Bangladesh v England - as it happened
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Preamble A draw doesn't necessarily mean that honours are even. One of the interesting things about the meeting of two unequal entities is the way it tinkers with the hierarchy of achievement. If an OBO reader holds the hand of a fully functioning human being for 0.000004 seconds, it will give them more of a thrill than a fully functioning human being would derive from 747 . And if Bangladesh draw this second Test, it will mean so much more to them than an England victory would to, er, England.
As a consequence, Bangladesh have a tricky decision to make when their second innings begins. Do they simply bat time in pursuit of that draw, which would probably be their worthiest result in 10 years as a Test nation, or do they consider something much grander, a victory that would change all their lives forever?
I suspect they'll set their sights low, and quite right too. As their coach Jamie Siddons has said, their development is all about small improvements, and a draw against England would certainly constitute that. England will resume on 440 for eight, a lead of 21, with Tim Bresnan needing 26 more for his maiden Test century.
If Bangladesh can keep England's lead below 50, they have a huge chance of drawing this game on what is still a real soul-crusher of a shirtfront. They would probably have to bat around 120 overs to do so. But as England know all too well – don't you dare say – the psychological pressure of the third innings can do extremely funny things to a man. I have a feeling Graeme Swann might bowl Bangladesh out today, leaving England to knock off a smallish target/collapse hilariously tomorrow.
Flogging a live horse department "," says Jo Davis. What a remarkable piece of TV that is. You don't get that sort of deviant entertainment on Ant & Dec, do you? Also, I've just realised that .
The sledging has started "All this , dear Rob, just won't cut it," writes Pepp in Sydney. "Pietersen's dizziness re: heat is no good omen for what's coming up, ey? Even though the drought has officially broken in parts of NSW and QLD, it's still bloody hot in November at the Gabba!! And it gets mighty hot in Adelaide. Mighty hot, indeedy." .
Now, here's a rather moving email from Steven Lynch of .
Karina is back in Latvia at the moment and has been troubled by the plight of underprivileged children there. Unlike in England, there are still orphanages in Latvia, and recent spending cuts (the Latvian economy has achieved the remarkable feat of being in an even worse state than ours) have made things even worse. A recent TV report showed children being told 'But you've already eaten today' when they said they were hungry and wanted something in the afternoon.
We are trying to help, in a small way: when I go out there shortly we are hoping to arrange for some of the children from a nearby home to have a day out – something like a visit to the circus followed by a square meal, probably at , a fun restaurant in Riga just to improve their quality of life a little. We will also try to give them some toys, or pencils to write with.
And so (you knew this was coming, didn't you!) I thought I would write to ask whether you might be able to make a contribution – anything, however small, would be much appreciated, and might enable us to cheer up more children than we can manage off our own bat.
There's no JustGiving page, but if you'd like to make a donation you can contact Steven at [email protected]. And if you are feeling generous, you might also support the causes of and poetry corner's .
3.29am Ready? Good. If I seem slightly giddy over the next two hours, it's because
I'm high on paint this is my last session of the series, with Andy Bull riding to the rescue for the remainder of this match. It has been fun, of a kind, but I'll be very glad to return to normal hours. For one, I haven't seen Loose Women in nearly two weeks now.
155th over: England 442-8 (Bresnan 74, Tredwell 2) The offspinner Mahmudullah will open the bowling at the Corpulent British Tourist End. He has a short leg, silly point and slip for the left-handed Tredwell. The fourth ball brings a huge shout for LBW but Tredwell was outside the line. "I've got eight record reviews to write by tomorrow (actually, by last Thursday, and amusingly one of them is called Missing Deadlines)," says Niall Harden. "So if anyone has any strong or completely made up feelings about the new Gil Scott-Heron, Ulrich Schnauss, Jack Rose, Lali Puna or Serena Maneesh albums (which on past evidence seems not improbable) that I can pass off as my own, then I could get on with the important business of following the cricket. And sleeping. Thanks in advance!" Write the same review for all of them and blame it on postmodernism and/or an addiction to Vicks Nasal Inhaler for which you're receiving professional treatment.
156th over: England 444-8 (Bresnan 76, Tredwell 2) Some more inept fielding gives Bresnan two off Shakib. England have started cautiously, for reasons known mainly to themselves. "I waved at a camera after Bell's century," says Kat Petersen. "Did you see it? It's the closest I'll get to it becoming famous." No, but my spirit was so crushed yesterday that I'd have barely noticed if you were giving me a lapdance*, never mind waving a lobster on a TV screen. Did anyone else see it?
* This is not strictly true
157th over: England 444-8 (Bresnan 76, Tredwell 2) Well this is great stuff from England: four runs from three overs so far. That was a maiden from Mahmudullah to Tredwell. "Here we go again with another all nighter," weeps Jeremy Bunting. "How do OBOers keep it up? I'm glad that, at least, you get some pocket money for watching this. The only consolation is that Clare Davies' boy at last done good. Its a shame it will be filed under 'what Test match was that? - I forgot.'"
158th over: England 447-8 (Bresnan 77, Tredwell 4) Shakib bowls to Bresnan, who works one behind square on the leg side for a single. Tredwell then squeezes two to third man. It's a good job I'm distilling the play into the exciting bits, eh? "The picture at the top," begins Niall Harden. "Which one of those is Kat Petersen?" Arf.
