England scored their highest World Cup total, a huge 386-6, to defeat Bangladesh by 106 runs, for their second victory at the Cricket World Cup, at Cardiff Wales Stadium.
Jason Roy’s massive 153 set England on their way. England had planned to target the short boundaries, and run the hard yards to the long boundaries, and Roy’s innings, which included 14 fours and five sixes epitomised this.
Bangladesh attempted to stifle openers Roy and Bairstow with spin. Perhaps they saw this coming, and so when Shakib opened the bowling, they were both prepared.
The pair only scored 15 from the first five overs, but then both started to unleash their attacking shots after warding off the early danger, with Bairstow scoring 51.
The celebrations for his century were overshadowed by his collision with umpire Joel Wilson. After hitting three sixes in a row, he lost his wicket, thereby falling short of his aim to become the first England batsman to make 200 in an ODI.
England will be concerned about a hip injury sustained by Buttler, who scored an exciting 64 when he was batting, which meant that he was not able to be England’s back stop.
Runs also came from lower down the order by Chris Woakes and Liam Plunkett, to take England to their total.
Shakib Al Hasan was impressive with his indomitable 121. Nevertheless, it is a sign of the Brave New World that we are living in that a respectable 280 from 49 overs leaves you 106 runs short of victory.
The outrageous run rate required for Bangladesh meant that this would always be a mammoth task. Jofra Archer and Ben Stokes took three wickets each to make sure that Bangladesh did not get close.
Archer was once again brutal in his opening spell. He provided one of the moments of the tournamant, when he bowled Sarkar with a ball that clipped off stump, and the ball went fling over Bairstow to the boundary without bouncing.
Bangladesh were 63-2 when Mark Wood sent Tamim Iqbal back the sheds. Shakib and Mushfiqur put together a partnership of 106, giving the Tigers a glimmer of hope, much the delight of the Bangladesh fans.
Adil Rashid and Chris Woakes both struggled with the ball. Stokes took the important wicket of Shakib, and Archer’s finishing spell polished off the tail.
In their previous two World Cup encounters, Bangladesh had come out victors. The second of these victories in Adelaide knocked England out of the World Cup at the group stage four years ago.
There were to be no heroics for the Tigers on this occasion however, as England produced a thoroughly dominant performance.
Bangladesh were not as impressive as they had been in their previous two games against South Africa and New Zealand.
Their bowling was not as threatening as usual, their fielding was poor, and they lacked a clear game plan. Bangladesh might also rue the decision to allow England to bat first.
It was an excellent response from England after their loss to Pakistan, and a clear message that they are still one of the favourites to win the competition.
England have now won two matches out of the three that they have played. England go above Australia in the table, but the Aussies have a game in hand. New Zealand sit at the top of the table with three wins from three.
Bangladesh have from one win from three, are eighth in the table. They will look to rebound with a win against Sri Lanka in Bristol on Tuesday 9th June 2019.
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