Bangladesh had their moments in the game, especially when Tanzid Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman were doing well with both batting and bowling in the early overs. But eventually, England’s relentless aggression proved too much for them. Leading England’s aggressive charge was Jonny Bairstow, who played an impressive innings, scoring 34 runs from just 21 balls. This was quite different from the challenges they faced while traveling to India’s eastern region.
Jos Buttler also kept up the aggressive pace, scoring 30 runs from 15 balls during his brief time at the crease. While Liam Livingstone’s contribution was short and unremarkable, Moeen Ali’s six sixes in the night sky secured the victory for England. This win gives England a confident start as they prepare for their upcoming tournament opener against New Zealand.
Beyond just the result, this game provided valuable playing time for many players who had been inactive for a while, including Mark Wood and Adil Rashid, key members of the 2019 World Cup-winning team. Despite struggling with his form and confidence, Joe Root played a crucial role in the chase, scoring an unbeaten 26 runs from 40 balls, Even after suffering from a painful injury in the groin area and making a fielding mistake by Taskin Ahmed.
The match concluded after a long battle lasting eight and a half hours from the first ball bowled. Initially, England’s preparations were disrupted by a rain-affected match against India on Saturday, limiting their practice to a 30-over workout. Nevertheless, the game allowed England to assess the fitness of their bowlers, and all six frontline fast bowlers were declared fit. However, they will soon be flying to Ahmedabad in economy class.
One standout performer was Mark Wood, known for his explosive pace, who hadn’t played competitively since July due to a heel injury sustained during the Ashes. Wood’s return created opportunities, including chances to dismiss key Bangladesh batters, although they were missed.
Mehidy Hasan Miraz played a crucial role in anchoring Bangladesh’s innings with a hard-fought 74 runs from 89 balls. However, he got lucky early in his innings when he edged a delivery from Wood, but neither Buttler nor Root at first slip managed to catch it.
Mark Wood was one of nine England bowlers who had the opportunity to showcase their skills in the match. Wood had to wait for a while before he finally achieved success. Tanzid, who had initially scored 45 runs from 44 balls at the start of Bangladesh’s innings, appeared poised to fill the shoes of Tamim Iqbal. He had hit seven fours and a stylish six before Wood delivered a challenging delivery that caught him off guard. Tanzid unintentionally edged the ball onto his own stumps, resulting in his dismissal.
During the first 20 overs of Bangladesh’s innings, England’s fast bowlers controlled the game, effectively limiting the runs and taking wickets. Only Chris Woakes and Gus Atkinson were unable to take a wicket during their five-over spells. Another good thing for England was that Rashid came back to the team after being absent for most of their recent series against New Zealand because of a calf injury. Rashid performed well as a bowler, taking two important wickets, including one where he used a skillful technique called a googly to deceive the batsman.
The game was briefly interrupted by rain, and it seemed that Bangladesh’s score of 153 for 5 in 30 overs would be the final total.
But, the game started again, and England’s fast bowlers kept on performing well. Sam Curran got a wicket right away with the first ball he bowled during his second round of bowling, and both Reece Topley and David Willey had chances to take three wickets in a row (a hat-trick).
From the very beginning, England’s strategy when it came to batting was to be very aggressive. Dawid Malan, their in-form opener, began with a beautiful four but was dismissed shortly after. Jonny Bairstow, on the other hand, played aggressively, smashing four fours and a six in just seven balls to boost England’s scoring in the powerplay. However, Mustafizur Rahman managed to dismiss him by bowling a yorker.
Hasan Mahmud bowled an exceptional delivery to dismiss Harry Brook, who had been batting elegantly.
Brook was bowled out by a fast delivery that curved sharply and went through the gap between his bat and the stumps. Jos Buttler, England’s wicketkeeper-batsman, displayed his intent by hitting a six and a four in his brief innings.
The only concern for England was the form of Joe Root, who had difficulty picking up the pace of his scoring. He got lucky when he could have been in trouble, and the only thing that saved him was Taskin Ahmed dropping a catch. Thankfully for England, Moeen Ali and his teammates didn’t have any problems like that and managed to win the game.
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