a single.

6.46am BST

47th over: England 150-8 (Woakes 2, Rashid 4) That’s both reviews used up by Bangladesh. Not that they should need them to make light work of England’s lower order. Mehedi, bored of the big turning off spinners, bowls a leggie that pitches short and allows Rashid to push into extra cover for one.

6.44am BST

No bat and the ball shown to be too high on impact for the projected path to be hitting the stumps.

6.43am BST

Extra bounce and turn from Mehedi has Rashid hanging back and pushing his hands at a delivery that moves into him. The ball squirts out to slip who takes the catch. Doesn’t look like there was bat involved so a chance they’re looking for the LBW, too…

6.41am BST

46th over: England 149-8 (Rashid 3, Woakes 2) Taijul’s quicker ball nearly does for Woakes, as the right-hander goes back to play a back of a length delivery, but nearly drags on as it scuttles off the surface. He also manages to finger of S Ravi, who has to retract his decision after giving him out caught behind.

If England don’t lose this Test then the bowlers will have done something remarkable – again

6.40am BST

Umpire S Ravi raises his finger as Taijul rips one through to Rahim, presumably, off the edge. However, Woakes reviews and the replays show clear daylight between bat and ball, with nothing accompanying the pitches on Ultra Edge.

6.37am BST

45th over: England 149-8 (Woakes 2, Rashid 3) Some poor fielding from Imrul Kayes, who reacts late to a shot in his direction, sees Adil Rashid survive a risky run that should have ended in his demise. Kayes, late on the ball, was also wayward with his throw.

6.35am BST

44th over: England 146-8 (Woakes 1, Rashid 2) An excellent 56 from 122 balls from Joe Root. Adil Rashid replaces him and hits his first ball over extra cover for two, like it’s not even a thing. Outrageous from #Rashenius.

@Vitu_E Never thought I’d enjoy a Bangladesh test series so much. Especially with 5am starts!

6.30am BST

Doesn’t matter how well you’re playing – you’d be lucky not to get out to a ball that not only goes straight on in a world of turners, but doesn’t bounce much either. Root is livid as his fine stand comes to an end.

6.28am BST

43rd over: England 144-7 (Root 56, Woakes 1) Woakes off the mark with a push off the front foot and tuck into midwicket. A single around the corner gives Root the strike for the next over, as Bangladesh rue allowing him to manoeuvre the ball so easily.

Spinners to take 5-for in 1st inns of each of his first 2 Tests:
Clarrie Grimmett, Nick Cook & Mehedi Hasan

6.24am BST

42nd over: England 142-7 (Root 55, Woakes 0) Root continues on his way, cutting behind point for a couple. Woakes is the man at the other end. Strange that he comes in lower than Ansari. In fact, to go by their respective stats, Ansari should probably be batting at number 10.

Unlucky thirteen strikes again for Ansari- 13 off his first over in Test cricket and now out for 13 in his first Test innings. #BanvEng

6.20am BST

41st over: England 140-7 (Root 53) A boundary for Ansari. By no means comfortable or pretty, but he’ll take it: pushing away from his body and just getting his edge past slip. Another, this time wider of slip, gets him two. He’s gone soon enough, though, giving Mehedi Hasan his second five-wicket haul in only his second Test – the first Bangladesh to achieve that feat.

6.19am BST

Brilliant bowling and, crucially, brilliant captaincy from Mushfiqur Rahim. After Ansari edges a couple of deliveries wide of slip, a second slip is put in. Mehedi bowls a quicker delivery that grips and again finds the edge, Shuvagata Hom takes an excellent catch, diving right across first slip.

6.15am BST

40th over: England 132-6 (Root 52, Ansari 6) Ansari at his doughty best, absorbing dot balls and picking up the odd single.

6.12am BST

39th over: England 131-6 (Root 52, Ansari 5) Single each to Root and Ansari. The latter has achieved this “notable” feat…

Ansari’s already faced the third most balls of an English batsman this innings…

6.08am BST

38th over: England 129-6 (Root 51, Ansari 4) A brace into the leg side and Joe Root has his 23rd half-century and a first against Bangladesh. He owes England a score on this tour and looks on his way to getting it. Remember, he was dropped on 17…

6.04am BST

37th over: England 126-6 (Root 48, Ansari 4) A muted appeal for a catch at bat-pad starts the over, but Ansari ignores the hoots and defends solidly for the rest of the over. Hand on heart, it doesn’t look like we’ll get another partnership similar to Root and Bairstow’s, but there’s a chance that pairs down the line could match their 99 deliveries, if not the 45 runs.

6.01am BST

36th over: England 126-6 (Root 48, Ansari 4) A boundary! Taijul serves up a quick, juicy full bunger and Root clubs is through midwicket for four. The first to the fence for 109 balls and 65 minutes. Joe Root then expertly wastes a few precious seconds by fixing his glove. What a pro.

5.56am BST

35th over: England 120-6 (Root 43, Ansari 3) Good tip and run to midwicket gets Ansari out of the firing line, as Mehedi sniffs a second Test five-for. And another, as Root returns the strike.

5.53am BST

34th over: England 116-6 (Root 42, Ansari 1) Two more edges – the second onto pad and ballooning over the head of Mushfiqur – and Ansari gets himself off strike. Root takes the reins and sees out the over.

5.50am BST

33rd over: England 115-6 (Root 42, Zafar 1) Poor from Bairstow, who was playing across the line as he was moving back. Zafar Ansari comes out for his first bat in England whites. Background: he’s got a solid technique and can bat for long periods. He spent a bit of time as an opener for Surrey – a problem position for them at the time – though it’s not something he particularly enjoys. His first Test run is an outside edge that just misses the glove of Mushiqur Rahim and deflects off his pad beyond the slips.

5.44am BST

Well done, Sara. Mehedi, returning to the attack, traps Bairstow in front first ball. It’s the easiest decision to be made and even Dharmasena makes no mistake.

5.43am BST

32nd over: England 114-5 (Root 42, Bairstow 24) Fairly comfortable so far for both batsmen, as the fifty partnership and lunch approaches.

You seem a bit lonely, @Vitu_E. But what can one tweet withoug jinxing anyhting? #BANvENG

5.40am BST

31st over: England Root 42, Bairstow 23) A couple of poor deliveries from Shakib don’t bring boundaries but do allow Bairstow and then Root to hit into the deep of the off and leg side, respectively.

5.37am BST

30th over: England 109-5 (Root 39, Bairstow 22) Softly, softly, Rooty, singly.

5.33am BST

29th over: England 108-5 (Root 38, Bairstow 22) A contrast to the previous over – Bairstow gets a full toss from Shakib that he bunts through midwicket for a couple. First runs for a while for him on the front foot.

5.31am BST

28th over: England 105-5 (Root 37, Bairstow 20) Outrageous last delivery of this over. Bairstow played the previous five deliveries off the pitch and on the back foot soundly enough, But, a touch infuriated, Taijul really sears one down – I could have sworn I heard the revs through the stump mic – and gets one to move off middle and leg to beat Bairstow comprehensively outside off stump. England’s twirlers need to take note: pace on the ball is king.

