RSS feeds from ecb.co.uk

Investec Tests news RSS

England wrap up Lord's win

Investec Test Series

Watch session-by-session highlights of every npower Test here on ecb.co.uk

Mushfiqur Rahim & Steven Finn

Steven Finn locates Mushfiqur Rahim’s outside edge, his ninth wicket of a match England won by eight wickets just before tea

England married incisiveness with the ball and ruthless efficiency with the bat as they finally saw off the challenge of Bangladesh in the opening npower Test.

Victory, by the margin of eight wickets, was wrapped up in the last over before tea on the final day, Andrew Strauss having spearheaded their rapid pursuit of 160 to win.

The captain made a fluent 82 off 88 balls and Jonathan Trott an unbeaten 36 as a modest target was overhauled in just 35 overs, giving England a triumphant start to the international summer in front of 9,200 spectators enticed to Lord’s by £10 tickets.

It was fitting that Trott hit the winning runs - a four through square-leg - for his double century in the first innings did so much to shape this intriguing contest.

As well as he batted, though, Steven Finn’s was the name on most people’s lips today - and quite possibly for some time to come.

Playing only his third Test and his first on home soil, Finn underlined his status as England’s most potent bowler in this contest by claiming 5-87, a haul which included three key wickets in successive overs this morning and gave him nine in the match.

He helped bowl Bangladesh out for 382 just before lunch, ending their hopes of salvaging a draw, hopes that were still alive - albeit faint - when they resumed on 328 for five this morning.

As it is, Bangladesh head to Old Trafford for the second and final game of the series on Thursday on the back of a 58th defeat in 67 Tests.

Tim Bresnan & Rubel Hossain

Rubel Hossain falls to Tim Bresnan, who then removed Mahmudullah as Bangladesh were bowled out for 382

Yet the scale of their loss should not detract from a spirited performance which must rank amongst their finest on foreign soil. It augurs well for their health as a Test nation.

Finn’s feats were the most heartwarming for England, usurping Trott’s not only because Bangladesh’s batsmen are a significantly tougher proposition than their bowlers, but also because the pitch offered the seamers minimal assistance for much of the five days. What's more, he is only 21.

His match haul of 9-187 and the man-of-the-match award was deserved reward for a display of great maturity, providing further evidence to a growing band of observers who expect him to be a central figure in England’s attack for years to come.

Just as he did yesterday when he ended an opening stand of 185 between Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes, Finn made the breakthrough today following a fruitless first 40 minutes.

The bowlers would have been encouraged by the cloud cover first thing, but there was hardly lavish swing with a ball that was just five overs old at the start of play.

Finn extracted what little life there was from a largely reliable surface in the form of occasional extra bounce.

Ironically, it was one of his less threatening deliveries which yielded the breakthrough, Shakib Al Hasan finally getting some bat on one of a number of wafts outside off stump as he cut a long hop low to Eoin Morgan at backward point.

Andrew Strauss

Andrew Strauss leads England's pursuit of 160 - achieved in just 35.1 overs - to ensure a winning start to the international summer

Junaid Siddique’s dismissal, though, was the most important. The left-hander continued in much the same obdurate fashion that frustrated England yesterday, mixing dead-batted defence with the occasional streaky edge before indecision cost him for the second time in the match.

Having failed to withdraw his bat in time to a Finn lifter in the first innings - when he made 58 - he checked a drive off a delivery of fuller length and provided Tim Bresnan with a straightforward catch at cover. He had added eight to his overnight 66, and departed having faced 162 balls.

Mushfiqur Rahim fell after drinks to remove any remaining doubts over the outcome, edging behind as he played back to a Finn leg-cutter.

Bresnan claimed two wickets in as many overs to mop up a Bangladesh innings that has nevertheless showcased their continuing development as a side.

Rubel Hossain was caught at first slip by Strauss attempting to leave a well-directed outswinger, before Mahmudullah - dropped on 14 by Bresnan at third slip off James Anderson - edged to wicketkeeper Matt Prior aiming an ugly cross-batted swipe.

England’s pursuit was serene, to say the least, Strauss making light of the loss of Alastair Cook for 23 - lbw to Mahmudullah despite a lengthy stride forward - to race to a run-a-ball half-century.

Trott batted with the ease which marked his first-innings 226, accompanying his skipper in a second-wicket stand worth 80.

Strauss smashed Mahmudullah over mid-on before Trott laced him through cover, but for the large part they had to do little more than milk ones and twos against a bowling attack that had long since faced up to the inevitable.

The dismissal of Strauss - caught behind making room to cut Shakib with 13 needed for victory - was immaterial, and the umpires showed the good sense not to call tea to allow England to complete victory.

Follow on Facebook

Facebook

Become a member of the official fan community of England cricket on Facebook right now - and get your opinions heard!

Get our free apps

Apps Promo

Download the ECB Cricket app for iPhone, Android, BlackBerry or Nokia phones and get live scores, news, video and other services on the move