Stokes’ Maiden Ton Helped England to Cross 300 Mark

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Early in the morning Dhaka had faced moderate showers and dark overcast sky, however, the condition at the Shere Bangla National Cricket Stadium gradually became sunny, humid and hot as typical as the past few days. Chasing down 310 runs in the practice match at the adverse condition made Buttler confident enough to decide to bat first after winning the toss.

Scintillating ton at the practice match favors Kayes to clinch his spot in the first eleven and cost Sarker to lose his position. Team England rendered opportunity to Ben Duckett and Jake Ball to prove their efficiency at the international level for the very first time. England started quite well; Jason Roy and James Vince made a fast and swift opening partnership of 41 runs which was broken by a slight shortened delivery from Shafiul. Since then Mashrafe went on with all out spin attack and forced England to stumble twice on back to back overs. Lofted shot from Roy cost his wicket whereas a brilliant throw by Shabbir from long on showed Bairstow the path to the pavilion.

Till then Stokes and Duckett played perfect cricket without providing any chance to Bangladeshi fielders and put quick 100 runs on board at an incessant rate over 6. Stokes was fortunate after that- Mahmudullah and Mosharraf Rubel dropped two easy catches when he was on 69 and 71 respectively. Meanwhile Duckett scored a well-played 50 on his debut. The massive 153 runs partnership was finally sealed when Duckett lost his leg stamp during a futile attempt to scoop a full toss delivery from Shafiul.

It was a Stokes’ day indeed, since he culminated his gorgeous and auspicious inning to a maiden ODI ton with a strike rate over 100. Bangladesh fought back hard during the following 5 overs and encumbered England run rate by taking two wickets in short time. But it proved as a transitory phase of English inning, Chris Woakes and Jos Buttler later hit the ball to every corner of the field by playing outstanding shots. The partnership, in no time, reached 50 runs taking only 25 balls. English captain was exceptionally phenomenal and scored 63 runs playing only 38 balls. England eventually scored 309 runs.

By taking two wickets Shakib al Hasan spotted fifth place in a gorgeous club of highest wicket takers on home soil. He just passed Aussie legend Shane Warne who took 134 wickets in 84 ODI matches. Shakib al Hasan secured 136 wickets in 89 matches.