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Last Updated: Thursday, 26 May, 2005, 17:03 GMT 18:03 UK
England dominate sorry Bangladesh
First Test, Lord's (day one, stumps)
Bangladesh 108; England 188-1

A Flintoff
Andrew Flintoff only had five overs, but he took two good wickets

Bangladesh, having eagerly awaited their first Test at Lord's for so long, had a terrible first day as a determined England side dominated.

Invited to bat first, Bangladesh were bowled out for 108 in barely 38 overs.

All England's seamers enjoyed bowling on the fresh wicket which provided plenty of movement - Matthew Hoggard emerging with figures of 4-42.

There was no respite when England batted as Marcus Trescothick and Andrew Strauss led them to 188-1.

In truth, batting was much harder in the first half of the day, but Bangladesh's top order let themselves down by insisting on trying to attack balls that should have been defended or left alone.

They did, however, reach 31-0 and 65-2, at a time when Hoggard was struggling with no-balls - his line and length was all over the place as well.

But then the Tigers were quickly tamed.

Steve Harmison, who like Hoggard bowled much better in his second spell, got the first wicket when Nafis Iqbal backed away to leg before steering a catch to first slip.

Next, captain Habibul Bashar, batting at three, brainlessly top-edged a pull before he had settled to get the ball rolling for Hoggard.

Javed Omar Belim and Aftab Ahmed were the only batsmen to reach 20, but both disappeared in the space of two overs, edging to slip off Simon Jones and Andrew Flintoff respectively.

Marcus Trescothick
Marcus Trescothick was largely untroubled in his innings

Flintoff's slow yorker completely deceived the talented youngster Mohammad Ashraful and at 71-5 the damage had been done.

However, Khaled Mashud and Mushfiqur Rahim, making his debut aged 16, lasted 15 overs together.

They barely advanced the score, however - and once that partnership was broken by Hoggard - earning a fortunate lbw decision against Mashud - the end came quickly.

Two batsmen were bowled and there was even a run out before number 11 Shahadat Hossain was caught behind off Hoggard.

Shahadat then found himself bowling with the new ball well before tea, and Trescothick and Strauss scored with great speed up to the interval to make the score 70-0 after just 11 overs.

Neither of them had been in any form for their counties, but as Strauss pulled and drove at will - and Trescothick added some gorgeous back-foot shots through the covers, the gulf between the two sides became obvious.

Finally, Strauss fell to a good piece of bowling from Mashrafe Mortaza, who swung a delivery into his pads to have him lbw for 69.

Michael Vaughan should have been caught and bowled by the spinner Mohammad Rafique for just eight.

But even he was enjoying himself with some flowing off-drives when the day came to an end, and had reached 21 not out. Trescothick was on 78.

England: M Vaughan (capt), A Strauss, M Trescothick, I Bell, G Thorpe, A Flintoff, G Jones (wkt), G Batty, S Jones, S Harmison, M Hoggard.

Bangladesh: Javed Omar, Nafees Iqbal, Habibul Bashar (capt), Mohammad Ashraful, Aftab Ahmed, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mohammad Rafique, Khaled Mashud (wkt), Mashrafe Mortaza, Shahadat Hossain, Anwar Hossain.

Umpires: D Harper, K Hariharan.

Interview: England batsman Andrew Strauss

Interview: Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore

Report: BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew


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