England complete clinical win over Bangladesh
by CricketArchive Staff Reporter

Ground:Lord's Cricket Ground, St John's Wood
Scorecard:England v Bangladesh
Player:ST Finn, AJ Strauss
Event:Bangladesh in British Isles 2010

DateLine: 31st May 2010


The English side got better of a competitive Bangladeshi side as they registered an eight wicket win to take lead in the two match series. When the day began the interest was as to whether the Bangladeshi side could continue with their fightback from the fourth day's play. But the English side showed their superiority as they refused the Bangladeshi side to get away as they dismissed the visitors for 382. With a target of 160 to secure the lead, the English side got to the target at the stroke of tea.


The Bangladeshi pair of Junaid Siddique and Shakib al Hasan began the day's play with the attempt of repeating yesterday's feat. Tamim Iqbal was supposed to be their inspiration but from the first ball it was evident as to which team was on the ball. Shakib flirted with danger on more than one occasion while Bresnan who opened the bowling for the day repeatedly produced some beauties. Shakib manage to survive the testing period but soon got out to the worst ball that Finn bowled. The Bangladeshi skipper played a withering cut shot to a rubbish delivery from Finn which was short and wide but found Morgan at point who gobbled up the catch with glee.


That was the moment and the sluice gates slowly began to open. Junaid Siddique's valiant effort came to an end when he chipped a slower ball from Finn straight to Bresnan at mid-off and the lanky English seamer soon got his name etched on the honours board of Lords a s he produced a peach to remove Mushfiqur Rahim. Mahmudullah and Rubel Hossain managed to stay put at the crease for more than 10.1 overs while adding 20 runs. Bresnan then came into the attack to remove the remaining two wickets to terminate the Bangladeshi innings at 382.


Bangladesh secured a 159 run lead and had a remote chance to pull an upset win over the hosts.


Strauss had other plans as he was off like a runaway train as the English skipper collected early boundaries. The Bangladeshi pacers disappointed as they repeatedly bowled horrendous line and length and then to make the matters worse over-stepped repeatedly. The openers added a quick fire 67 in 11.2 overs before Cook got another rough decision. Trott never looked in hurry at the crease as he took his own sweet time to settle into his groove. Strauss duly completed his second fifty of the match before Shakib got him caught behind.


With tea looming the interest in the match was as to whether Pietersen could finish the match in the final over before tea. With Shakib taking the ball and the crowd behind Pietersen the belligerent right-hander did everything to finish the match. But Shakib being a competitor refused to be cowed down as he succeeded in sending down an excellent maiden. Trott then finished the match with a delicate flick through midwicket to help England take lead in the short two match series.


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