Collingwood And Cook Guide England To Victory

England 229-4 (Collingwood 75no, Cook 64) beat
Bangladesh 228 (Tamim Iqbal 125, Swann 3-32) by six wickets
First One-Day International, Mirpur

Tamim Iqbal stroked a brilliant century but it proved to be in vain as England scored a six-wicket win in the first One-Day International in Mirpur.

After Bangladesh were bowled out for 228, Iqbal contributing more than half of his side's total, England then reached their target with four overs to spare, Alastair Cook and Paul Collingwood scoring half-centuries.

Iqbal scored 125 in 120 balls, dominating Bangladesh's innings after England won the toss and decided to field first, Graeme Swann returning three wickets.

Iqbal, who struck 13 fours and three sixes, was dropped on ten by Eoin Morgan, but went on to add 63 with Imrul Kayes (15) for the first wicket before England bowled and fielded their way back into the game.

Mix-ups with Tamim allowed Kevin Pietersen to run out Aftab Ahmed (2) and Mushfiqur Rahim (22) while Swann had Shakib Al Hasan (12) caught by Matthew Prior, Mahmudullah caught by Collingwood for a golden duck and trapped Mashrafe Mortaza in front for four.

Naeem Islam's 25 was the next best score for Bangladesh and he fell during Luke Wright's only over. The other England bowlers to pick up a wicket were Stuart Broad, who bowled Tamim around his legs and had Zunaed Siddique caught for a duck, and Tim Bresnan, who had Kayes caught by Wright.

England handed a debut to Craig Kieswetter, who was dropped without scoring by Mushfiqur Rahim, who had a day to forget behind the stumps but it was Alastair Cook who gave England the perfect start, racing along to his fourth ODI half-century and sharing an opening stand of 73, ended when Kieswetter was stumped by Rahim after he charged at off-spinner Naeem Islam.

He made 19, and Bangladesh were celebrating again soon after when Pietersen edged Shakib to slip, where he was held by Siddique and Cook's dismissal, trapped in front by Naeem for a well-made 64 in 68 balls, left England at 96 for three.

Collingwood, whose catch earlier in the day was his hundredth in ODIs, then made his presence felt at the crease, putting on 88 with Eoin Morgan, who made a typically bright 33 before he slapped Naeem to Aftab at cover but any Bangladeshi was short-lived, Matthew Prior's unbeaten 30 accompanying Collingwood to the close.

Collingwood finished on 75 not out from 100 balls, hitting seven fours while Islam, the most impressive of the four spinners used by Bangladesh, returned three for 49.

The second match in the series is on Tuesday, 2nd March.

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