England beat Bangladesh by four wickets in final ODI to win series – as it happened
Bangladesh beaten by England in the third one day international cricket game in Chittagong, Bangladesh.
This article titled “England beat Bangladesh by four wickets in final ODI to win series – as it happened” was written by Tom Davies (first innings) and Vithushan Ehantharajah (second innings), for theguardian.com on Wednesday 12th October 2016 17.15 UTC
England beat Bangladesh by four wickets to win third ODI and series
“Equally impressive was England’s highest chase in Bangladesh, on a ground where no more than 226 had been chased before, all without any of their first choice top four, just three days after the indignity of their capitulation in Mirpur.”
Read Will Macpherson’s full report from Chittagong.
Trevor Bayliss is interviewed by Nasser on Sky. Here are some tid bits:
On Stokes: “Stokes has shown he is playing smarter cricket. To win the match the way he has tonight and to score his first ODI hundred in the subcontinent, well, that’s pretty special.”
On Jos: “We know what he can do with the bat and he has done it again with this series. But I thought the way he has captained this side is a credit to him.”
On whether Eoin Morgan and Alex Hales, who opted to miss out on this tour, come straight back in:“I’d like to think so. Morgan, as captain, has done brilliantly with this side. And Alex Hales, what, he’s scored four ODI hundreds in the last year.”
Updated at 6.01pm BST
“I’ve been calling ‘heads’ consistently and it’s kept falling as ‘heads’,” reveals Jos Buttler when asked about his toss record. Such a bladdy maverick is Joseph. “It’s been a great challenge. It’s a great group to captain.”
Updated at 8.05pm BST
We’ve got the ceremonial handing out of novelty-sized cheques. Adil Rashid gets the first, as man of the match. He’s chuffed the full tosses “went his way”.
Ben Stokes is the man of the series, with 174 runs in his three innings. In the summer, he admitted that he owed England some ODI performances and he has done just that with a century in the first match and then an unbeaten 47 here.
Updated at 6.10pm BST
ENGLAND WIN THE THIRD ODI BY FOUR WICKETS
48th over: England 278-6 (Stokes 47, Woakes 27) Oh that’s big… first ball, Stokes skips down to Shafiul Islam and tonks him back over his head for an enormous six! A couple of wides and three singles then leaves it to Chris Woakes to win the match with a six! England take the series 2-1…
Updated at 6.14pm BST
47th over: England 261-6 (Stokes 38, Woakes 21) Geez, what an eventful over! Woakes manages to shake the nerves and punch past the bowler to bring Stokes back on strike. But when the favour is returned, Woakes makes no mistake and drives through the covers for four. But next ball, he edges through to first slip… and it’s DROPPED! Oh dear, that was almost certainly the game. It was a quick chance by a regular one at slip, going at head height. It was in, then out. To compound Bangladesh’s misery, Woakes threads the final ball through extra cover for four. Now 17 needed off 18…
46th over: England 251-6 (Stokes 37, Woakes 12) Shafiul Islam into the attack and he is all over Woakes. First, he is beaten on the inside edge, then on the outside as he tries to thrash the ball through cover. In the end, a skewed edge through gully gives him a single but, much to Bangladesh’ pleasure, means he is on strike for the next over. 27 needed from 24…
45th over: England 249-6 (Stokes 36, Woakes 11) Good running gets two to third man, as Taskin Ahmed labours to a ball hit in his direction, just as he was chilling out after his over. Mortaza’s 10 overs finish to give him figures of 2-51.
44th over: England 245-6 (Stokes 35, Woakes 8) Very clever from Chris Woakes, as he deliberately edges the first delivery of this Taskin over down through first slip for four. It was an almost identical shot to the one he could only nick through to the keeper in the previous ODI, against the same bowler. A slip is move in and Taskin goes fuller, but Woakes is equal to it and bunts down through mid on for three. Good over, nine from it in the end.
43rd over: England 236-6 (Stokes 34, Woakes 0) Mortaza makes things happen to restrict England to just a single and remove Ali. The equation is now 42 from 42…
WICKET! Ali c Mahmudullah b Mortaza 1 (England 236-6)
Well, that was rubbish. Mortaza bowls a slower delivery and Ali just bunts it in the air, straight to mid on. Bangladesh’s fielders don’t look overly bothered by the wicket, truth be told. Have they given up already? There’s still 42 to get in 45…
42nd over: England 235-5 (Stokes 33, Ali 1) Ball of the match from Taskin, as Stokes is drawn forward before the ball lifts and seams away through to Mushfiqur. He can’t quite follow it up, though, with a wide slower ball down the leg side. Six from the over.
41st over: England 229-5 (Stokes 28, Moeen 1) Buttler goes, but not before slashing beyond point for four at the start of the over. Eight from it in all, with Moeen Ali the new batsman.
49 required from 54
WICKET! Buttler b Mortaza 25 (England 227-5)
Ooooo… twist? A long hop from Mortaza is hacked onto his stumps by Buttler. The crowd are up again after a quiet few overs. Can they make this count?
Updated at 5.27pm BST
40th over: England 221-4 (Stokes 27, Buttler 19) Taskin Ahmed, with five overs up his sleeve, returns in the hope that his extra pace rattles through these two. He at least keeps the run rate in check with one conceded from the over.
