Frustration as Bangladesh flatter to deceive
Bangladesh's cricketers head for the second Test against England at Manchester on Friday having, not for the first team, given an excellent account of themselves at various stages at Lord's - before ultimately crashing to defeat with barely a whimper.
There was a time when Jahurul Islam and Junaid Siddique, two of Bangladesh's more patient batsmen, were batting in late afternoon sunshine on day four of the first Test when it looked like an England victory would be very hard to achieve.
At 289-2, Bangladesh led England by 66 runs and had eight further wickets in hand to build that lead and leave a target that would be out of range for Andrew Strauss and his men on the final day.
But Strauss reluctantly turned to Jonathan Trott in extremis as the four proper bowlers in his attack were ineffective and/or tired. Trott promptly removed Jahurul and the match began heading quickly towards England.
Tamim's century was the fastest by a Bangladeshi in Tests
By the time Trott - for it was he once again - had nudged the winning runs in the over before tea on Monday, Bangladesh had long thrown in the towel.
Their captain Shakib Al Hasan revealed later he never held out any hope of his team bowling England out for less than 160 and thus winning the match.
That negativity expressed itself when he chose not to give his seam bowlers a second chance when the cloud cover returned. The last 31 overs of England's successful chase were played against uninterrupted spin.
In a sign that they have become accustomed to always expect the worst, Shakib said that a lead of 200 "would have been good, then we could have taken the game to the last session". What he did not say was a lead of 200 would have given them a great chance of winning.
Had there been a final day strategy? He was at the crease himself when Bangladesh held a 105-run lead at the start of play, with five wickets in hand.
Shakib said: "We were thinking if after one hour we didn't lose any wickets then the ball would get older and it would be easier to bat, but after 40 minutes I got out and then Mushy [Mushfiqur Rahim] got out and then we were unable to give our bowlers a chance."
But while Siddique played patiently during that first hour, Shakib, pointedly did not. No doubt enticed by Strauss's attacking fields he played too many shots and ultimately paid the price.
But perhaps it is unfair to criticise Bangladesh too harshly. After all, with Tamim Iqbal's century and the five-wicket haul of Shahadat Hossain the highlights, they caused England more than a few problems in the capital.
Their batsmen certainly put James Anderson through plenty of work. England's attack leader got through 60 overs and will not be able to say he is rusty for the second Test at his home ground Old Trafford.
So after 68 Tests, they still only have three wins under their belts (one against Zimbabwe and two against an understrength West Indies team).
One interested spectator who was at Lord's for all five days was Mohammad Shafaat Mahtab, a former Bangladesh A player, now studying in London.
He told me: "I read a lot of newspapers in England which are very critical of cricket in Bangladesh. They shouldn't write like this.
"On Sunday, Tamim put in one of our great performances. All our players are in their early 20s and need time to improve their play. To take the game to the tea break of the fifth day is encouraging. And cricket fans in England will, I hope, start to appreciate Bangladesh cricket.
"Tamim says himself: 'I only know the way I bat. When I am at the crease I see the ball, I make the decision very quickly and there's no hesitation about me when I play my cricket.'
"Bangladesh players need to get a chance in English Twenty20 cricket. There are teams that could benefit from taking a player like Tamim, he is a great performer and could help a county win a match."
It is a fair point. Counties have, rather unimaginatively, tended to go down the route of employing cricketers such as Adam Gilchrist (aged 38) and Sanath Jayasuriya (40) rather than looking at individuals like Tamim (21).
Though there is talk that Robiul Islam may be replaced by fellow seam bowler Shafiul Islam for the final Test, Shafaat hopes the selectors will stay loyal to the side who played at Lord's.
"These are players who are really talented for Test cricket," he insists. If not against England at Old Trafford in early June, then perhaps against other leading nations before too long, Bangladesh might start to win a Test match or two.
But for their long-suffering fans the waiting continues.