Mashrafe Mortaza's late onslaught has given his bowlers something to defend in 2nd ODI    AFP (Fle Photo)
Mashrafe Mortaza’s late onslaught has given his bowlers something to defend in 2nd ODI AFP (Fle Photo)

Bangladesh have managed to pile up 238 for 8 in 50 overs in the second One-Day International (ODI) versus England. Winning the toss, stand-in skipper, Jos Buttler won the toss and invited Bangladesh to bat. Bangladesh got off to a precarious start losing both their openers early. Last match’s highest run-scorer, Imrul Kayes, went for 11. Tamim Iqbal and Sabbir Rahman followed soon as Bangladesh were tottering at 39 for 3. Limited-overs skipper, Mashrafe Mortaza‘s late onslaught and Mahmudullah‘s 75 off 88 balls rescued Bangladesh and assisted them to some sort of score. Jake Bell, Adil Rashid and Chris Woakes were among wickets as others chipped in with disciplined bowling. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: Bangladesh vs England, 2nd ODI at Sher-e-Bangla Stadium, Dhaka

Bangladesh had to get off to a good start on a pitch where they had batted well the last night. Still, the story did not remain the same for the hosts as in-form opener, Kayes’ dismissal, led to their downfall. Tamim was expected to carry on well after losing his partner but that was not meant to be. Tamim had got to a small start in the first ODI as well and will be disappointed on missing out again in a crunch game for Bangladesh. Rahman again failed to deliver as his poor run of form continued to haunt the hosts.

On the other hand, England were accurate for most part of their bowling as runs were hard to come by for the home team. Losing three quick wickets, Bangladesh were in a spot of bother when Mahmudullah and wicketkeeper-batsman, Mushfiqur Rahim, came together for a fifty-run stand for the fourth wicket. Rahim was nudging the balls in gap while Mahmudullah was looking at his usual best with a composed mindset.

At the back of some strokeplay by the duo, Rahim fell for 21 off 23 balls after adding some sort of score together with Mahmudullah. Mahmudullah was expected to bat along the lower-middle order and he did that for a brief period but others did not support him. Shakib Al Hasan, Bangladesh’s best all-rounder and impact player, came and went for 3 as he was also a victim of soft dismissal.

This brought youngster Mossadek Hossain to the crease and he showed signs of dividing the workload with Mahmudullah but lost his senior pro for the score of 75. Mahmudullah, who is a handy batsman off spin, tried to sweep a Rashid ball but missed it and was plumbed infront of wicket. Mahmudullah went for a review but it did not save him as there was no sign of bat in the replays. Mahmudullah had to make the long walk back to the pavilion as Bangladesh were struggling to get past the 200-run mark.

However, Mortaza and Hossain added vital runs in their team’s kitty during the last few overs with skipper being aggressive in particular. Mortaza used the long handle to good effect as he blasted England’s David Willey, in particular, for some big hits straight down the ground. The two added another half-century stand for the team in pressure situation and helped their bowlers defend some kind of score. ALSO READ: BAN vs ENG, 2nd ODI: Rahim gets to 4,000 runs

Mortaza’s intend was clear to give his bowlers adequate runs to defend and keep the series alive till the last ODI as he took on the bowlers from ball one and for the first time caused some hiccups in the England dugout. Nonetheless, Buttler was impressive in his field setting and rotated his bowlers well. England’s bowlers test was in the last overs, where they were outstanding in the first ODI, but were erratic this time around.

They threw the balls in all corners and allowed Mortaza to go at everything on offer. Mortaza made a quickfire 44 off 29 balls which brought the home crowd on its feet. Bangladesh will have to bowl out of their skin to defend this total, which is still modest, against a batting line-up which is very deep.

England were 63 for 3 in the first ODI but still managed to get 309 which shows their prowess in batting. England are a confident batting line-up and will be confident of chasing the total. The visitors will like to stamp their authority in the series after winning the match by 21 runs. The last ODI will be played at Chittagong before both the teams will turn up for the longer format with a two-Test series to be played.

Brief scores:

Bangladesh 238 for 8 in 50 overs (Mahmudullah 75, Mossadek Hossain 29, Mashrafe Mortaza 44; Adil Rashid Chris Woakes 2 for 40, jake Bell 2 for 44) vs England.