T20 World Cup 2021, Bangladesh vs England: England cruises past Bangladesh for an eight-wicket victory keeping it clean in the points table. Jason Roy registers a quickfire fifty while Liam Livingstone and Tymal Mills perform with the ball.
Eoin Morgan-led England defeated West Indies by six wickets in their opening match after stupendous displays from spinner Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali. While Bangladesh was keen to leave behind the loss against Sri Lanka.
As it happened, England chased down the target of 125 in just 14.1 overs. Bangladesh was sluggish with the bat kept losing wickets at the regular intervals while the shot selection was a major issue.
England started with Moeen Ali, and in the third over the early move was rewarded with two wickets in the over. Both the openers were dismissed back to back to push Bangladesh on backfoot.
The only real contribution was from Mushfiqur Rahim but he too was out trying to reverse sweep a full ball from Liam Livingstone. Though the pressure was immense from England bowlers, Rahim was successful in rotating the strike.
The part-timer Liam Livingstone took two wickets and that shows the batting condition of Bangladesh in this particular match. The pick of the bowler though was Tymal Mills taking three wickets with two wickets at the last two balls of the innings.
The Bangladesh innings would have wrapped out in under 115 runs but thanks to Nasum Ahmed’s small cameo taking Bangladesh over that 120 mark. A handful runs here and there to keep the innings going but not reach the desired destination.
For me, it was Chris Woakes the best bowler. Managing to only take one wicket but an economy rate of only three in a T20 game is a feat to be considered. Bangladesh should remember that they are in UAE and start playing accordingly. They should wake up and see that they are not at home anymore.
The same pitch on which Bangladesh was struggling, Jason Roy(61) cracked opened the chase. Batting with intent and a bit of early luck, he was unstoppable. Going at the strike rate of 160+, hitting three six, and five boundaries clarified the England innings.
Bowling was also not accurate if you are defending such a low total. Shoriful Islam and Nasum Ahmed however got a wicket each but the economy was very high. Mahedi Hasan was the most expensive giving 21 runs from two overs.
Losing Jos Buttler early, Dawid Malan(28*) anchored the innings till the end. Even after Roy’s wicket, he was there to not let the opponent climb up. Jonny Bairstow(8*) provided the finishing touch with his four-ball inning.
ICC T20 World Cup 2021, Bangladesh vs England: post match presentation.
“The credit goes to the bowlers as they are doing well for us. The start of my career was sporadic but now I get more consecutive games. A good start is key but these pitches are hard to bat on but the key was to keep the wickets in hand.”
“I am disappointed with the performance. We are lacking to capitalize in the powerplay and at the end as well. We want to be a skilled hitter rather than a power hitter team. We have to reassess and come back stronger in the next game.”
“Our bowlers have been doing a great job and the fielding has also been great. Our white-ball cricket has come along nicely and we have been brilliant since 2019. Jason Roy did a fantastic job for us with the bat and started strong up front.”