Captain Fantastic Kept Bangladesh’s Hopes Alive

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England certainly want to travel Chittagong after sealing the series by winning the second game today. They were little bit pushed off at yesterday’s night, as Roy and Stokes were unsure to play due to strain. However, they were declared fit eventually and England think-tank keep the same squad of the first ODI. Bangladesh made one expected change; Mosharraf Rubel had to give up his place to Nasir Hossain.

England’s transmuted venture with bat after World Cup has also been continued in Bangladesh as they scored 300+ in both two games they played. This might render Buttler to have faith in his batsmen to chase down any target on subcontinent soil and so he decided to bowl first in a condition convenient to bat after winning the toss.

Kayes seemed to carry the form from the last ODI as he hit magisterially for a boundary the very first ball he faced. After that, Woakes and Willey bowled exceedingly well maintaining tight line and length and forced both openers to cost their wickets. Bangladeshi top order struggled throughout their first powerplay and managed to score 37 runs playing first 12 overs of the match.

The urgency to play shots was apparent and Shabbir, managing to score only 3 runs of 19 balls, tried to hit the first ball of the last match’s hero Jake Ball coming down the wicket. The attempt was not successful and the very next ball he was played on. Since then, the dwindling run rate was gradually pulled up by Mushfiq and Mahmudullah as they put together a hasty 50 runs partnership. Mushfiq seemed good; he scored boundaries of the first two balls he faced and was promising to overcome his recent disappointment in international arena. The recent find of England, Jake Ball, then came to the scene and forced Mushfiq to get caught at fine leg with a superb bouncer.

Mahmudullah looked confident and forthright despite seeing the fall of wickets at regular intervals on the other end and claimed his 16th ODI fifty in no time. But, Bangladesh fell into an abyss when Shakib departed on 113. Mosaddek and Mahmudullah tried to fight back putting up a partnership of 48 runs, but Adil Rashid sent both of them to the pavilion in his successive overs.

Mashrafe walked on to the crease after the soft dismissal of Mosaddek and by striking two huge sixes in Moeen’s over, he gave a brazen errand to the opponents. The rest was ‘Mashrafe Show’ where Nasir played a supporting role to make a quick partnership of 69 runs. Mashrafe’s stormy knock of 44 and Nasir’s swift cameo of 27 runs ultimately helped Bangladesh to reach a decent total of 238 runs.