39th over: England 220-4 (Stokes 27, Buttler 18) Cheeky from Ben Stokes. Shakib wants the ball changed because it has gone too soft and is harder to grip. Pleading with the umpire after each ball, his request is granted after the fourth. Then, Stokes hits the first delivery with the hard ball high over midwicket for a HUGE six!
Updated at 5.15pm BST
38th over: England 209-4 (Stokes 18, Buttler 16) “I really, really REALLY want this one,” writes Tom Adam. “And if I feel like that goodness knows how the team feels! The thing which has annoyed me most, strangely enough, wasn’t the mocking send-off for Buttler (tasteless enough) but the unsporting nature of the crowd – not applauding boundaries is one thing but not applauding an opposition 50 is really poor form. Yes, I am a crusty old fart but still. It’s … it’s … well, it’s just not cricket. Harrumph.” I understand what you are saying, but the fact that they are even there, watching, is enough for me. Bangladesh have the most passionate fans in the world that any win or milestone against their side is greeted with stony silence. And then usually a stoned team bus. Stokes gives England some breathing room with a powerful reverse sweep that beats the two men behind square but in the ring on the off side.
37th over: England 200-4 (Stokes 11, Buttler 15) Shakib Al Hasan back into the attack, maybe earlier than expect. But given what these two can do, it makes sense. Both are reserved, though, aside from a powerful sweep from Stokes that goes straight to midwicket.
36th over: England 196-4 (Buttler 13, Stokes 9) Just four from the over, as Shafiul mixes his pace but both adjust well. No risks taken – and for good reason – with so much time left.
35th over: England 192-4 (Buttler 10, Stokes 8) “Rob Key as Sam Billings has something of the David Cameron about him,” writes Theo from London. “Posh, plump, probably [REDACTED] Of course, Cameron would’ve got confused and said he supported Sussex.” Singles for starters, then Buttler holds back his swing enough to hit a slower delivery over the top of mid off for four.
86 needed from 90 deliveries
34th over: England 185-4 (Stokes 6, Buttler 5) Duckett’s dismissal brings Stokes and Buttler together – two of the main protagonists in the snarly scenes from the previous ODI. Buttler gets off the mark with a push for one and then a exquisitely timed whip off his hip for four.
Updated at 4.22pm BST
WICKET! Duckett c Musfiqur b Shafiul 63 (England 179-4)
Duckett goes to ramp a full delivery fine, down the leg side, as Shafiul Islam steams in from around the wicket. But Duckett gets it too fine and Mushfiqur Rahim dives to his left to take a brilliant catch.
Updated at 4.36pm BST
33rd over: England 178-3 (Duckett 63, Stokes 4) The captain Mashrafe Mortaza returns, with Ben Stokes at the crease. It was a full delivery, moving late, that broke through Stokes’ defences. The left-hander is full forward throughout the over, though, and playing down the ground.
32nd over: England 175-3 (Duckett 62, Stokes 2) I feel like Shafiul Islam has deserved that. Although Bairstow didn’t pick the length as he was on the move forward, it was quick enough to mean he could not adjust appropriately. Stokes now joins Duckett, reuniting the duo that helped England to victory in the first ODI. “Scrap my earlier idea from over 14 of illustrating the whole match through old replays,” writes Peter Salmon. “Just get Rob Key to act out the whole thing in a corridor.”
WICKET! Bairstow b Shafiul 15 (England 173-3)
Off stump knocked as Bairstow misreads the length of a delivery that he tries to pull but skids on and through him.
Updated at 4.20pm BST
31st over: England 171-2 (Duckett 61, Bairstow 15) Superb from Duckett. Shakib Al Hasan is brought back into the attack and, second ball, is swept hard in front of square for four. The next delivery, Shakib tries to entice a false shot by dragging his length back. But Duckett has already pre-empted the change and is down the pitch to hit high into a vacant long on for four. Nearly gets himself run out going for a single that wasn’t there, mind. Luckily, the throw from Mushfiqur Rahim misses by a whisker.
Updated at 4.03pm BST
A second ODI fifty for Ben Duckett
30th over: England 159-2 (Duckett 50, Bairstow 13) A fine innings from Duckett so far. The fanfare to this milestone said it all: silence, with applause rippling out only when Duckett turned to acknowledge the dressing room. Aside from a couple of big shots, he has snuck under the radar, bustling his way to 30 by the time Billings got out.
Updated at 4.12pm BST
29th over: England 157-2 (Duckett 49, Bairstow 12) Duckett passes an in-match fitness test by running two threes in an over. No doubt the toil was eased by the knowledge that there were all his runs. A delicate dab and a mistimed sweep bring six runs.
28th over: England 150-2 (Duckett 42, Bairstow 11) Awesome from Bairstow, as he skips down to Mosaddek and hits him inside-out over extra cover for four. Not only did he do well to get to the pitch of the ball, but he ended up hitting the ball like he was striking down the fairway.
27th over: England 140-2 (Duckett 40, Bairstow 4) Duckett starts the over with a risky boundary, that just beats the man in the circle at midwicket. Tim Sanders emails in: “Going back to the Bangladesh innings, over 48 of the OBO, Tom featured Peter Salmon’s appreciation of ‘a good solid 40-odd’. Which reminds me that, in addition to his two half-centuries, Billings made a crucial 41 in the deciding ODI of the 2015 series v New Zealand.” Interestingly, those cameos are something that coaches ask analysts for when judging certain players – specifically, those who bat in the middle order in limited overs cricket. Often, given how little time is left and the need to get going from ball one, their 30s and 40s are lost in the 50:100 breakdown.