159th over: England 454-8 (Bresnan 82, Tredwell 6) Bresnan cover-drives Mahmudullah really classily for four in an over that yields seven. A Test century in only his second innings? Who knew? "I'm living in Colombia at the moment so not taking much interest in this series. Any good?" asks Toby Ebbs, knowing full well. "Before I left for South America I made a real name for myself on the OBO circuit during the SA tour/Xmas-party season '09. Unfortunately I just had an enormous bust up with the scary eyebrowless landlady that I live with and she wants me out by Friday. Any OBOers know of a spare room in Bogota, La Macarena, near the bullring somewhere around Calle 25 con Carrera 4a? With people who don't stress out when you bring the occasional girl back at 5am for a cup of tea and a biscuit?" Desperately Tragic Phrases of our Time, Part One: I made a real name for myself on the OBO circuit.
160th over: England 455-8 (Bresnan 82, Tredwell 6) Shakib Al Hasan replaces Shakib Al Hasan with the only reverse-swinger in town, Rubel Hossain. He gets plenty of shape into Bresnan, who just gets an inside-edge on the fifth ball before it thuds into the pad. Bresnan's Test averages with bat and ball are 91 and 32. Garry Sobers' were 58 and 34. Draw your own conclusions. "'For one, I haven't seen Loose Women in nearly two weeks now'," quotes Kevin Stracey. "The capital letters were a relief."
161st over: England 458-8 (Bresnan 82, Tredwell 9) Bangladesh don't take the third new ball. Shakib has switched ends, to replace Mahmudullah, and Tredwell square-drives him pleasantly for three. Bresnan blocks the rest of the over. Shakib's is now the . "It's not even that late here in New York but still I am questioning my sanity as I sit through another couple of hours of this particular cricketing gruel," says Luke Tiller. "I feel like I have some appreciation of how supporters felt watching a Timeless Test, things have seemed to have limped along so painfully slowly. Don't England have to catch a boat home or something soon?"
162nd over: England 460-8 (Bresnan 83, Tredwell 10) We've had 20 runs from eight overs so far, and England are in no hurry at all. Why would they be? It's not like the sanity of twos of OBO readers depends on them doing something, anything, in the next few overs. "That photo makes me wonder why the English are no longer even considered as contenders in the League of Master Races," says Tim Maitland. What a laughable state this country is.
163rd over: England 465-8 (Bresnan 84, Tredwell 14) Tredwell tickles Shakib off the pad and down to fine leg for four before missing a big slog-sweep. "Dhaka's got two topics this morning: savage power cuts, and that eight umpiring decisions went against them," says Khademul Islam. "If it were the bad old days those two guys would have been run out of town. But in these enlightened times it might have been just a waiter spit in their vindaloo... we have grown up!" Arf. I thought the reaction was way over the top. There were two or three poor decisions, but they weren't shockers. They weren't .
164th over: England 470-8 (Bresnan 85, Tredwell 18) Tredwell cuts Rubel for four, with the aid of another diabolical piece of fielding at third man. "Great photo," says David Mooney. "Are they training to be Newcastle United fans?"
165th over: England 471-8 (Bresnan 86, Tredwell 18) Bresnan slices Shakib to third man for a single. "I'd like to be on the OBO circuit sipping cocktails with Neil Stork-Brett and swapping anecdotes about Mark Lathwell with Gary Naylor," says Ian Forth. "Who's the next guest speaker? Pepp?" Don't you mean sipping anecdotes with Gary Naylor and swa- ah.
166th over: England 474-8 (Bresnan 88, Tredwell 19) Three singles from Mahmudullah's over. I can't really see the point of England's approach but they seem content enough. "On the the one hand, I really want to stick around to witness Tim Bresnan's maiden century," says Marie Meyer. "On the other hand, the moobs on display in the photo are putting me off to such a degree I'm afraid I'll have nightmares when I do go to bed. Given that said batsman is a fine figure of a man, could you post a pic of him instead? Or perhaps Photoshop a shirt, or even halter tops, onto those blokes?"
167th over: England 475-8 (Bresnan 89, Tredwell 19) Shakib is bowling over the wicket and on or outside leg stump to Bresnan, a decent tactic given Bresnan's reluctance to take any risks. He settles for a driven single through the covers. "It can't be long before us English break the Mongolian stranglehold in the lucrative world of sumo wrestling?" says Tim Maitland. "Why are we wasting our time trying to produce super-fit Olympians when there is a sport tailor made for our diet and rehydration habits?"
168th over: England 480-8 (Bresnan 90, Tredwell 23) Bresnan moves into the nineties, and takes his Test average to 99. Then Tredwell cuts a poor delivery from Mahmudullah economically for four. He looks an extremely good No10. "Please change the picture now," says Greg McClenaghan. "I had a rather heavy night and it is making me feel ill." Come on, it's not that ba- actually it is, isn't it.
169th over: England 481-8 (Bresnan 91, Tredwell 23) Synonyms for tedious (adj). annoying, banal, boring, deadly dull, drab, dreary, dreich (Scot.) dull, fatiguing, ho-hum (informal) humdrum, irksome, laborious, lifeless, long-drawn-out, mind-numbing, monotonous, prosaic, prosy, soporific, tiresome, tiring, unexciting, uninteresting, vapid, wearisome .
WICKET! England 481-9 (Bresnan st Mushfiqur b Razzak 91) Tim Bresnan misses out on a Test century. He came down the track to the new bowler Razzak, but the ball spat viciously past the edge and high to the right of little Mushfiqur Rahim, who did superbly to take the ball two-handed and demolish the stumps in one movement before Bresnan could get back. That was a great piece of keeping from a man who had a shocker with the gloves in Chittagong. A sad end for Bresnan, but England will be encouraged by how much that turned and bounced.
