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Bangladesh v England - 1st Test day four as it happened


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By Mark Mitchener

1045: Right then - it's going to a fifth day. Dominic Cork on TMS has had to shelve plans to head to the golf course tomorrow, while I've seen the possibility of a day off (to be made up at a later date), dangled invitingly in front of me by one of my bosses if the game finished today, dashed too. But let's face it, we're either going to see an England victory tomorrow, or one of the most incredible rearguard actions in the history of cricket - so I hope you'll join me again tomorrow morning. Play starts at 0330 GMT, the live text will be up and running before then - so do come and join us. Laters...

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From Anon, via text: "Re: Nick in Newcastle (1025), my three sons were all at Bedford Modern with Monty and still play cricket against a Luton team which has Monty's brother as a player"

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From spogliadoo on 606: "These young boys are making England look just a bit silly at the moment. It wouldn't surprise me if they drew the match"

1036: Simon Hughes has noticed that the BBC weather forecast for Chittagong on Tuesday predicts "Drizzle". Ulp. The two Simons are wrapping up the day's play on TMS - and you'll be able to download this later as the TMS podcast should you wish.

Simon Mann
Simon Mann on TMS: "That was a chastening final session for England"


1032 - Ban 191-5 (75 overs)
Poor old Tim Bresnan has to bowl the last over, he's been an absolute workhorse for England today. Mushfiqur, on 47, is the model of assurance at the crease, and is not tempted to play at anything which might see him edge to the two slips and two gullys. A perfect "leave" completes a maiden over and ends the day. Siddique finishes on 68, this stand is now worth an unbroken 68, and England must return tomorrow to close the deal.

1028 - Ban 191-5 (74 overs)
Swann to Siddique, the Tigers fans are clapping every dot ball here... Siddique dabs one down to third man and they run two. Swanny has 2-61 from 29 overs. And despite those delaying tactics at the end of the last over (I'm not being judgmental, all teams do it including England), there will be time for one more over.

1025 - Ban 189-5 (73 overs)
Bresnan runs in to Mushfiqur, there's someone walking by the sightscreen so the little keeper steps away and rather than break his delivery stride (and risk injury), Bresnan goes through with the delivery and hits the stumps! Useful to remember if England (or Yorkshire) ever get involved in a bowl-out... Mushy hammers a legitimate delivery for four - and rather like England at Cardiff last summer, Bangladesh send the physio and a 12th man out to have a look at Mushy. By a staggering coincidence, it should mean England won't have time to get an extra over in.

Monty Panesar
From Nick, Newcastle, via text: "Re: Paul in Heathrow (0938) and 'an old boy of my son's school'. That would be Bedford School. The other famous England player heralding from the same town? Monty Panesar from Bedford Modern. One of the country's great school rivalries. In cricketing terms the pragmatic purist versus a cult hero"

1020 - Ban 185-5 (72 overs)
Swann returns in place of KP, but England look like they're almost going through the motions now as they realise they're going to be back tomorrow morning (as are we, in the early hours)... Just a single from the over, two more overs to get in today but we should easily do that before 1030 GMT.

1016 - Ban 184-5 (71 overs)
Mushfiqur pulls out of a shot against Bresnan and takes a blow on his chest for his trouble. Next ball, he goes through with the shot and guides a single to leg.

From Tony in Manchester, TMS inbox: "If England have one weakness its that they don't react to the pitches when playing abroad - always sticking with the six batters/four bowlers option. Pretty obvious that they'd need an extra specialist slow bowler in this game - Tredwell might as well come home now if he can't get in to have a bowl on this track"

1012 - Ban 183-5 (70 overs)
KP in for his fifth over, Mushy sneaks up to 41 with a single. This stand is now worth 73.

Simon Hughes
Simon Hughes on TMS: "I was covering that England A tour and remember writing about two young Indians who I saw in the nets - one was a studious blocker and the other was a fat left-handed slogger. They eventually had meteoric Test careers - it was Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly"

1009 - Ban 182-5 (69 overs)
Bresnan returns and bowls a maiden to the watchful Siddique.

Dominic Cork
Dominic Cork on TMS: "When I was here in 1995 with England A, me, Glen Chapple and Michael Vaughan all had suits made for about £5 each. We bought three each - we were trying to look like Take That"

From Andy from Aus, TMS inbox: "Does anyone else miss those retro days before automatic refresh... try bashing a black and white valve driven set to see if Cowdrey got his century!"

1005 - Ban 182-5 (68 overs)
Broad's off, KP returns as England look to rattle through some overs - Mushfiqur punches him through cover and they run three. Siddique adds a single.

From Jamie Wood, TMS inbox: "England could be frustrated for a VERY long time, Siddique looks in, Mushfiqur is handy with the bat, and Naeem proved he can hang about for a long time after the first innings... It'll be a long couple of sessions for England"

1002 - Ban 178-5 (67 overs)
Captain Cook encourages Trott by clapping his hands as the part-timer tries to dislodge Mushfiqur - he strikes it through the covers, first bounce to the man on the extra cover boundary for a single. Then there's a bit of tomfoolery as England pretend they think they've got Mushfiqur out hit wicket, Trotty (still awaiting his first international wicket) appeals when he sees a bail off but replays show Matt Prior knocking that bail off with his glove as Mushy took aim.