26th over: England 132-2 (Duckett 33, Bairstow 3) No relenting in the running with Bairstow, though good lengths from Taskin manages to churn out four dot balls as the asking rate moves to run-a-ball.
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25th over: England 130-2 (Duckett 32, Bairstow 2) Off spinner Mosaddek Hossain gets the breakthrough. It has been a fine knock from Sam Billings: he leaves England in a pretty strong position. Jonny Bairstow is the new man at four.
WICKET! Billings c Kayes b Mosaddek 62 (England 127-2)
With a spinner back into the attack, Sam Billings tries to whip him over square leg for six. This time, however, the connection isn’t great and he can only top edge to Imrul Kayes moving in from the boundary.
Updated at 3.43pm BST
24th over: England 126-1 (Billings 62, Duckett 30) “You don’t get Rackets at Ilford,” quips Nasser, when Rob Key asks him if he’s heard of the sport. The reason it comes up is because Sam Billings attributes his quick hands to playing that as he grew up. His cousin, Tom Billings, is currently ranked fourth in the world. Sam use those quick wrists to keep a pull shot down for two, as Taskin digs one in.
23rd over: England 124-1 (Billings 60, Duckett 30) Ugly but effective for Billings, as he swipes hard at Shaiful and gets a top edge spinning away down to third man for four. Better over from these two, as nine runs come from the over.
22nd over: England 115-1 (Billings 55, Duckett 26) Three runs from that Taskin over, as both batsmen decide to play him from the crease.
21st over: England 112-1 (Billings 54, Duckett 25) After Taskin’s success, Mortaza opts for Shafiul Islam and it nearly pays off. Billings walks across his stumps and is hit in front. The umpire says not out but, much like the dismissal of Jos Buttler, Mortaza decides to review. Unfortunately for Bangladesh, the impact outside off stump is “Umpire’s Call”, so the on-field decision stands.
20th over: England 108-1 (Billings 51, Duckett 24) That’s just a brilliant over from Taskin Ahmed. With the lights taking effect, the ball is skidding on off the spinners and robbing them of a bit a turn. For the seamers, however, it is adding a bit more zip to their deliveries and, as such, Duckett and Billings are ducking and weaving.
Maiden ODI fifty for Sam Billings
19th over: England 107-1 (Billings 50, Duckett 24) Five runs from the over and, with a single off the final delivery, Billings brings up a run-a-ball 50. It has been an excellent knock so far, batting in an unfamiliar position, having carried the drinks for the first two ODIs. It is his second international half-century – his first being a 25-ball 53 against Pakistan in 2015.
Updated at 3.09pm BST
18th over: England 102-1 (Billings 47, Duckett 23) Oh this is great fun. Looks like we have ourselves a Reverse Sweep Off between Duckett and Billings. Billings goes first and gets two through square leg, beating the man in the ring but not the man running around from the boundary at midwicket. Duckett, however, gets a bit more leverage and oomph into his attempt and gets four to long leg.
17th over: England 92-1 (Billings 45, Duckett 15) Control, per se, but Shakib isn’t allowed to settle in his first over back. Both Duckett and Billings use their feet to knock the left-arm spinner off his length and get four risk-free singles from the over.
16th over: England 88-1 (Billings 43, Duckett 13) Just as I was beginning to wonder if Duckett was getting frustrated with constantly finding extra cover with drive after drive, he swings across the line and connects sweetly to send the ball over midwicket for six! A fine strike which he follows up with a chipped two over extra cover. These two are looking very settled so Mortaza decides he needs Shakib back on for the next over…
15th over: England 78-1 (Billings 42, Duckett 4) Good work from these two to frustrate Mosaddek as they pick up five singles from the over. That’s now 200 England need from the remaining 35 overs…
14th over: England 73-1 (Billings 39, Duckett 3) “I like the way you used an old clip of Billings smashing a six over square leg to illustrate Billings smashing a six over square leg,” writes Peter Salmon. “Perhaps an entire match could be illustrated in this way. All you’d need would be a clip of every possible scenario, a little patience and a ‘can do’ attitude.” Sadly, I don’t have the first element for Sam Billings’ outrageous reverse sweep for four off Nasir, which pings into the advertising boards just behind point. Duckett is very nearly run out off the penultimate ball of the over but puts in an excellent dive that has him in by a whisker.
13th over: England 66-1 (Billings 33, Duckett 1) Three singles from this over – Mosaddek Hossain’s first – as Ben Duckett gets off the mark with punch through point. These two have shared crease time together during the Lions tour this summer, so will have a decent idea of each other’s game. Looks like we’ll be getting nothing but spin for the next 10 overs or so…
12th over: England 63-1 (Billings 31, Duckett 0) Bangladesh get the breakthrough and you have to say, Vince should have seen it coming. The first ball was a big turning off spinner that he turned off middle stump for one. When he got back on strike, he tries the same again, twice, and was subject to two LBW appeals. Unfortunately for him, the second was too good.
WICKET! Vince LBW Nasir 32 (England 63-1)
That might be that for James Vince’s England career. Looked good for his 32 – doesn’t he always – but in stepping across the stumps to off spinner Nasir Hossain, he is hit in front of middle and off while attempting to work the ball through the leg side.