5.28am BST

27th over: England 105-5 (Root 37, Bairstow 20) Proper old school nudging and nurdling from Bairstow and Root. Bairstow in particular has got some success by monitoring the line of the ball and getting right behind it to deflect around the corner for singles. Root, meanwhile, is milking his forward press.

5.24am BST

26th over: England 100-5 (Root 34, Bairstow 18) Cover on the fence means that Bairstow can’t get value for a cut shot, but it does take England to 100. Despite the wickets, they have been going at just under four-an-over. Root tries to drive expansively but middles nothing but air as Taijul really rips this one past the outside edge. If England don’t lose another wicket in this session then it will be through luck rather than judgement.

5.21am BST

25th over: England 99-5 (Root 34, Bairstow 17) Ridiculous decision to use up one of your DRS calls on a hunch when so many decisions have been proved comprehensively wrong on this tour. Horror review, there, from Mushfiqur, though not the worst Root has been the subject of…

5.18am BST

Right out of the middle of the bat. Shakib, who had the best view after the standing umpire, didn’t react at all. Bangladesh burn a review.

5.18am BST

What looks to be a simple push back to the bowler from Root draws screams of an appeal from behind the stumps. Mushfiqur is convinced there’s pad first and opts for the review…

5.17am BST

24th over: England 97-5 (Root 33, Bairstow 16) Productive over, five from it. Root and Bairstow nippy between the wickets. It’s like watching a cuckoo clock hooked up to a car battery. Not sure who Mr Sunshine is.

5.13am BST

23rd over: England 92-5 (Root 31, Bairstow 13) Smart move from Mushfiqur Rahim. Given the success that Taijul Islam is having, he replaces the right-arm orthodox spin of Mehedi Hasan with Shakib Al Hasan, his left-arm equivalent. It almost pays dividends straight away: Bairstow skips down the crease to play across the line to midwicket and sends a leading edge in the air but just short of backward point.

5.09am BST

22nd over: England 91-5 (Root 31, Bairstow 13) Bairstow using his feet to get down to Taijul Islam, who responds with a few sharp deliveries to ensure the keeper-bat can’t get any elevation on his shots. As a result, JB readjusts to bat the ball away, eventually getting a single with a thick inside edge that beats bat pad. Andrew McGlashan, always good for a stat, has unearthed this gem:

England’s top-order doldrums (stats from Jan 1, 2016 for top 5). Only WI, SL, Zim have lower avg #BANvENG

5.06am BST

21st over: England 88-5 (Root 29, Bairstow 12) Now the ball is bouncing low. Luckily for Bairstow, as he rocks back to pierce the off side, the line is outside off stump, so bouncy knees allow him to get down and cut.

5.04am BST

20th over: England 84-5 (Root 28, Bairstow 9) Paddle dink from Bairstow gets him three runs inside fine leg. It was a delicate shot: Bairstow offering up the face of the bat like it had an array of soft cheeses on it, only to flip it at the last moment sending brie and camembert over his shoulder.

4.59am BST

19th over: England 79-5 (Root 27, Bairstow 5) That’s more like it. Watchful, patient yet still picking up singles here and there. For every unplayable delivery is a naff long hop or full toss. Put those away and avoid getting out to the former, yeah? Simple game, fellas…

4.57am BST

18th over: England 76-5 (Root 26, Bairstow 3) Taijul started pretty poorly but he is really doing a number on Root. Really showing the value in having bowlers that turn the ball away from batsmen.

4.53am BST

17th over: England 75-5 (Root 26, Bairstow 2) Probably the ugliest boundary Joe Root has ever pilfered. Mehedi, around the wicket to the right-handers, turns one down the leg side. Root pulls but under-edges between the keeper and leg slip for four. It’s not pretty, but they all count.

4.50am BST

16th over: England 70-5 (Root 22, Bairstow 1) DROPPED! A life for Joe Root who, on 17, props forward to defend against Taijul Islam and slides an edge off the face that is put down by first slip, who was already moving to his right. Three runs gets Root to the sanctuary of the nonstriker’s end, allowing him to watch on as Stokes falls. England have lost five wickets and all of them left-handers. Root is joined by fellow right-handed Yorkshireman Jonny Bairstow.

4.47am BST

Some quick bounce off the surface and Ben Stokes gets a thick inside edge onto thigh pad to give bat-pad a simple catch, albeit one that has him diving forward and requiring confirmation from the TV umpire. Stokes, though, was walking off the moment ball fell in hand. Oh my.

4.42am BST

15th over: England 64-4 (Root 17, Stokes 0) Quite impressive that Moeen Ali managed to misjudge that sweep on both line and length. Ben Stokes comes to the crease and is beaten by a couple of deliveries that turn, obviously, but also lift off a length. Stokes, watchful off the pitch, plays inside both. Bowler and batsman exchange a knowing look.

4.40am BST

Yeah OK, maybe that’s *too* positive, Mo… Mehedi floats a delivery up and Moeen goes to sweep, misses and has his off stump knocked back.

4.38am BST

14th over: England 60-3 (Root 17, Ali 6) Taijul Islam comes on for his first bowl of the innings and, peculiarly, cover is set back. We know this because the first ball is hit uppishly through that region to allow Root an easy single to start the over. It was put to Moeen Ali last night that both he and Root may start slowly today, but he refuted that by saying that they are best served to embrace their natural aggression against spin. Eight come from this over of left-arm spin, albeit four through byes.

4.34am BST

13th over: England 52-3 (Root 15, Ali 4) “An early morning for our UK viewers… if you’re with us.” We bloody are, Athers, grimacing with you as Moeen Ali manages to edge two of the three deliveries Mehedi Hasan sends down to end the 13th over, which started last night. He survives both.

4.26am BST

Not sure if you caught it yesterday, but there was a nice segment with Rob Key and Ben Stokes about how the latter plays spin. It wasn’t particularly informative: Stokes, not of our world, was unable to really describe how he does what he does, presumably because our tiny little human minds would not be able to comprehend his ludicrousness. Fair.

@Vitu_E evening Vish, has there ever been a tour where all the discussion was on the next tour? Feels like all this is a dress rehearsal.

4.07am BST

Morning all – Vithushan here (Vish is fine). Or is it technically still “evening”? Either way, what a savagely ungodly hour this is. I can’t even call back to a younger, bolshier time in my life when I might have known what this time of day feels like from the other side. Always been of the opinion that little good occurs after 3am. Right now, I stand by that. I thought I’d be able to wake up at a more humane hour to enjoy the last morning of British Summer Time (you’re welcome, forgetful OBOers). Alas, last night’s early finish due to rain has meant an early start today – 4:33am, bizarrely – in a bid to claw back some lost overs. As I step away in search of caffeine, ahead of the resumption of a key partnership between Moeen Ali and Joe “needs a big score” Root, let’s share an earworm – my alarm (crucially, a song I enjoy that is an easy enough listen not to jar every morning of every day):

1.40pm BST

Vithushan will be here soon. In the meantime, here’s a report from day one.

Bangladesh imploded on the opening day of the second Test as they lost nine wickets for 49 runs to fold to 220 all out and hand control to England in Dhaka, but the visitors lost three wickets before stumps as they failed to fully capitalise.