From Tom, TMS inbox: "I am also a big fan of Cook but am also biased as I played against him when he was playing for Maldon in Essex. He scored 150 to win the game for them and my claim to fame is dropping him on three! Considering he had already run me out on 96 earlier in the day I didn't have a lot of success going up against the future England captain"

0957 - Ban 185-5 (66 overs)
After that over from Trott, Mark Butcher on TMS recalls how how own part-time medium-paced wobblers twice dismissed Brian Lara. (Butch has 15 Test wickets and 125 first-class victims). Siddique goes all Kevin Pietersen, flipping Broad through the leg side for four as he goes up on one leg - there are a minimum of eight overs remaining in the day's play.

0954 - Ban 173-5 (65 overs)
I'm not surprised that England have turned to a medium-pacer as their sixth bowler - but I am surprised it's not Paul Collingwood, who's not bowled all match. It's Jonathan Trott, but he fares no better than the others as Mushfiqur punches a four through point This long, wicketless session is proving frustrating for England.

0950 - Ban 169-5 (64 overs)
Mushfiqur pushes Broad for a single, Siddique on-drives him for four, forcing the shot just wide of the man at short mid-wicket. Broad is gun-barrel straight, but out of luck.

From Michael - Being made redundant in Cambridge (anyone need a buyer?), TMS inbox: "Does any one else miss those retro days before automatic refresh? The excitement of pressing F5, hoping that England have taken another wicket, or not lost another. Trying not to jinx the outcome by pressing F5 when the time was 1.11..."

0945 - Ban 164-5 (63 overs)
Siddique is very much becalmed, Swanny is trying all his tricks but the Tigers number three times it well to guide a two through backward point.

0941 - Ban 162-5 (62 overs)
Mushfiqur carves a half-volley from Broad between gully and point for four, then he gets an inside edge onto his pad but the ball falls safely as Broad raises his hands to the heavens in frustration. Reprieved, Mushy confidently cover-drives another four - his fourth - to move up to 31.

0938 - Ban 154-5 (61 overs)
Well, that wasn't much of a rest (well-deserved or otherwise) for Swann - he's changed ends and is bowling again. Siddique carefully bats out a maiden, before conferring with his much shorter batting partner.

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From Paul, en route to Heathrow, via text: "I think Cook is completely brilliant. But then I may be a little biased. I'm an Essex fan and Cook is an old boy of my son's school..."

0932 - Ban 154-5 (60 overs)
Swanny takes a well-deserved rest after bowling 25 overs on the spin (pun intended), and Stuart Broad returns for the first time since the 29th over - he was really struggling with the heat earlier today. But it's stalemate against the accomplished Mushfiqur - and it's time for the drinks cart to shuffle on.

0927 - Ban 154-5 (59 overs)
Bangladesh coach Jamie Siddons looks as impassive as ever behind his sunglasses, but they will regard it as a minor triumph if they can get through this final session of the day without losing a wicket. There are 15 overs left after this one, plus potentially the extra-half hour. Great commotion in our office as various senior people disappear next door for our morning meeting. Apparently some bloke called Beckham's a bit hurt... Back in Chittagong, Bresnan sends down a maiden to Siddique, and a tired-looking Finn leaves the field so it's time for Supersub Tredders.

0922 - Ban 154-5 (58 overs)
Swann tosses it up, Mushfiqur and Siddique push the singles before the little wicketkeeper gets down on one knee and slog-sweeps him for a well-timed four.

From Richard, Watford, TMS inbox: "Not sure why there's always a big fuss about the follow-on. The Aussies have shown us that it's usually preferable to bat again, slamming it round the park whilst the bowlers put their feet up. Of course this strategy might have been born on the plane home from the '81 Ashes tour..."

0918 - Ban 148-5 (57 overs)
Finn's off after four overs as England turn back to Bresnan. (Broad hasn't bowled for more than two hours, he seemed to struggle more than most with the heat). Bresnan is trying hard to disguise which way he's holding the ball as he looks to get it to reverse. Mushy dabs one off his legs and virtually walks through for a single.

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From Sportsfan87 on 606: "Finn is impressing, still think it's a long shot at this stage but he might tour Australia. Should definitely play when Bangladesh tour England"

They always need a couple of spare pace bowlers on Ashes tours, although they often end up carrying the drinks for the whole trip like Liam Plunkett did in 2006/07 (and seems to be doing again on this tour).

0914 - Ban 147-5 (56 overs)
Siddique is resolute against Swann, eventually clipping a well-run two off his legs.

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From the Marquis de Sade, Lancashire, via text: "That was a terrible drop by Carberry"

0911 - Ban 145-5 (55 overs)
Mushfiqur has to dig out a low yorker from Finn, then flashes a fierce drive which is well stopped by KP in the covers. Maiden over.

From Allyd in Teeside, TMS inbox: "Re Cook being 2nd fastest to 4,000 runs. He's played 53 Tests in four years and scored 4,000 runs. He's only just turned 25. Tendulkar's got the current all time record with 13,447 runs, but he's 37 and can't have too much longer left surely? Could Cook break it? At the current rate he'll have 12,000 by the time he's 33. Come on the Cookie Monster! (NB I am in no way saying Cook is as good as Sachin!)"