Updated at 3.06pm BST
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11th over: England 61-0 (Vince 31, Billings 30) The firecracker quick Taskin Ahmed is into the attack. It was his second spell that accounted for Buttler, Bairstow and Woakes in the second ODI which curtailed England’s fightback. He’s not been able to pick up where he left off, though, as Vince cuts him effortlessly through backward point for a boundary, then beats extra cover with a teasing drive for another.
Updated at 2.42pm BST
10th over: England 49-0 (Vince 20, Billings 29) That’s some good support by Shakib. After Mortaza’s goes for 11, the left-arm spinner concedes just two from the final over of the first Power Play. Still, Billings and Vince now have England’s highest opening stand this series.
9th over: England 47-0 (Vince 19, Billings 28) Outrageous over from Sam Billings. Mortaza has Mushfiqur Rahim up to the stumps in an attempt to stop Billings from walking down. No matter, says he, and gets on one knee to paddle sweep the pace bowler around the corner, fine, for four. The next shot is even better, as Billings gets right underneath a length delivery to smash a six high over square leg. It looked a bit like this:
8th over: England 36-0 (Vince 18, Billings 18) Very watchful from Billings and Vince, who are both inclined to play Shakib inside-out. With the turn moving the ball away from the right handers, they are getting their feet almost outside leg stump and hitting with the spin. So far, it seems to be working for them.
Updated at 2.18pm BST
7th over: England 34-0 (Vince 17, Billings 17) Andrew Russell is back from lunch with news for Lee “No Relation” Russell: “I’m sorry to say that I’m not Lee’s brother, nor the 15th Earl of Bedford, nor any kind of professor. Put like that, I’m not sure what I’ve been doing with my life, to be honest.” I can’t really judge you, Andrew – I’ve spent the last two minutes trying to spot Mortaza’s cutter. There it is: last ball.
6th over: England 31-0 (Vince 16, Billings 15) Did wonder if we’d see some spin to open up, as Bangladesh did in the last ODI. Five overs in, Shakib Al Hasan gets the nod and gets some good turn, hitting the outside edges of Hales’ bat. A more forceful, thicker edge sends the third ball down to fourth man for a boundary.
5th over: England 26-0 (Vince 12, Billings 14) Ah, there it is – Billings’ first boundary. It wasn’t particularly convincing from Nasir Hossain at cover, who flinched as the ball bounced just in front of him, allowing it through for four. But there’s nearly a huge catastrophe between Billings and Vince, as Billings turns into the bowler going for a second run. Vince, unaware of the collision, sets off quickly before clocking the commotion and retreating back to the striker’s end. A better throw and he was cooked. He finishes the over with a gorgeous straight drive for four.
Updated at 2.41pm BST
4th over: England 17-0 (Vince 8, Billings 9) Both continue to manoeuvre the field, without taking too many risks. Billings looks like he has really got hold of a pull shot, but the ball is met by the man patrolling the leg-side fence, saving two.
3rd over: England 13-0 (Vince 7, Billings 6) Billings is on the move again, but misses an attempted flash outside off stump. It feels like Englan have decided to go with a pinch-hitter here. Now, Billings is too good to be labelled a pinch-hitter, but there’s an element of “what have we got to lose?” in deciding to have him up top instead of Moeen Ali or Ben Duckett. He’s yet to strike a boundary but sharp running allows him and Vince to get five from the over.
2nd over: England 9-0 (Vince 5, Billings 3) Right, this should be fun. Sam Billings, England opener. What have you got? He walks down the wicket to his first ball, which just flicks his pad and just misses his leg stump. He’s off the mark with the very next delivery as he flicks firmly through square leg for a couple, then one to give Vince the strike. Shafiul Islam, who has a bit more pace than Mortaze, doesn’t quite have the craft of his skipper, so Vince is able to time him on the up through cover for four. Belting shot.
1st over: England 0-0 (Vince 0, Billings 0) Masrafe Mortaza, fresh from his man-of-the-match performance in the second ODI – runs, wickets, annoyed Jos – starts with a maiden. James Vince, desperate for a score, dots out six, timing the last one nicely but straight to the man at cover point.
The lights are back on and, soon, Sam Billings will be opening the batting. Earlier this summer, he scored 175 off 139 balls against Pakistan A. It was, quite simply, ridiculous:
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Afternoon all! Vish here with some stats to throw at you. Just two, really: the highest successful chase at Chittagong is 226, by Bangladesh against England no less, in 2011. Chasing teams have won 10 out of the 16 ODIs at this venue. Together, that means… well, nothing. As Nasser Hussain pointed out during the innings break, Bangladesh chased 169 last year against South Africa in 26.1 overs, with nine wickets to spare (that’s three). And it means even less now that there has been a power cut at the ground, plunging it into darkness but for the mobile phones in the crowd.
So, England rather let that one run away from them in the end, after some fine work by Rashid, in particular, and Moeen, though Rahim and Mosaddek deserve plenty of credit for rescuing an innings that had become somewhat becalmed after a steady drip of wickets. Given the conditions, you have to fear a little for England chasing such a tricky, competitive target. Some smart as well as dynamic batting will be required, particularly against the spinners. It’s set up nicely for Vish to take you through England’s reply. Don’t go anywhere, and thanks for your company and emails. Keep ’em coming.
Bangladesh innings closed: 277-6 off 50 overs
50th over: Bangladesh 277-6 (Rahim 67, Mosaddek 38). Jake Ball will bowl the last over, as he did the first from that end. His first delivery is swatted away by Mosaddek for one before Rahim ramps it up, literally, with a perfectly executed deflection over Buttler’s head for four. A single to long-leg brings Mosaddek to the strike, and he can’t get any distance on an attempted pull off a slower ball, and then slogs and misses the penultimate delivery of the innings. The last one is carved past backward point to the boundary but cut off by the ropes by Duckett and they run three. The seventh-wicket partnership ends on an unbeaten 85.