Moeen Ali led the charge after ending a 170-run stand between Tamim Iqbal and Mominul Haque, accounting for both batsmen, and he finished with five for 57 on a heavily cracked pitch offering plenty of turn.

Related: Moeen Ali’s five-wicket haul halts Bangladesh before England falter

Continue reading…

Permanent link to this article:

Oct 28

Tamim Iqbal tucks in and gives England spinners food for thought

The innings of Bangladesh opener will have cheered India who will surely be unfazed by underwhelming performance of England’s spinners

Watching Tamim Iqbal tuck into England’s spinners in the morning session, it was difficult not to fear for them in India. India have not lost a home Test since losing to England in 2013, winning every match bar one – and that was a washout. In Chittagong, the ball turned from the first over but in Dhaka, the pitch offered only intermittent help so Alastair Cook needed his spinners to give him control – and they could not. Though they improved in the afternoon session, the feeling persists that Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane and chums will not afford them that opportunity, unlikely to be fazed by whichever of Adil Rashid, Gareth Batty and Zafar Ansari England select. So perhaps they might find variety by way of four seamers, relying on Moeen Ali and Joe Root for spin – at least they are already in the team as batsmen. Batsmen who have to face Ravichandran Ashwin in helpful conditions. DH

Related: Moeen Ali fails to spin his words but turns up with five Bangladesh wickets

Continue reading…

Permanent link to this article:

Oct 28

Moeen Ali fails to spin his words but turns up with five Bangladesh wickets

• Moeen claims five for 57 in England’s best spin spell of the tour
• Worcestershire bowler has praise for Ben Stokes’ efforts with ball

Moeen Ali delivered England’s best spell of spin bowling of the tour so far, five for 57 from 19.5 overs, which transformed the game in the afternoon gloaming. But you would not necessarily guess so from listening to him afterwards.

Most international spinners are bluffers; they look to sow doubt where there is none, hinting at mystery that does not really exist. The most prolific exponent of delivering propaganda designed to have batsmen feeling nervous at night was, of course, Shane Warne, who would tell us how he had invented devious new deliveries before every series.

Related: Moeen Ali and Ben Stokes halt Bangladesh before England falter

Continue reading…

Permanent link to this article:

Oct 28

Moeen Ali’s five-wicket haul halts Bangladesh before England falter

• Bangladesh reach 220 all out; England 50-3 at stumps
Full scorecard from Dhaka

Bangladesh imploded on the opening day of the second Test as they lost nine wickets for 49 runs to fold to 220 all out and hand control to England in Dhaka, but the visitors lost three wickets before stumps as they failed to fully capitalise.

Moeen Ali led the charge after ending a 170-run stand between Tamim Iqbal and Mominul Haque, accounting for both batsmen, and he finished with five for 57 on a heavily cracked pitch offering plenty of turn.

Related: Bangladesh v England: second Test, day one – as it happened

Continue reading…

Permanent link to this article:

Oct 28

Bangladesh v England: second Test, day one – as it happened

Moeen Ali and Ben Stokes inspired a collapse as Bangladesh were bowled out for 220, but England lost early wickets and ended day one on 50-3

12.23pm BST

And with that, we shall leave you for the day. Join us tomorrow morning for day two.

12.22pm BST

Here’s a quick report from day one. Vic Marks will be around with something later on, plus a few other bits and bobs for you.

12.21pm BST

“It’s 50:50 at the moment,” says Moeen Ali. Seems about right.

12.20pm BST

Sure, if my auntie had balls etc, but…

Take out Tamim and Mominul, and the dismissed batsmen today averaged 5.9!

12.04pm BST

Another enthralling day of Test cricket in Bangladesh. But think India would have enjoyed it more than anyone else

11.59am BST

Thoughts from Tom van der Gucht: “I remember the 2004-5 England side had, what I think Fletcher described as, “Bounce-back-ability” and you’d generally back them to return from seemingly buried positions based on a few inspired performances from key players such as Trescothick, Strauss, Flintoff, Harmy, Hoggy, Jones, KP, Giles, in fact pretty much everyone at one point or other pulled the team back from the brink and out of the mire at one point or other.Is this team too starting to develop that knack? Or are Bangladesh, statistically the weakest test team of all time, just flaky after 15 months out of test cricket and England have been a bit flukey? Then again, you’ve got to take your chances and all that…”

11.47am BST

And that’s your lot for the day. The rain has ended our fun for now: England will resume tomorrow and relying on Root and Ali to dig them out of a hole. Still, quite a day, in which they took nine wickets for 49 runs.

11.40am BST

Raining hard now. Make plans.

11.35am BST

12.3 overs: England 50-3 (Root 15, Ali 2) As has looked likely for a while, the rain has arrived and the batsmen are off in short order. It doesn’t look that hard but you’d imagine that’s it for the day.

11.33am BST

12th over: England 50-3 (Root 15, Ali 2) Joe Root is good at cricket. He leans back and strokes a beauty of a back-foot push perfectly between long-off and the cover sweeper, collecting four. Although he then badly misjudges the length of another from Shakib, going back where forwards looked like the bet, and just avoids feathering one to the keeper. Another two runs come with some sharp running after a shot to mid-wicket.

Alex Henshaw’s been running the numbers: “Gary Ballance’s last 20 innings for England – 9,9,1,17,8,28,70,23,43,6,14,23,0,61,6,29,0,1,23, 18”

11.28am BST

11th over: England 44-3 (Root 9, Ali 2) Mo got England out of a bit of a hole with the ball, and now needs to do the same with the bat. He gets off the mark with a couple via a thick outside edge, then carefully plays out the rest of the over.

11.27am BST

Lovely piece of bowling from Mehedi. Ballance lunges forwards, looks like he regrets the decision about halfway through the shot, and gets a thin edge through to Rahim. In fairness, not a massive amount he did wrong there – an excellent delivery.

11.24am BST

10th over: England 42-2 (Root 9, Ballance 9) A rare thing for this day – an uneventful over, as Root plays out a maiden.

11.21am BST

9th over: England 42-2 (Root 9, Ballance 9) Root strides forward and gets a single. Then Ballance goes back, tries a cut, completely misses, it deflects off his knee and they get two leg-byes. Some chirp around the bat, too. Lovely bit of business.

11.18am BST

8th over: England 39-2 (Root 8, Ballance 9) Root goes back to a couple he might not have gone back to, and gets a single. Ballance then confidently comes down the track and middles a straight drive, denied four runs only by the stumps at the non-striker’s.

11.15am BST

7th over: England 36-2 (Root 6, Ballance 8) That’s better from Ballance – he rocks back and punches one through the leg side off the back foot, and as Mehedi tries to adjust his length he goes too far, serving up a shin-high full-toss that is sent to around the same spot as the previous one. Mehedi comes back well though, beating the outside edge a couple of times, most notably with a peach from the last ball that turns past the bat.

11.11am BST

6th over: England 28-2 (Root 6, Ballance 0) Wonderful shot from Root – the ball is shortish but not a long-hop, and he has the skill to perfectly guide the cut behind and past point, to the boundary. No more runs from the over. Shakib twirls his hat around his finger.

W00000. Whenever I see an over like that, can’t help thinking about Shane Watson in Lumley Castle

11.08am BST

5th over: England 24-2 (Root 2, Ballance 0) Ballance, as has been his way for about a year, plays out the over in rather unconvincing fashion.