That's 50
0907 - Ban 145-5 (54 overs)
Siddique reaches his fifty with a lofted drive over mid-off - Swann looks frustrated. He has 2-48 from 23 overs.

0903 - Ban 141-5 (53 overs)
The Barmies remain in good voice as Mushfiqur is on the defensive against the grinning Finn. Meanwhile, we've received an emailed press release from Warwickshire's head of communications Abi Dollery (aka Mrs Jonathan Trott) - Bears batsman Darren Maddy will have to have an operation after sustaining a facial injury in the nets in Bloemfontein. Our best wishes to you, Darren, and I'm not just saying that as I've got a Warwickshire fan sat next to me.

0859 - Ban 141-5 (52 overs)
Mushfiqur stabs a single, Siddique tries to chop one to third man and the flying Finn makes a great half-stop at backward point. He got down very quickly there for such a tall lad. Simon Hughes on TMS has noticed a stray cow walking onto the construction site where a new stand is being built. Some of the England fans seem to have plenty to clap and chant about.

0855 - Ban 140-5 (51 overs)
Oh, that's a good ball... great yorker from young Finn which Siddique has to jab has bat right down to dig out. Maiden over - Finn has 1-31 from nine overs.

0851 - Ban 140-5 (50 overs)
Swann's 20th over yields a couple of singles.

From Rob, Tanzania, TMS inbox: "Re: John Jacques (0820) Yeah, I hate those shallow victories where we have a lead of 300 after the first innings..."

0847 - Ban 138-5 (49 overs)
The Pietersen Experiment is ended, and it's time for another spell from the flying Finn. There's a stifled lbw shout against Siddique for one which pitched outside leg stump, then the left-hander cracks a four through the covers.

From Tom Caston, TMS inbox: "I watched a bit this morning and was really struck by how well the England team seem to be getting on... Lots of banter and smiles (easy when you're winning I know). But was thinking that a tour like this (where conditions are physically tough) will really bring a team closer... Strauss might feel on the outside when he returns"

0843 - Ban 134-5 (48 overs)
Another maiden over, Swann to Mushfiqur. 26 overs to go tonight if my sums are right.

0840 - Ban 134-5 (47 overs)
KP looks more comfortable against the left-hander, and whips through a rapid maiden over.

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From Sarah, Bolton, via text: "Text commentary is my morning saviour - otherwise it's Disney Channel till the kids go to school. Aagh"

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0838 - Ban 134-5 (46 overs)
Mushy pushes another single as Swann begins his 19th over, he's been bowling unchanged since before lunch. Siddique steers a single Mushy slog-sweeps, Carberry sprints in and dives forward from the mid-wicket boundary but the ball falls just short of him. Only a sadist would label that as a drop.

0834 - Ban 130-5 (45 overs)
KP to continue his spell, Mushfiqur gets the Tigers back under way with a single and Siddique hammers a square-cut for four.

0830: Here we go again. Can England wrap it up in four days?

From Stat in Dar es Salaam, TMS inbox: "Do you think Cook declared when he did to ensure that he top scored in both innings?"

From John Jaques in New York City, TMS inbox: "What a shame that poor decisions from inadequate umpires are hurting the game. Shallow victories result"

0820: Simon Mann on TMS notes that there are 30 overs remaining this evening - plus a possible eight more if England can claim the extra half-hour.


0812 - Ban 125-5 (44 overs)
So then, last over before tea. Mushfiqur threads a single through the covers, Siddique lets the last ball go past and that's tea. The Tigers need 388 more runs - but England need just five wickets, and will have renewed confidence that they can wrap up the game this evening.

0809 - Ban 124-5 (43 overs)
Bresnan takes a much-needed rest after that six-over spell - with all the other pace bowlers having bowled a spell in this session, it's time for fifth bowler Kevin Pietersen to have a trundle before tea with his part-time right-arm off-spin. KP gets plenty of turn, as he usually does, and nearly snares Siddique with one which keeps low and nearly hits off stump. But he gets through the over quickly enough so we'll get one more over of Swann before tea.

0807 - Ban 123-5 (42 overs)
As some jet planes "buzz" the ground (has anyone seen David Gower?), Mushy steps down the crease to Swann and prods a single to mid-wicket. To the delight of TMS commentator Shamim Chowdhury, the score is 123-5 (try saying it out loud...)

Dominic Cork
Dominic Cork on TMS: "Matt Prior seems to be bringing the 12th man on every three or four overs - I can understand that he needs to take fluids on, but he's really slowing up the over-rate. England have played in hotter conditions than this - I played in 48 degrees in Adelaide once"

0803 - Ban 122-5 (41 overs)
Great effort from Bresnan, this is his sixth over of this spell (and the heat is, literally, "on") but he's still charging in with plenty of heart (and a bit of reverse swing on the quiet). Siddique is inching towards a sixth Test fifty - a single takes him to 38 - and Mushfiqur guides one to Trotty out in the deep at square leg.

0758 - Ban 120-5 (40 overs)
Siddique profits as a rare lapse in the field from Carberry at cover allows him a single. Mushy pushes Swann into the covers, Jonathan Trott gives chase - he's not the quickest, allowing them to run three, but he cuts off the boundary. Siddique picks up another single.