Updated at 1.13pm BST
49th over: Bangladesh 267-6 (Rahim 59, Mosaddek 36). Woakes’s final over, his eighth, begins with a carved Rahim single through the offside but Mosaddek, who’s made a valuable contribution here, enhances it further with a confident cut for four. His next boundary is even smarter, seizing on a ball that gave him too much width outside off-stump to send a deliberate lofted square cut to the boundary. A straight drive for three completes a sloppy over from England’s perspective. Their seamers haven’t done it today.
“I read the comment about ‘Sky’s “red Monday” advert for the Man United v Liverpool game’ as regarding ‘Sky’s Red Money advert’…and wasn’t the least bit surprised at the idea,” honks Scott Thomas.
48th over: Bangladesh 253-6 (Rahim 57, Mosaddek 24). Mosaddek swipes Ball down the ground for a single before Rahim punishes a low full toss by pulling it to the deep midwicket boundary for four. A glided single down to third man completes the over.
Just before Mushfiqur reached his 50, Peter Salmon asked: “Is anyone else here a fan of a good solid 40-odd? Nice to see a few being racked up here. Fond memories of Jeff Dujon’s first four test innings, 41, 43, 44 and 48 against Aus in 1981-82. Spoilt it for me, emotionally although not mathematically, with his 51 in the next innings. A fine sequence.” I agree. I also find something agreeable and competitive about scores of 38 and 39.
47th over: Bangladesh 247-6 (Rahim 52, Mosaddek 23). Woakes replaces Stokes. Mosaddek and Rahim content themselves with singles before a DROP! Rahim slogs straight into the deep and Stokes rushes to get underneath it, manages it, spills it. The reprieved batsman properly connects with the next one, sending a similar shot straight into a delighted crowd to complete a very timely 50, on a personal and team level.
Random between-overs TV viewer’s observation: Sky’s “red Monday” advert for the Man United v Liverpool game is so absurdly portentous, even by their standards, I’m not sure whether to weep or cry.
46th over: Bangladesh 236-6 (Rahim 43, Mosaddek 21). Mosaddek offers a half-chance to the diving Ball at mid-off, hacking a short ball from Plunkett in his direction but it bounces just before him. Rahim then artfully plunders four by deflecting a banged-in delivery high over the slip area and beyond third man. Two more and two singles follow. This has turned into a really vital innings from Mushfiqur Rahim.
45th over: Bangladesh 227-6 (Rahim 36, Mosaddek 19). Mosaddek digs out a fuller ball from Stokes and sends it down the ground for two and glances for another one off a misdirected slower delivery down the legside. An extremely harshly called wide follows, after Rahim shuffles across his stumps and misses an attempted scoop. Stokes’s facial expression suggest a low miff. A rather more definitively wayward delivery later in the over is also called wide, and Mosaddek completes the over by bunting out an attempted yorker towards mid-on for a single.
“I am a bit (very) worried about England’s response to spin, judging from the turn Rashid got,” writes Ian Copestake. “Can Joe Root be smuggled in somehow?”
44th over: Bangladesh 220-6 (Rahim 35, Mosaddek 15). Mushfiqur steers the returning Plunkett down to third man for one before Mosaddek takes a risky hurried single off a well-targeted legside delivery. Bangladesh are running for everything now, sensing a competitive total is well within reach despite recent wobbles, and a scampered two follows. A single rounds off the over.
43rd over: Bangladesh 214-6 (Rahim 31, Mosaddek 13). It’s all seam from hereon in, as Stokes returns for only his fourth over. He tucks Mosaddek up initially, but the batsman manages to squeeze a single down to third leg. Rahim dabs another one but it’s a fine tight over. A crowd of 11,200 is announced, and there’s a lively atmosphere now, as the assembled do that thing with their phone lights.
42nd over: Bangladesh 212-6 (Rahim 30, Mosaddek 12). Rahim has a big responsibility on his shoulders now, and he dabs Ball down to third man for a single. Mosaddek decides it’s time to cut loose and slashes square on the offside for four, the ball flying over the diving Stokes at backward point. Emboldened, he thumps the next, short-ish, ball straight back over the bowler’s head for four. Bangladesh’s best over for a good while.
“Any news on the Andrew Russell front?” asks a concerned Phil Sawyer. “A nation’s agog here waiting for news of a sibling nature. Of course, he could be one of a number of Andrew Russells dotted around the esteemed universities of this isle – Professorship appears to be the career of choice for Andrew Russells. Or possibly Andrew Russell, 15thDuke of Bedford, which would certainly raise the OBO bar well above the usual hoi polloi like myself.” There’s a heartwarming/tear-jerking prime-time show in all this. Let’s do lunch some time, TV people.
41st over: Bangladesh 202-6 (Rahim 29, Mosaddek 2). Powerplay three begins with Rashid’s last over, and a beauty first up, too good to find Mosaddek’s outside edge. The No8 adds a single to bring Rahim on strike, and he’s desperate to have a go but can’t because Rashid is drifting and spinning and generally doing things that old soul bands were named after. A fine spell ends with Rashid returning figures of four for 43.
