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WORLD CUP 2019
Jason Roy scored 153 before Jofra Archer made life difficult for Bangladesh. © AFP
By the time Shakib Al Hasan was bowled, with Ben Stokes’s delivery hitting the bottom of the middle stump, and he walked back to a standing ovation by the Sophia Gardens crowd, Bangladesh were left needing 168 off 63 balls. It was his first century in a World Cup – 121 off 119 balls. But at no point, through the course of his innings, did Bangladesh look to threaten the387-run target, starting from when he walked out to bat at the fall of the first wicket.
For Bangladesh to chase down the record total they would have needed to be optimistic of their skills, and while at it, show some disregard to England’s bowling. The latter, however, was unlikely to happen after Jofra Archer’s delivery in the third over landed past the boundary rope without a bounce, knocking the top of off stump en route. Soumya Sarkar, who had just had a reprieve after his outside edge was dropped by Joe Root at slips on the previous delivery, wasn’t to last too long.
The green surface in Cardiff, which had falsely drawn Bangladesh to bowl after winning the toss, had also tempted England to go in with an additional pacer: Liam Plunkett coming in for Moeen Ali. Unlike for England, the new ball was causing Bangladesh evident discomfort, Archer’s pace being the primary factor. He delivered the fastest opening spell by an Englishman since 2006, clocking an average of 145.8 kph.
Between England’s win and Bangladesh’s totter to bat their quota of overs lied only Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib. Both, yet again, stood out in the batting department and notched up their second century-stand in three games this world cup. Much of their success came against Adil Rashid’s legspin, which was worked around effectively. However, while they laid the base for Bangladesh to possibly fight it out in the death overs, the batsmen to follow couldn’t provide much of a fight.
For a third game on the bounce, Shakib went past the 50-run mark, but Rahim fell six short of it, edging a short-ball to backward point. The interest in the game, if any, ended there. Mohammad Mithun fell only two balls later, Mahmudullah was busy batting out the overs. And even as Shakib pressed on the accelerator, he found his stumps shattered while on 121.
Thereafter, it was a mere formality. Bangladesh didn’t even fake a fight. They played out a maiden off Ben Stokes, even lost three wickets to him. Archer cleaned up the last two batsmen to end Bangladesh’s response on 280.
It was supposed to be a contest between two of the most improved top sides since the last edition of the world cup. But England, who had to wait for 12 years to go one-up over Bangladesh in the tournament, thoroughly dominated for as long as the game lasted: in the end, a difference of 106 runs.
England’s victory, however, was setup by Jason Roy’s century. Being put in to bat on a wicket that had ample green tinge, the Bangladesh pacers soon realised it was only false hope. The pitch was flat and the English openers took due advantage of that. Mashrafe Mortaza tried out most of his bowling options, only to realise that none were proving effective against the Roy and Jonny Bairstow combination, as the destructive openers put on their first impressive display as a pair in the World Cup.
By the time Mortaza realised that something out of the ordinary had to be done to disturb England’s innings, and he came round the wicket to induce a top edge off Bairstow with a short-pitched delivery and had him caught at extra cover, the opener had notched up a 49-ball half-century and put on a 128-run stand in only 19 overs.
Roy, who had started the attack much earlier, continued his aggression. It helped that Bangladesh were below-par on the field, especially given the standard they had set for themselves in only their previous game. Misfields, dropped catches and poor throws only helped England’s cause.
The highlight of Roy’s innings though came in the 35th over when he clobbered Mehidy Hasan for three sixes off the first three balls. However, in a bid to maintain the tempo, he attempted another one and had it top edged to Mortaza at extra cover. By the time he was dismissed for 153, England – 235 for 3 in 34.4 overs – had a strong foundation laid for the explosive middle order to take over.
The back of the length delivery had its merit on this pitch, and Mustafizur Rahman used it to good effect to contain England’s onslaught in the death overs. However, by the time it could be used effectively, Jos Buttler had raced away to a 44-ball 64. Eoin Morgan and Ben Stokes struggled to middle the ball and combined to add only 41 in 40 balls. Liam Plunkett and Chris Woakes hit some big shots and powered the side to 386 for 6, a total that proved enough.
Brief Scores: England 386/6 in 50 overs (Jason Roy 153, Jos Buttler 64; Mehidy Hasan 2-67, Mohammad Shaifuddin 2-78) beat Bangladesh 280 in 48.5 overs (Shakib Al Hasan 121, Mushfiqur Rahim 44; Ben Stokes 3-23, Jofra Archer 3-29) by 106 runs