170th over: England 481-9 (lead by 62; Tredwell 23, Finn 0) "I hardly think I'd be a guest speaker on any English event," says Pepp. "I am currently banned from the Guardian cricket blog for having the nerve to name Duncan Fletcher's three hemorrhoids as Ricky. Thomas. Ponting. I've been banned since before the last Ashes. Even though there have been many a piteous cri de coeur for my appearance, and much slander as to my 'refusal' to post, from all my enemies on the blog on a daily basis. I was very surprised that you posted my mail, really. I hope you don't get a hiding for it." I've just done two weeks of Bangladesh v England. After that, anything else will feel like a reward.
171st over: England 490-9 (Tredwell 31, Finn 0) Consecutive boundaries for Tredwell off Shakib. First he cuffs a low full toss just over the leaping Imrul Kayes at midwicket and then he slog-sweeps high in the air towards cow corner. "Ian, Ian, Ian," says Neil Stork-Brett. "It's not all glamour on the OBO circuit, or 'The Circuit' as we like to call it. The overheads are a killer and you're forced to make morally dubious decisions on an over-by-over basis. And poor old Gary - he's on his second liver. It's not for the faint of heart, my foolish misguided friend."
172nd over: England 495-9 (Tredwell 36, Finn 0) Tredwell gets another leg-glance away for four, this time off Razzak.
173rd over: England 496-9 (Tredwell 37, Finn 0) "Greetings from Wellington," said Dominic Strogen. "Enjoying England's scintillating high-speed push for a win on the OBO. Not long back from the Basin Reserve where we, alas, watched the Aussies wop the Black Caps by 10 wickets. Supporting England for many years at home has made the transition to watching NZ very easy indeed. There wasn't any such fine manhood on display at the ground though, as the topless Barmy Army, but we did enjoy the plucky bunch of Victorians who gamely tried to keep their flags flying in yesterday's gales (top gust of 130 kph at the ground). They were only blown off the embankment the once." Great to see Phil Hughes back among the runs as well. I'm hoping he'll score 12,000 Test runs so that my OTT OBO eulogy to him in the summer, approximately four seconds before Flintoff began to defenestrate him, won't look completely ridiculous.
WICKET! England 496 all out (Tredwell st Mushfiqur b Razzak 37) Razzak lures Tredwell down the track with a nice piece of flight, and Mushfiqur does the necessary. Well bowled, well stumped, and well played Tredwell. Well done everyone. So England lead by 77, and I'll see you in five minutes for Bangladesh's second innings.
1st over: Bangladesh 0-0 (trailed by 77 on first innings; Tamim Iqbal 0, Imrul Kayes 0) There are 33 minutes to lunch, and an important little mini-session will start with Stuart Broad bowling to Tamim Iqbal. He goes straight around the wicket, and a couple of blazing strokes are well fielded by Pietersen and Collingwood at the end of the over. A maiden. "Caption competition," says Sean Boiling. "The ECB's search for a fitness and conditioning coach continues."
2nd over: Bangladesh 0-0 (trailed by 77 on first innings; Tamim Iqbal 0, Imrul Kayes 0) Bresnan must be pretty tired after batting for 261 deliveries but here he is, galumphing in with the new ball to Imrul Kayes. It's another maiden. I hope England get Swann on before lunch with this hard new balla. "The photo is very 'Clockwise'," says J. David Moore. "It's not the moobs. I can take the moobs. It's the short shorts I can't stand."
3rd over: Bangladesh 7-0 (trailed by 77 on first innings; Tamim Iqbal 7, Imrul Kayes 0) Broad's first ball is a bouncer and Tamim hooks it thrillingly in front of square for four, swishing the blade like Zorro in his follow-through. He carves another short one through the covers two balls later but England have a cover sweeper for Tamim so it's only a couple. "Caption competition," says Dominic Strogen. "Casting sessions for Sexy Beast 2 not going well so far."
4th over: Bangladesh 12-0 (trailed by 77 on first innings; Tamim Iqbal 11, Imrul Kayes 1) Kayes gets off the mark by flicking a straight delivery from Bresnan to fine leg for a single, and then Tamim times three through midwicket. He looks in excellent nick, as usual. "Caption competition," says Will Sinclair. "The Guardian's OBO team take a well-deserved break."
5th over: Bangladesh 19-0 (trailed by 77 on first innings; Tamim Iqbal 15, Imrul Kayes 4) There is still absolutely nothing in this pitch for the quick bowlers. It's a road. "I have to be up at 6.00 to go to Norwich, therefore right now I'd rather be asleep," says Tim Woolias. "However, I'm stuck in some sort of doom loop: try to get to sleep, fail, check OBO, find out nothing interesting has happened, feel weary, try to get to sleep... Einstein's definition of an idiot? Doing the same action repeatedly and expecting a different outcome. Will you be following the last five sessions?" I don't hate myself that much.
6th over: Bangladesh 23-0 (trailed by 77 on first innings; Tamim Iqbal 19, Imrul Kayes 4) This is an interesting move: James Tredwell is coming into the attack after just five overs, and he has Tamim dropped by Prior from his second delivery. Tamim pushed forward defensively at a good delivery which turned enough to take a thick edge. Prior couldn't hang on to a very sharp chance, and nor could Paul Collingwood at slip when the ball flew off Prior's gloves towards his feet. Tamim responds by charging down the wicket and screeching a boundary all along the floor through mid-on. "Re the picture," says Rob Fidoe. "It's not the moobs people should be most concerned about, it's the top right corner. Is that someone with their shorts around their ankles?"
WICKET! Bangladesh 23-1 (Imrul Kayes b Broad 4) Imrul Kayes is bowled round his legs. He was very unlucky. He pushed defensively at Broad, who was bowling around the wicket, and the ball deflected from his thigh pad back onto the middle stump. It was pretty similar to Michael Vaughan's dismissal against India at Trent Bridge in 2007, if you remember that.
