24 march 2010
Moments of madness from Bangladesh batsmen handed England an easy 9 wicket win in the final day of the 2nd Test at Mirpur Sher E Bangla Stadium today. With this win, England kept their 100% record against Bangladesh intact and whitewashed Bangladesh in both Test and ODI series.
Bangladesh resumed final day on 172 for 6 and 3 of the last 4 batsmen including skipper Shakib Al Hasan gifted their wicket to the England bowlers by playing reckless shots when the situation demanded the opposite. Bangladesh could have easily drawn the 2nd Test if common sense prevailed over brainless adventures on a docile 5th day wicket at Mirpur.
This is a chronic disease in Bangladesh cricket when they regularly throw away the hard earned advantage by playing school boy cricket in one particular session of a Test match. For Bangladesh, the match deciding moments arrived in the first session of the 5th day after they looked at ease in the first hour of the morning. First, Shafiul Islam needlessly hoicked Tredwell to the waiting hands of Jonathan Trott at deep midwicket, and it was followed by an inexplicable brain freeze from otherwise calm Naeem Islam. He tried to clear the mid-on boundary by dancing down the wicket and could only reach as far as Kevin Pietersen only to leave Bangladesh in disarray.
Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan fought hard with tail ender Abdur Razzak before the lunch interval, but Razzak missed a full toss from Stephen Finn and was rightly adjudged LBW leaving Shakib with the number 11 Rubel to save the match.
The decisive moment of the Test match came in the 2nd over after the lunch interval as Shakib, eying his 2nd Test century, tried big heave over the inviting in-field only to be left stranded by a flighted delivery from James Tredwell and Matt Prior did the rest to seal the fate of the Test match. Shakib's decision to come down the wicket was ill-judged as he already managed 10 runs from the over and he required to stay on the wicket for another 10-15 overs to give Bangladesh a chance to draw the match. Instead of keeping the strike, he went for glory and missed out his century as well as left Bangladesh on the brink of the loss. Shakib was stumped on 96 and Bangladesh were all out for 285 with an overall lead of 208 runs
England needed 209 runs in 54 overs to secure the Test match and cruised to a 2-0 series win through the sensible batting of Alastair Cook, who hit a 12th Test century, and Kevin Pietersen who remained unbeaten on 74.
Cook made 109 and shared an unbroken 167 run partnership with Kevin Pietersen as England won by nine wickets with 10 overs remaining in the final session of the match.