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    After a rain delayed start, play is finally under way at Lord's. Only four hours late. Any comments, rain-related or otherwise...?? Send them to david.lewis@dailymail.co.uk and I'll put it up.... 


    Bangladesh 217-5

    Shakib 23
    Mushfiqur 9
    Last wicket: Ashraful lbw b Finn 4
    England 505 all out
    Click here for the full scorecard 
    216-5: Some scampered running between the sticks nets the tourists some more vital runs.

    210-5: Bowling change Tim Bresnan for Anderson Anderson out of the attack and immediately off the field. Sub is on.
    210-5: Four more for Mushfiqur - edged smartly down to third man this time. 
    206-5: Great hit from  Mushfiqur gets him off the mark. Plays it through mid wicket all the way down the hill for four.
    200-5: 200 up for Bangladesh
    199-5: Ooh and a lovely flash of the blade from Shakib brings the Bangladeshis nearer the milestone. But he's playing with reckless abandon though - almost gets himself out a couple of times. Now is the time for a captain's innings I would have thought...
    191-5: WICKET! Jahurul c Prior b Anderson Wickets tumbling now. Jahurul is walking and Bangladesh are on the ropes all of sudden.... England's bowlers so much more penetrating than yesterday. Mushfiqur Rahim is the new man in.
    190-4: Beauty from the Pavilion End from Finn - misses Jahurul's wicket by a whisker. 21-year-old looking in great touch with the ball.

    190-4: Shakib off the mark with a two - and follows it up with a three. Good running from the batsmen out there.
    185-4: WICKET! Ashraful lbw b Finn 4 Finn on fire out there and picks up wicket no. 2 of the morning. To be fair to the batsman Hawk-Eye suggested it was high... and wide. Skipper Shakib al Hasan is in.

    183-3: Ashraful whacks a quick boundary and is off the mark. Always looks in fluid touch this bloke
    179-3: WICKET Siddique c Prior b Finn 58 Ooh early wicket - Finn picks up his second wicket. Siddique gets the merest of nicks and it floats behind to Prior. Mohammed Ahraful is in.
    179-2: And the sun is out!!! Yes it's official - you heard it here first!!
    178-2: Immediate bowling change - James Anderson for Swann Yep, with these overcast conditions favouring seam - Jimmy is thrown on for a bowl.
    178-2: Jahurul to receive from the 6"8 paceman. Ooh and just two off the over as he guides one down to mid wicket for a couple.
    176-2: Furious cricket ball drying with damp ball from skipper Strauss before tossing it to the new boy Finn.
    176-2: First boundary and indeed runs of the day. Siddique pummels one through the covers for four. Only runs of the over and we'll have some pace from Steven Finn from the Pavilion End.
    172-2: Umpires are out and as are the players. Graeme Swann to open up to Siddique. Finally!
    3.00: Not a sausage in the last hour. But finally a ray of hope. Covers are off and pitch inspection is on. We may get some play this afternoon after all... and it's go. Play to start at 3.15.
    2.00: Nope - absolutely nothing. We're still waiting for something to happen. Anything to happen. Damp squib so far - if you'll mind the weak and somewhat sloppy weekend pun...
    1.15: Lunch over - but still no play. Rain, rain, go away - there's another song...
    1.00: Still raining. Thinking of rain songs... Eurythmics Here comes the rain again... Raindrops keep falling on my head... It's raining men... who could forget the Phil Collins Classic Ooh yes I wish it would rain down... Milli Vanilli sang Blame it on the rain (apt choice). My old favourite November Rain. In fact so good - I'm giving it a picture - see below...
    Guns N' Roses
    Rock and Roll, er, rain: No, not the latest England bowling attack - but rock gods Guns N Roses did understand the problem of rain...
    12.45: Yep, so lunch is taken. Gower interviewing cricket's finest baby-faced assassin Stuart Broad in the media box. Still looks interminably gloomy at Lord's. Forecasts say it could all clear up after lunch...
    12.30: Next pitch inspection at 12.45bst. Good weather for ducks etc.
    12.15: Wow, reading Zimbabwe did India in a one-dayer in Bulawayo. You couldn't make it up! as one columnist might say at this paper...
    12.00: Still drizzling in north London which means.... nay cricket. Brollies up and I would not bet against no play before lunch. Or even an early lunch. And there is talk of an early lunch. Reading on the DM website that West Ham are chasing Beckham, Henry and Joe Cole. The world's gone mad!

    11.45: Absolutely nothing going at Lord's. Still watching England tear into the Aussies in Barbados which, let's face it, is inestimably more interesting than some of the cricket on offer at Lords these past two days...
    Wet weather
    Braving the elements: Oh what a summer's day for cricket fans at Lord's
    11.30: Replays showing England doing the Aussies at the T20 earlier this month. All very nice - but does not bode well for any sort of immediate start at Lord's...

    11.10: Raining cats and dogs in St John's Wood just now. Starting time - anyone's guess.
    10.50: We’re back for day three and the covers are on. Not the most auspicious starts for England after a frustrating day in the field yesterday. Forecasts are for sporadic showers across the day in north London. On Thursday I thought this game would be over in three days – no chance.
    Teams are: ENGLAND: Strauss (capt.), Cook, Trott, Pietersen, Bell, E Morgan, Prior (wkt), Bresnan, Swann, Anderson, Finn
    BANGLADESH: Bangladesh: Kayes, Tamim, Siddique, Jahurul, Ashraful, Shakib (capt.), Rahim (wkt.), Mahmudullah, Shahadat, Robiul, Rubel

    10.50: England’s bowlers lacked some vital punch yesterday – what can they do today?? Not much early doors. It's bucketing down at the home of cricket. Play set to start late....

     Tamim Iqbal
    Run out: Tamim Iqbal is run out on day two at Lord's

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