“England have become your standard Saturday cricket team,” notes Joe Hancock. “Three or four players who score all the runs and get all the wickets and the rest just field and eat the food at tea.” As long as they pay their subs…

11.05am BST

Cook is forced back and the ball thunks into his pads: Dharmasena says no to the appeal, Rahim takes an age to refer but it’s a good job he does, as it was rattling leg stump. Helluva day.

11.03am BST

4th over: England 24-1 (Cook 14, Root 2) Root spends the over trying to figure out how to get Shakib off the squre, but doesn’t manage it and that’s a maiden.

England have avoided the follow on

11.00am BST

3rd over: England 24-1 (Cook 14, Root 2) Root picks up another single with a rather more deliberate shot, then Mehedi drops short and Cook welts a four off the back foot, past cover. He then gets another four with an exceptional shot, the ball not quite as short but on a similar line, but he whips it in front of mid-wicket to the fence. A third four comes, but on the opposite end of the convincing scale: this one an uncertain push outside off, that comes off an thick outside edge and splits slip and gully. 13 runs from the over.

10.56am BST

2nd over: England 11-1 (Cook 2, Root 1) Root gets off the mark first ball, but only just – he goes right back to one and gets away with an inside edge just backward of square. Quite an over.

10.55am BST

Shakib is on from the other end, and initially Duckett decides that messing around will not do, running down the strip and hammering a six over long-on. A bye brings Cook to the strike, he pushes a single through mid-wicket but then Duckett plays a much less forthright stroke, uncertainly trying to turn the ball past leg slip but only gets an edge through to Rahim.

10.51am BST

1st over: England 2-0 (Cook 1, Duckett 1) The first two balls are shortish and outside offish, and both are circumspectly cut for singles. Then Mehedi bowls the jaffa’s jaffa, ripping past Cook’s outside edge and missing it by a hair. The Bangladeshis appeal, but in an unusual turn of events, Dharmasena gets the decision correct by turning them down.

10.48am BST

And in short order, 13 cricketers are back out for England’s innings. Alastair Cook and Ben Ducket to open for England, and it’s spin with the new ball for the hosts, Mehedi Hasan getting things started from around the wicket.

10.43am BST

“All-rounders, eh,” writes Gareth Fitzgerald. “That scorecard suggests we should just pack the side with them. Seriously though, all wickets taken by 5,6 and 8.”

10.42am BST

What a collapse! At about 50 minutes into the afternoon session, Bangladesh were 171-1 and going along very nicely indeed, but 22 overs, nine wickets and just 49 runs later they’re preparing to field. England have bowled well and fielded superbly, catches by Cook and Root close in to the spinners particularly special, but a good few of those wickets were rather generously handed over.

10.39am BST

Ali serves up his first ropey delivery in ages, and Taijul uses his bare bat to swipe a full-toss in front of mid-wicket for four. Another run comes in less convincing/intentional fashion via an inside edge, before Kamrul idly shoves at one that goes straight, edges and Root takes a superb catch diving to his left. A five-fer for Mo.

10.36am BST

63rd over: Bangladesh 215-9 (Taijul 0, Kamrul 0) Another maiden, as Kamrul barely lays a bat on a Woakes over.

@NickMiller79 If being an allrounder = batting average > bowling, @benstokes38 is just showing off now: #BANvENG batting ave 51, bowling 7

10.32am BST

62nd over: Bangladesh 215-9 (Taijul 0, Kamrul 0) Taijul, with an aesthetically pleasing stickerless bat, plays out a maiden, hitting a few, missing a few. Which frankly puts him up on some of his colleagues. The lights are on now, by the way – glum out there.

10.29am BST

61st over: Bangladesh 215-9 (Taijul 0, Kamrul 0) The man with the name of great religious harmony Kamrul Islam Rabbi is in. He survives two balls, but that’s another fruitful over for England.

10.27am BST

Shakib has been largely standing at one end watching, as the great man Tony Greig would have it, ‘cornage’ at the other end. And now he gets in on the fun, feathering an edge from a widish Woakes ball and Bairstow pouches another.

10.24am BST

60th over: Bangladesh 213-8 (Shakib 8, Taijul 0) “Great leveller eh, the game of cricket?” writes Krishnan Patel. “The England captain tying the shoelaces of an 18 year old kid. A PhD Ansari looking clueless.” Not quite a PhD (yet), but the general point taken. New bat Taijul Islam plays out the rest of the over, but not in great comfort.

10.21am BST

Mehedi requires a hand from Cook to tie his laces, and then we can begin. Mehedi goes for a big sweep, misses and is thunked on the pad. Umpire Dharmasena says no, but they go upstairs. There’s no edge, so the big question is whether it pitched outside leg….and it didn’t! It’s going to hit middle and leg, and once more Dharmasena is corrected by his pal with the gadgets.

10.16am BST

59th over: Bangladesh 213-7 (Shakib 8, Mehedi 1) Woakes gets one to nip in at new batsman Mehedi Hasan, and he squirts a single off an inside edge to get a single. Another successful over for England, though.

10.14am BST

Another shonky shot gives up a wicket, as Shuvagata tries to flay a wide half-volley with minimal footwork, but can only succeed in feathering one – perhaps off the toe of his bat – through to Bairstow, who takes a good low catch to his right.

10.11am BST

58th over: Bangladesh 211-6 (Shakib 7, Shuvagata 6) More Mo, and he gets some good tweak. Shuvagata whips one off his knees that hits the short-leg, Ballance, on the thigh and briefly pops up, but he can’t take the rebound. Technically a chance, but you’d have to be the most sadistic gym teacher to rip him for that one. The next ball is more emphatic though, as Shuvagata belts a cover drive to the boundary – a little airy, but a fine shot.

10.07am BST

57th over: Bangladesh 206-6 (Shakib 6, Shuvagata 2) Shakib helps one off his thigh for a single, then Shuvagata plays out the remainder of the over, pushing a few full ones away from the stumps.

10.03am BST

We’re back out for the evening session, not with Steve Lamacq and Jo Wiley. Looks like Chris Woakes will take the ball first up.

10.03am BST

5 for 31 in 13.3 overs is one hell of a fightback from England. Moeen & Stokes the deadliest double act since Mobb Deep. #BanvEng

9.45am BST

Quite the session. About 70 minutes ago Bangladesh were skipping along without a care in the world, Tamim and Mominul scoring runs at will, but a combination of excellent bowling from Stokes and Ali and some rather addled shots from assorted batsmen knocked five wickets back. England are in control.

9.43am BST

56th over: Bangladesh 205-6 (Shakib 5, Shuvagata 2) Shuvagata decides to sod this for a game of soldiers and goes over the top, but doesn’t get all of a hoik over leg and collects a brace of runs. A more circumspect shot nearly costs him, just getting an inside-edge on a big lbw shout. And that’s tea…

9.40am BST

55th over: Bangladesh 202-6 (Shakib 4, Shuvagata 0) Fresh meat Shuvagata Hom doesn’t look comfortable against Stokes, just about keeping a ball away from his stumps that skidded and kept low. Great bowling this, even if some of the wickets have been via poor shots.