7th over: Bangladesh 28-1 (trailed by 77 on first innings; Tamim Iqbal 20, Junaid Siddique 4) "Caption competition," says Jack Fray. "From left: Gary Naylor, Neil Stork-Brett, etc."
8th over: Bangladesh 28-1 (trailed by 77 on first innings; Tamim Iqbal 20, Junaid Siddique 4) A maiden from Tredwell, and that is lunch. Andy Bull will take you through the rest of the Test. Cheers for your emails; seeya.
That was the sound of the cavalry trumpet coming over the brow of the hill. The relief has arrived. At last. Rob Smyth can finally have a session off after the most heroic rearguard action since Rourke's Drift. The question is, am I too late?
Remarkably he seems to have his faculties intact. Largely. He does seem to think that this match could be all over quite soon, which suggests he is just a touch delirious, but we can forgive him that after the OBO stint he has put in so far this series.
"How many runs do those plucky Bangladeshis need here to make England sweat?" asks William Sinclair, who is following this in Sydney, presumably after watching Australia wrap-up a 10-wicket win over the Kiwis this morning, "250 would leave the Poms will a bum-tightening chase. Maybe even 200 might be enough? I reckon as long as they bat into tomorrow it'll make things very, very interesting."
Bangladesh currently trail by 49 runs. I'd suggest this wil go one of two ways - either it will reach an agonisingly, enjoyably, tense finish late on tomorrow or England will, like Australia, romp home by ten wickets or so after skittling over the middle order this afternoon.
9th over: Bangladesh 33-1 (Tamim 25, Siddique 4) "Can a side with Jonathan Trott opening ever 'romp home'?" asks Tom Kehoe. Mmm. Four paragraphs into his contribution and it seems Bull has made his first mistake. Four paragraphs is at least a little more than one ball, which is all Stuart Broad got through before he made his first cock-up of the afternoon. His first delivery is full and up on leg stump, and Tamim clips it away through leg for four. Tamim takes a wild heave at a short ball moments later, squirting it away square for a single. Broad comes around the wicket to Siddique, hammering him with a pair of short balls, interspersed by a yorker.
10th over: Bangladesh 35-1 (Tamim Iqbal 26, Junaid Siddique 5) Tredwell resumes, a decision which is raising a few eyebrows in the commentary box given that Swann has not had a bowl yet. "Please can you stop publishing emails from smug Australians?" pleads Martin White in Sydney, who presumably likes his toast done on one side, "I'm surrounded by a nation of them, I don't need to read their inane chatter on the OBO as well." Siddique and Tamim swap singles.
11th over: Bangladesh 39-1 (Tamim Iqbal 26, Junaid Siddique 9) Broad finds just a touch of swing as he comes around the wicket to Siddique, the ball beating the inside edge. He lands his next delivery in a similar place and this time Siddique carves the ball away for four runs past point.
12th over: Bangladesh 47-1 (Tamim Iqbal 33, Junaid Siddique 10) Oh! Tamim steps down the pitch and whacks a drive back towards Tredwell's face. He ducks away from it, throwing his hands up to attempt a catch as he does so. The ball breaks loose from his grasp. Before Sky have even finished showing the replay, Tamim is hotstepping it down the pitch again, repeating the shot. This time he gets a little more loft on the ball, which races away for four runs through long-off. His dander is up - he slaps the next ball high into the covers, and is lucky to see the ball plop down in the no-mans land between the in- and out-fielders.
13th over: Bangladesh 47-1 (Tamim Iqbal 33, Junaid Siddique 10) "The OBO team takes a breather" is Peter Norton's suggestion for a new caption to accompany the picture at the top of the page. "How long will it take Tamim to knock off the lead?" he continues, "30 minutes? And how long did it take England to build it? 30 hours?" Yes, it's a sensation a little like spending all day climbing a mountain so you can watch peregrine falcons fly by when you reach the top. This was a maiden from Broad.
14th over: Bangladesh 47-1 (Tamim Iqbal 33, Junaid Siddique 10) Tredwell tinkers with his field, inviting Tamim to take the two rash options of hitting over the top against the spin. Perverse chap that he is, Tamim decides to smother the next six balls, playing out a maiden.
15th over: Bangladesh 51-1 (Tamim Iqbal 33, Junaid Siddique 14) And here, for the first time today, is Steve Finn. The camera closes in on Graeme Swann at slip, exactly as he decides to start picking his nose with his thumb. Finn comes over the wicket, and his second ball is a marvellous inswinging yorker, which Siddique chops away to leg at the last moment. He stands up to the next ball and cracks it through extra cover for four. Finn bangs the next ball in short by way of rebuke, and Siddique allows it to clatter into his chest.
16th over: Bangladesh 54-1 (Tamim Iqbal 35, Junaid Siddique 15) Three singles from Tredwell's latest over, the batsmen scurrying to and fro in the fierce afternoon heat.
17th over: Bangladesh 59-1 (Tamim Iqbal 35, Junaid Siddique 19) Tamim crashes a terrific cut shot straight to point and races through for a single while the fielder recovers his balance. Siddique then crabs about the crease, creeping across his stumps and patting the ball away to the off. Oh, that said he ends the over with a vicious cut shot for four, leaving Finn rubbing his chin in self-reflective frustration.