0755 - Ban 115-5 (39 overs)
Oh, Cap'n Shakib won't be happy with that - TV replays seem to show it did hit his glove, and didn't hit his pad at all... Siddique takes his score to 35 with a single - he's been joined by Mushfiqur Rahim, who batted so bravely in the first innings. He's off the mark with a faint little tickle down the leg side for four.

Wicket falls
0748 - WICKET - Shakib lbw b Swann 4 - Ban 110-5 (38 overs)
Swann rubs the ball furiously before wheeling away again to Siddique, the left-hander gets an edge but it falls agonisingly short of Paul Collingwood at slip. A single brings new batsman Shakib Al Hasan on strike - Swann removed him in the first innings - and the Tigers skipper is off the mark with a swept four. But he attempts another sweep off the last ball, there's a big lbw appeal and it's clearly going to hit the stumps, but did it hit his gloves first? Swann leaps up and down, there's a long wait, and umpire Tony Hill eventually raises his finger!

Dominic Cork
Dominic Cork on TMS: "I think England's game plan would be to take five wickets by tea, and then claim the extra half-hour tonight"

Wicket falls
0743 - WICKET - Mahmudullah b Bresnan 5 - Ban 105-4 (37 overs)
Mahmudullah and Siddique exchange singles - this is Bresnan's fourth over of this spell, and none of the three seamers have bowled more than four in a continuous spell today (as Finn bowled three-and-a-half before lunch and three-and-a-half after lunch). But Bresnan's reverse swing comes up trumps again as Mahmudullah misses a straight-looking one which clips his pad and is bowled!

Dominic Cork
Dominic Cork on TMS: "Tim Bresnan is reverse-swinging it both ways - only a little way, but it's enough to trouble the batsmen"

0739 - Ban 103-3 (36 overs)
Another uneventful maiden over from Swann & Siddique Productions Ltd.

From David Adamson, TMS inbox: "We need to get Siddique out and then they'll crumble. With a day and a half to go only the heat can help them now"

The heat seems to have done for Broad already...

0735 - Ban 103-3 (35 overs)
Mahmudullah pushes Bangladesh over the three-figure mark by guiding Bresnan through backward point for four. With just over half-an-hour until tea, England's hopes of wrapping up the win today may be slipping away unless they pick up another one or two wickets before the interval.

0731 - Ban 99-3 (34 overs)
Swann bowls an uneventful maiden over to Siddique.

0728 - Ban 99-3 (33 overs)
New batsman Mahmudullah plays and misses at his first ball - Bresnan has a wicket maiden.

Wicket falls
0724 - WICKET - Aftab c Prior b Bresnan 26 - Ban 99-3 (32.5 overs)
England finally make a much-needed breakthrough when Bresnan finds a bit of swing and Aftab, who looked in good nick, feathers an edge behind to the delighted keeper.

0721 - Ban 99-2 (32 overs)
Aftab slog-sweeps the despairing Swann for a single from outside off stump. England's lack of a fifth bowler is starting to manifest itself like an embarrassing zit on the face of a shy teenager.

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From Double O in Dhaka, via text: "Re: Paul in Plymouth (0650) - England clearly need a slow left-armer as a counterweight to Swanny. So with all due respect to Tredders, I'm happy to make myself available for the Second Test (will need a cunning sick note though!)"

Monty Panesar
If it's a slow left-armer we need, has everyone forgotten the Montster?

0719 - Ban 98-2 (31 overs)
As I predicted, Broad's off - and Bresnan takes over. Siddique tries an expansive drive, gets an inside edge and it shoots past the stumps (and Prior) for four. That's a moral victory for the bowler, but Brezza then strays with one short and wide which Siddique hammers for four past cover.

Athar Ali Khan
Former Bangladesh all-rounder Athar Ali Khan on TMS: "This is a pretty decent approach from Bangladesh - they've lost two wickets to two very good deliveries, but I've been impressed with the way Aftab has batted - his shot selection has been very good, they're trying to occupy the crease"

0710 - Ban 90-2 (30 overs)
A mix-up between the batsmen nearly has Bangladesh in trouble, Carberry pounces on the ball and a direct hit might have brought a run-out. Just that one run from Swann's over, and to England's relief it's time for a drinks break. This stand is worth 45.

0707 - Ban 89-2 (29 overs)
The tiring Broad, shirt dripping with sweat, will run in for another over, he's trying hard but he doesn't seem quite on the money here. Aftab pokes a two through the covers, and Steve Finn lets out a big yawn in the field. Aftab whips Broad for a fluent four off his legs, and I think Broad may take a rest for his own sake.

0703 - Ban 83-2 (28 overs)
Broad looked spent at the end of that last over, he may come off again. Swann continues for his 10th over, Siddique threads a single past the circle of close fielders. A quicker one down the leg side beats everyone and goes for two byes - and then it's a definite "shot of the day" contender from Aftab as a beautiful cover drive brings him his third four. A single rounds off a great over for the Tigers, who are working the left-hand/right-hand combination well.

0658 - Ban 74-2 (27 overs)
Broad goes round the wicket to Siddique, and immediately gets one to drift in and move away from the left-hander. Siddique straight-drives and they scamper through for three runs. Aftab pushes a quick single, and Bresnan comes back on the field at the end of the over.

From Craig Ball, TMS inbox: "Luckily for me I'm watching from an office in South Korea, so the time of the game is like watching a Test match back home, get in!"

