England 197 runs for 6 wickets in 24.1 overs (Moeen 56, Mustafizur 2-23) bangladesh 188 for 9 in 37 overs (Mehidy 74, Tanzid 45, Topley 3-23) by 4 wickets (DLS)
Bangladesh had their moments, especially with Tanjeed Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman showing their ability with bat and ball in the powerplay, but ultimately they were overwhelmed by England’s incredible aggression. The tone of England’s attacking performance was set by Jonny Bairstow, who spread his legs for 34 runs from 21 balls, the way he described the “complete chaos” of England’s 38-hour trip to the eastern tip of India. Was refused during.
Jos Buttler maintained a fighting pace to score 30 off 15 in his short and on-point trip to the crease, and although Liam Livingstone came and went composed, by the time Moeen was out with four to seal victory, he Assam’s six runs on the night confirmed that his team will head into this week’s tournament opener against New Zealand with confidence.
Far more relevant than the result was the time in between for several locked-down players, notably 2019 veterans Mark Wood and Adil Rashid, who have been wrapped in cotton wool over the past few weeks, and Joe Root, who lacks form and confidence. Short of bowling, but who survived a painful groin injury as well as a serious mistake by Taskin Ahmed at deep backward square, he chased down the target with an unbeaten 26 off 40 balls.
The contest duly ended some eight-and-a-half hours after the first ball was bowled, but for a time, it looked as if England’s preparation – both for this game and Saturday’s rain against India – would be limited. A 30-over workout in brief afternoon action.
At least in that time, England were able to give a clean bill of health to nine members of their bowling attack, including all six of their front-line fast bowlers… although now they are about to turn back to economy. Once again the class has been turned away for Tuesday’s flight to Ahmedabad.
Foremost among them was Wood, England’s fastest and most ferocious centre-point, who had not been fielded in a competitive environment since late July, apparently due to a heel injury suffered during the Ashes. Not for the first time, he showed his explosive pace right from the start of his three-over burst, and should have claimed the wickets of both of Bangladesh’s most effective batsmen.
Mehdi Hasan Miraz opened the Bangladesh innings with a hard-hitting 74 from 89 balls, but he should have fallen for 7 on the sixth ball of Wood’s return when, after a tentative start to his innings, he A lifter outside off, but neither Buttler nor Root reacted in time to stay on the edge at first slip.
However, Wood got his reward two overs later. Tanzeed’s 45 off 44 balls at the top of the order had confirmed his readiness to fill Tamim Iqbal’s big shoes, but after hitting seven fours and a blistering six over deep midwicket off Reece Topley, he was out for two. Caught out repeatedly. As Wood fired a lifter across his bow, he delivered a tentative push from the inside onto his own stumps.
There was a special diet of seams in the first 20 overs of Bangladesh’s innings, as each of England’s fast bowlers lined up for a short gallop, and showed their readiness for the main event through a combination of economy and incision. , only Chris Woakes and Gus Atkinson took the field. -Rewarded for his five-over contribution.
However, the other big plus for England was the return of Rashid, who missed their recent series against New Zealand due to a calf injury. He showed no ill effect after entering the attack in the 21st over of Bangladesh’s innings and struck twice in five overs to dismiss the experienced pair of Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah – the latter bowling a full-toss but the former Hidden the googly brilliantly. In an attempt to make a cut, he collided with his stumps.
When the rain came, it seemed that Bangladesh’s score would be 153 runs for 5 wickets in 30 overs. Instead, they – after being canceled once again – returned for seven more overs, with the fast bowlers back in action. Sam Curran hit a boundary off the first ball of his second spell, before Topley and David Willey both reached hat-tricks, the former luring Bangladesh’s stand-in captain, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, into a sketchy slice at third. About five hours later.
Topley’s performance epitomizes the combination of toughness and threat that England are bringing to this tournament. His first over went somewhat for 13 runs, including a wide and two no-balls, but he countered quickly with the first ball of his second as Liton Das gloved a lifter down the leg-side for 5. out on the run (although on some balls there was doubt as to whether his hand was off the bat at the point of contact).
England’s reply was raucous from the start. In-form opener Dawid Malan hit a poetic cut for a four on the first ball, but was out straight to slip off Mustafizur’s second ball. But Bairstow hit four fours and a six in seven balls to turbo-charge the powerplay, taking England to 50 inside four overs, before Mustafizur ended the fun with a yorker off his toes. .
It took a much better ball from Hasan Mahmood to dismiss Harry Brook. His four fours in his innings of 17 runs from 15 balls were of raw class until he was bowled through the gate by a ferocious nipbacker on a tight off-stump line. Buttler then hit Shoriful Islam’s second ball over the keeper for a six over extra cover – and as if to prove he was in no mood to stand on ceremony, he then hit his fifth ball. The ball bounced over the keeper’s head. Taskin, who had been sitting back on the rope, could have been an easy catch.
England’s only real concern is the form of Root, who at least held on until the end of the chase but rarely looked able to increase his pace, coming through the way so effortlessly at the other end. He should have dismissed Tanzeem Hasan Shakib for 7 off 19, but the man, Taskin, once again tried to be caught at fine leg, then allowed the ball to slip over the rope as well. Let us tell you that this will be the only boundary of Root’s innings. Fortunately for England, Moeen and Co. had no such power failures to report.
Andrew Miller is the UK editor for ESPNcricinfo. @miller_cricket