18th over: Bangladesh 61-1 (Tamim Iqbal 37, Junaid Siddique 20) Unfortunately for everyone watching this innings Tamim seems to have resigned himself to blocking out Tredwell's overs, contenting himself with the occasional single. It is, in case you hadn't noticed, 6.47am, which makes me wonder if Tom v d Gucht wakes up with this kind of nonsense in his head, or whether it ambushes him over his morning bowl of cereal: "A few of my Facebook friends have joined the group 'Keighley needs a Starbucks'. Now don't know how well you know Keighley but personally I'd say it's already $h!t enough without having it's rough and ready individuality corroded by inserting an off the peg trumped up milkshake bar for local posers to hang out in and pretend to be cultured. Keighley doesn't need Starbucks, whilst Timothy Taylor's is still brewing they've got all the quality frothy topped libation they require." Let nobody say that we don't tackle the burning issues here on the OBO. Next week: does Chipping Sodbury need a new bus lane?
19th over: Bangladesh 61-1 (Tamim Iqbal 37, Junaid Siddique 20) Finn continues to plug away from over the wicket, serving up a string of length deliveries six inches outside off stump. As maiden overs go, this one was a victory for the bowler not the batsman.
20th over: Bangladesh 62-1 (Tamim Iqbal 38, Junaid Siddique 20) "I was thinking fondly of Rob Smyth the other day," says Stuart Wilson, in one of the most disturbing openings to an email I am ever likely to read, "but not in that way. I rang a used car salesman to try and flog him my knackered Volvo but sadly, despite me using a mockney wide boy accent, he didn't want to buy it. However he did (inexplicably) refer to me as Daddy throughout the whole call which made it all worthwhile." Do you think, Stuart, it may have been a sop to your ego, designed to console you for the fact that he thought you were a rube?
21st over: Bangladesh 67-1 (Tamim Iqbal 42, Junaid Siddique 22) Here comes that man Graeme Swann, the world's second best Test bowler, according to the ICC rankings at least. What an absurd notion. If you'd only tried to convince me of that three years ago I would have laughed you out of my inbox, chuckling in wry amusement as I ticked the little marker next to your email and pressed the delete button. It would have seemed every bit as unlikely as if you were trying to tell me that Paul Franks was three years away from being the world's top all rounder. Anyway, Swann clears his throat with a raucous LBW appeal as Tamim drops to his knee to play a paddle sweep, squirting the ball away fine for three off his glove.
22nd over: Bangladesh 73-1 (Tamim Iqbal 47, Junaid Siddique 22) So the two spinners will work in tandem. Tamim is looking a little fidgety at the crease, hopping around as though he has ants in his pants. He edges two runs through the (vacant) gully, and then loops a catch up off pad and bat towards Cook at mid-off. The ball landed just short of the captain, so Tamim survives.
23rd over: Bangladesh 73-1 (Tamim Iqbal 47, Junaid Siddique 22) Swann beats Siddique's edge with a ball that turns a lot off the pitch. That is as eventful as the over gets, Siddique eityher leaving each of the next five balls alone or patting them out to the off.
24th over: Bangladesh 73-1 (Tamim Iqbal 47, Junaid Siddique 22) Dropped! Horribly dropped! That is a horrific piece of fielding from Trott, an absolutely shocking piece of work. "That is real Sunday park cricket" thunders Dominic Cork, "I am not sure whether Cook wanted to be angry or laugh." And indeed England's captain did seem to be biting his lip in disbelief. Tamim finally lost his patience and slapped at the ball, which looped up in a gentle arc towards Trott at point. He caught it, and then, inexplicably, dropped it.
25th over: Bangladesh 77-1 (Tamim Iqbal 47, Junaid Siddique 26) "So, apart from learning that Cook can't Captain, what is this test teling us?" asks Ranil Dissanyake "The big message seems to be that England would trade most of their top six for a batsman as exciting as Tamim. Honestly, in five overs of watching him, I've derived more pleasure than two days of England's snail like progress. And he's 21! Just think how could he might be when he reaches his prime, which for a batsman is in about ten years." And there goes England's lead, wiped out with a four from Siddique, driven through the covers. Every run England give up now will have to be recovered with the bat later in the match.
26th over: Bangladesh 81-1 (Tamim Iqbal 51, Junaid Siddique 26) Tamim steps away to leg and belts four through point, what a lovely shot.
27th over: Bangladesh 81-1 (Tamim Iqbal 51, Junaid Siddique 26) "Five more drops a la Trott, and about ten blatantly wrong umpiring
decisions in favour of Bangladesh, and the two teams are square, even
stevens," points out Khademul Islam, neatly filling this little bit of space on my behalf - I missed most of the maiden Swann bowled to Siddique because I was busy looking up an old report of mine from the 2007 world cup, on that happy day when Bangaldesh beat India (preposterously, Tamim scored 51 as an 18-year-old), and Ireland beat Pakistan.
28th over: Bangladesh 81-1 (Tamim Iqbal 51, Junaid Siddique 26) He's a little older, and a little wiser these days. He plays out a maiden here, as he and Tredwell continue their absorbing little duel.
29th over: Bangladesh 85-1 (Tamim Iqbal 51, Junaid Siddique 30) Siddique strikes four more runs through long-off, taking Bangladesh's lead up to eight. Reading through that old OBO really does bring back some memories - that was the same Saturday that, France won the Six Nations with a try in the last minute against Scotland, and as I put it then, "England have announced that several players have been fined for breaches of discipline after last night's loss to New Zealand." And of course, Bob Woolmer passed away that same evening, I signed off the OBO with the words: "Bob Woolmer is packing his bags and heading home."
WICKET! Tamim 52 c Broad b Swann (Bangaldesh 86-2) Oh what a shame. While I was getting myself all misty-eyed about in reminiscence, Tamim has got himself out, driving against the spin as the ball turned out of the rough. The ball popped up off the edge and flew towards Broad, who took a good catch at backward point. Here then is Jahurul, on a pair.Cook brings four men in as close catchers, just to make him feel welcome.
