Bangladesh Beat England by 34 runs in 2nd ODI

Bangladesh vs England, 2nd ODI, Dhaka Bangladesh 238/8 (50.0 ov) beat England 204 (44.4 ov) by 34.

Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Murtaza led from the front with a stunning all-round effort to lead his side to a much-needed series leveler against England on Sunday. Hosts Bangladesh and visitors England are now tied 1-1 in the three-match bout, with the crunch decider to be contested on Wednesday

A few words were exchanged out on the field towards the end. Ben Stokes didn’t seem too happy about something in the crowd. Regardless of whatever it was, it was Mashrafe’s Murtaza’s night. First he lifted his side from a dead position in the first innings, smashing a blunderbuss 44 from 29 deliveries to lift the homeside to a fighting total. Then he dismissed England openers, moreover, accounted for the scalps of Ben Stokes and tailender Jake Ball to seal a much-needed victory for his side.

On a slow surface, the Bangladeshi batsmen failed to get off to a flying start. Imrul Kayes, the century maker from the Mirpur game, was bagged by Woakes in the 7th over. Shortly after, he was followed by Tamim Iqbal, who failed to find form yet again. When Sabbir Rahman fell, Bangladesh had lost 3 wickets for just 39 runs and were reeling in the 14th over. A comeback was the need of the hour, and Mahmadullah’s bat provided that. A responsible half century (75) by him laid the foundation for a respectable total.

Late cameos from Mushfiqur Rahim and Mosaddek Hossain further helped their cause, but the slow run rate was always a concern. Nonetheless, a total of 238 gave lots of hope to the Bangla bowlers heading into part 2 of the contest.

In response, England suffered a horror start, as Vince and Ducket departed in the space 6 deliveries. The home pacers kept the pressure on, and in no time, the Three Lions had lost Roy and Stokes both. Bairstow and Buttler forged a crucial 79 run 5th wicket stand, but the collapse reignited when the former was dismissed by a Taskin Ahmed beauty. England never recovered from the early blows despite late efforts by Adil Rashid and Jake Ball.

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