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Who would have predicted that: Eoin Morgan cements spot with maiden ODI ton for England

Eoin Morgan batting in 2007 for Ireland
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Eoin Morgan - England debut in 2010
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In our feature series - Who would have predicted that? – we are looking back at matches where there were big upsets or extraordinary individual performances that turned matches on their head.

 

Eoin Morgan had turned up for Ireland and scored his first ODI century against Canada in 2007. Hardly did anyone expect then that he would not only go on to represent England but also score a century for the Three Lions in a matter of three years. With an unbeaten 110-run knock, Morgan led England to victory against Bangladesh in a tricky chase. 

 

Match Summary

 

Bangladesh 260/6 (50 overs) - Mushfiqur Rahim 76 (88), Imrul Kayes 63 (113); Tim Bresnan 3/51 (10), Graeme Swann 2/52 (10)

 

England 261/8 (48.5 overs) - Eoin Morgan 110* (104),  Alastair Cook 60 (61); Shakib Al Hasan 3/32 (10), Abdur Razzak 3/52 (10)

 

Result - England won by 2 wickets (with 7 balls remaining)

 

In the 2nd ODI of the England tour of Bangladesh in 2010, Bangladesh batted first and got off to a good start with opener Imrul Kayes scoring a patient half-century. Another half-century from Mushfiqur Rahim in the middle order and a few lusty blows from Naeem Islam and Suhrawadi Shuvo towards the end took Bangladesh to a decent score of 260.

 

Tim Bresnan and Graeme Swann were the top bowlers for England and shared 5 wickets between them.

 

Fall of wickets: 1-46 (Tamim Iqbal, 9.2 ov), 2-56 (Aftab Ahmed, 10.6 ov), 3-146 (Imrul Kayes, 32.6 ov), 4-166 (Shakib Al Hasan, 36.2 ov), 5-211 (Mushfiqur Rahim, 43.6 ov), 6-235 (Mahmudullah, 48.1 ov)

 

England was looking good at 51 for one at one point within the powerplay but three quick wickets from Abdul Razzaq shook the English middle order.

 

Alastair Cook played a fine hand of 60 at the top of the order and Matt Prior also did well with 42 off 58 deliveries. But, after the team slid from 52-1 to 229-8 and with more than 30 runs still to get with just two wickets remaining, it was Morgan who took the responsibility on his young shoulders. The batsman scored 110 off just 104 deliveries at a strike rate of over 100 with 8 fours and 2 sixes as he took the team to a win with the help of tailender James Tredwell.

 

Not only did Morgan get the Man of the Match award but he also proved his calm credentials. These very qualities would land him the England captaincy in the years to come.

 

Fall of wickets: 1-5 (Craig Kieswetter, 0.3 ov), 2-52 (Kevin Pietersen, 9.4 ov), 3-68 (Paul Collingwood, 13.6 ov), 4-108 (Sir Alastair Cook, 23.1 ov), 5-198 (Matt Prior, 39.3 ov), 6-223 (Luke Wright, 43.5 ov), 7-224 (Tim Bresnan, 44.3 ov), 8-229 (Graeme Swann, 45.4 ov)

 

Teams

 

Bangladesh - Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Aftab Ahmed, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Shakib Al Hasan (c), Mahmudullah, Naeem Islam, Suhrawadi Shuvo, Abdur Razzak, Shafiul Islam, Rubel Hossain 

 

England - Sir Alastair Cook (c), Craig Kieswetter, Kevin Pietersen, Paul Collingwood, Eoin Morgan, Matt Prior (wk), Luke Wright, Tim Bresnan, Graeme Swann, James Tredwell, Stuart Broad

 

Match Details

 

Match: BAN vs ENG, 2nd ODI, England in Bangladesh ODI Series 

Date: Tuesday, March 02, 2010 

Toss: England won the toss and decided to bowl 

Venue: Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka 

Umpires: Nadir Shah, Rod Tucker 

Third Umpire: Sharfuddoula 

Match Referee: Jeff Crowe 

 

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