32nd over Bangladesh 86-2 (Junaid Siddique 30, Jahurul Islam 0) Here's Geoff Roberts: "After scrolling through the session so far I have decided to write my doctorate on 'Jaffas in Frenzyland: Linguistic hermeneutics and the consumption of alcohol at unlikely hours of the morning as demonstrated in the Guardian OBO in the 21st century.' England won't win." Watching Tredwell bowl has to be one of the most awe-inspiring sights I have seen since Richard Dawson last took the field for England. Siddique plays out the over, blocking all six balls back down the pitch.
33rd over Bangladesh 92-2 (Junaid Siddique 30, Jahurul Islam 6) My word what a shot that is! Islam, on a pair on his debut, steps down the pitch and wallops a straight drive for six back over Swann's head. Those are his first runs in Test cricket. The man must have brass balls. He claps a drive back towards Swann at catchable height moments later, but Swann can do no more than get his fingers to it. Sky's statisticians are 30 seconds slower than Rob Smyth in pointing out that Carlisle Best also got off the mark with a six.
34th over Bangladesh 103-2 (Junaid Siddique 31, Jahurul Islam 16) Atherton is suggesting that Trott's drop catch would rank in the top two or three of the worst he has ever seen in international cricket. Ha! This is brilliant. Jahurul strides down the pitch and heaves a huge six over the leg side. His first two scoring shots in Test cricket have both been sixes. What a lark this game must seem to him. He edges his next ball between slip and the 'keeper. It should have been out, but instead it fetches him four runs. So his first three scoring shots in Test cricket have all brought him boundaries.
35th over Bangladesh 104-2 (Junaid Siddique 31, Jahurul Islam 16) Siddique takes a single from the first ball, and Jahurul blocks out the follwing five. About ten minutes ago this email from Khademul Islam landed in my in-box. It seems a little obsolete now: "Pity the new batsman Jahurul Islam - a deb who came in place of out of form batsman Ashraful, and got a duck in the Chittagong Test: how hot do you think he's feeling out there?" Not very, would be my answer in hindsight.
36th over Bangladesh 104-2 (Junaid Siddique 31, Jahurul Islam 16) Another maiden, Tredwell's sixth of the innings.
37th over Bangladesh 108-2 (Junaid Siddique 32, Jahurul Islam 20) Jahurul whacks yet another four down the ground, the ball fizzing past Swann at head height. That'sll be a scoring sequence of 6,6,4,4 then, for a debutant on a pair in Test cricket. Swann stuck a hand out in a half-hearted effoert to try and cut it off, but the ball was half-way to the boundary by the time his had straightened his elbow.
38th over Bangladesh 109-2 (Junaid Siddique 33, Jahurul Islam 20) Siddique settles for a single from this sedate over.
39th over Bangladesh 110-2 (Junaid Siddique 34, Jahurul Islam 20) Cook opts to give Bresnan a short little burst before Tea. He comes around the wicket to the southpaw Siddique, trying to swing the ball away towards the slips. Five dot balls follow, and then Siddique snicks an inside edge away for a single.
40th over Bangladesh 110-2 (Junaid Siddique 34, Jahurul Islam 20) "Bangladesh are 33/1 to win this match," points out Gary Naylor, "That seems a decent bet right now, with a little saver on the draw." That does seem a little generous. Their lead is now 33. Oh if that's out that is very unlucky. Yes, that's out...
WICKET! Siddique 34 c & b Tredwell (Bangladesh 110-3) It was a short ball, and Siddique went to slot it through the covers. He thumped the ball straight into the boot of Cook at silly point, and the ball riccocheted up to give Tredwell the simplest of catches on the rebound. Mahmudullah is in, thanks to another sizeable slice of bad luck for Bangladesh. Well, the new batsman shows no inclination to play out the session - he whacks his first ball for four through cover.
41st over Bangladesh 115-3 (Jahurul Islam 21, Mahmudullah 4) "Has someone cropped the current photo at the top of the page deliberately because the man in the top right has gone the whole hog and is now sitting with his shorts round his ankles?" wonders Dan Silverstone, "If so, thanks to the cropper. The picture's done enough to put me off my coffee, but it really would be too early for that kind of surprise." Our pleasure Dan. Bresnan continues, from over the wicket now, mixing in- and out-swing. Jahurul swings and misses with a firm cut shot. One single from the fifth ball, and that, ladies and gents, is tea.
A brace of hash browns and a spoonful of scrambled eggs later, and I'm back in my seat, ready for the final session of the day.
42nd over: Bangladesh 116-3 (Jahurul Islam 21, Mahumudullah 4) Tredwell opens the attack after Tea, already sweating like a sargeant major leading the square bashing drill. Jahurul and Mahmudullah swap singles.
43rd over: Bangladesh 116-3 (Jahurul Islam 21, Mahumudullah 4) And at the other end it is Tim Bresnan. "Has Browns?" pipes up Andy Bradshaw, picking up on a since rectified typo, "Sounds interesting is it a lentil based patty?" I assume that's a rhetorical question: all food is lentil based in Guardian Towers. Frankly I thought Alex Jarman was nearer the mark when he offered up this email: "'A brace of has browns' Wouldn't they normally go with has-beens?"
44th over: Bangladesh 125-3 (Jahurul Islam 29, Mahumudullah 6) Steve Finn scoots around the cover boundary to sweep up a drive from Mahmudullah. Jahurul has clearly had enough of playing the waiting game, so he steps down the wicket and bunts four runs up and over mid-on's head. Looks like he's got a lot of moxie, this fella.
