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Less effective bowling, sloppy fielding cost Tigers

  • Published at 11:36 pm June 8th, 2019
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Bangladesh's Mustafizur Rahman bowls during their World Cup match against England in Cardiff Saturday Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik from Cardiff

The total of 386 is England’s second highest total against Bangladesh, and the highest is 391, which they scored in 2005 in Nottingham

England posted a humongous total of 386 runs against Bangladesh in their group stage match at Sophia Gardens, also known as Cardiff Wales Stadium Saturday.

The total of 386 is England’s second highest total against Bangladesh, and the highest is 391, which they scored in 2005 in Nottingham.

This is England’s seventh successive 300-plus score in ODIs. 

They have scored three 300-plus innings in this World Cup, against South Africa in their opening match, against Pakistan in the second game and now against Bangladesh in the third. 

Before that, they also made 300-plus runs in every match of the five-ODI series against Pakistan just prior to the World Cup bar one game which was washed out.

The way England have played over the years and considering their long batting line-up, 300 seems a par score for the Three Lions in the 50-over format.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe bin Mortaza elected to bowl first after winning the toss. 

Mashrafe said during the toss that the decision to bowl first is mainly due to the conditions as it was raining for the last two days in Cardiff, and that the wickets were covered for quite a long time prior to the game.

That seemed legitimate at that point as England made one change to their playing XI, dropping off-spinning all-rounder Moeen Ali and selecting pacer Liam Plunkett.

The pitch was looking greenish and certainly there was help for the quick bowlers in the early overs. 

But having elected to bowl first, Mashrafe started the innings with Shakib al Hasan’s left-arm spin. 

Such a tactic has become familiar in this World Cup, as, prior to this match, both South Africa and Pakistan started their bowling with the spin option against English openers, and it worked eventually.

But surprisingly, Shakib bowled seven of his allotted 10 overs within the first 15 overs, and England were batting on 101 without loss.

Bearing in mind the moisture early on the pitch, Shakib’s seven overs within the first 15 overs raised some eyebrows.  

That tactic certainly did not work for the Tigers and England built a solid platform for scoring big, and they eventually did it, putting on 386 on the board.

Perhaps Mashrafe took too much of a risk for a breakthrough and used his key weapon too early.

In the remaining 35 overs, England had to face Shakib for only for three more overs, knowing that he will be one of the main threats for them as an opposition spinner.

However, Bangladesh’s overall fielding effort was below standard against the English. 

Fielders made poor decisions on the field and were quite sloppy throughout the innings.

Sharp fielding is a mandatory factor nowadays in any format of cricket. The latest example is Bangladesh’s previous match against New Zealand. 

The Kiwis were brilliant all along and perhaps saved 30-40 runs in their 50 overs to restrict Bangladesh for 244. And in the end, Bangladesh lost the match narrowly.

Fielders need to be more aggressive on the field when things are not going their way. If easy runs are conceded in those tight situations, the bowlers might get more frustrated. 

And that’s exactly what happened against England. 

Capitalizing on a strong opening partnership, England batsmen scored freely all over the park and played their brand of cricket quite easily.

The Tigers need to improve their fielding if they want to qualify for the semi-final, or even beyond. 

When the opposition do not give you chances, you need to create your own. And sharp fielding is one of the main tools for that.

MATCH 12

ENGLAND INNINGS            R    B

Roy c Mashrafe b Miraz        153    121

Bairstow c Miraz b Mashrafe         51    50

Root b Saifuddin            21    29

Buttler c Soumya b Saifuddin        64    44

Morgan c Soumya b Miraz        35    33

Stokes c Mashrafe b Mustafizur     6    7

Woakes not out            18    8

Plunkett not out            27    9

Extras (lb 3, nb 1, w 7)            11 

Total (50 Overs)            386/6 

Fall Of Wickets

1-128 (Bairstow), 2-205 (Root), 3-235 (Roy), 4-330 (Buttler), 5-340 (Morgan), 6-341 (Stokes)

Bowling

Shakib 10-0-71-0, Mashrafe 10-0-68-1, Saifuddin 9-0-78-2, Mustafizur 9-0-75-1, Miraz 10-0-67-2, Mosaddek 2-0-24-0

BANGLADESH INNINGS        R    B

Tamim c Morgan b Wood        19    29

Soumya b Archer            2    8

Shakib b Stokes            121    119

Mushfiq c Roy b Plunkett        44    50

Mithun c Bairstow b Rashid        0    2

Mahmudullah c Bairstow b Wood    28    41

Mosaddek c Archer b Stokes        26    16

Saifuddin b Stokes            5    8

Miraz c Bairstow b Archer        12    8

Mashrafe not out            4    9

Mustafizur c Bairstow b Archer    0    3

Extras (lb 9, w 10)            19 

Total (48.5 Overs)            280 all out 

Fall Of Wickets

1-8 (Soumya), 2-63 (Tamim), 3-169 (Mushfiq), 4-170 (Mithun), 5-219 (Shakib), 6-254 (Mosaddek), 7-261 (Mahmudullah), 8-264 (Saifuddin), 9-280 (Miraz), 10-280 (Mustafizur)

Bowling

Woakes 8-0-67-0, Archer 8.5-2-29-3, Plunkett 8-0-36-1, Wood 8-0-52-2, Rashid 10-0-64-1, Stokes 6-1-23-3

England won by 106 runs

MoM: Jason Roy