Bopara And Yardy Lead England To Crushing Win
England 127-3 (Bopara 62) beat
Bangladesh 126-7 (Mahmudullah 38no, Yardy 3-20) by seven wickets
ICC World Twenty20 warm-up, Barbados
Ravi Bopara and Michael Yardy played key roles as England hit the ground running ahead of the ICC World Twenty20 with an seven-wicket win over Bangladesh in a warm-up match in Barbados.
Left-arm spinner Yardy returned three for 20 and Bopara made 62 as England scored a comprehensive victory at the Kensington Oval.
After Bangladesh won the toss and chose to bat, they failed to build on a decent start and made 126 for seven, a total that was surpassed by England with 17 balls to spare.
Imrul Kayes (14) and Mohammad Ashraful (21) put on 39 for the first wicket before England struck with James Anderson having Kayes caught by Michael Lumb and Yardy then removed Ashraful, Aftab Ahmed (8) and Shakib Al Hasan (7).
Anderson also dismissed Naeem Islam for nine to finish with two for 23 while Paul Collingwood had Jahurul Islam caught by Lumb for four.
The other Bangladesh wicket to fall was that of Mushfiqur Rahim, who was run out by Graeme Swann, which left Mahmudullah to carry his side to their score of 126 with an unbeaten 38 in 31 balls.
In reply, Lumb made eight before he was caught by Naeem off of Syed Rasel but 22 in 16 balls from Kieswetter, and Bopara's 62 in 48 deliveries put England in control.
Kieswetter was stumped as he tried to take on Shakib and Bopara, who hit eight fours, was run out with the scores level, leaving Collingwood unbeaten on 32.
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