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England restrict Bangladesh to 124

 Sports Desk daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 05:52 PM, 27 October 2021  

England restrict Bangladesh to 124

England restrict Bangladesh to 124

Bangladesh posted 124 runs for 9 wickets in 20 overs against England in the 20th match of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup Super 12, Group-1, at Abu Dhabi.

After winning the toss Bangladesh skipper Mahmudullah opted to bat first. But their start was not good as they lost openers Mohammad Naim, Liton Das and Shakib Al Hasan inside the powerplay.

Moeen Ali was England’s game-breaker in their tournament opener against West Indies, and he’s back in the Powerplay action against Bangladesh. Liton Das briefly threatened to leave a dent in his figures with some dominant footwork at the end of the opening over, pumping Moeen for consecutive fours down the ground.

But with a hint of spin from the outset, and nice long boundaries to add to his defences, Eoin Morgan was unafraid to fling him the ball for a second over, and was quickly rewarded with both openers in consecutive balls. Liton tried one mow too many, holing out to Liam Livingstone in the deep, before the left-handed Mohammad Naim tried a similar trick, only to skim a swat down the ground to Chris Woakes at mid-on.

He finished his Powerplay stint with a third over for the second match running ... 3-1-15-2 on Friday, 3-0-18-2 today. That effort has opened up Morgan's permutations for the rest of the innings.

Chris Woakes came within a whisker of a first-over wicket when Naim scuffed an attempted pull over Dawid Malan's head at midwicket. But a similar ball drew a similar stroke from an even more vital left-hander in his third over of the Powerplay. Shakib Al Hasan attempted to get forceful as Woakes hit the deck, back of a length, but his extra pop off the pitch found a splice to backward square, and a superb leaping take from Adil Rashid.

Woakes emulates Moeen in reeling off three consecutive Powerplay overs, and with figures of 1 for 9, he's left England in utter command.

Mushfiqur attempts a reverse-sweep, is pinned in front of all three, and despite no on-field decision, the review proves lucrative for England. Rahim goes LBW to Livingston for 29.

Afif Hossain run out (Mills/†Buttler) for 5. It tossed up and worked leg side, there's a misfield on the edge of the ring... and Afif Hossain has been kippered looking for two! Tymal Mills allowed the ball to squirm past him but didn't have fire to run, then fired in the throw to Buttler. Looks like Mahmudullah started to come before eventually calling 'no', by which point Afif was stranded.

Skipper Mahmudullah (19 off 24) went out to Livingstone while charging down, skews a simple catch to backward point! Bangladesh's captain knew the onus was on him to raise the tempo, but that was a misbegotten attempt, didn't get to the pitch and a wild hack ended up picking out Woakes on the edge of the ring.

Bangladesh lost wickets at regular intervals but they able to past 120 thaks to Nasum Ahmed's 19 off 9 not out and Nurul Hasan Sohan's 16. 

For England, Tymal Mills took 3 for 27 while Liam Livingstone and Moeen Ali took 2 wickets each. Chris Woakes bagged one wicket for 12 in his 4 overs.