The first ODI between Bangladesh and England turned out as nail baiting contest. It was high scoring game. Around 600 runs were scored in a day. The host Bangladesh had lot of up and downs through out the day. They had upper hand at some situations and gone down in some situation. End of the day Bangladesh fell bit short and England had a joy.
Here, its our review for this thrilling One-day match.
The match started with England captain Jos Buttler’s decision on toss. He won the toss and opted to bat first. Bangladesh has made one change, in-form Imrul Kayes came in for Soumya Sarkar. Jake Ball and Ben Duckett made their ODI debut for England. The openers of England, Roy and Vince started the proceedings and on their side, Bangladesh captain Mortaza bowled the first over. It was good start for both the teams. England openers played their shots in early stage of play. But Bangladesh came with triple blow in no time. James Vince was a first man who dismissed in the 8th over for 16 runs. Shafiul got wicket of Vince. Another opener Jason Roy was the next batsman who got dismissed for 41 runs off 40 balls (5 fours and a six) in 12th over. Bangladesh’s star player Shakib took his first innings of the match.
Jonny Bairstow came to the middle at no. 4 and walked back in no time without troubling the scorers. He run out due to direct hit from Sabbir. England lost their 3rd in 13th over and their score were 63 for 3. Ben Stokes was at no. 5 and he joined with another ‘Ben’ the debutant Ben Duckett. Both of them carried on the innings with good partnership. They dealt with fours and sixes and assured the scoreboard ticking. England 100 up in the 19th over for 3 wickets down. The partnership were continued and England reached 150 run mark in 27 overs. Stokes reached his fifty first in just 45 balls and the debutant Ben Duckett played an anchor role here and scored his Half-century on debut. These two were scored 100 runs for 4th wicket. 200 were up for England in 36th over and soon after Bangladesh came with strikes. Duckett was first to go for 60 runs off 78 on his debut. England lost the 4th for 216 runs.
Duckett and Stokes were put up 153 runs for the 4th wicket. Captain Buttler was at no. 6. Stokes reached his maiden ODI hundred in 41 over. Score were 222 for 4. Soon after his century, Stokes gone for 101 runs (8 fours and 4 sixes) off 100 balls. Mashrafe was a wicket-taker for his team. Captain Buttler played his power-hitting shots. He played astonishing innings with 4 and sixes. He reached his fifty in 33 balls and took his team to 300+ scores. He got out for 63 off 38 in the last over and Shakib picked his second. Chris Woakes also ran out in the last over and England finished off for 309 for 8 in 50 overs. Shakib, Mortaza and Shafiul all got 2 wickets each.
In reply, Tamim and Kayes came as an openers for Bangladesh. Both of the men were in good form before this series. They just started their with a mind set of attacking play from one side and calm and supportive innings from other side. Kayes played a outstanding shot for six in very first over. Tamim had slow start in his innings. Bangladesh were survived in first 9 overs without loss of any wicket. Debut bowler Jake Ball bowl his first ODI over in 10th and he got his first wicket in ODI arena on his very first over. Tamim was a victim who tried to hit six on short ball and lost his wicket for 16 runs. Bangladesh one down for 46 in 10th over.
Sabbir Rahman came at no.3 and scored some quick runs. He smashed 3 fours before he lost his wicket to Ball for 19 runs. Ball took his 2nd wicket in his 3rd over. All-rounder Mahmudllah was a next batsman and accompanied Kayes well in built a partnership. Imrul Kayes reached his half-century in style, remember he scored hundred in warm-up match against England XI few days ago. These two batsman brought 50 runs for 3rd wicket and Mahmudullah was a 3rd wicket which Bangladesh lost. Score were 132 for 3 and Adil Rashid picked his 1st wicket. Mushfiqur Rahim, wicket-keeper batsman had little time in the middle and gone for 12 runs. Rashid picked his man and it was his 2nd in this innings.
No. 1 All rounder in the format, Shakib joined with another left hander Kayes. Score were 153 for 4 on the board when Shakib step into the middle. Bangladesh were needed 157 runs in 143 balls on that time. Shakib started to score quick runs, on other side Kayes also did the same. Kayes and Shakib put more than 100 runs partnership for 5th wicket. Shakib reached his half-century in just 40 balls and he continued his good innings. Kayes achieved a mile-stone of second ODI century in 105 balls. Bangladesh’s run rate were above 6 and they required runs lesser than a balls at that moment. It was like sure win for Bangladesh at end of 41 overs. But, Jake Ball and Rashid brought back England into the game. Ball picked his third and Shakib was a man dismissed for 79 off 55 balls (10 fours and a Six). Bangladesh five down for 271 and Jake Ball came with another wicket on very next ball, Mosaddak Hossain gone for golden duck. The two wickets in two balls brought back England in the game and they utilized the situation in their favor.
Captain Mortaza gone for just 1 run and Rashid picked his 3rd. Bangladesh were 7 down for 274. Soon, Imrul Kayes also lost his wicket for 112 runs (11 fours and 2 sixes) and it was Rashid’s fourth wicket. Bangladesh were in deep deep trouble as they required 31 runs with 2 wickets in hand. Ball confirmed the win for his team with his 1st five wicket haul on debut. Bangladesh all out for 288 in 48th over and lost a match by 21 runs. England lead three match series 1-0. Jake Ball was a Man of the Match for his effort of 5 for 51 on his ODI debut.
It was thrilling and nail-baiting match for both sides. Bangladesh proved their strength at home. But, lack of experience in finishing a game caused them a problems. The second match takes place on Sunday, we will come back with Fantasy Preview in a short while!