England vs Bangladesh
Relatively easy for England in the end, thanks mainly to Steven Finn's five-wicket haul earlier in the day. A brave effort by Bangladesh it must be said. Attention now turns to the second and final Test at Old Trafford which gets underway on Friday. Keep it here for reports and reaction. Thanks for your company.
Over 36 Mahmudullah 4
163-2 - England have won by eight wickets! Trott flicks the first ball through square leg to the boundary
Over 35 Shakib 0-0-0-0-0-0
159-2 - KP keeps us all waiting but not for the want of trying! He picks out fielder after fielder on the off side as a maiden is bowled. Sensational stuff. Is that Tea? No it doesn't look like it.
Over 34 Mahmudullah 1-1-4-4-0-1
159-2 - This could be the last over before Tea. Pietersen gets off the mark with a back foot push down the ground and Trott brings him back on strike with a single of his own. KP then walks across his stumps and sweeps Mahmudullah for four. Six needed... Make that just two! A short delivery is calved away through point for four more! He blocks the next ball before pushing another single. One required and we are going to squeeze in one more over as a result...
Over 33 Shakib 0-2-W-0-1lb-0
148-2 - Appeals from Shakib and keeper Mushfiqur for a bat/pad catch are turned down by Billy Bowden - the right call as well. A dab sweep for two follows... WICKET! Strauss has gone for 82! Attempting a cut, the left-hander got the thinest of edges through to Mushfiqur who claimed well. A standing ovation for the England captain from his home crowd. KP is in with 13 needed. Can he finish this before Tea? He blocks the first ball as comical boos ring out. A leg-bye will keep him on strike.
Over 32 Mahmudullah 1-1-1-0-0-0
145-1 - Not much urgency from England now - there would be plenty of heckling at my club if such caution was being shown with victory all-but sealed!
Over 31 Shakib 0-0-1-0-0-0
142-1 - A bit of cat and mouse between the two captains as Strauss charges down the pitch and Shakib throws one wide down the leg side, the former just getting some bat on it for the only run of the over.
Over 30 Mahmudullah 4-1-0-1-1-0
141-1 - He looks like he fancies that century too! A fine sweep brings him four first ball and a single follows. Both men then exchange singles as Strauss keeps strike. 15 minutes until Tea - 19 runs required for victory.
Over 29 Shakib 2-0-2-3-0-0
134-1 - Strauss continues to use his feet to good effect. A couple of couples through the off-side and a thick edge for three bring England ever closer. Strauss is on 71 off 77 balls, England need 26 more - a century is mathmatically possible...
Over 28 Mahmudullah 1-1-0-1-0-0
127-1 - Sweeping practice for both men here. Both are doing it rather well it must be said. Mahmudullah then ends the over by missing the outside edge of a driving Trott.
Over 27 Shakib 0-1-0-0-0-0
124-1 - Even less to report here. Strauss moves on to 61 with another single.
Over 26 Mahmudullah 0-1-0-1-0-0
123-1 - Mahmudullah is into his 11th over on the spin. Very little to report bar two singles. Going through the motions somewhat
Over 25 Shakib 3-0-1-0-0-0
121-1 - Fantastic work from Ashraful saves his team a run and he receives a near standing ovation to boot. Hurtling round from cover, he dived full length to stop Strauss' late cut touching the rope - great commitment. Four off another unthreatening over
Over 24 Mahmudullah 1-0-0-1-0-4
117-1 - England have upped the ante here in an attempt to finish this before tea. The fifty partnership is brought up in some style by Trott who clips the ball off his toes through midwicket for four. 43 more needed.
Over 23 Shakib 0-1-1-1-0-3
111-1 - Very, very easy this for England. Both batsmen are content to pick up the singles when the boundary ball is not on offer. Width is offered by Shakib off the final ball and Trott cuts it away for three to leave the home side on 'Nelson' at 111-1.
Over 22 Mahmudullah 1-0-0-0-1-4
105-1 - Another Trott single brings up the England 100 at what has been a lively rate. Strauss tries some showboating with an attempted reverse sweep but he completely misses it and looks rather daft - leave that to Morgan my man. Trott stricks to what he knows with a glorious cover drive to end the over.
Over 21 Shakib 2-1-0-0-1-0
99-1 - Strauss is milking the Bangladesh spinners here. Another sweep brings him two more before a powerful drive down the ground keeps the scoreboard ticking. 61 required for victory.
Over 20 Mahmudullah 4-0-3-0-1-3
95-1 - Strauss skips down the pitch and smashes Mahmudullah over mid on for another boundary - he looks in great touch here. Power then turns to panache when he gets down on one knee and sweeps for three more. Trott continues his more passive role with a single before Strauss brings up his 20th Test match 50 off 50 balls with another sweep. The crowd show their appreciation. Better over for England.
Over 19 Shakib 0-0-4-0-0-0
84-1 - A boundary at last! Shakib drags one down and Trott elegantly swats it away behind square for four. Slightly ironic cheers from the crowd
Over 18 Mahmudullah 1-0-0-0-0-1
80-1 - Strauss drives firmly for one first up to bring Trott back on strike. He is content to use this as a net and a clip off his pads for one means that for the fifth over in succession two runs are scored.
- 27th - 31st May 2010
- B F Bowden and E A R de Silva
england BATTING CARD
|Strauss||c Rahim b Al Hasan||82|
|Cook||lbw b Mahmuddal||23|
|Extras||6nb, 1w, 5lb||12|
|Total||Close, 35.1 Overs||163 - 2|