20-20 World Cup: England make easy work of Bangladesh in thumping 8 wicket win

England’s net run-rate has skyrocketed to 3.614.

England ODI team
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Carrying on their juggernaut, England made easy work of Bangladesh in their second Super 12 game. England bowlers continued to breathe fire as they blew away the Bangladesh batters. The conditions were favourable for spin bowling and it was no surprise to see Moeen Ali opening the bowling for England. The move paid dividends as he scalped both the openers, Liton Das and Mohammad Naim in single-digit scores.

Chris Woakes then accounted for the big fish, Shakib Al Hasan for 4 to break the spine of Bangladesh batting. At 26/3, Bangladesh were in deep trouble. Mushfiqur Rahim, who batted well against Sri Lanka, tried to stabilize the innings along with Mahmudullah but England bowlers didn’t give any sniff. Both batters scored 29 and 19 respectively but eventually succumbed to the pressure of scoring quick runs. Bangladesh could never recover from the early blows and had to settle for a below-par 124. Along with Moeen Ali, Tymal Mills also proved his worth and scalped three wickets while spending just 27 runs in his quota of overs.

Chasing a modest target, openers Jason Roy and Jos Buttler gave England a blazing start, adding 39 runs for the first wicket. The No 2 T20I batter Dawid Malan too had some decent outing in the middle with 28 off 25 balls. However, the star with the bat was Jason Roy, who remained unbeaten on 61 off 38 balls. A win in 14 overs has got England in a great position and their net run-rate has skyrocketed to 3.614.

Bangladesh, on the other hand, are staring at an early exit. With two back to back losses, Bangladesh will now need to win all their remaining games with good margins to keep their hopes alive.

Here is what the skippers said:

Eoin Morgan: The bowlers have been very disciplined and have adapted well. The fielding has been good as well and has backed the bowling as well. It is a huge compliment the way our white ball cricket has come up. We have had players fighting for places. It is crucial for Roy and Dawid to get some time on the wicket. It is great to see him like this.

Mahmudullah: We were very disappointed the way we batted. We didn’t start well and we didn’t get any partnersips. If we get a good start, we can capitalize. It gets difficult on a wicket like this if we don’t get a good start. We have more skillful hitters than power-hitters. I think we need to reassess a few things in batting.

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