40th over: Bangladesh 198-6 (Rahim 26, Mosaddek 2). Seam bowling, and Ball, returns to the attack – this is a big period of the match. He concedes a single before seaming one past Mosaddek’s outside edge. Then a direct hit attempt that, for once, was justified misses, Bairstow spurning a chance to run out Rahim at the non-striker’s end as he scampered back. But it’s a good comeback over.
39th over: Bangladesh 196-6 (Rahim 25, Mosaddek 1). Rashid’s having fun out there, and picks up his fourth wicket with one of his worst deliveries, a full-toss hit to Vince at midwicket. England must fancy their chances of inducing another collapse here, and the seamers might enjoy the chance to pick off the tail. Mosaddek gets a single before Rahim tries to force the issue with a lofted off-drive for two, and a riskier mistimed high drive that lands safely and brings one run.
Updated at 12.15pm BST
Wicket! Nasir c Vince b Rashid 4, Bangladesh 192-6
Ooh it’s Adil Rashid’s lucky day. A rank full toss is belted straight to Vince at midwicket. You makes your own fortune in this game.
Updated at 1.02pm BST
38th over: Bangladesh 192-5 (Rahim 22, Nasir 4). Moeen bowls his final over, and it’s a mean one, yielding a couple of singles and even featuring some fairly sharp off-spin. He finishes with figure of 1 for 42.
Incidentally, the total silence that has greeted every wicket invites the question: is there a single England fan in the crowd?
37th over: Bangladesh 190-5 (Rahim 21, Nasir 3). Rahim drives at Rashid for a single, but the bowler’s on top again for now, and ends a tight over with a ripper past the right-hander’s outside edge.
36th over: Bangladesh 189-5 (Rahim 20, Nasir 3). Moeen gets the success he’s probably deserved, inducing a stumping to remove Shakib, who hadn’t looked particularly comfortable. Nasir is off the mark with a casual legside flick but it’s all very tight from Moeen, to a good full length, other than a wide off the fourth ball. A well-run two completes a fine over for England. Only thing is, England have only four overs of spin remaining.
Wicket! Shakib st Buttler b Moeen 4, Bangladesh 184-5
Moeen strikes! A lovely ball spins past Shakib’s edge, Buttler fails to take cleanly, but fortunately for the England captain it rebounds off his gloves onto the stumps. After a lengthy review, the dismissal is confirmed.
Updated at 12.00pm BST
35th over: Bangladesh 184-4 (Rahim 19, Shakib 4). Rashid has taken 21 wickets to Moeen’s three in the past nine games both have played in. Buttler appeals for another one for the Yorkshireman after a smart take and bail-removal after Shakib is beaten by the spin, but his back foot was well in. Four runs and a wide from the over.
34th over: Bangladesh 179-4 (Rahim 18, Shakib 1). Ali continues and Rahim clips him to mid-on for a single. Shakib gets off the mark with a one but it’s an inexpensive over, for which Moeen will be grateful. It’s now rather nicely poised, this match.
“Is that my brother?” asks Lee Russell, using the OBO as a needless intermediary. “I could of course just email my brother, Andrew Russell, to find out if he’s bored at work as well and showing of his knowledge of the word pangram – but where’s the fun in that? Is that you bruv?”
33rd over: Bangladesh 176-4 (Rahim 16, Shakib 0). A great reassertion of control from Rashid. He sends down two much-needed dot balls before Sabbir gets a scurried single to point. Rahim does the exact same next ball before Rashid strikes, ending the partnership with a tantalising leg-spinner that takes the edge and Buttler takes the catch.
Wicket! Sabbir c Buttler b Rashid 49, Bangladesh 176-4
A beauty from Rashid ends a dangerous partnership, finding Sabbir’s edge and Buttler gathers.
Updated at 12.00pm BST
32nd over: Bangladesh 174-3 (Sabbir 48, Rahim 15). Moeen’s seventh over lacks the control he demonstrated earlier: Sabbir plays an easy yet smart scoop over his left shoulder for two and gets four more with the finest of deflected nudges behind Buttler that speeds to the ropes. A driven single brings up a swift 50 partnership and the runs are coming at will now.
31st over: Bangladesh 165-3 (Sabbir 40, Rahim 14. Rashid continues, still turning it but not quite managing the same level of pressure as earlier in his spell, conceding ones and twos at will, the pick of which is a pleasing wristy cover drive from Sabbir. England need another breakthrough here.
30th over: Bangladesh 158-3 (Sabbir 34, Rahim 13. Moeen returns to bowl his sixth over, and is unfortunate to concede four when Sabbir misses a reverse-sweep, but so does Buttler, and it speeds over this remarkably well recovered outfield to the ropes. Rahim plays the first ramp shot of the day, diverted down to fine leg for two before some proper filth is pulled to the boundary for four. Moeen’s one poor over so far – and it’s gone for 12.
29th over: Bangladesh 146-3 (Sabbir 33, Rahim 6). Sabbir drives Rashid for a single before the spinner turns one sharply past Rahim’s outside-edge and Buttler spills his attempted take – it doesn’t look as if he nicked it so no five-quid fine for the captain. A very wide wide precedes a driven one and another needless overthrow from Woakes, which gifts another single.
28th over: Bangladesh 141-3 (Sabbir 31, Rahim 4). Sabbir clips through midwicket for a single, before Buttler readjusts his field, bringing a man in on the offside, as Plunkett opts for some chin music – he’s too high with his first one though, and it’s called wide, and too wide with the next one, which is also similarly penalised. A gloved single to fine leg before Sabbir, who’s got to 30 in not much time at all, clips for two more.