45th over: Bangladesh 130-3 (Jahurul Islam 29, Mahumudullah 6) Bresnan bungs five wides down the leg side. It's not really too clear quite what he was trying to do there. And then...
WICKET! Mahmudullah c Prior b Bresnan (Bangladesh 130-4) That's a peach of a delivery, pitching on off and shaping away towards the slips. It lured Mahmudullah into playing at it, and the edge popped through behind into Prior's gloves.
46th over: Bangladesh 131-4 (Jahurul Islam 30, Shakib al Hasan 0) Tredwell, who seems to have been bowling ever since I came into the office at 5am this morning, continues. Jahurul, who seems to be a batsman with all of two gears - either block or slog - opts for the first of those, and pats the first four balls down by his feet before strolling a single off the fifth.
47th over: Bangladesh 132-4 (Jahurul Islam 31, Shakib al Hasan 0) "Sitting in my office in New Delhi," writes Will Davies, "Power's just gone off, but mercifully I can still follow the cricket thanks to your fine work. No power means no aircon though. Stripping off might run contrary to office clothing regulations, but at least it would show soldiarity with those fine specimens in the picture above. Guy on the bottom right is clearly wondering how he can get his mitts on some beer." An LBW appeal from Bresnan, spearing the ball back into Shakib's pads from around the wicket, beating the inside edge. Umpire Hill shakes his head and shares a grin with the bowler. Hawk-Eye suggests that the ball was just trimming leg stump.
48th over: Bangladesh 132-4 (Jahurul Islam 31, Shakib al Hasan 0) Tredwell speeds through six balls so quickly that I hardly have time to type these few words before he has finished.
OK. That's a lie. I was dozing.
49th over: Bangladesh 134-4 (Jahurul Islam 31, Shakib al Hasan 2) Shakib forces two runs away through mid-wicket to move off zero. Bresnan is bowling extremely well here, switching from over the wicket to around and back again, getting the ball to reverse swing this way and that.
50th over: Bangladesh 135-4 (Jahurul Islam 32, Shakib al Hasan 2) Tredwell hangs the first delivery of his 23rd consecutive over out wide of the off stump. Jahurul eases a single away past point, and Tredwell then switches his line of attack to come around the wicket to the left-handed Shakib.
51st over: Bangladesh 141-4 (Jahurul Islam 38, Shakib al Hasan 2) Bresnan appeals for a catch behind. He seems certain that he has had Jahurul caught behind off the outside edge by Matt Prior. Umpire Hill disagrees. He is vindicated by the replays, which suggest the noise England heard was that of bat hitting pad, not ball. Bresnan over-pitches the next ball, and Jahurul slots it through the covers for four gorgeous runs.
52nd over: Bangladesh 143-4 (Jahurul Islam 38, Shakib al Hasan 4) Swann drops short and Shakib threads a tidy back foot cover drive away for two runs, Kevin Pietersen giving chase across the hot green turf. "Morning," says Guy Hornsby in the breezily insincere manner of a stockbroker greeting a fellow commuter on the platform at Maidenhead station, "I wondered if anyone's penned Smyth's obituary yet? The poor man must be lying in a cold dark room with a
six pack cold flannel on his head, delirious and hallucinating that Tredwell will still be bowling when he wakes up. Actually, at this rate he may be." Indeed. Mistah Kurtz Smyth - he dead.
53rd over: Bangladesh 143-4 (Jahurul Islam 38, Shakib al Hasan 4) For some reason, and I'm not sure what it is or why, Dominic Cork is telling us that we shouldn't write off Steve Harmison yet. Goodness. Has it come to this? Will we ever, I wonder, really be allowed to write Harmison off, even after those years of utter mediocrity? Steve Finn has joined the attack, and started his spell with a maiden.
54th over: Bangladesh 144-4 (Jahurul Islam 38, Shakib al Hasan 5) Swann comes around the wicket to Shakib, turning the ball out of the rough towards the slips. Bangladesh's lead is now up to 66. Tim Bresnan has run off the field, and Kirk Russell has run on to it. He's wrapping some bandages around Matt Prior's fingers. "Stockbroker?! Insincere?! I'm not a stockbroker," insists Guy Hornsby, notice that he makes no effort to rebut the idea that he is insincere. "I don't think I've been this insulted since someone thought I was Fatboy Slim (I was 22 at the time, he was 37)."
55th over: Bangladesh 149-4 (Jahurul Islam 42, Shakib al Hasan 6) "That picture at the top..." scoffs Robert Cookson, disgust positively oozing out of his email. "Since when did the Graun do Page 3?" Since this morning. Finn's line drifts wide of off stump, and Jahurul seizes the opportunity to crash a cut away for four runs. A fine shot that, from a man in the middle of a very promising debut match.
56th over: Bangladesh 155-4 (Jahurul Islam 42, Shakib al Hasan 12) Swann continues from around the wicket to Shakib, who pulls the first ball of the over away for four through backward square leg. "What do you think that the future holds for Tim Bresnan?" asks Stuart Wilson, "He seems to have done very well in this series. However, what do you think his chances are for an ongoing England career. It seems to me that he has tried very hard in this series and has exceeded what we would all have expected of him." Funnily enough Smyth and I were just discussing this very topic - Bresnan has done well with the old ball, which would be a useful quality in Australia next winter. He's clearly mentally tough, and unlikely to break down in the same way Harmison did, and yet somehow you just wonder if his bowling is quite good enough to trouble the best batsmen. If, in the long-run, England opt for a five-man attack I could see him being part of their plans, as he is well equipped to bat at no7.
