England leads the series because to masterful Malan

England now leads the three-match ODI series against Bangladesh 1-0 because to Dawid Malan’s outstanding century (March 1). Malan demonstrated excellent game knowledge although England was forced to forsake their aggressive brand of cricket in Dhaka due to the uneven pitch. After great exertion, they managed to huff and puff their way home with eight balls to spare.

When Jason Roy passed away after receiving a leading edge in the first over of the chase, England didn’t get off to the best of beginnings. As a result, Malan was soon moved to the middle. After taking his time and approaching Taijul Islam cautiously, the left-hander caught him for six runs. But, Taijul had a terrific return, dismissing Phil Salt and James Vince in his following two overs to put England under pressure. When Taskin Ahmed returned to find Jos Buttler’s outside edge, Bangladesh continued to lead, and Malan added another six runs from Taijul.

Will Jacks and Malan then progressively rebuilt the innings, helping the visitors reach 100 runs midway through their own. But after Mehidy Hasan joined in, Bangladesh reclaimed control. Malan was now England’s lone dependable offensive producer, and Jacks was only able to miss with a pull shot before being taken out. Bangladesh maintained posing tricky questions throughout the entire innings, making it difficult for the English batters, who are renowned for their free-wheeling batting style.

Malan himself had to restrain his impulses and work hard on this surface in order to finally pull up a fifty off 92 deliveries. Finally, he was able to escape with consecutive Mehidy deliveries of a four and a six. Mehidy provided Bangladesh a breakthrough when Moeen was removed for a slow 32-ball 14, just as they appeared to be losing control. When Chris Woakes was sent back to the pavilion after Taijul extended his lead, the long tail of England became apparent.

Adil Rashid played the ideal job at the other end when England only had three wickets in hand and still needed 49 runs to win. Malan hit Taijul for his third six of the innings prior to collecting his fourth ODI tonne. He then kept rotating the strike with Rashid to reduce the deficit. Then, only 12 more runs were necessary. England returned home on the penultimate over.

Despite a bright start that saw them reach 33 for no loss in only five overs, Bangladesh only managed to make 209 earlier in the day. Woakes left Litton Das stranded in front at the other end, and Mark Wood bowled the returning Tamim Iqbal. As a result, Najmul Shanto and Mushfiqur Rahim were forced to make an effort to repair the innings. Rashid sacked Rahim, ending his issues, but not before Moeen got hold of Shakib, an important player.

Shanto withdrew as wickets started to fall at the other end, giving Mahmudullah some breathing room. Although Shanto reached fifty off 67 deliveries late in the game, Bangladesh needed both hitters to remain in the batting order. Rashid, however, broke the half-century run as England attacked the home team. Wood returned to take out Mahmudullah, while Jacks added another victim by taking out Afif Hossain. Mehidy Hasan Miraz, who had displayed excellent play against India, was unable to motivate his group as Bangladesh was only able to muster 209 before being eliminated. Given how the chase unfolded, a few more runs from the hosts would have made the game much more exciting.

In a nutshell, Bangladesh scored 209 in 47.2 overs (Najmul Shanto 58, Mahmudullah 31; Mark Wood 2/35, Moeen Ali 2/35) before losing to England by three wickets (212/7 in 48.4 overs; Dawid Malan 114*; Taijul Islam 3/54, Mehidy Hasan 2/35).

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