9.37am BST

And another! Again, an avoidable wicket from the Bangladesh point of view, as Sabbir fences at one outside off, but Stokes did coax some away movement out of that one. What a collapse!

9.34am BST

54th over: Bangladesh 201-5 (Shakib 3, Sabbir 0) Sabbir Rahman is the new batsman. That catch looks better with every replay – because it slipped between Mushfiqur’s pads Cook had even less time to react – terrific instinct. That’s a wicket maiden. England have taken 3-13 in the last 11 overs, between Stokes and Ali.

9.32am BST

And then he’s gone. Mushfiqur comes down the track, tries to flick through mid-wicket but gets an inside-edge that goes through his legs, and Cook reacts brilliantly to take the catch at leg-slip, via a brief juggle. They’ve gone from 171-1 to 201-5 in just under an hour.

9.29am BST

53rd over: Bangladesh 201-4 (Shakib 3, Mushfiqur 4) Stokes rumbles on, and sends down a vicious bouncer that thunks Mushfiqur on the head. There’s concern for a short while, and a couple of stretcher bearers job on to the field, but they’re dismissively shooed away by the Bangladesh doctor. Stokes comes in for the last ball of the over and Mushfiqur edges directly through where about fourth slip would have been. Excellent spell this for Stokes – he’s 5-2-6-1 since coming on.

9.22am BST

52nd over: Bangladesh 200-4 (Shakib 3, Mushfiqur 3) Ali gets new bat Mushfiqur in some bother and the assembled go up loudly for lbw, but that was turning just down leg. Mushfiqur then gets going with a push for three through the covers and, combined with a Shakib single, that’s the 200 up for Bangladesh.

Meanwhile, Kandukuru Nagarjun has some thoughts on how England could approach the India Tests: “Both spinners and seamers can win Tests in India, but the catch is that they have to be attacking, world class bowlers. Picking spinners for the sake of it doesn’t cut it on the subcontinent. Here, off the top of my head, are the bowlers who have won Tests in India in the last twenty five years:

9.18am BST

51st over: Bangladesh 196-4 (Shakib 2, Mushfiqur 0) Bangladesh were going so well, but while England haven’t bowled terribly, at least two – perhaps all three – of the wickets to have fallen in the last hour have been more or less donated.

9.16am BST

Shakib…does not look comfortable. Stokes tucks him up a couple of times outside off, then he gets away from strike after gloving a single down to fine leg. Still, he looks like Bradman crossed with Pietersen compared to the shot Mahmudullah plays next up, neatly guiding a lazy edge straight to the skip at first slip.

9.12am BST

50th over: Bangladesh 195-3 (Mahmudullah 13, Shakib 1) Advance warning: clouds are gathering yonder and rain could be in the post. Shakib still rather keen on getting off the mark, denied by a fine stop at cover by Root, but then gets his first run with a push to a deep mid-off.

9.09am BST

49th over: Bangladesh 194-3 (Mahmudullah 13, Shakib 0) Stokes squares Mahmudullah with one on a decent length that shapes away, then clips him on the shoulder with a nippy short number. That’s another maiden – four of the last five have gone by without runs.

9.04am BST

48th over: Bangladesh 194-3 (Mahmudullah 13, Shakib 0) Ali might not be a world-class Test spinner, but he can bowl some world-class deliveries, as he draws Shakib forwards and gets one to rip past the edge, very unlucky not to catch it. Shakib jumpily tries to get off the mark, but remains on nought for now.

9.01am BST

47th over: Bangladesh 194-3 (Mahmudullah 13, Shakib 0) Mahmudullah plays a wafty drive to Stokes and it lands inches in front of gully. A curious laxness seems to have come over the Bangladesh batsmen, but as I type that Mahmudullah pushes a half-volley through the covers and to the boundary. Stokes gets the last ball to go the other way, dipping in at the batsman, but not enough to cause him any bother.

8.58am BST

46th over: Bangladesh 190-3 (Mahmudullah 9, Shakib 0) Shakib-al-Hasan is the new man. A wicket maiden, and suddenly England are back in this.

8.56am BST

A profoundly odd few minutes for Monimul, who firstly leaves one that turns just a fraction too much not to clip off stump, and then shifts back to one he probably shouldn’t have shifted back to, wafts a sluggish bat but can only get an inside edge onto middle peg.

8.54am BST

45th over: Bangladesh 190-2 (Mominul 66, Mahmudullah 9) Ben Stokes returns to the attack, and there’s a whiff of reverse straight away, the ball just leaning away from Mahmudullah. A couple of bunts to mid-wicket come to nothing, and that’s a maiden.

8.51am BST

44th over: Bangladesh 190-2 (Mominul 66, Mahmudallah 9) Ali continues, and they take a pair of singles, before Monimul goes down for a sweep, misses, but the ball catches his pad, or something, and flicks down to the ropes for four leg-byes.

8.49am BST

Morning all. Get yer emails to or yer tweets to @NickMiller79, if you like.

8.45am BST

Right, that’s drinks, which is also me – here’s your Nick Millers to take you through the rest of the day.

8.43am BST

43rd over: Bangladesh 184-2 (Mominul 65, Mahmudallah 8) Rashid cracks his first ball into Mominul’s pad again and there’s a loud appeal from Bairstow. But it’s going well down, and he’s probably just trying to ramp up the pressure. And Rashid’s doing a pretty good job of that himself, realising he’s bowling well now and calling Stokes in to second slip … so Mahmudullah comes down the pitch when he duly tosses full, and annihilates six over long-off.

8.39am BST

42nd over: Bangladesh 176-2 (Mominul 64, Mahmudallah 1) Mahmudullah off the mark with an inside edge, then Moeen hits Tamim on the pad – this is good from England. But, well, sake – next comes a long hop that’s rousted over midwicket for four.

8.35am BST

My days England needed that.

8.34am BST

Did it spin too much? Was there too much bounce?

8.34am BST

What was he thinking! Moeen angles in a flat one, Tamim has a look, offers the pad, it hits and he’s gone. Still, what a knock.

8.33am BST

41st over: Bangladesh 171-1 (Tamim 104, Mominul 60) Rashid is into this now, finding a bit of flight and drift, absolutely diddling Tamim with the googly. It’s so good he can’t get a bat on it, and then when he does an edge gets him three.

“I agree with you Daniel,” sayd Kevin Wilson. “Trying to beat India through spin bowling is going to be pretty fruitless. Can you imagine how much Kohli and Rahane will murder these three? Tell Mo he’s the only frontline spinner and Root has to pitch in. 8-11 should be Woakes, Broad, Plunkett and either Finn or Ball.”

8.28am BST

40th over: Bangladesh 167-1 (Tamim 101, Mominul 60) Moeen starts with two dots, but Tamim is after his century, dancing to leg to make room and lifting a brilliant shot over cover for four. AND THERE IT IS! He moves away again, inside-out again, this time zetzing through cover – he’s 101 not out. And what an innings it’s been, starting slowly but violent, vicious, brutal and cruel thereafter. Beautiful stuff.

