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England came out all guns blazing in the first One-Day International (ODI) against Bangladesh at Mirpur on Friday and won the first encounter to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series. After posting a massive total of 309 on board in the first innings, they bowled exceptionally well to bundle out Australia for a score of 288. The match looked uncertain till the end as Imrul Kayes and Shakib Al Hasan threatened to take it away but their dismissal resulted in Bangladesh’s collapse. It was some serious bowling exhibition by Jake Ball and Adil Rashid, who accounted for nine wickets between them. Ball claimed a fifer while Rashid had four to his name to seal the game for England. England now have a healthy lead on 1-0 as the onus of making a comeback is now on Bangladesh. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: Bangladesh vs England, 1st ODI at Sher-e-Bangla Stadium, Dhaka.

Earlier, England won the toss and elected to bat first on a surface, which looked conducive for batting. Jason Roy and James Vince started off the proceedings for England and ensure a decent start for the team. just when things were looking good for England, Vince was dismissed for 16 by Shafiul Islam as Bangladesh drew the first blood. Ben Duckett and Roy tried to weather the early storm but the latter fell prey to Shakib Al Hasan’s persistence. Roy played well for his 41 but failed to middle a tossed up delivery from Shakib and landed up safely into the hands of Sabbir Rahman at long on. Duckett played exceptionally well on his ODI debut and made the most of his opportunity by smashing a fifty in his maiden game.

Jonny Bairstow walked in at four but failed to make any impact as he was run out for a duck. England at this position were in all sorts of trouble and needed a partnership from someone to bail them out. Ben Stokes walked in and had a lot of expectations on his shoulders. He took on the Bangladeshi bowlers from the outset and sscored runs in boundaries. Bangladesh dropped many catches, which didn’t serve their purpose in any way. The importance of cupping catches in this format is well-known and Bangladesh certainly cut loose on this front. They dropped Stokes on several occasions and so as Ben Duckett.

Stokes made the utmost use of his chances and scored his maiden ODI hundred and a much needed one. Stokes scored eight boundaries and four sixes in his innings to steer his side in a commanding position. Duckett was dismissed while attempting to shift gears after which the skipper Jos Buttler took charge. Buttler played some beautiful strokes in the end and helped England post a fighting total on the board. He looked in good touch and the exquisite timing in the 46th over to Shafiul Islam was a delight to watch for every cricket fan. Buttler accelerated in no time and went down the track to Shakib Al Hasan in the 47th over to collect couple of sixes. Hitting Shakib for a six inside the V demands some serious skills and Buttler certainly did everything right to get some priceless runs lower down the order. ALSO READ: BAN vs ENG, 1st ODI: Ben Stokes smashes maiden ODI ton

Shafiul Islam was introduced in the 47th over with intent to restrict the runs but it wasn’t to be as Buttler didn’t show any mercy. He took on Islam and scored couple of boundaries and a massive six to get to his fifty. He played with immense confidence and dealt in boundaries. While on 49, Buttler smashed a lovely six to get to his fifty in style. Bangladesh bowlers were running out of options and looked clueless in front of Buttler. Chris Woakes stood firm at the other hand and supported Buttler well. Taskin Ahmed tried to test him with some serious pace in the 49th over but Buttler was too good for him to handle. There was another opportunity for the Bangladeshi players but lack of co-ordination gave Buttler another reprieve as the ball landed safely between two fielders.

The final over was bowled by Shakib and he did a commendable job with the first four balls as he didn’t leak too many runs and got rid of the hard hitting Buttler for 63. Buttler played a wide full toss into the hands of long off as the bowler sw him charging in and tossed it wide. It was some smart change of bowling by Shakib as he changed his line at the very last moment. Shakib bowled a magnificent last over and got the key wicket of Buttler. Buttler’s cameo powered England to a massive total of 309 for the loss of eight wickets in their 50 overs. Bangladeshi bowlers did a good job initially but Stokes and Buttler batted exceptionally. Mashrafe Mortaza, Shaiful Islam and Shakib Al Hasan had two wickets each to their name other than them every bowler struggled.

Bangladesh’s batting started off decently as Kayes looked all set right from the outset but Tamim Iqbal departed early. Bangladesh lost Sabbir Rahman as he was caught brilliantly by Jake Ball on the boundary. Mahmudullah also failed to make any impact and floundered for 25 after getting a good start. Msuhfiqur Rahim was removed by Adil Rashid by 12 after which Shakib Al Hasan and Kayes took charge. Shakib played well for his 79 and scored some big shots to get Bangladesh to a commanding position. It was some clean hitting along with astute placements throughout Shakib’s innings. Bangladesh stumbled in the end as they failed to soak in the pressure and perished in the end overs. Wickets kept tumbling after the fall of Shakib as Bangladesh never recovered after his dismissal. Rashid and Ball bowled really well to snatch an implausible victory from Bangladesh’s grasp. It’s a huge upset for Bangladesh as they were in a comfortable position to win this game at one stage but failed to do so. England are now high on confidence and will be the team to beat henceforth.

Brief Scores:

England 309 for 9 in 50 Overs (Jason Roy 41, Ben Duckett 60, Ben Stokes 101, Jos Buttler 63; Mashrafe Mortaza 2 for 52) beat Bangladesh (Imrul Kayes 112 , Shakib Al Hasan 79; Jake Ball 5 for 5, Adil Rashid 4 for 49) by 21 runs

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