Tuesday 2 March 2010 

Brilliant Morgan Century Steers England To Series Win

 

England 261-8 (Morgan 110no, Cook 60, Shakib Al Hasan 3-32) beat
Bangladesh 260-6 (Mushfiqur Rahim 76, Imrul Kayes 63, Bresnan 3-51) by two wickets
Second One-Day International, Mirpur

Eoin Morgan became the first man to score One-Day International centuries for two different countries as his unbeaten 110 guided England to a narrow two-wicket win over Bangladesh in the second match in Mirpur.

Mushfiqur Rahim and Imrul Kayes had earlier scored half-centuries as Bangladesh set England 261 to win the series, which thanks to Morgan's outstanding innings, they managed with seven balls to spare.

Rahim made 76 and Kayes 63 as Bangladesh posted 260 for six, their highest score against England.

England won the toss and decided to field for the second match in a row which allowed Tamim Iqbal to take centre stage, but he could only hit a swift 30 in 25 balls before he was caught by Alastair Cook off Stuart Broad.

Broad had a mixed day in the field, later dropping Rahim at backward square leg and then exiting with a back injury and that drop proved to be costly as after the dismissal of Aftab Ahmed for four, bowled by Tim Bresnan, Rahim added 90 for the third wicket with Kayes.

Kayes faced 113 balls for his runs, hitting four fours while Rahim played beautifully for his 76 in 88 balls with five boundaries.

After England hit back, Graeme Swann having Kayes brilliantly caught by Paul Collingwood at cover and taking a simple return catch to remove Shakib Al Hasan (14), Mahmudullah (28), Naeem Islam (18 not out in 14 balls) and debutant Suhrawadi Shuvo (14 not out in six) gave the innings a late boost during the batting Power Play.

Swann finished with two for 52 and Bresnan three for 51, having Rahim caught in the deep by Wright and bowling Mahmudullah.

Craig Kieswetter then repeated his trick from the first match when he edged the ball past the wicket-keeper Rahim to get off the mark with a four but one ball later he edged Islam to Kayes at slip, who took a superb low catch.

Kevin Pietersen made 18 before he became the first of four England batsmen to depart lbw, Abdur Razzak the bowler to dismiss England's number three and he soon moved ahead of Mashrafe Mortaza as Bangladesh's leading wicket-taker in ODI cricket by having Paul Collingwood also trapped in front for seven.

At the other end, Alastair Cook continued his good form with an innings of 60 in 61 balls before the thinnest of edges was taken at the second attempt by Rahim as he tried to cut Shakib.

Former Irish international Morgan added 90 with Matthew Prior (42) for the fifth wicket before England's innings began to crumble as Shakib bowled Luke Wright (7) and Swann (2) and Bresnan was trapped in front by Mahmudullah.

Morgan seemed to be at home under the pressure that the other England batsmen were struggling with, and he turned things back in England's favour in stunning fashion.

A superbly placed reverse sweep in the 48th over loosened some of the pressure, and left England needed 16 to win from two overs. Morgan needed just five balls from Islam, hitting a four over midwicket and cover and then smashing a six over deep backward square leg to squeeze England home.

He faced 104 balls, hitting eight fours and two sixes.

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