England 364 for 9 wickets (Malan 140, Root 82, Mahedi 4-71) defeated bangladesh 227 (Litton 76, Topley 4-43) by 137 runs
But despite England falling 7 wickets for 68 runs in the final 10.3 overs, Bangladesh still had a demand rate of more than seven per over left – and a target well above their highest total batting second in ODIs. The challenge quickly became even tougher, as Topley struck with his fourth, fifth and 16th balls, leaving Bangladesh reeling at 26 for 3, with the scoreline soon reading 49 for 4 as Chris Woakes recovered from a costly start. Went.
The margin of victory was a relief for England, whose position and confidence had taken a blow after the crushing defeat in Ahmedabad. They were included again after losing the toss, but this time the top order performed much better – if not with the open aggression that Jos Buttler spoke about after the loss to New Zealand, then with a cold-blooded certainty in his methods. I through.
No one in the current XI exudes ruthless certainty better than Malan, whose superb form has seen him move into selection before the extra run in just a few months. His fourth ball off Mustafizur Rahman was hit through extra cover for four runs and he proceeded to unleash his entire repertoire of pulls, flicks and slog-sweeps during his 107-ball stay, a masterclass in acceleration. Was.
Bangladesh thought he should have been given out caught in single-figures, only for the DRS to confirm Ahsan Raza’s on-field call after a Mustafizur bouncer bounced off his shoulder. With Bangladesh close to taking the wicket in the early powerplay, Malan responded by driving for four runs and then hitting his first six over deep backward square; After two overs, Mustafizur was pulled into the crowd at deep midwicket and was down the ground in an over or two as England’s pace began to pick up, leaving them in a good position at 61 for 0 after ten.
As Malan brought up his half-century in 39 balls, with 40 of his runs coming via boundaries, Bairstow was able to play a little more cautiously. Nevertheless, he registered his 100th ODI appearance with his first half-century in this format since July 2022, before Shakib Al Hasan shook his leg stump to give Bangladesh a much-needed breakthrough.
However, there was no respite, Shakib was the only bowler who imposed any control. Root quickly got into his groove, hitting Mustafizur for a six over fine leg and then reverse-paddling Shakib for four to end the five-over spell without any boundaries. At the other end, Malan continued to fall short of three figures – for the sixth time in 23 ODIs – to achieve the historic feat by pushing Shakib’s ball into cover. In doing so, he became the oldest Englishman to score a century in a World Cup.
In the next over, Malan crashed Mehidy Hasan Miraz down the order of 4, 6, 6, 4 before Root scored his second consecutive half-century of the tournament off 44 balls as England looked to turn the screw. Root overtook Graham Gooch as his country’s leading run-scorer in the World Cup, before another pull off Taskin Ahmed gave Malan his fifth six. But any thoughts that he might break another England record – Andrew Strauss’s innings of 158 in Bengaluru – were dashed when Mahedi was rewarded for lofting the ball.
England were scoring at 7.9 runs per over during the middle powerplay, looking as if they were on track to post their second 400-plus score of the tournament – and Malan’s dismissal brought Buttler to the crease, who That they were in a mood for genocide. , However, the skipper never quite found his timing during his whirlwind innings of 20 off 10 and Shoriful’s dismissal in the 40th over, pulling a wide knuckleball onto his stumps, set the stage for a late comeback with the ball for Bangladesh. It is ready.
Shoriful’s variations worked for Root – caught behind heaving on another knuckleball – and Liam Livingstone, who lost his off stump to a cutter. Harry Brook, Sam Curran and Adil Rashid all lost out to Mahedi as an otherwise impressive innings ended with an uncharacteristic beating.
Bangladesh had planned to chase down a win against Afghanistan in their first game at this ground, but it was a completely different game. Topley, making his World Cup debut after being included in the eleven in place of Moeen Ali, reduced his chances by dismissing Tanjeed Hasan at second slip and Nazmul Hossain Shanto at backward point on consecutive balls, before dismissing Shakib on bail. To produce a peach ball. And effectively end the game as a competition. Bangladesh eventually struggled until the 49th over, as England’s bowlers were given a thorough workout – such was their comfort level, there was no need to worry about the outfield conditions as the World Cup holders slipped again. Saved.
Alan Gardner is a deputy editor at ESPNcricinfo. @alanroderick