Bangla Tigers fight back and beat England by 34 run in 2nd ODI

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Superb bowling display by the bowlers steered Bangladesh to fight back to level the three-match ODI series 1-1 beating visiting England by 34 runs in the second ODI held on Sunday at Sher-Bangla National Cricket Stadium at Mirpur here, reports BSS.

Chasing a decent winning target of 239 runs set by Bangladesh, England found the chase very stiff losing wickets in regular interval and finally dismissed at 204 in 44.4 overs.

England plunged into a deep trouble when they lost top four batsmen at 26 runs. Opener James Vince first England batsman to go for 5 by Mashrafe Mortaza delivery while Ben Duckett followed the footprint of Vince without disturbing the scoreboard off Shakib Al Hasan’s delivery.

Mashrafe then sent back to Jason Roy (13) and Ben Stokes (0) leaving England in deep a trouble. Cameo Jake Ball () late surge save England from total embarrassment to help England to cross the two hundred landmark.

However, skipper Jos Buttler offered some resistance pairing with Jonathan Bairstow contributing 79-run stand for the fifth wicket. But England’s hope finally dashed when they lost the crucial wicket of Buttler, who composed run-a-ball 57 runs laced with seven boundaries before he was trapped leg before wicket by pacer Taskin Ahmed’s delivery. Jonathan Bairstow contributed useful 35 runs. England could not come back in the match due to lack of effective partnership.

Skipper Mashrafe Mortaza was the most successful bowler for Bangladesh taking four wickets for 29 runs. He was well supported by Taskin Ahmed who bagged three wickets conceding 47 runs.

Earlier, Bangladesh rode on Mahmudullah’s 75 runs knock and cameo Mashrafe Mortaza’s blistering 44, scored a moderate total of 238 for 8 from their allotted 50 overs against England.

The batsman held together the innings as England bowlers made regular inroads after stand-in captain Jos Buttler opted to bowl first.

Mashrafe Bin Mortaza’s late surge helped Bangladesh reach a respectable total as it attempts to level the series.

The Narail express Mortaza smashed 44 and added 69 off 48 balls with Nasir Hossain after Bangladesh was left struggling on 169-7 after 42 overs.

Mosaddek Hossain contributed priceless 29 runs while Nasir Hossain was remain unbeaten on 27.

Pacers Chris Woakes and Jake Ball and leg-spinner Adil Rashid shared two wickets apiece.

The two sides now move to Chittagong to play the series deciding final ODI scheduled to be held on Wednesday (October 12).

Mashrafe was named the player of the match.

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