Strauss And Trott Set Up Comprehensive England Win
England 347-7 (Strauss 154, Trott 110, Mashrafe Mortaza 3-31) beat
Bangladesh 203 (Mahmudullah 42, Bopara 4-38) by 144 runs
Third One-Day International, Edgbaston
Andrew Strauss and Jonathan Trott both scored centuries during a ground-record stand of 250 for the second wicket as England thrashed Bangladesh by 144 runs in the decisive third One-Day International to seal a 2-1 series win at Edgbaston.
After England piled on 347 for seven, Bangladesh lost wickets quickly in their reply, rapidly fell behind the asking rate before eventually folding to be bowled out for 203.
Strauss made 154, a career-best and the highest score in an ODI by an England captain, Trott 110 after posting his maiden ODI century and the innings was finished off in style by Ravi Bopara's cameo of 45 in 16 balls.
The runs and boundaries flowed after England had made an uncertain start after Bangladesh won the toss and inserted their hosts under cloudy skies and on a pitch tinged with green grass.
They got almost immediate reward when Mashrafe Mortaza bowled Craig Kieswetter for a duck to leave England one for one. There were no further wickets for 40 overs as Strauss and Trott produced masterful innings that took advantage of some poor bowling - Bangladesh being guilty of feeding the batsmen with far too many short balls.
Strauss showed some invention on his way to 154 in 140 balls, with reverse sweeps, dabs and switch-hits interspersed with more classical drives, cuts and some brutal pull shots as he hit 16 fours and five sixes.
Trott was exceptionally strong through the off side and he stroked 12 fours in 121 balls before wickets tumbled after the batting Power Play had been taken.
Mortaza returned figures of three for 31 by having Trott caught by Shakib Al Hasan and then Luke Wright, promoted to number three, caught behind for a golden duck. He narrowly missed a hat-trick when an aerial shot from Paul Collingwood (8) dropped just short of a fielder.
Eoin Morgan (1) and Tim Bresnan (10) also fell cheaply before Bopara, fresh from a maiden T20 century for Essex one day before the match, blasted two fours and four sixes to further punish Bangladesh.
Tamim Iqbal (16) doing something spectacular was Bangladesh's best hope of getting anywhere near the target and he set off at a fine pace, hitting three fours before he skied an Ajmal Shahzad slower ball high into the air and Wright held on to a good catch.
Thereafter, there was plenty of endeavour from Bangladesh but little genuine threat to England, who once they had seen the back of Tamim, appeared certain victors.
Shahzad had Imrul Kayes caught behind in his next over before Junaid Siddique (25) and Jahurul Islam (27) made starts but failed to go on as Bresnan and Stuart Broad dismissed them respectively.
Shakib Al Hasan's dismissal provided a smile for the crowd as Collingwood had at least three attempts to take the bails off with the batsman well out of his ground, one of England's premier fielders stumbling before eventually completing the run out with the former Bangladesh captain out for six.
Bopara completed a decent workout by trapping Mohammad Ashraful (14) in front and having Mortaza caught behind for 14 before Mahmudullah (42) and Abdur Razzak (27) tried to simply bat out the remaining overs, failing when Mahmudullah was adjudged to have been trapped in front by Michael Yardy.
Razzak and Shafiul Islam then decided to throw the bat, which resulted in a couple of boundaries, a six, a dropped catch, the wicket of Razzak, caught at point by Bresnan off Bopara and then the wicket of Shafiul Islam, bowled by Bopara who completed career-best figures of four for 38 in ten overs.
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