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Oct 14

England’s batsmen struggle as Bangladesh dominate second ODI

After taking a one-nil lead in their previous match against Bangladesh, England were hoping to wrap up the three-match series with a convincing performance in the second, though those hopes were soon dashed.

A Good Start

The match had begun reasonably well for England, as their bowlers restricted Bangladesh in the early stages. The home side quickly got into their stride, though, ending on 238-8, with Mahmudullah scoring a solid 75 runs to help his team recover from their slow start.

England’s seam bowlers’ mix of pace and length throughout never allowed Bangladesh to settle, though the high intensity of their bowling started to cause a problem for themselves as the game wore on, and the humidity rose to 70%.

England’s turn to bat came, and confidence among the supporters was high, with the target set by Bangladesh seen as achievable.

Unfortunately, that confidence didn’t seem to make it on to the pitch, and England’s batsmen got off to a shaky start. The hosts looked a lot sharper in the field than they had in the first match, and their bowling soon had England on the back foot.

Before long, England were in trouble, having lost 4 wickets, whilst only scoring 26 runs, though some calm was restored when captain Jos Buttler and Jonny Bairstow combined to record a 79-run partnership.

Not long after Bairstow edged a Taskin Ahmed delivery into the keeper’s gloves, tempers frayed as Buttler was trapped LBW by Taskin. The Bangladesh players celebrated his dismissal, and the umpires had to step in to calm the situation down.

England fought right to the end, but fell 24 runs short of their target, leaving the series on a knife-edge as the two teams go into the third match.

Fines and Reprimands

The match ended with more controversy, as Jos Buttler was given a reprimand due to a heated altercation with some of the Bangladesh players after his dismissal. The crowd favourite, and the inspiration behind a lot of younger fans buying their replica shirts and other cricket clothing online, was deemed guilty of “using language or a gesture that is obscene, offensive or insulting”.

The ICC also imposed fines on Bangladesh’s Mashrafe Mortaza and Sabbir Rahman, totalling 20% of their match fee, for their part in the fracas. England Coach Trevor Bayliss warned that his players will not back down from any further provocation from the Bangladesh team.

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