Twin Centurions Blast England To Huge Score
England 347-7 (Strauss 154, Trott 110, Mashrafe Mortaza 3-31) v Bangladesh
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 piled on 347 for seven against Bangladesh in the decisive third One-Day International at Edgbaston.
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.
The series is locked at 1-1 after England triumphed by six wickets at Trent Bridge and Bangladesh sealed a five-run win in dramatic circumstances at Bristol.
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