Saturday 10 July 2010 

Bangladesh Level Series In Dramatic Circumstances

Bangladesh Level Series In Dramatic Circumstances
Bangladesh Level Series In Dramatic Circumstances
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Bangladesh 236-7 (Imrul Kayes 76, Shahzad 3-41) beat
England 231 (Trott 94, Shafiul Islam 2-39) by five runs
Second One-Day International, Bristol

It was 13th time lucky for Bangladesh as they beat England in the second One-Day International by five runs to level the three-match series 1-1 with a game to play.

Coming off a run of 20 defeats in 20 against England (eight in Tests and 12 in ODIs), they bowled England out for 231 in scenes of high drama and tension having earlier posted 236 for seven.

England lost wickets throughout their run chase which was hampered by Ian Bell's inability to bat, unless the situation became desperate and when he finally made an appearance, hobbling due to a fracture in his foot, his Warwickshire team-mate Jonathan Trott was unable to take his side home, being the last man out for 94 when he edged Shafiul Islam to Jahurul Islam in the final over.

Fast bowler Shafiul Islam was their hero with the ball as he took two for 39, bowled three maidens and bowled brilliantly in the final over and the third-from-last over to keep the pressure on England.

Andrew Strauss (33) and Craig Kieswetter (20) looked to be getting England underway towards a routine win before their innings imploded with the wickets of Paul Collingwood (10), Eoin Morgan (1), Michael Yardy (10), Luke Wright (15) and Ajmal Shahzad (1) through a combination of good bowling and poor shot selection.

Mashrafe Mortaza, Rubel Hossain and Shakib Al Hasan also picked up two wickets to put their side in a winning position.

Stuart Broad  thumped a six in an innings of 22 that gave England some hope before he was caught, as was James Anderson (2) to leave England needing ten to win, Trott unbeaten on 90 on strike and Bell on one leg with Morgan as a runner.

Trott managed to run two from the first two balls before an attempted cut handed Bangladesh victory - they had started celebrating when Anderson was dismissed, not realising that Bell was going to bat after all, but in the end, it was England who were left as the embarrassed party.

Earlier, Bangladesh made a good start but faded badly before reaching 236 for seven.England were able to drop four catches, lose Bell to a fracture in his foot but were still able to limit Bangladesh despite a half-century from Imrul Kayes.

Kayes made a patient 76 in 111 balls to anchor the innings and when he was batting in partnership with Jahurul Islam (40), they looked to be setting a platform for a very competitive score.

However, England's bowlers kept them in check and Shahzad, in the side in place of Tim Bresnan, returned three for 41 by dismissing Tamim Iqbal (18), Kayes and Islam while Broad and Collingwood were the other wicket-takers.

Mohammad Ashraful (14) and Mortaza (22) were run out as the pressure grew on the tourists, before their bowlers came out and ensured that their 25th match of the year produced their first win.

The deciding match is at Edgbaston on 12th July.

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