57th over: Bangladesh 153-4 (Jahurul Islam 43, Shakib al Hasan 12) Jahurul hooks a single around the corner to long leg as Finn drops in a bouncer. "I'm not convinced by Cork," says Neil Tague, "During the First Test, he described Saj Mahmood as a young, up and coming bowler. Given that Mahmood played his only half-decent cricket for England in the summer of 2006, this was the most bizarre thing I heard all day, even more so than Simon Hughes going into raptures about the tanker graveyards." Maybe Cork has a distorted perception of the passage of time, he is, after all, as old as Methuselah.
WICKET! Jahurul 43 b Swann (58th over: Bangladesh 156-5) Lovely bowling from Swann, who rips an off-break back in between Jahurul's bat and pad, bringing this fesity debut to a rather ignominious end. "I like Tim Bresnan," says Mike McCarthy, "I think that there should definitely be a quota of at least 1 slightly overweight Yorkshireman in our side. It's a throwback."
59th over: Bangladesh 158-5 (Shakib al Hasan 14, Mushfiqur Rahim 0) Simon Hughes' commnetary on TMS is, if you haven't heard it, completely bonkers. He makes Blofeld sound like the consummate professional. Often he doesn't bother to give the score, but offers an approximation of it instead. In fact he seems intent on talking about anything other than what's happening in front of him. Mark Butcher, on the other hand, has been rather good I think.
60th over: Bangladesh 158-5 (Shakib al Hasan 14, Mushfiqur Rahim 0) Mushfiqur deadbats a maiden over.
61st over: Bangladesh 162-5 (Shakib al Hasan 18, Mushfiqur Rahim 0) Stuart Broad is back into the attack, and England have all of eight overs in which to spare your OBO correspondent a return to the office at 3am tomorrow morning. "Tomorrow represents the last early morning start to follow England until the Ashes," says Jon McCauley-Oliver, "I'm sure the OBO community will have many ways of celebrating setting the alarm for 3.30. Mine will be steak and eggs to be cooked at the first drinks break and maybe a glass of Sauvignon Blanc before the family wake up." Mmmhmm. I'll bne right there with you. With a warm cup of hotbeverage no1 (strength 3) from the office vending machine and a packet of twiglets for me. This over seems to have taken an eternity to get through. It finally ends with a thick edge through third man for four by Shakib.
62nd over: Bangladesh 164-5 (Shakib al Hasan 19, Mushfiqur Rahim 1) "Re: 60th over and 'Mushfiqur deadbats a maiden over'..." says David Wall, and, well, can you see what's coming readers? "I'll have to try that technique in the pub this saturday evening. It's probably more likely to bring success than my normal efforts at charm." Swann is coming around the wicket to Mushfiqur, who gets his first run from the 13th ball he has faced.
63rd over: Bangladesh 165-5 (Shakib al Hasan 20, Mushfiqur Rahim 1) "It could be worse," says Dan Seppings, "Be thankful that it's not Steve Harmison telling us not to write off Dominic Cork yet." Shakib takes a single from the sixth ball of another interminable over from Broad. Tredwell could get through an over in the time it takes Broad to bowl two balls.
64th over: Bangladesh 167-5 (Shakib al Hasan 22, Mushfiqur Rahim 1) "Hughes and Cork have an amazing anti-chemistry," agrees Chirs Myers, "I physically can't listen to their constant bickering." Bickering is a kind word for it. You could just call it tripe. Their commentary was so bad that it actually prompted to my father to switch off the radio, insist that he was done listening to TMS and then launch into a long monologue about the state of the nation over our breakfast last week. "It just goes to show what happens when you send a second-string team to Bangladesh.
65th over: Bangladesh 169-5 (Shakib al Hasan 22, Mushfiqur Rahim 3) Far be it from me to accuse another man of being too cynical, but surely Mike Atherton can't be right when he says that the reason Kevin Pietersen is the only man on the field not wearing a hat is because of his contractual obligations to Brylcream? Is that really what the England team has come to? Broad roars out an appeal for LBW as Mushfiqur shoulders arms to a ball thnat came back in. A bad shot that. The umpire shakes his head and Broad is dumbfounded. No matter.
WICKET! Mushfiqur Rahim 3 b Broad (Bangladesh 169-6) The next delivery knocks over his wicket. He was a little unfortunate - the ball rebounded off the inside edge and off the pad and then into the off stump.
66th over: Bangladesh 170-6 (Shakib al Hasan 23, Shafiul Islam 0) Swann trundles in over the wicket, Shakib turning a single away to mid-wicket. The next delivery is a brute, hardly getting above ankle height and turning a foot or so out of the rough. Shafiul drops his bat on it, knocking it away square.
67th over: Bangladesh 172-6 (Shakib al Hasan 25, Shafiul Islam 0) The penultimate over of the day. Broad's face is red and creased, marked by the day's hard yakka. Shakib takes two runs from the first ball, clipping the delivery through mid-wicket. Broad tries to fimish his day's labours with a yorker, but the ball is a little too wide to be threatening. Shakib blocks it away to the off.
68th over: Bangladesh 172-6 (Shakib al Hasan 25, Shafiul Islam 0) The last over of the day starts with Shakib turning down an easy single, seemingly keen to stay away from Swann's end till the morning comes. Shafiul shows no such caution, and tries to launch the next ball through cover for four. He somehow avoids playing on to his stumps. The last ball is another dot, and that, dear readers, is stumps for the day.
England have had all the luck. They are now 95 runs behind and need to take another four wickets. I'll be back here in the morning, see you then. Thanks for your emails and company and, for now, cheerio.