8.25am BST

39th over: Bangladesh 159-1 (Tamim 93, Mominul 60) The batsmen milk Rashid for singles, three off the first four balls, but then a leg spinner of fuller length induces a false shot, a drive, as he tries to sneak the ball between bat and pad. He follows it up with a googly, and that’s a decent over; he might just be finding a groove.

8.23am BST

38th over: Bangladesh 155-1 (Tamim 91, Mominul 59) Moeen replaces Finn who, in the end, can’t be trusted as a second seamer. It’s a shame, but it still is. Anyway, one off Moeen’s over, the final ball of which is a jaffa, leaping off the pitch – Mominul thinks about playing it but convinces himself not to. I suppose, if we were were feeling generous, we might say England have been unfortunate, in that no piece of pitch misbehaviour has really helped them. If.

Meanwhile, elsewhere..

Australian Test squad shock: paceman Joe Mennie picked to face South Africa via @guardian_sport

8.18am BST

37th over: Bangladesh 155-1 (Tamim 90, Mominul 59) Rashid has a field set for legspinners and manages to keep it tight. One from the over. So, what do England do in India? Five seamers?

8.15am BST

36th over: Bangladesh 154-1 (Tamim 89, Mominul 59) Rob Key uses an interesting point talking about England’s improved consistency since lunch – “soaking up concentration”. The idea is that if you offer people lots of out balls, it’s less difficult to keep focused through an innings, whereas if you consistently ask questions, they’ve only so much discipline. The problem, though, is a flat track and two set batsmen – though there’s a bit of reverse -swing first up, Finn then delivers the ball on his line, pitching middle-and-leg, but Tamim simply snaps it through midwicket for four. And, well, oh dear, there’re four more, a wide one helped on its way through gully by Mominul.

“Not meaning to be negative,” means to be negative Steven Pye, “but I wonder what odds you can get on India to beat England 5-0 in the forthcoming Test series?”

8.09am BST

35th over: Bangladesh 145-1 (Tamim 84, Mominul 55) Strangled appeal following Rashid’s first ball, another legspinner that takes inside edge before pad. But he follows it up with a full toss that cedes one, and three more come when Tamim bumps to third man. This is better from England, in the way that a slap in the face is better than a heel to the solar plexus.

8.04am BST

34th over: Bangladesh 141-1 (Tamim 81, Mominul 54) It’s about time Finn attacked the body, though I shudder at the consequences of his getting it wrong. Anyway, he tries the line and length approach, pitching one to Tamim back of a length on middle-and-leg and moving it away – that’s the badger. As with Rashid, six of those and we’re talking – or talkin’ if you prefer, you youngster you. He manages another too – perhaps things are changing. Perhaps.

8.00am BST

33rd over: Bangladesh 138-1 (Tamim 79, Mominul 53) If England’s spin attack was a band, it would be… I’m going for Keane. In commentary, they think Rashid is trying too much and should just bowl six legspinners so at least Cook can set a field. And he does and it’s much, much better, giving no scoring opportunities until Tamim takes the final delivery off his pads to backward square-leg for a single.

7.56am BST

32nd over: Bangladesh 137-1 (Tamim 79, Mominul 52) The atmosphere in the ground is escalating as people keep arriving and Bangladesh keep scoring, Tamim caning Finn through midwicket. He responds well with a straighter ball, but it’s difficult to set a field to such erratic bowling – every ball should be there.

7.52am BST

31st over: Bangladesh 132-1 (Tamim 75, Mominul 51) Tamim takes two to fine leg, then Bairstow misses a thick outside edge! It’s low and tricky, but that’s what he’s there for, instead taking it on thumb. As punishment, he has to chase the next ball all the way to the fence as they run three and then Mominul stands and delivers, belting four over the top to bring up a chanceless fifty. Ten off the over, and England are in shtuck.

7.49am BST

30th over: Bangladesh 122-1 (Tamim 70, Mominul 46) Finn has the hackysack from the other end and finds his spot second up, back of a length and springing up outside off, forcing Tamim to defend. And the next ball does similarly, dribbling if not quite spitting off the pitch and surprising Tamim, who takes it on the splice. One run from the over: a Lara-style knee-up pull that shows us how easy-paced this pitch is.

7.44am BST

29th over: Bangladesh 121-1 (Tamim 69, Mominul 46) Dearie me, it’d be so great if Rashid was great but he just isn’t nor is he going to be. After Tamim takes a single off his second delivery, a slow, wide one is caned through the covers but a dive from Duckett saves four and they run two. For his trouble Duckett earns himself a going-over from Bairstow after chucking the ball back halfway.

7.40am BST

Adil Rashid has the ball…

7.38am BST

Lunchtime email: “Could you ask Mac Millings why he would go and see Louis CK’s home in Charleston?” snarks Simon Ward. “He does seem to have paid a heavy price…”

But what a ringtone.

7.05am BST

Anyhow, I’ll be back presently.

7.04am BST

What a session for Bangladesh. They’ll have fancied themselves after winning the toss, but superb, confident, aggressive hitting from Tamim means they’re well ahead of the game given the speed at which they’ve scored and their need to bowl England out twice. Should the pitch deteriorate, they’re in with a great chance of squaring the series.

England, meanwhile, could do with bowling well; the occasional decent ball isn’t going to be enough.

7.02am BST

28th over: Bangladesh 118-1 (Tamim 68, Mominul 44) Stokes gets some lift which leaves Tamim – he sways gently out of the way. And Stokes has bowled pretty well this morning, it’s just that he’s had nae support from the other end so it’s been impossible for England to create pressure. But Stokes is doing his best, tempting Mominul to drive a fuller one last delivery of the session – an inside edge sends the ball into the off side and that’s lunch.

6.58am BST

27th over: Bangladesh 117-1 (Tamim 67, Mominul 44) Any turn that there is is so slow as to give the batters plenty of time to play for it; Mominul flips Rashid through midwicket for four. But a better ball looks as though it’s beaten then bat when Mominul misses a sweep, only for an under-edge to earn two just as Bairstow perks up. And to rub it in, next comes a cover drive that you could put in a museum; four more, and one over left of what’s been a brilliant session for Bangladesh.

6.53am BST

26th over: Bangladesh 109-1 (Tamim 66, Mominul 37) Again, Stokes sends one leg side, again Tamim tries to introduce some bat, and again he misses. But really, that’s not the line; flat though this track is, England need to bowl accurately on it. Next up, Stokes clatters one into Tamim’s sternum and ouch! that looks like it tickles – a replay shows it came off the inside-edge, and there’s a break while he recovers. Stokes is coming around the wicket now, swerving in around the umpire which must make him tricky to pick up. But Tamim handles him just fine, though England will take the maiden.

6.48am BST

The ball brushed the shirt having skirted past the gloves, and though Stokes doesn’t look convinced, it looks spot-on to me.

6.47am BST

Tamim looks pretty sure!

6.47am BST

Well, you can’t say it wasn’t coming. Stokes slants one across, Tamim misses with the leg-glance and it clips the gloves before being snaffled behind.

6.46am BST

25th over: Bangladesh 109-1 (Tamim 66, Mominul 37) Rashid replaces Ansari or, put another way, England have now tried everything in this session. “Boom, boom Tamim” chant some men in the crowd dressed up as tigers, stopping as soon as the camera pans away. Tamim and Mominul, meanwhile, bunt three singles and oh dear Alastair Cook, I mean what sort of captain calls heads in this situation.

