Defeat leaves Bangladesh on the verge of being knocked out in the Super 12 stage
A disappointing batting performance from Bangladesh led to a thumping defeat as England produced a comfortable eight-wicket win in their Super 12 encounter at Sheikh Zayed Stadium Wednesday.
The Tigers were restricted to 124 for nine in their 20 overs and it was a frustrating batting performance from Bangladesh on a good batting wicket.
Bangladesh were forced to make one change in the playing XI as all-rounder Saifuddin was ruled out from the entire tournament with back injury.
Left arm pacer Shariful came into the side in his place.
Tigers skipper Mahmudullah opted to bat amid bright and sunny condition in Abu Dhabi.
England captain Eoin Morgan opened the bowling with off-spinner Moeen Ali and the experienced campaigner took two wickets in two balls in the third over, removing Liton Das and Mohammad Naim.
Both the openers looked casual the way they got out as they were trying to hit the ball hard but with a laidback approach and eventually gave easy catches to the fielders.
Shakib al Hasan was dismissed while trying to pull Chris Woakes and Adil Rashid took a sharp catch at short fine-leg.
Bangladesh were 26 for three in 5.2 overs when Shakib departed and already on the backfoot despite playing on a good batting pitch.
Bangladesh scored only 27 runs in the powerplay for the loss of three wickets and were unable to recover from that position later.
Experienced duo Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah tried to rebuild the innings but their batting approach was too slow compared to the standards of T20 cricket.
And to make it worse, they both got out after getting set and playing so many balls in the middle overs.
Mushfiq scored 29 off 30 deliveries and was trapped leg before wicket while trying to play a suicidal reverse sweep.
Skipper Mahmdullah’s strike rate was even poorer as he scored 19 off 24 balls.
Mahmudullah was also responsible for getting Afif Hossain run out as the mix-up while getting a double cost Afif his wicket.
Nasum Ahmed’s two sixes in the late stage saved some blushes for Bangladesh as they went past 120 and gave England at least more than a run-a-ball target.
In reply, England top-order did not face any kind of threat as they cruised to their target comfortably in 14.1 overs.
Bangladesh started their bowling attack with Shakib and Mustafizur Rahman but these two could not orchestrate any wicket taking chances in the first few overs.
Although left-arm spinner Nasum provided a breakthrough in the fifth over, it could not create any sort of pressure on the long batting line-up of England.
Opener Jason Roy was batting with complete control from the beginning and smashed an entertaining 61 off just 38 deliveries.
The right-hander was later adjudged man of the match for his confident innings.
Defeat at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium leaves Bangladesh on the verge of being knocked out in the Super 12 stage, with the Tigers needing wins against the West Indies, South Africa and Australia to stand a chance of progressing.
Bangladesh will play the Windies, who also lost their first two games, Friday at Sharjah.