The England vs Bangladesh match starts on October 10, 2023, at 10:00 PM in Dharamshala, India.
England 364 for 9 beat Bangladesh 227 by 137 runs
Defending their title with a resounding retort following an initial setback in their World Cup debut, England showcased dominance by overpowering Bangladesh with a commanding 137-run victory in Dharamsala, rekindling their tournament momentum.
The scoreboard painted a formidable picture, registering 364 for 9, fueled by Dawid Malan’s inaugural World Cup century his fourth in the current calendar year.
The narrative unfolded as Reece Topley, making a comeback, dismantled Bangladesh’s top order, leaving them stumbling in pursuit of what could have been a record-breaking chase.
Tasked with taking charge at the enchanting HPCA Stadium, framed by the majestic Himalayas, England exhibited a tenacious spirit for the uphill battle.
Malan and Jonny Bairstow embarked on a steady journey, crafting their first-century partnership as opening batsmen.
Soon, the reins were handed over to Joe Root, and the synergy between him and Malan unfolded seamlessly, accumulating 151 runs in 19.3 overs a clockwork-smooth collaboration that laid a robust foundation for England, albeit stumbling in the final stages against Bangladesh’s strategic death-bowling proficiency.
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Shoriful Islam and Mahedi Hasan orchestrated timely disruptions, claiming regular wickets as the match reached its crescendo.
In the face of an England downturn, losing seven wickets for a mere 68 runs in the final 10.3 overs, Bangladesh found themselves confronted with a demanding required run rate of over seven and over a target surpassing their highest total while batting second in ODIs.
The challenge escalated further as Reece Topley made a dramatic impact, claiming wickets with his fourth, fifth, and 16th deliveries, leaving Bangladesh reeling at 26 for 3.
The precarious scoreline quickly descended to 49 for 4, despite Chris Woakes recovering from a costly start.
Litton Das, initiating the chase with three consecutive fours off Woakes, and Mushfiqur Rahim managed to muster half-centuries, fostering a partnership of 72 at nearly a run per ball.
However, this collaborative effort only added a semblance of respectability to the scorecard.
Woakes dashed Litton’s hopes of a century as his off-cutter found the outside edge, grazing through to Buttler.
When Mushfiqur steered a Topley bouncer to a deep third, the focus shifted from Bangladesh to minimizing the damage on the net run rate.
The margin of victory provided solace to England, whose standing and confidence had suffered a blow in Ahmedabad. Once again inserted after losing the toss, the top order delivered perhaps not with the overt aggression spoken of by Jos Buttler after the defeat to New Zealand, but with a calculated certainty in their methods.
Among the current XI, nobody embodies this calculated certainty better than Malan, whose imperious form catapulted him from a peripheral role to a pivotal position in just a few months.
His fourth ball, dispatched through extra cover for four off Mustafizur Rahman, marked the beginning of a 107-ball masterclass in acceleration.
Despite Bangladesh’s claim for an early dismissal, when a Mustafizur bouncer flicked Malan’s shoulder, DRS confirmed the on-field call by Ahsan Raza.
That was as close as Bangladesh got to a wicket in the opening powerplay, as Malan responded with aggressive strokes, driving for four and sending his first six over deep backward square.
Two overs later, Mustafizur found himself pulled into the crowd at deep midwicket and dispatched down the ground in a crisp one-two, signaling England’s escalating tempo and a comfortable position at 61 for 0 after ten overs.
As Malan effortlessly raced to a fifty in just 39 balls, with 40 runs carved out in boundaries, Bairstow opted for a more measured approach.
Celebrating his 100th ODI appearance, Bairstow marked the occasion with his first half-century in the format since July 2022.
However, his milestone was interrupted when Shakib Al Hasan shattered his leg stump, providing Bangladesh with a crucial breakthrough.
Despite this setback, Shakib remained the only bowler exerting control. Root swiftly found his rhythm, breaking a five-over boundary drought by sending Mustafizur for a six over fine leg and executing a reverse paddle for four off Shakib.
Meanwhile, Malan continued his assault on the three-figure mark, achieving it for the sixth time in 23 ODI appearances. His milestone, a push into the covers off Shakib, crowned him the oldest Englishman to score a World Cup century.
In the following over, Malan unleashed a barrage on Mehidy Hasan Miraz, with a sequence of 4, 6, 6, 4. Root secured his second consecutive fifty of the tournament in 44 balls as England aimed to tighten the grip.
Root surpassed Graham Gooch as England’s leading run-scorer in World Cups.
Malan, bolstered by another pull-off Taskin Ahmed, earned his fifth six. Yet, dreams of eclipsing Andrew Strauss’ 158 at Bengaluru were quashed when Mahedi reaped the rewards for his tossed-up delivery.
Amidst a seemingly effortless cruise through the middle powerplay at a rate of 7.9 runs per over, England appeared on track for the second 400-plus score of the tournament.
However, Malan’s departure brought Buttler to the crease, ready for havoc.
Despite a frenetic 20 off 10, Buttler’s dismissal to Shoriful, dragging a wide knuckleball onto his stumps in the 40th over, set the stage for a delayed Bangladesh resurgence with the ball.
Shoriful’s variations proved effective, claiming the wickets of Root caught behind attempting another knuckleball heave, and Liam Livingstone, who lost his off stump to a cutter.
Mahedi then dismissed Harry Brook, Sam Curran, and Adil Rashid, ending an otherwise dominant innings with a flurry of ungainly thrashing.
While Bangladesh had previously secured a win chasing against Afghanistan on the same ground, facing England proved to be a different challenge.
Topley, making his World Cup debut, replaced Moeen Ali in the XI and dashed Bangladesh’s hopes with Tanzid Hasan’s edge to second slip and Najmul Hossain Shanto taken at backward point from consecutive deliveries.
Topley’s peach of a delivery skelped Shakib’s off bail, effectively sealing the game. Bangladesh persisted until the 49th over, providing England’s bowlers with a thorough workout.
The World Cup holders navigated through the match with such ease that concerns about the state of the outfield became a mere afterthought.
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