England Thrash Bangladesh in Last ODI to Win Series 2-1

October 13 12:59 2016

engstokesNew Delhi, Thursday, October 13 – The tournament between Bangladesh and England took an interesting turn when former beat the latter by 34 runs in second ODI match that held on October 9 at Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka. At an instant when England were expecting an easy win, the hosts changed equations by defending a modest target of 238 runs.

Before the 2nd ODI, the English cricket team was leading the series 1-0. This was thanks to the victory they tasted during the opening ODI that was played on October 7.  The stadium was crowded a day ago as well since the supporters of the home side were confident of witnessing a nail-biting contest. The game actually reached at the verge of that but dropping a catch cost them the match, which would have enabled them lift the winner’s trophy of 3-match ODI series. Mashrafe Mortaza captained a side that has Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Mushfiqur Rahim, Sabbir Rahman, Mahmudullah, Shakib Al Hasan, Nasir Hossain, Mashrafe Mortaza, Shafiul Islam, Taskin Ahmed and Mosaddek Hossain Saikat. Those to sit on bench were Taijul Islam, Soumya Sarkar and Al-Amin Hossain.

At the same time, England Playing XI eyed series win squad under the guidance of wicketkeeper-captain Jos Buttler. His team looked strong having Sam Billings, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, James Vince, Ben Duckett,, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid and Jake Ball. Those in extras were Jason Roy, David Willey, Liam Dawson and Mark Wood. It was clear in the minds of players of both groups that a defeat here will mean losing the entire series by an inch. Scope of making mistake was less. England skipper Buttler won the toss and elected to field first. Bangladesh players utilized the potential housed within and totaled 277 runs for the loss of six wickets in 50 overs. England made mistake by giving the top order a room to bat with confidence.

The opening batsmen of Bangladesh weaved a partnership of 80 runs, giving the team a good start. Imrul Kayes was the first man to lose his wicket when substitute L Dawson came under the ball at the right time in Stokes’s over. His catch gave England the wicket they were eying from the time the match began. Kayes scored 46 runs in 58 balls, together with four 4s and a six. Tamim Iqbal succumbed to Adil Rashid  at a score of 45 attained in 68 deliveries, which consisted of five fours. Mahmudullah arrived and soon hit a six. But his stint was short as Rashid  showed him the way back to the dressing room early. Sabbir Rahman and Mushfiqur Rahim exhibited some amazing play while being on the crease, letting England fielders run in the  ground to save boundaries. Adil Rashid broke the partnership between these two batsmen by taking wicket of Rahman when he was playing at an individual total of 49 runs in 46 balls, together with five 4s.

The top three batsmen of Bangladesh missed pocketing fifties by a smaller margin but their contributions were of significance use that was learned when England came to chase the target. Mushfiqur Rahim stole the show by playing a not out knock of 67 runs in 62 balls, with the help of four 4s and a six. Shakib Al Hasan was out as a result of excellent work by Buttler behind the stumps. Hasan could only score 4 runs in 10 balls. Nasir Hossain lost his wicket to Adil Rashid at the same score as similar to the batsman before him.  Mosaddek Hossain Saikat was not out at 38 runs in 39 balls. His innings was studded with four 4s. Mortaza, Shafiul and Taskin Ahmed did not get to bat but hoped to defend the total set by their teammates by bowling in line and length. 18 extras were bowled by England bowlers. Rashid’s four wicket haul was impressive. Ali and Stokes got one wicket each. Woakes, Ball and Plunkett did not get any wicket.

Here is to mention that for some time, both sides had equal chances of winning but game changed to a certain extent in the last few overs. James Vince was lbw by Nasir Hossain while he was playing at a score of 32 facing 37 balls, with the help of five boundaries. Sam Billings was dismissed by Mosaddek Hossain Saikat but he had to earn it in true sense as the opener scored 62 runs in 69 balls, sending the ball into the fences for four times and making it go far in crowd for once. Ben Duckett made run chase look easy, pocketing 63 runs in 68 balls (4 x 4 and 6 x 1). Shafiul dismissed him when Rahim made sure he reached under the ball on dot to slow down run scoring speed of the rivals. Jonny Bairstow also lost his wicket to Shafiul at a score of 15 (4 x 1).

Ben Stokes’ presence on the pitch changed the entire story for the host, leading to pin drop silence at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong on Wednesday. He played the fruitful knock of 47 runs, which consisted of a four and two sixes. Jos Buttler was out by Mortaza post scoring 25 runs in 26 balls with the help of three boundaries. Moeen Ali was dismissed by Mortaza at 1 run. Chris Woakes’ who was not out at 27 runs (4 x 3 and 6 x 1). Woakes and Stokes did the job for England, winning the match with 19 balls remaining. Their innings proved that more than a few lessons from previous mistakes were learnt and wickets were not lost when some timely partnerships were required.

The hosts also did well but by the end of the day it was England’s efforts that paid of. In view of the fact that Stokes’ contribution in the team’s success made him shine yesterday and before, he was awarded Player of the Series. Adil Rashid was declared Player of the Match. In spite of losing the toss, the hosts did well but their efforts were slightly less than the visiting squad that took victory away from their reach, winning series 2-1. Accepting the invitation to bat first, Bangladesh showcased some good play. Faith in their capabilities let them stay confident against the heavyweights. England enjoyed the win in the final ODI by four wickets.

Despite losing the chance to seal series in the home conditions, Bangladesh hope for improvement ahead. Since more than a few opportunities are to come soon in their way given that two Tests are yet to be played against England, the hosts think of displaying some amazing play in the longest format. England would hope to maintain the same momentum in the 2-match Test series as well starting October 20. Focus will be on not letting the pressure to build any time and keep the opponents under the pump. Bangladesh players would have to take care of things right from the beginning. If truth be told then impressive knocks are expected. Both sides will leave no stone unturned to be on the front foot.