0653 - Ban 70-2 (26 overs)
Tredders of Kent is on for another sub-fielding stint, this time in place of Bresnan - Swann pushes a quicker ball through, Siddique has to jab his bat down quickly and a lucky inside edge brings him a single when he looked all at sea.

0650 - Ban 69-2 (25 overs)
It's really hot and sweaty out in the middle - Bangladesh are 444 short of that unlikely win, but Aftab shoulders arms at anything outside off stump from Broad. Maiden over.

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From Paul in Plymouth, via text: "A few more wickets before I go to bed would be nice - and another bowler for the next Test"

0646 - Ban 69-2 (24 overs)
Cook was remarkably prescient to don those shin pads, as off the first ball of Swann's over, he gets a whack on the shin while standing at silly point to Siddique. Swann floats one up which Siddique punches back down the ground for four.

0644 - Ban 65-2 (23 overs)
Finn takes a rest and Broad returns - it'll be interesting to see how many overs he lasts, as he looked whacked after four overs with the new ball. Captain Cook dons some shin pads, though he isn't in a close catching position just yet. Broad has two men back on the hook for the right-handed Aftab, and there's a hint of reverse swing as he sends down a maiden.

0639 - Ban 65-2 (22 overs)
Siddique tries to knock Swann into the covers but knows better than to take a single to the patrolling Michael Carberry.

From Alex Davenport, TMS inbox: "The timings of the game in Muscat means that play starts at 7.30am - exactly when I start school! Usually I get home in time to see the last 20 minutes or so. Today though, school decided to have its yearly 'evacuation' (which is like a fire drill only it's in case of a bomb not a fire) which means we all get to leave early! Brilliant! Now i can sit back and relax at the prospect of a lunch and afternoon in front of the TV!"

0635 - Ban 65-2 (21 overs)
Finn pings in a bouncer down the leg side, Aftab helps it on its way by hooking it for four. A single takes the right-hander to 12, he's nearly caught Siddique, who moves on to 14 by guiding a single to Captain Cook.

0629 - Ban 59-2 (20 overs)
Aftab guides Swann off his legs for a single, Siddique drives firmly against the spin for four through mid-wicket.

0626 - Ban 54-2 (19 overs)
Finn in for his sixth over, a thick edge past gully for four from Aftab brings up fifty for Bangladesh, while he rotates the strike with a leg bye down the leg side.

From Alex, Holland, TMS inbox: "As I have a tendency to predict the opposite of whatever happens, I fully expect our bowlers to toil and break down. At the end of play, tomorrow, we'll be thanking our stars that Prior will still be available to bowl the last over and save the draw, with the Bangles only needing three more runs with eight wickets in hand..."

0621 - Ban 49-2 (18 overs)
KP leaves the field, to be replaced by James Tredwell who took a superb catch while sub-fielding yesterday. Swann, bowling in his sunglasses as ever, finds some turn against Siddique and sends down a rapid maiden over.

0619 - Ban 49-2 (17 overs)
Kevin Pietersen fields the ball sharply and then immediately signals to the dressing-room like he's injured his hand. Hampshire team-mate Michael Carberry comes over and has a look at the bashed digits. (Mind you, he hasn't played for Hampshire since 2008 by my reckoning). Aftab plays out a maiden from Finn.

Dominic Cork
Dominic Cork on TMS: "It's hot, sapping weather - but as a bowler, I would rather be warm than cold. My first match of the season with Hampshire after I get back from commentating on the IPL will be at Durham, and it can be really cold there"

0614 - Ban 49-2 (16 overs)
Siddique is on the defensive against Swann, eventually forcing a two off his legs.

Simon Hughes
Former Middlesex and Durham seamer Simon Hughes on TMS: "On one tour of the Caribbean, Jack Russell practised keeping wicket in a sauna, with several layers on, to get used to the heat"

0611 - Ban 47-2 (15 overs)
Finn has half an over to finish - new batsman Aftab Ahmed is off the mark with a push through the covers for two.

0609: After some interesting chat on TMS with their panel of journalists - Derek Pringle, Stephen Brenkley and Dean Wilson - we're ready to resume proceedings.

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From Rod, Croydon, via text: "A) Broad is probably dehydrated due to subcontinental food poisoning. B) KP should bowl, as should Colly with his cutters"

0536: Right, time for our regular lunch interval sarnie hunt. Do keep an ear on TMS (and manually refresh the page to see the text message below appear properly!).

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From Double O in Dhaka, via text: "Two swallows don't make a summer. But one Swann makes a credible spin attack!"


Wicket falls
0530 - WICKET - Kayes c Prior b Finn 23 - Ban 45-2 (14.3 overs)
The increasingly confident Kayes off-drives Finn for four, as if to prove his doubters on TMS wrong - but then perishes as he edges one that bounces well and moves away from him to keeper Matt Prior. And that'll be an immediate lunch, thank you very much.

0528 - Ban 41-1 (14 overs)
Swanny rips another beauty past Kayes' forward prod, just a single added and we should have one more over before lunch.

0525 - Ban 40-1 (13 overs)
Siddique defends confidently against Finn, he has to duck a bouncer from the tall debutant and then gets a fortunate inside edge past the leg stump and it scuttles away for four. Sid pushes the last ball for two past mid-on.

