England is touring Bangladesh for three-match One Day International series. They have already claimed the opening ODI at Shere Bengal National Stadium, Mirpur and are looking forward to sealing the series in the second match at the same venue.
England opted to bat first after winning the toss and their decision paid off. The opener Jason Roy built up a strong base with his 41 runs. The youngster Duckett and the captain Jos Buttler each bagged half-centuries whereas Ben Stokes hammered a ton. As a result, the visitors posted a respectable 309 run after the fifty overs.
Jake Ball was the star of the match for England. He registered a five-wicket haul on his debut and became the first person from England to achieve this feat. Adil Rashid also unleashed his skills in the match as he grabbed four wickets after giving away only 49 runs.
The visitors have reignited their spark after suffering a humiliating group stage exit from the 2015 World Cup. They have recently crushed Pakistan by 4-1 before touring Bangladesh. England’s captain Eoin Morgan and opener Alex Hales opted out of the Bangladesh tour due to security concerns. However, the overall team performance is not affected and the visitors have proven in the opening match.
The home side, on the other hand, is looking forward to grabbing their seventh successive home series win. They are unbeaten at their home soil for almost two years. However, their latest 50-over campaign came after 10 months of absence. They played their first ODI match against Afghanistan a few weeks ago. The Bengalis carried their winning momentum and easily overpowered the Afghans side with 2-1.
The Bengal tigers put up a solid performance in their 310 run chase in the opening ODI. They were on the right path until they saw a collapse in the end. The last six wickets were lost after only 17 runs which cost them the match. They eventually suffered a 20 run loss.
This was Bangladesh’s fourth loss from 21 encounters since November 2014 at their home. However, they can still carry their home series winning streak if the death hitters click in the same venue on Sunday.
Imrul Kayes ton and the all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan heroics helped the hosts a lot. However, they need to carry their rhythm in the second match.
After losing the match, the skipper Mashrafe Mortaza stressed that the miss-fielding and dropped catches cost them the match. He praised Imrul and hoped he will keep the momentum rolling the second game.