Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Updated: Thursday, October 23, 2003
Day 3- A hugely impressive performance!

Zobair Anam
The match is not over by any means. There is a good chance England will emerge victors. But one thing is for sure, no self-respecting english journalist or commentator will call Bangladesh push-overs again.

To get a team of England's stature all out for 295 after they were 137 for no loss is a tremendous achievement, keeping in mind that all umpiring decisions went England's way (some fair and others most definitely not!). Except for Trescothick, who in an ideal world would have been back in the pavilion before his century, every one was forced to graft and scrap for every run. Let us not forget this is a top order which boasts the likes of Vaughn, Tresco, Butcher, Hussain and Thorpe. Except for Vaughn none have been out of form.

Every one has mentioned Rafique and E Jnr's contribution, yet let us not forget our seamers. In a wicket which obviously favoured spin bowling, Mashrafe's figures were outstanding. He sent down 23 tight overs, giving away only 41 runs and claimed 3 wickets including the vital one of Thorpe. Mushfique's contribution in this match has been superb so far. First he make a fighting 36 and then he comes out and takes 2 vital wickets. He has so far amply justified his inclusion. He is a very commited player and has played his heart out in this match.

Like I said in the beginning, the match isn't over. Each of the above mentioned players have a lot to contribute still.
Let us now see some cricket from our top order. Bashar is due for a big innings and so is Kapali. Hannan looks in good nick, his cover drive with which he got off the mark in the second innings was a glorious shot, class!

Fourth day will be the most crucial yet. Lets hope we have more positives to talk about at the end of the day.

Go Tigers!