0520 - Ban 34-1 (12 overs)
New batsman is Junaid Siddique, so the two least composed-looking Tigers batsmen from the first innings are in together. Trouble is, in this heat, you're not going to get much out of the fast bowlers. Siddique is off the mark with a single.

Wicket falls
0516 - WICKET - Tamim b Swann 14 - Ban 33-1 (11.4 overs)
Oh, big wicket! Tamim prods forward but Swanny spins one past his outside edge to knock over his off pole! It may not be his first over (it's his second), but Swann has struck early yet again.

Shamim Chowdhury
Shamim Chowdhury on TMS: "This is possibly the warmest of the four days of this Test - the humid conditions may take their toll on the players"

0515 - Ban 33-0 (11 overs)
After Kayes pushes Finn for three, there's a three-quarters-hearted lbw appeal from the big beanpole against Tamim, but that pitched a fraction outside leg stump - good decision, ump. Tamim nicks the strike with a single - he averages over 60 in Tests in 2010.

From Dave, Australia, TMS inbox: "Re: lack of a fifth bowler. Don't forget Colly (and KP for that matter). They could both have a useful role to play in this innings"

0510 - Ban 29-0 (10 overs)
England turn to spin as Graeme Swann replaces Bresnan. Tamim sweeps for a single, Kayes adds another. Bangladesh have only passed 300 twice in the fourth innings of a Test.

Mark Butcher
Mark Butcher on TMS: "The lack of that fifth bowler could really hurt England in this second innings"

0507 - Ban 27-0 (9 overs)
With Broad seemingly exhausted in the heat, it's time for debutant Steve Finn. Tamim is hit on the body as he tries to force the tall Middlesex man to leg, but guides a single off his legs.

0502 - Ban 26-0 (8 overs)
Kayes edges Bresnan, it reaches Paul Collingwood at second slip on the bounce. An attempted short ball is helped down the leg side for four off his hip, and I can't help but worry that this denigration of Kayes on TMS will see him score a triple century or something. Broad is down at long leg and between deliveries, he's bent over and Luke Wright is wrapping a towel around Broad's head.

Dominic Cork
Former England all-rounder Dominic Cork on TMS: "We keep being told these are the fittest bowlers to have ever left the UK shores, but Stuart Broad looks really tired after bowling four overs"

0458 - Ban 22-0 (7 overs)
Kayes plays and misses at Broad - Simon Hughes and Corky on TMS don't think he'll be in the side for the second Test. He has a top score of 33 from 18 Test innings before this game, although he has an ODI hundred... A leg bye gets him off strike, the more competent Tamim flicks a single off his legs. A single takes Kayes to 10.

From Steve, in Stavanger, Norway, TMS inbox: "I grew up in Bangladesh - wouldn't mind being there now, instead of the snow we got here. Never mind. Good job I have TMS to keep me awake after a long, boring nightshift. Only two hours til bedtime!"

0454 - Ban 19-0 (6 overs)
Kayes is predictably fidgety against Bresnan, although he'd probably rather be facing the Yorkshireman, who is a yard or two slower than Broad. A single takes him to nine, Tamim can't connect with a full-blooded pull shot and they trot through for two leg byes.

0449 - Ban 16-0 (5 overs)
Broad sends down a maiden to Tamim, you sense he'd rather be bowling at Kayes...

0446 - Ban 16-0 (4 overs)
You can't offer Tamim any width, but that's exactly what Bresnan does and he square-cuts for four, before guiding a two off his hip. Bangladesh now need less than 500 more to win... Simon Mann on TMS reveals how Dominic Cork took some leftover media lunch boxes outside the ground yesterday, making him very popular with some local children.

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From Anon, via text: "As the missus romantically snores away at the side of me keeping me awake, I thought might as well check the Test score out. Just hope I don't read a headline tomorrow saying 'Capello in Crisis' with Lennon and Beckham injuries!"

0442 - Ban 9-0 (3 overs)
A single from Tamim brings the bouncer-fearful Kayes on strike against Broad - so Captain Cook brings in a short leg and a leg slip in the expectation of some "chin music" being served up to Kayes. He tries to duck a short ball that doesn't get up - a bit like Chris Read famously ducking Chris Cairns' slower ball - and it whacks him on the back. There's an appeal, but it pitched a mile outside leg stump, and Broad needs to curb his enthusiasm a bit there. Kayes gloves a four down the leg side, then plays a village-style cow shot across the line but doesn't connect. He's really struggling here.

0438 - Ban 4-0 (2 overs)
Tim Bresnan takes the second over, his first ball is a bit loose and Kayes helps it through the covers for four. You may be interested to know that the highest fourth-innings Test score on this ground is 317-7 by New Zealand (who were victorious) in October 2008.

0434 - Ban 0-0 (1 over)
With two slips and two gullys in place, Broad gives it plenty of aggression with the new ball and has Tamim, who was the sheet anchor of the first innings, playing and missing. Maiden over.

0430: Bangladesh have a minimum of 164 overs to face - five and a half sessions - theoretically. Stuart Broad to take the new ball to Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes.

