By George Marrable
- Victory in the second test was Bangladesh’s first ever over England in test cricket
- The two-match series finished 1-1
- Spinners dominated for both sides throughout the series
DHAKA, BANGLADESH – England’s batting lineup crumbled as Bangladesh won the second test match in Dhaka. We take a look at the ratings for both sides for the series.
Alastair Cook – 4/10 – Despite passing 50 in England’s second innings in the second test, Cook struggled against Bangladesh’s bowling attack in the series. His wicket was the one that really gave the hosts impetus to go on and win the second test.
Ben Duckett – 4/10 – The young Northants batsman got England off to a flyer in the second innings of the second test, scoring 56 off 64 balls. However, he never really got going in any of his other innings, but the signs are positive for his career in test cricket.
Joe Root – 6/10 – England’s golden boy was one of country’s better players with the bat. Along with a score of 40 in the first test match, Root passed 50 in the second test, top scoring for England in the first innings.
Gary Ballance – 1/10 – A dreadful series for Ballance, who could now find himself dropped for the test matches against India. Ballance failed to reach double figures in four innings against Bangladesh, with a top score of just nine.
Moeen Ali – 7/10 – Just when he looked to be under pressure, Ali answered his critics with a strong performance with the ball especially. Ali came away with 11 wickets in the series, including a 5-wicket haul in the second test. He also contributed with the bat, with a score of 68 helping England win the first test.
Ben Stokes – 8/10 – England’s all-rounder was their best player throughout the series. Stokes took 11 wickets in two matches, which is particularly impressive given the spin-friendly conditions. He also made England’s highest score of the series, scoring 85 in the first test match.
Jonny Bairstow – 5/10 – Bairstow had a steady series with the bat, passing 50 once and falling three short of another in the first test, He wasn’t tested too much with the gloves, with the game dominated by LBW’s and short catches.
Chris Woakes – 5/10 – A poor series for Woakes with the ball, picking up just three wickets in two matches. However, he made up for it with the bat, chipping in with a number of important innings to help England up to a respectable target.
Adil Rashid – 5/10 – Rashid will be slightly disappointed with his wicket tally from the series. Despite taking seven wickets, he will have been hoping for more in very spin-friendly conditions. However, like Woakes, he made some important contributions at the end of the innings with the bat, with a top score of 44* in the first test.
Zafar Ansari – 3/10 – A difficult debut in the second test for Ansari. The young spinner took just two wickets across two innings, and failed to make an impact with the bat. However, Ansari is likely to get more chances in the coming months.
Steven Finn – 1/10 – A game to forget for Steven Finn, as he failed to take a wicket or score a single run in the second test. He can probably be forgiven, with the conditions not at all suited to his style of bowling.
Tamim Iqbal – 9/10 – A brilliant series for Bangladesh’s star man, Iqbal was the only player to make a century in the series. Along with his century were scores of 78 and 40, meaning he got Bangladesh off to a strong start more often than not.
Imrul Kayes – 7/10 – A strong series for Kayes, with a top score of 78 in the series. His partnership with Iqbal at the start of the innings was crucial, and Bangladesh stand a chance against any side with this opening pair.
Mominul Haque – 5/10 – Haque struggled for consistency in his innings throughout the series. All though he had a respectable top score of 66, he also made two scores below 10. Plenty of positives for Haque and Bangladesh, but still plenty of work required.
Mahmudullah – 4/10 – A stalwart in the Bangladesh side for a while now, Mahmudullah got a few starts in the series, but failed to push on and make a big score. He nearly cost his side the game in the second test, when he recklessly got himself out to the last ball of day two. For an experienced player, questions may need to be asked of his temperament.
Mushfiqur Rahim – 5/10 – Bangladesh’s captain and wicket-keeper must take some credit for their impressive victory in the second test. Despite a poor first test match, Rahim improved in the second test, and captained the whole side very well.
Shakib Al Hasan – 8/10 – Al Hasan had a very good series with bat and ball. He picked up 12 wickets in two matches, and got a few good starts with the bat. He will be a bit disappointed that he did not kick on and make a big score, but he still played a very big role in Bangladesh’s success.
Sabbir Rahman – 4/10 – Despite a top score of 66*, Rahman failed to make much of an impact. With his score of 66* his only score of note, he also failed to pick up a wicket with the ball. Rahman will be hoping to improve in their next matches.
Shuvagata Hom – 3/10 – Only playing in the second test match, Hom failed to make any considerable impact. With a top score of 25 and 0 wickets, Hom was the bowler the England players tried to target. However, I doubt he will be too disappointed, given the result.
Taijul Islam – 5/10 – Islam took seven wickets in two games against England’ but may have been hoping for a few more. He also failed to chip in with any runs at the end of the innings, with a top score of just 19.
Mehedi Hasan Miraz – 9/10 – A wonderful debut for Bangladesh’s young spinner; Miraz took an incredible 19 wickets in his first two test matches in test cricket. Miraz showed wonderful composure on the big stage, with his subtle change-ups ripping through the England batting lineup.
Kamrul Islam Rabbi – 2/10 – Rabbi failed to have any impact on the game with bat or ball. He took a measly one wicket in two games, and couldn’t trouble the score too much with the bat at the end of Bangladesh’s innings.
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