There was a moment on the last day when Mushfiqur Rahim kept getting hit on the fingers.
It wasn’t some important moment in the game. Bangladesh had already batted like left handed children using right handed scissors for the first time. The players and reporters were already preparing for their days off. Cleaners were coming into place. Old Trafford’s accountants were working out how much they had lost. And the sky programmers were busy planning back ups.
All of this was put on hold as Ajmal Shahzad kept hitting Rahim’s little fingers.
Shahzad is playing his first test, he has a first class bowling average of 33, without injuries he is about the 8th choice bowler in England’s attack. Yet on this day he regular beat up the hands of Rahim.
Rahim who has the best footwork of any Bangladeshi by so far that if Uday Hussain’s nephew was to start coaching the team and cut Rahim’s feet off, Rahim would still have the best footwork.
It seemed that the only thing delaying England’s win was Rahim walking around in pain or calling for the physio.
England knocked Bangladesh down, held back the one kid who could fight and let their wimpier kids kick the living shit out of them for a couple of hours.
Bangladesh have good days in test cricket, this wasn’t one of them.
Their last 19 wickets went for 213 runs.
But it was Rahim’s fingers that took the biggest beating.
With the game over he could have backed away and slogged like others did after him.
Rahim just kept getting behind the ball, kept taking the ball on his gloves, kept trying not to show the pain and played out 42 balls before he was eventually caught at mid on chipping a ball.
It was Bangladesh. A mediocre innings of much pain that meant nothing and gave even less.
Bangladesh lost in an embarrassing way.
Siddons is closer to going.
Tamim continued the rise.
And Rahim has sore fingers.