Bangladesh openers win over conditions
Considering the cloudy and damp conditions, England elected to bowl first and it was no surprise as weather was conducive for bowling. But Bangladesh made a solid start as the openers looked quite comfortable in the middle. Both Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes played fluent shots all around the wicket. England were desperately trying for an early wicket but both Tamim and Imrul frustrated the English attack until the 19th over. The visitors were finally successful in breaking the partnership but by then, the hosts had already made a strong start and laid the foundation for the remainder of the innings.
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The enterprising Sabbir Rahman scoops DHAKA TRIBUNE
Aggressive Sabbir at No 3
After a good start, Sabbir Rahman came to the crease at No 3 and played a superb aggressive innings. He made 49 from 46 deliveries with five fours. Sabbir was confident in stroke-making, right from the very first delivery he faced. He played some delightful shots during his entertaining knock. His first boundary hinted that it could well be his day. In the second ball of the 22nd over, Chris Woakes hit the deck hard and the rising delivery moved outside off-stump but Sabbir quickly got onto the front foot, and leaning back, swung hard through long-on for four. This was trademark Sabbir and the signs looked good for Bangladesh.
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Sabbir Rahman departs off the bowling of Adil Rashid DHAKA TRIBUNE
Rashid’s spin trap
The spinners were getting big turn in the early part of Bangladesh's innings. England brought on Moeen Ali in just the ninth over and the prodigious turn was visible for all to see. Later, Adil Rashid also joined in the party as the leg-spinner wrecked the Bangladesh top-order. Rashid bowled some brilliant deliveries during his spells and finished with four wickets, conceding 43 runs. But three of his four wickets came from loose deliveries. First, Tamim got out off a long hop in the 23rd over. Tamim looked good as he cruised to his fifty but suddenly lost his concentration and presented a catch to cover. Later, Mahmudullah was also dismissed in a similar fashion. In the 25th over, Mahmudullah hit a six off a Rashid short-ball. In the very next delivery, Rashid again bowled a short one but this time, Mammudullah lofted it straight to cover. Rashid's fourth wicket - Nasir Hossain (four) - was from a full toss.
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Mushfiqur Rahim plays a shot on way to his unbeaten half-century DHAKA TRIBUNE
Mushfiq reaches fifty in style
Mushfiqur Rahim played a vital knock under pressure. The right-hander was struggling a bit but on Wednesday, he played a superb innings to help the team past the 270-run mark. Mushfiq initially started off with ones and twos but scored some quick runs to finish off his unbeaten innings on 67 from 62 deliveries. Mushfiq was dropped by Ben Stokes at third man when he was 46. Off the very next ball, Mushfiq utilised the chance to the fullest by hitting a huge six. Mushfiq swung through the line of a length ball and dispatched it well into the stands at deep square to reach his half century in some style.
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Sam Billings cuts one during his quick 62 DHAKA TRIBUNE
Cool, calm chasing by England top three
England openers James Vince and Sam Billings started superbly in their run chase. Their positive batting took England to the driving seat in their pursuit of a challenging 278. The hosts broke the partnership in the 12th over when Nasir Hossain trapped Vince in front. Youngster Ben Duckett then arrived and handled the situation maturely. First, he built a 64-run partnership alongside Billings and later a 45-run partnership with Jonny Bairstow. But the most important aspect was that Duckett remained cool and calm throughout his innings and slowly took the game away from Bangladesh. He played the reverse sweep quite effectively to nullify the threat of the Tigers spinners. England’s Professional Cricketers' Association's Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year awards winner Duckett proved his worth in the side and will surely be an exciting addition to the already formidable English batting line-up.
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Tearaway Taskin Ahmed in his follow through DHAKA TRIBUNE
9-0-46-0. Taking a look, everyone would understand that this bowling figure is ordinary. But the fact is Taskin Ahmed bowled superbly in the match but remained wicketless. Taskin beat almost every England batsmen on Wednesday, be it Billings, Duckett, Bairstow or Stokes, on numerous occasions but was unable to find the edge and provide Bangladesh much-needed breakthroughs. In his ninth over, Imrul dropped Woakes at first slip. And it was a sitter. The miss eventually proved to be the final nail in the coffin. The irony of the match is that player of the match Rashid received three valuable wickets off relatively poor deliveries whereas speedster Taskin bowled so many excellent balls only to remain luckless.