27th over: Bangladesh 134-3 (Sabbir 27, Rahim 3). Some extravagant turn is read well this time, by Rahim, who pulls against the spin on the legside for one. The trouble with Rashid, though, is that every time he drops a little short batsmen tend to target him, as Sabbir does here, hoiking him over long-on for SIX. A couple of singles follow.
26th over: Bangladesh 126-3 (Sabbir 21, Rahim 1). Sabbir pulls Plunkett round the corner for a single, Rahim gets off the mark in similar fashion. Another flick for a single and a leg-bye complete a relatively uneventful over.
25th over: Bangladesh 122-3 (Sabbir 19, Rahim 0). Rashid is relishing these conditions, and making merry with his leg-spin and drift against these right-handers, going through his full repertoire from the off. But all this good attacking work is undone when he drops short and Mahmudullah pulls him over deep midwicket for SIX, before he’s gone, smiting the next ball, also short, straight to the fielder at extra-cover.
Mahmudullah c Bairstow b Rashid 6, Bangladesh 122-3
Big wicket! And Rashid strikes again, his short ball pulled straight to Bairstow at extra-cover
Updated at 12.23pm BST
24th over: Bangladesh 116-2 (Sabbir 19, Mahmudullah 0). Will England regret not bolstering their spin-bowling resources for this match? Will Bangladesh, whose seamers won it for them on Sunday? The home side do still have a more suited attack for these conditions, mind, so this will be a tough one for England’s batsmen later. Anyway, the paceman Plunkett returns to the attack and is walloped over mid-on for four by Sabbir before coming back at him with a good slower ball that dobbles up onto the pitch in front of him. A single and a leg-bye follow before Sabbir pulls a wide slower ball outside off-stump past mid-on for four more.
Updated at 11.12am BST
23rd over: Bangladesh 106-2 (Sabbir 10, Mahmudullah 0). Adil Rashid gets his first bowl, and he begins well, though a needless single is conceded when Moeen over-throws in every sense, trying pointlessly for a direct hit, which results in the inevitable parry and a hurried run. But this is a good over, and it’s rewarded promptly, when Rashid’s googly is misread and the batsman toe-ends straight to Vince at extra-cover. The next one spins the other way and beats the new man Mahmudullah all ends up. Excellent bowling.
Wicket! Tamim c Vince b Rashid 45, Bangladesh 106-2
Rashid strikes in his first over! Tamim tries to crack the spinner over extra-cover and Vince grabs a fairly simple chance chest high.
Updated at 11.58am BST
22nd over: Bangladesh 105-1 (Tamim 45, Sabbir 9). Buttler’s clearly opting to hold his spinners back – it’s a tricky juggling act – as Woakes continues. This over doesn’t really work though. He concedes an ugly legside wide, and then a four from a thumping back-foot swipe straight down the ground from Sabbir. A single brings to the strike Tamim, who hammers another four over midwicket to take him past 5,000 ODI runs, and he celebrates it with four more, a simple flick to the fine-leg boundary.
“Ah the horror!” gasps Lee Smith once more, perhaps not enjoying his most productive day at work. “The late substitution of exciting for breathtaking did it your honour. As it is the Guardian, not quite correct is in keeping?
Or is too late for: ‘Due to the weather forecast of a volley of zealous precipitation, is the game likely to descend into the quagmire of Duckworth/Lewis instead of the breathtakingly exciting ar$e-nipping jaffa that we are all hoping for?’”
Updated at 11.56am BST
21st over: Bangladesh 91-1 (Tamim 37, Sabbir 4). Sabbir swipes Stokes square on the legside for one, and Tamim does likewise to a legside field now strongly tailored to meet that regularly-deployed pull shot. Sabbir glides another single down to third man, Tamim clips square for one more and Sabbir pushes through the off for yet another, but this is a decent effort from Stokes.
20th over: Bangladesh 86-1 (Tamim 35, Sabbir 1). Woakes is brought back into the attack, from the opposite end from where he opened, and is flayed through the offside for four by Tamim. A single brings the right-handed Sabbir on strike, and one of the “stars” of Sunday’s on-field stramash begins with a calm forward defensive before pulling one round the corner for a single to get off the mark.
Wicket! Kayes c Sub (Dawson) b Stokes 46, Bangladesh 80-1
19th over: Bangladesh 80-1 (Tamim 30). Kayes dabs Stokes away square on the offside for one, before the bowler sends the closest approximation you can get to a snorter on this surface whistling past Tamim’s ears. A misfield from Vince at extra-cover then enables Tamim to earn a single from his textbook cover drive. Stokes is trying plenty of variations here – with a bit of scrambled seam thrown into the recipe – though it sometimes misfires, as when a slower-ball bouncer strays down legside and is called wide.
And then – a breakthrough: a cross-seam delivery from Stokes induces a miscued clip to square leg and the in-form opener is easily snaffled.
“Do you think Buttler’s reaction in last game was due to being Captain?” asks Matt Emerson on the Twitters. “Added responsibility & stress can do that to people.” Indeed they can – there have also been moments when he’s looked a bit angsty and lonely, during periods when England have been struggling, but he’s done well overall, particularly in the first match.