6.41am BST

24th over: Bangladesh 106-1 (Tamim 64, Mominul 36) Tamim flicks to midwicket for two, first runs Stokes has conceded today, and three singles follow.

“Is Zafar Ansari being Kerriganed in front of our eyes?” asks Krishnan Patel. “Do you think the circumstance of debuts largely determines careers? This is really unfortunate for Ansari because pitch looks an absolute road.”

6.38am BST

23rd over: Bangladesh 101-1 (Tamim 60, Mominul 35) Mominul has quietly nudged his way to 30, but throws hands when Ansari starts his over with a full toss for the third consecutive time; the ball duly flashes all the way to the fence, behind square on the off side. And two singles later, it’s the 100 partnership, from 123 balls and what a confident, aggressive effort it’s been, 60 to Tamim with eight fours and 35 to Mominul with six fours, plus five extras.

6.33am BST

22nd over: Bangladesh 95-1 (Tamim 59, Mominul 30) Joe Root is shining the ball with the sleeve over his hand as England look for reverse, and Stokes the beats the bat for the first time, landing back of a length and jagging towards the left-handed Tamim’s off stump. It raps his thigh and there’s a strangled appeal, but pitched miles outside leg and was probably going over the top too. Another maiden.

6.28am BST

21st over: Bangladesh 95-1 (Tamim 59, Mominul 30) Ansari continues, and Tamim jams down a horizontal bat that sends the ball for four to fine leg. And then two deliveries later he flows into a cover drive that hisses to the fence – England are waiting for him to make a mistake, more or less, though Zafar has plenty of room for improvement, if only he can settle.

6.26am BST

20th over: Bangladesh 86-1 (Tamim 54, Mominul 26) How vex-up must Imrul Kayes feel – though perhaps less so as Ben Stokes comes into bowl, sometime later than I’d have brought him on, and I’ve significant captaincy experience in Test cricket. Mominul is circumspect, playing out five balls of a maiden, but the final delivery nearly takes his edge as he fences outside off – looked like that moved off a crack.

6.21am BST

19th over: Bangladesh 86-1 (Tamim 54, Mominul 26) More turn, and more notably, more bounce for Ansari – well, from one ball anyway, which climbs past Mominul’s gloves and into his midriff. Ansari’s into this now, and cedes just two from the over – the pitch looks to have a little more in it than just five overs ago, but Bangladesh won’t mind that, given their superior array of superior spinners.

Tamim (51 not out)

Getting great value for his shots

21 off 14 drives
11 off 3 pulls
9 off 3 flicks
3 off 1 sweep#banvseng

6.17am BST

18th over: Bangladesh 84-1 (Tamim 53, Mominul 25) But here’s some uneven bounce for Moeen, the ball sticking in the pitch and bouncing higher – maybe things are looking up for England. Maybe. Still, they’ve staunched the flow of runs, at least.

6.15am BST

17th over: Bangladesh 81-1 (Tamim 52, Mominul 23) England desperately need some control, but where the merry wives of Windsor are they finding that? Ansari tries a shorter one and finds some turn and bounce, but that’s not going to be his length – the pitch is offering help very erratically.

6.12am BST

16th over: Bangladesh 80-1 (Tamim 51, Mominul 23) Rob Key wonders whether the ball might grip more once it’s softer – it’s that kind of pitch. Meanwhile, we see that the delivery prior to the review – the one after which Bairstow appealed – actually hit pad before bat, but would’ve been umpire’s call had England reviewed. England’s spinners are going to get marmalised in India I’m afraid – Moeen bowls another expensive over, eight from it including a four over the top and down the ground that Tamim doesn’t even get all of.

6.07am BST

15th over: Bangladesh 72-1 (Tamim 50, Mominul 16) I wonder if England might have bowled Stokes a little earlier when the ball was doing something – now, they’re hoping it reverses. In comes Ansari for his second over and after Mominul takes a single, Tamim flips three to finest leg – that’s his 50, and off 48 balls, too. Not bad, given it took him 20 to get off the mark.

6.03am BST

14th over: Bangladesh 67-1 (Tamim 47, Mominul 14) Moeen’s first ball is a jazzer, spinning off a length past Tamim’s outside edge, but he’s not finding turn every ball. In a way that’s a problem for the batsman, as he doesn’t know what’s coming, but hard to set an attacking field in that context. Anyway Tamim then gets 2 into the off side before he tries a cut and appears to takes it on the pad first – there’s an appeal from Bairstow but Cook and Moeen, opt not to review. Next ball though, Tamim offers the pad, and when Dharmasena says not out, this time they do review to discover it was bouncing well over the top. Gosh, that was a bit desperate.

5.57am BST

13th over: Bangladesh 65-1 (Tamim 45, Mominul 14) Decent start for Ansari, an arm ball confusing Tamim who plays for the turn and edges three past slip. They skank a quick single next, and the throw misses – hit and it’s very close – after which Tamim, unwilling to let Ansari settle, comes down the pitch and cracks through cover for four. And then he does it again, this time driving inside-out past the bowler for four more. The last three overs have gone for 34 runs, and Tamim is seeing it now.

“Re Mac Millings’ bathroom overflow,” tweets Paul, “perhaps he might try Crudfunder”.

5.52am BST

12th over: Bangladesh 52-1 (Tamim 33, Mominul 13) Wide full toss to start from Woakes, and Tamim wastes no time twisting it to midwicket for four. Athar tells us that the pitch will get better for batting during the day and the sun is now out, which will quicken up the outfield even further. Oh, and there’s another wide one, Tamim with even more time than Louis Armstrong to square drive for four – what a shot that is. And they’re coming quickly now, Tamim raising the 50 partnership by crumping four more from outside off over midwicket! Woakes is getting sent for! 13 from the over, all of them to Tamim, and it might be time for Ansari.

5.48am BST

11th over: Bangladesh 39-1 (Tamim 20, Mominul 13) “Stay patient lads,” calls Bairstow after ceding four leg-byes and already it’s looking like that kind of day. Mominul takes Moeen for a single, then Tamim flips him to midwicket for three, and there’s very little to excite the bowlers or livebloggers here. We know who the real victims are.

5.45am BST

10th over: Bangladesh 31-1 (Tamim 17, Mominul 12) Woakes is back at Finn’s end and he’s already with the cutters. They get him naewhere, and his last ball is short and wide of off, giving Tamim plenty of time to rock back and cart it through midwicket for four. It’s going to be a long day for England.

“Just got back from seeing Louis C.K. live in Charleston,” emails Mac Millings, “Only to find the babysitter traumatised (normal) because my kids flooded the upstairs bathroom (slightly less common) and now it’s dripping buckets into the living room (somewhat concerning). I have to be up early tomorrow, to make sure the fundraiser my school unexpectedly asked me last week to organise for Haitian victims.of Hurricane Matthew goes smoothly tomorrow.

5.39am BST

9th over: Bangladesh 27-1 (Tamim 13, Mominul 12) Moeen continues and finds a modicum of turn, but nothing to trouble anyone, and then Tamim loses patience, prancing down the pitch and golf-swinging one through mid-off for four. Lovely shot.