From Charles, TMS inbox: "This time last year I'd just been to my first Test in Antigua while working on boats in English Harbour, now I'm in a windowless office in Brunei about to go for a curry lunch in a canteen that does not even have a licence to heat food up, how this boat bum has fallen. Cheers TMS for giving an escape. Swann to take us home"

I was at that Antigua Test (or rather both of them) - the 10-ball abandoned Test at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium and the replacement game at the far superior atmosphere of the Antigua Recreation Ground!

0427: So, England will have about an hour to get stuck into Bangladesh before lunch. Expect plenty of short-pitched bowling, especially directed at Imrul Kayes and Junaid Siddique, who seemed quite timid in the face of short stuff in the first innings.

From Geoff Foster, TMS inbox: "Snatching quick looksies at the web whilst working. Looks like the fat lady is warming up the vocals to me… only thing that can stop the lads now is rain and the BBC Weather unit is predicting clear sunny skies all day. Would you believe them?"


Wicket falls
0420 - WICKET - Swann c Siddique b Shakib 32 - Eng 209-7 dec (49.3 overs)
After a single from Bell, Swann switch-hits again, but straight into the arms of short extra cover. And England declare - Bangladesh's putative victory target is 513.

0417 - Eng 208-6 (49 overs)
Our first sight of pace today as the right-arm slinger Rubel Hossain replaces Razzak. Bell nudges a single, Swann goes for an expansive inside-out whack through the off side but some good fielding on the boundary by Shahadat restricts them to two.

Shamim Chowdhury
Shamim Chowdhury on TMS: "Why are England carrying on and wasting time? Bangladesh can take a lot of pride from the fact that England feel they have to carry on with the lead past 500"

0412 - Eng 205-6 (48 overs)
After a brief unofficial drinks break (the sort where the 12th man runs on with a towel and a quick drink for the batsmen between overs), Bell works a single before Swann chips a couple of twos.

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From Ed in Bristol, via text: "Dissertation due in at 2pm so TMS will keep me going during the final push. Come on England!"

0410 - Eng 200-6 (47 overs)
Bell reverse-sweeps (well, it was really more of a reverse club) for two, then blasts a massive six over long-on to bring up the fifty stand from 44 balls. He's showing an amazing range of shots today. A single brings Swann on strike, and he goes for a Pietersen-style switch hit, changing his hands over and blasting it for four! Still no sign of a declaration - and Tim Bresnan is padded up, indicating they mean to go on!

0406 - Eng 187-6 (46 overs)
Swann slog-sweeps Shakib for four, then on-drives for two to the mid-wicket sweeper. Two singles mean it's eight from the over. Swann wipes away the sweat, it's hot work out there.

From Roger in Vietnam, TMS inbox: "Can't get any cricket here either, suspect they do not know the game. England to have a good time at the crease, nothing to lose. Bangladesh to give a spirited response but all over by tomorrow, still maintain we should have enforced the follow-on and really rubbed it in with a win by an innings etc"

0403 - Eng 179-6 (45 overs)
Some comedy fielding allows Swann a single, the ones are coming easily. Bell beautifully late-cuts for four, he really is an artist when he's on song like this. (His detractors would no doubt add "yeah, when there's no pressure on"). Bell has 26, Swann has 15, and the lead is 482.

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From Dean and Jeff, bored at work in Ipswich, via text: "Get in! Just won a packet of Rolos, as Swann in ahead of Broad"

0400 - Eng 172-6 (44 overs)
Shakib tries to keep it tight. Three singles from the over.

Mark Butcher
Former Surrey and England batsman Mark Butcher on TMS: "Nobody ever minds when you get out to a pace bowler, but get out to a spinner and suddenly it's 'ooh, he can't play spin'. It's a wonder a spinner ever gets a wicket!"

0357 - Eng 169-6 (43 overs)
An annoying beeping from the other side of the office, who on earth is trying to send us a fax at this time of day? More singles, Swann swats a four through mid-wicket and then the Notts spinner gets a leading edge but it loops invitingly over the bowler and they run one.

From Sean, TMS inbox: "Currently visiting Sydney, looking forward to seeing England get the Bangladishis in early so we can get among the wickets. The talk of the town over here is the whole Michael Clarke (Aussie vice captain) and Lara Bingle (a cracking Google Images search!) and the sad disintegration of their engagement! Why couldn't it all have happened days before the next Ashes series?"

Well, you say that, but Shane Warne's marital problems didn't stop him playing like a genius in the 2005 and 2006/07 Ashes series, did they?

0353 - Eng 162-6 (42 overs)
Bell and Swann knock Shakib for a few singles. Overall lead now 465.

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From Mark, up late doing endless self assessments, via text: "So glad I'm not the only one up at crazy o'clock with only TMS for company. Really hope we can get a decent total here and prove Cook's decision right"

0350 - Eng 158-6 (41 overs)
Swann is off the mark with a three to third man, Bell powerfully slog-sweeps for four and then steers another boundary through mid-wicket. A single takes him to 17

From Dave "The Dog" Rodwell, TMS inbox: "Hi Mark, just read your news about 'Becks', I'm absolutely gutted for the guy and England, we certainly needed him, like we need the 'Chef' to understand the intricacies of captaincy, especially when it involves the follow-on. Have a good commentary"

0346 - Eng 146-6 (40 overs)
Reading between the lines, England may not want strike bowler Stuart Broad to expend any energy batting - as they've sent Graeme Swann in ahead of him, presumably with full licence to tee off. Bell knocks a two off his legs, then a straight-drive is flicked towards the stumps by Shakib and Swann is nearly run out without facing a ball. Shakib has 3-41 - England's overall lead is 449.

