Dhaka – Bouncing back from Friday’s gut-wrenching defeat, the Tigers beat England by 34 runs in the 2nd game of the three-match ODI series at the home of Bangladesh Cricket — Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium — in Mirpur on Sunday.
Replying to Bangladesh’s 238, the visitors were bundled out for 204 in 44.4 overs against devastating bowling by Tigers’ skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, who took 4 wickets for 29 runs in 8.4 overs.
With this well-merited result, Bangladesh leveled the three-match ODI series 1-1 to keep their long-cherished hope alive to win first-ever series victory against England.
Bangladesh, who conceded a 21-run defeat against England in the first ODI on Friday following a dramatic collapse, are now looking for the series victory in their 3rd and last match at Zahur ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong on October 12 to maintain a glorious record of 7th successive ODI series win on the home soil.
Mashrafe, who helped the hosts post a decent total of 238 hitting a cameo of 44 runs off 29 balls, including two fours and three sixes and was adjudged man of the match for his all-round performance.
England skipper Jos Buttler top-scored run-a-ball 57, including seven boundaries. Lower order Adil Rashid was unbeaten on 33 off 44 balls, including one boundary and one six.
Taskin Ahmed grabbed three wickets.
Mashrafe took his 4th wicket dismissing Jake Ball (28 off 22; 5×4) in the innings’ last ball when Ball was caught by Nasir Hossain.
Mashrafe made the 1st breakthrough for the Tigers dismissing three wickets for economic 12 runs 4.4 overs in the first spell.
He sent back James Vince (5 off 10b; 1×4) in his 4th delivery of the 2nd over conceding only three runs and jolted the visitors sending opener Jason Roy (12 off 21b) back to the pavilion by lbw in his 5th ball of the 4th over at 24/3 in 7.5 overs. The Tigers’ skipper hunted Ben Stokes for duck as his 3rd one at England 26/4 in 9.4 overs.
On the way to three wicket-haul Taskin Amed dismissed Jonny Bairstow (35 of 53b; 1×40), skipper Jos Buttler and Chris Woakes (7 off 9b; 1×4) for 47 runs in eight overs.
All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan bowled out the 2nd wicket of Ben Duckett with duck at 14/2 in 4.5 overs. Besides, Shakib got a warmth hug from Nasir Hossain on the ground as his esthetic catch ensure the departure of Moeen Ali off Nasir’s bowling at 120/6 in 26.2 overs.
Mosaddek Hossain took one wicket for 5 runs in one over.
Earlier, Mahmudullah’s innings of 75 helped Bangladesh score a moderate figure of 238/8 against England. The Tigers played 50 overs for their collection, spurred by the 8th wicket stand of 69 runs in 8.1 overs between skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza and Nasir Hossain.
The 8th pair was so far so good with their stormy innings until Mashrafe was fell victim of run out in the innings penultimate delivery at 238/8.
Mahmudullah scored team highest 75 off 88 balls, with six boundaries, and was lbw by Adil Rashid at 161/6 in 39.4 overs.
Besides his individual score, Mahmudullah stayed with Mosaddek Hossain and Mushfiqur Rahim in the 6th and 4th wickets to contribute 48 in 11.4 overs and 50 in 8.5 overs respectively, after suffering order top-order –Imrul Kayes, Tamim Iqbal and Sabbir Rahman — batting collapse in a gradual interval for 39/3 in 13.2 overs.
Mashrafe fired two boundaries and three sixes for 44 off 37 balls while Nasir Hossain was unbeaten with run-a-ball 27, including two boundaries.
Mosaddek Hossain scored 29 off 49 balls, including four boundaries, and was caught by Moeen Ali off Adil Rashid Bowling at 169/7 in 41.4 overs.
Sent in to bat first, Tigers faced 1st jolt losing Kayes (11 off 18b; 2×4), being caught by David Willey off Chris Woakes at 25/1 in 6.5 overs. Opener Tamim (14 off 31; 1×4) failed to stay with Sabbir Rahman in the 2nd pair departing at 26/2 in 8.4 overs. Tamim was caught by Moeen Ali off Chris Woakes bowling. Sabbir followed Tamim soon at 39/3 in 13.2 overs as he was bowled out by Jake Ball.
Mushfiqur Rahim was dismissed for 21off 23 balls, including three boundaries, leaving the team total at 89/4 in 22 overs. Mushifiqur was caught by Moeen Al off a Jake Ball delivery. Despite his poor contribution, Mushfiqur added another feather to his ODI career reaching the 4000-run club scoring 4009 in 163 matches at an average of 31.7 runs.
Bangladesh touched the 100-run mark in 24.4 overs with a single by Shakib Al Hasan off Adil Rashid’s bowling when Mahmudullah was on 45 runs.
Chris Woakes, Jake Ball and Adil Rashid bagged two wickets each for 40, 44 and 53 runs respectively while Ben Stokes took one for 22 runs.
Bangladesh Innings: 238/8 in 50 overs; Mahmudullah Riyad 75, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza 44, Mosaddek Hossain 29, Nasir Hossain 27 (not out), Mushfiqur Rahim 21, Tamim Iqbal 14, Imrul Kayes 11, Chris Woakes 2/40, Jake Ball 2/44, Adil Rashid 2/53, Ben Stokes 1/22.
England Innings: 204/10 in 44.4 overs; Jos Buttler 57, Jonny Bairstow 35, Adil Rashid 33 (unbeaten), Jake Ball 28, Jason Roy 13, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza 4/ 29, Taskin Ahmed 3/47, Mosaddek Hossain 1/5, Nasir Hossain 1/29, Shakib Al Hasan 1/50. – UNB