Bangladesh lost the first ODI from the position of prevalence and lost their last 6 wickets in just 19 runs. Their batting has been quivering since the Afghanistan series and today they also were shaken hard by some tremendous display of English bowling and only managed to score 238 runs playing 50 overs. To defend this moderate target on a pitch good to bat on, they needed a scintillating start and some extra-ordinary performance from bowlers. Outstandingly Bangladesh managed to do so and ultimately leveled the three match series winning the second game by 34 runs today.
Bangladesh started with spin and Shakib delivered a beauty at the very first ball, however, umpire was not interested to judge Roy out. However, this didn’t thwart Shakib to take wicket at the end as he clean bowled Ben Duckett in his third over and put England on pressure, since prior to that Mashrafe sent Vince to the pavilion.
The two opening bowlers of Bangladesh were outstanding; Shakib with his delusive turn and Mashrafe with his tight line and length encumbered English Batsmen to score runs. Jason Roy was struggling to switch his strike and finally got trapped by a perfectly pitched delivery from Mashrafe which cost England to lose their 3rd wicket scoring only 24 runs within 8 over.
Mashrafe, the captain fantastic, was on fire. In his very next over he bowled Ben Stokes by a phenomenal in-swinger. England started to punch back after that dismissal on the command of captain Buttler. Exuberated Bangladeshi fielders were then tested by some outstanding batting display from Buttler and Bairstow. Together they put a 79 runs partnership of just 83 balls. When everything was plying in favor of England, then Taskin made a gorgeous entry and hunted down both. As Nasir sent Ali to the stand between these two falls, Bangladesh started to savor the fragrance of victory.
Taskin was puffed up with excitement. In his first spell he was expensive but made an eminent comeback in the end with his furious pace and troublesome bouncers. Taking Woakes’ wicket, he made the crowd of the stadium to stand on their feet. He was greatly supported by Nasir’s frugal bowling who proved his efficiency in the team with astonishing all-round performance. In the end, Rashid and Ball made an intimidating 10th wicket partnership of 45 runs with a strike rate over hundred; but it only delayed Bangladesh win.
Early in the day, England won the toss and decided to field first. Chris Woakes and David Willey backed their captain’s decision by executing some tight bowling display and impelled Bangladesh to stumble at a regular interval. Bangladeshi top order was unable to make an impact today and none could put a decent score on the board. England’s triumph was appeared subdued when Mushfiq and Mahmudullah put a hasty 50 runs partnership but all on a sudden Mushfiq had to depart due to a valiant bouncer from Jake Ball.
Mahmudullah was absolutely majestic, his 75 runs constructed the backbone of Bangladesh inning when Bangladesh was put into an abyss after Shakib’s departure on 113. He was absolutely forthright despite losing his partners intermittently on the other hand. But England was very much in control and never provide Bangladesh any opportunity to augment their run rate. Adil Rashid, in his successive two overs, sent Mosaddek and Mahmudullah to the stand. At that stage, putting a decent fighting score on board was seemed a ponderous task to Bangladesh.
‘Batsman’ Mashrafe then came to the scenario and started his inning with two solid hits of six in same over and showed his brazen errand to the opponent. The final 5 overs of Bangladesh inning was a stark ‘Mashrafe Show’ which was accompanied by Nasir’s swift cameo of 27 runs. Mashrafe scored 44 of just 29 balls and helped Bangladesh to put 68 runs on the board of the last 42 balls. Eventually it helped Bangladesh to put a fighting score of 238 runs losing 8 wickets.
The final match of the series will be held at Chittagong on 12th October. Both teams are expected to leave Dhaka tomorrow afternoon.