Wicket falls
0343 - WICKET - Prior c Shahadat b Shakib 7 - Eng 144-6 (39.2 overs)
Prior goes for the big hit against Shakib, but skies an easy catch to mid-on.

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From Ian, definitely from Bishop Auckland and stone cold sober tonight, via text: "I've noticed that when Bangladesh have to chase down a big target (as is so often) they tend to go after the bowlers straight away and get quick runs, if England's bowlers hold their lines and show good control we should have them bowled out before lunch tomorrow. Declaration at lunch for England"

0341 - Eng 144-5 (39 overs)
Bell dabs a single, Prior survives a decent lbw shout as Razzak gets a bit of turn, before guiding a single to long-off.

0339 - Eng 142-5 (38 overs)
Captain Shakib Al Hasan to bowl, so it's left-arm spin from both ends. Prior goes inside-out, stepping back to crack another four through the covers before sweeping a single. Bell adds another, England have been positive so far.

From Nick Pettifer, New York, New York (where it is impossible to see cricket...), TMS inbox: "I reckon Cooky will tell Prior, Bell et al to have a bit of a thrash. Worst case scenario: we lose five wickets in an over and still have two days to bowl them out. Best case scenario: we add 80 or so in an hour and a half and then get a couple of wickets before lunch"

0335 - Eng 136-5 (37 overs)
Abdur Razzak to bowl the first over of the day, so we're straight into left-arm spin. Prior pushes a single into the covers, Bell chops a loose delivery to third man for four. (And do manually refresh the page and the "play to start at 0330" will disappear).

From Michael, TMS inbox: "Here's hoping for Prior and Bell to smash out the morning session, watching the Bangles try and claw their way back in yesterday was painful at times. I think England will declare at lunch or when they reach a lead of 600... though the clock should be a worry if yesterday was anything to go by!"

0328: A bit of debate between Simon Mann and Mark Butcher on TMS over the issue of "comfort breaks" for fielders, given that when James Tredwell took that superb catch yesterday, he was on as a substitute fielder for Alastair Cook who had left the field briefly. Meanwhile, the players are ready to resume - Matt Prior and Ian Bell at the crease for England.

From Chrissy, Lincolnshire, TMS inbox: "Morning Mark - I am hoping to keep up to date with the cricket whilst doing a night shift on a busy labour ward. Fingers and everything crossed!"

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From Chris, up late doing an essay, having drunk his own weight in coffee, via text: "Bat out the morning session. Quickfire Prior century. Broad rips through them after lunch. Swann follows suit after tea. All done with a day to spare. Sorted?"

0318: A couple of other lines from the world of cricket - West Indies beat Zimbabwe yesterday to win their ODI series 4-1 after Chris Gayle smashed 63 from 41 balls, while New Zealand have recalled Mathew Sinclair for their forthcoming two-Test series against Australia. He hasn't played a Test for two years, having been dropped after he had a wretched time against England in NZ.

0315: TMS have started up - Simon Mann reports it's a clear morning in Chittagong, but he has heard a rumour of a bit of rain forecast later.

0304: As it's the Ides of March today, I should probably steer away from any Soothsayer-like predictions, but do you think England will be more concerned by the scoreboard or the clock when choosing to declare? Even if they were to declare now, a Bangladesh victory is practically unfathomable (and would be one of the greatest results in the history of cricket), but how long should England need to bowl the Tigers out? As ever, we'd love you to pitch in on the emails and texts.

0255: Morning, everyone. If you can tear yourselves away from the overnight news that David Beckham is set to miss the World Cup with a torn Achilles tendon, we've still got a game of cricket to be settled in Chittagong. The match situation is that England are 131-5 in their second innings - an overall lead of 434 - with two days remaining. We're expecting a declaration at some point - possibly as early as midway through the morning session - so the tourists can press for the win against Bangladesh.

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Live Scores - Bangladesh v England


  • England beat Bangladesh by 181 runs
  • Bangladesh: 296 & 331 (124.0 overs)
  • England: 599-6 & 209-7 (49.3 overs)

Bangladesh 2nd Innings

All out
Player outReason Bowledby Runs
Total all out 331
Iqbal b Swann 14
Kayes c Prior b Finn 23
Siddique c Collingwood b Swann 106
Aftab Ahmed c Prior b Bresnan 26
Mahmudullah b Bresnan 5
Al Hasan lbw b Swann 4
Mushfiqur Rahim b Swann 95
Naeem c Carberry b Swann 36
Razzak lbw b Broad 1
Hossain c Prior b Bresnan 12
Hossain not out 0
Extras 2b 7lb 9

see also
England shrug off Tigers revival
14 Mar 10 |  England
Swann backs decision to bat again
14 Mar 10 |  England
Pietersen aided by Dravid advice
12 Mar 10 |  England
Onions out of Bangladesh series
11 Mar 10 |  England
Meet England's new boys
22 Feb 10 |  England
Live cricket on the BBC
26 Oct 11 |  Cricket
England in UAE & Bangladesh 2010
23 Feb 10 |  Cricket

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