The match is being played at Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados. England won the toss and put Bangladesh to bat first. "We'll put Bangladesh under pressure and restrict them," said Michael Vaughan, the England captain. The Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar admits he would have bowled first.
3 Overs: Bangladesh 12/1: lost Tamim who struck two boundaries in the first over but could not cope with a bounce from Mahmood.
15.2 Overs: Bangladesh 65/6: The pace and bounce of the pitch and the supplementary English bowling is failing Bangladesh. They are struggling to post even a decent score. This is not what the crowd or the Bangladeshi supporters around the world expected.
Its all over Bangladesh 143 all out in 37.2 overs. Sakibul was left stranded at 57 runs not out with no no more partners. Well played from him but what a waste of opportunity for Bangladesh as if the wickets were there Bangladesh could easily reach a score of 230-240.
Lets see how quickly England makes these runs. They need to have a better run rate. For Bangladesh bowlers not enough runs to defend.
6 Overs: 22/1 (extra 10) Bell went for a duck. Vaughn was dropped by the keeper Mushfiq. Had Bangladesh a score to defend in excess of 200 it could have been an interesting match. Commentary from Guardian Sports:
"Having some overs to bat before lunch seems to have confused Strauss and Vaughan into thinking they're playing a Test match and need to see off the new ball. Against Australia. Is their new one day tactic to score all the runs through extras?"
21 Overs: England 70/3. Vaughn finally departs trying to sweep Razzak. Syed Rasel is the pick of Bangladeshi bowlers - a good stat 10-3-25-2.
Bangladesh is making it hard for England. But they will get through as the Bangladeshi batsmen did not put enough run to defend. It could have been a good day for Bangladesh.
Finally England is let to win after 44.5 overs losing 6 wickets. Cricinfo comments:
The crowd go wild while England look relieved more than jubilant. That was a mighty close thing, and Bangladesh really ran them ragged for a time there.
Guardian Sports comments:
England have won by four wickets. He punches the air but you have to ask why he waited so long to hit out. That was seriously shoddy stuff on a pitch tailor-made for the English team.
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