20 March 2010
Left handed opener Tamim Iqbal celebrated his 21st birthday in style as he tore through England attack with an explosive 85 off 71 deliveries but England came back strongly with regular wickets as hosts finished day 1 on 330 for 8 at Mirpur Sher E Bangla National Stadium today.
Opting to bat first after winning the toss, Bangladesh started positively with Tamim flaying England bowlers all over the park. After Tamim's departure due to a poor umpiring decision, Mahmudullah Riyad (59), skipper Shakib Al Hasan (49), Junaid Siddique (39) and wicket-keeper Mushfiqur Rahim (30) all started well but failed to capitalize on their strats as Bangladesh failed to take the advantage of Tamim's blistering innings. Last recognized batsman Naeem Islam was unbeaten on 33 at the close with two pace bowlers to bat with him to take Bangladesh total to a competitive one.
England had to work hard for wickets but took wickets at crucial times and did not allow the hosts to build a big partnership on a batsman-friendly Mirpur wicket. Spinners Graeme Swann (3-94) and debutant James Tredwell (2-85) were the most successful bowlers while pacer Stephen Finn and Stuart Broad joined the party with 1 wicket each.