5.36am BST

8th over: Bangladesh 21-1 (Tamim 8, Mominul 12) Finn carries on as Athar Ali Kahn says Imrul should’ve left the ball that got him alone. Not sure about that – it was there to be punished – but it’s one way of not getting out. He also says that England could be in the field a long time, and winning the toss gives Bangladesh a good opportunity to win the match – no doubt the absence of Broad is helpful in this aspect too. Who is going to take the 20 wickets that England need?

5.30am BST

7th over: Bangladesh 19-1 (Tamim 6, Mominul 12) It won’t be a full spell for the seamers, or for Woakes at least – Moeen is into the attack to enjoy some hard ball. He bowled a brilliant first spell in Chittagong but this pitch is skiddier and not gripping as much – it takes five deliveries for one to turn, Tamim playing down into the off side for one. I wonder if Moeen will be back, or if that was just an oddy to see what’s what.

5.27am BST

6th over: Bangladesh 18-1 (Tamim 5, Mominul 12) Tamim looks nervous after 20 balls on 0, then chases a wide one – it looks like 4, but Duckett gets a hand to it at point saving 2. And he’s got the taste now, pulling a short one to square-leg without getting all of it – they run 3. This brings Mominul onto strike, and he leans into a delectable straight drive for four more. Nine from the over.

5.23am BST

5th over: Bangladesh 9-1 (Tamim 0, Mominul 9) I wonder how many overs the quicks will get here – I’d reckon more or less a full spell, as Woakes hits a crack and moves the ball off the seam, away from Mominul who flashes and misses. But the pressure is released immediately when a scrambled seamer does very little and is clipped to square-leg for the first boundary of the innings. And there’s another, chopped off the toe between second slip and gully – not such a good over, that.

“Like Finn in and I really like Batty out,” tweets Jonah. “Hope Cook gets the young spinner on as soon as the seamers finish.”

5.18am BST

4th over: Bangladesh 1-1 (Tamim 0, Mominul 0) Finn’s second ball is a goodun, 83mph and on a length. Tamim comes forward and gets an inside edge, which drops shy of Ballance at short-leg, but prompts some chattering in the field. Much as I want to, I really cannot get on board with Finn’s fringe, though it is undeniably Watford. Maiden.

5.14am BST

3rd over: Bangladesh 1-1 (Tamim 0, Mominul 0) Kayes must be absolutely cursing himself. That was an absolutely miserable dismissal.

“Is it going to rain?” asks Jonah. “Be mighty vexed if I got up at 04:15 for English weather and we go off!”

5.11am BST

Short wide one from Woakes and Kayes climbs in with a square cut, but neither opens the face nor rolls the wrists, picking out the man at point who holds a splendid leaping catch above his head.

5.10am BST

3rd over: Bangladesh 1-0 (Tamim 0, Imrul 1) Woakes’ first delivery finds some bounce, hitting the shoulder of Imrul Kayes’s bat – maybe there’s more in this that seemed so initially.

5.08am BST

2nd over: Bangladesh 1-0 (Tamim 0, Imrul 1) Finn opens up with a full toss wide of off that Imrul thick bottom edges, almost hits his stumps; they run one. And Finn is on the money next up, moving one away from the bat – the slips appeal for a catch but no one else is interested. We then see an overhead shot of the pitch, and there are bare cracks, but not much dust – the track is much harder than in Chittagong.

5.03am BST

1st over: Bangladesh 0-0 (Tamim 0, Imrul 0) Woakes, who is playing because he hasn’t bowled much in the sub-Continent, has three slips, a gully and a short-leg. His second ball dies on its way through to Bairstow which tells us it’s going to be hard bloody work, but he gets a bit of inswing and carry immediately thereafter, confusing Tamim who is beaten after deciding to play inside it. Maiden.

4.59am BST

It’s a bit overcast in Dhaka, as Woakes prepares to to open the bowling.

4.58am BST

More Ansari. Apparently, he got a double first from Cambridge, but people don’t like to lazily bang on about it. Here he is as a student.

4.53am BST

Congratulations to @surreycricket‘s Zafar Ansari who makes his England Test debut in Dhaka. Go well

4.52am BST

I imagine standing next to Ben Stokes is a faintly mortifying experience. Now this is a man.

4.50am BST

Ben Stokes is explaining that he was getting caught on the crease against spin, so changed his trigger. It was slightly across himself, but now it’s either all the way down the pitch or all the way back.

4.47am BST

This really is a huge chance for Zafar Ansari. I know it was always the plan for him to play here, but had Batty had a belter in Chittagong, who knows. As it is, he can now cement himself for India.

4.45am BST

We’re all friends here, so an admission: I’ve just had a packet of Nerds for breakfast (raspberry and tropical punch, now that you ask). An excellent source of vitamin C. Anyway, share your most nutritious meals here.

4.37am BST

Alastair Cook would’ve batted too. He says the wicket will turn more, rather than ball one. He thinks he’s got a team to win the match, or at least he said that – it didn’t really sound like he believed it. But Finn and Ansari replace Broad and Batty, the first change reflecting the absence of James Anderson for at least the start of the India series.

Cook also says that he didn’t think about altering the batting – batters get more chances than bowlers on the basis that they might just get a good ball.

Here are the teams: debutant Ansari & Finn coming in for Batty & Broad; Ban call up Hom for Shafiul Islam. SS2 now

4.34am BST

Bangladesh make one change, and it’s an attacking one, the fast-medium of Shafiul dropping out and Shuvugata and his off-breaks coming in.

4.33am BST

Mushfiqur says the pitch looks dry, but should be better for batting than in Chittagong.

4.31am BST

So, Mark Ramprakash has presented Zafar Ansari with his cap; mixed messages there…

On the other hand…

11.29pm BST

Brian Clough once quipped that he quite liked the Boat Race, but couldn’t understand why the same teams get to the final every year, a sentiment not irrelevant to Test cricket. It’s now a generation since Sri Lanka cemented themselves as a staple, and with the demise of West Indies, the format is desperate for new blood.

Happily it appears to have found it, the manner of Bangladesh’s performance last week – in attitude, skill and testicles – a brilliant fillip for the game. Though they still need to prove themselves away from home, on their own patch they are a hard night for anyone, on which point it’s also worth noting the role played by the track at Chittagong which somehow managed to inspire simultaneously attacking and attritional cricket. If Dhaka is anything like as sporting, we’re in for another treat.

Continue reading…

Permanent link to this article:

Oct 27

Zafar Ansari to make England debut in second Test against Bangladesh

• Spinner will replace Surrey team-mate Gareth Batty
• Stuart Broad rotated out of the side for Steven Finn

The Surrey spinner Zafar Ansari will make his England Test debut against Bangladesh on Friday, the captain Alastair Cook has confirmed. He will replace his county team-mate Gareth Batty in the side, while Steven Finn will replace Stuart Broad as the coach Trevor Bayliss looks to rotate his bowlers to give them experience before the India series ahead.

Related: England stick with spin trident but could turn to Zafar Ansari for second Test | Vic Marks

Related: England’s Jonny Bairstow keen to keep his eye on every ball in Bangladesh

Continue reading…

Permanent link to this article:

Older posts «