Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Clinical England secure second win on the bounce. England bowlers struck at regular intervals to keep Bangladesh down to just 124/9
England bowlers struck at regular intervals to keep Bangladesh down to just 124/9
England have one foot in the semifinals after a clinical win over Bangladesh, their second on the trot, while Bangladesh slipped to their second successive loss. Bangladesh were ordinary with the bat after winning the toss, while England's bowlers were exceptional, restricting their opposition to just 124 for 9. In reply, England were led by Jason Roy's half-century as they chased the target down in 14.1 overs with 8 wickets to spare on Wednesday (October 27).
How good were England in the chase?
Clinical! The wicket was two-paced and pulling the lengths back would've given Bangladesh's bowlers some variable bounce, but they continued to pitch it up and England openers cashed in. Despite losing Jos Buttler, England raced away to 50/1 at the end of six overs. The bowlers erred in lengths and bowled without discipline, bowling as many as five wides, as Jason Roy and Dawid Malan shared a fifty-run stand.
Roy showed his prowess against spin, using the sweeps to good effect, rotating the strike easily as England had 90 on the board in 10 overs. Roy, who added a fifty-run stand with Dawid Malan for the third wicket, got to his fifty in 33 balls before falling for 61, striking 5 fours and three sixes, with just 11 needed for a win.
Moeen's success in the powerplay continues…
Eoin Morgan continued to trust Moeen Ali in the powerplay and he was instrumental in reducing Bangladesh to 27/3 at the end of the first six. He was punished in the opening over, floating a couple to Liton who dispatched them to the boundary. Moeen learnt quickly and altered his line and length, to drag it back a tad bit and cut down the trajectory. It paid instant dividends as Das was caught at deep square leg and Mohammad Naim was caught at mid off next ball.
Could Bangladesh recover from that poor powerplay?
Not really. The turning point was losing Shakib Al Hasan in the final over of the powerplay as Adil Rashid plucked a stunner at short fine leg off Chris Woakes. Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah revived the innings with a 37 runs start, using the pace against the fast bowlers, but England's bowlers were outstanding in the middle overs, pulling the length back and bowling into the wicket. Liam Livingstone impressed with his 2-15 in three, as did Tymal Mills, who returned 3-27. Woakes finished with 1-12 without having had conceded a boundary.
Bangladesh were poor with their running with a chance of three run-outs in as many deliveries in the middle that cost them a wicket too. The only two sixes came in the penultimate over on the shorter side as Nasum Ahmed's 9-ball 19 pushed Bangladesh ahead.
Brief scores: Bangladesh 124/9 in 20 overs (Mushfiqur Rahim 29; Moeen Ali 2-18, Tymal Mills 3-27, Livingstone 2-15) lost to England 126/2 in 14.1 overs (Jason Roy 61) by 8 wickets.