Updated at 11.28am BST
18th over: Bangladesh 77-0 (Tamim 29, Kayes 45). Tamim drives for one, Kayes nudges another but other than that Moeen’s on the money. This is a good spell that deserves some reward.
17th over: Bangladesh 75-0 (Tamim 28, Kayes 44). A bowling change – Ben Stokes for Plunkett. He starts with a wide – there’s always something going on with him – but two much more accurate dot balls follow, prompting Kayes to then try to lash out and miscue over mid-on for an unconvincing two. A pull shot for one puts follows before Kauyes cracks the last ball of the over high to the square leg boundary for four.
“Given the excellence of Lee Smith’s baroque yet lapidary phrasing,” showboats Andrew Russell, “it would take a zealously pedantic curmudgeon to point out that, lacking an x, it falls just short of being a pangram. And I, it turns out, am just that curmudgeon. But if we don’t have standards, what are we?”
No better than apes Andrew, no better than apes – and what do they know?
Updated at 10.44am BST
16th over: Bangladesh 68-0 (Tamim 27, Kayes 38). Kayes sweeps Moeen for a leisurely single before Moeen gets some proper spin off the surface that takes Tamim’s edge and beats slip to go for one run. Encouraging for the bowler, nonetheless – Moeen’s gone for only 13 off his four overs so far.
Updated at 10.39am BST
15th over: Bangladesh 65-0 (Tamim 26, Kayes 37). Kayes nudges another short ball from Plunkett towards square-leg for a single. After Tamim adds one more, Kayes pulls another one more uppishly in the same square-leg region but it’s short of Rashid. I’m not sure bowling in that area is causing any trouble at all, but a better, slower ball, full outside off-stump follows, which Tamim grubs down to third man. A couple more singles complete the over, which means this is now Bangladesh’s best opening partnership against England in ODIs. It is also the sort of partnership that, in Tests, would be the foundation for a grinding 659-7dec score spun out over two days or more.
14th over: Bangladesh 60-0 (Tamim 24, Kayes 34). An appeal for a catch as Kayes reverse-sweeps Moeen into Stokes’s hands. The umpire thinks otherwise but England opt to review. It looks initially to have only hit the batsman’s forearm. Ultra-edge technology confirms, and it’s not out. First bit of spikiness in the match? Not really, but some hope so:
Three singles are all Bangladesh can eke out from a good Moeen over.
13th over: Bangladesh 57-0 (Tamim 23, Kayes 32). Tamim almost knocks his stumps over as he rocks back and miscues a pull shot that just dobs up in the air but he does well to avoid hitting them in the end. Two singles are added but Tamim – the less in-form of these two – is struggling to get Plunkett away here, even shunning the chance to have a crack at a wide one outside off-stump.
12th over: Bangladesh 55-0 (Tamim 22, Kayes 31). Moeen, with a slip in, continues to find turn, prompting commentary box murmurings over whether Liam Dawson should also have been given a go in this match. Tamim gets a single before Kayes misreads the bounce and top-edges square on the legside but it bounces safely and they add one run. Another three singles ensue – decent from the bowler, well rotated by the batsmen.
11th over: Bangladesh 50-0 (Tamim 19, Kayes 29). Into the second powerplay then, and Kayes glances Plunkett away on the legside for one. A push past backward point brings another single, and the air of quiet composure that has thus far characterised this partnership is puncture when Kayes cracks one over the offside field for SIX. This pair have the measure of these conditions – it’ll be an examination for England to see if they can do the same.
Talking of which: “Can’t be the only person out thinking Cook would’ve been a better bet than Vince to open in this game, can I?” writes Kevin Wilson. “He was scoring at a good lick in Tests last Summer and it’d be an extra warm up game. Once we start batting I’m going to guess what score Vince is on when he gets caught slashing to backward point. I’m going to go with 12.”
10th over: Bangladesh 42-0 (Tamim 18, Kayes 23). Our first sight of spin, with Moeen on for Ball and finding a decent amount of turn, but nothing that overly troubles the batsmen. It’s tight enough tough – two singles are all that accrue.
“Cook, Hameed, Hales & Duckett sound like a company, a non-family firm with a sound reputation, yet one not above letting you down at crucial moments, such as embezzling the funds they’ve been entrusted with,” writes John Starbuck, dangling one outside off-stump for our legal department. “It’s probably a good thing that they are unlikely ever to play in the same side together.”
9th over: Bangladesh 40-0 (Tamim 17, Kayes 22). England do make a change – express pace on a very un-express surface: Liam Plunkett for Woakes, and his first ball is a beauty, on a tempting length and just seaming back to beat Tamim’s outside-edge, but the next one is shorter and cut square for a single. One more Tamim single completes an economical first over.
8th over: Bangladesh 37-0 (Tamim 15, Kayes 21). Should England be making a bowling change or two now? Tamim punishes another Ball delivery that’s just back of a length by leathering it through mid-on for four, and then flicks another single on the legside. Kayes steers another short ball down to third man for a single, and Tamim adds another on the legside. These opening batsmen look pretty comfortable at present.
7th over: Bangladesh 30-0 (Tamim 9, Kayes 20). Kayes is punishing anything short, and duly clobbers Woakes high over midwicket for four. It’s the only scoring shot of the over though. The crowd appears to have doubled in size in the past three or four overs.
Lee Smith bows modestly over the plaudits for his earlier turns of phrase: “Many thanks Tom and also to Chris Drew, I actually blushed when I read that. Sat here in the office I briefly resembled a traffic light on stop. However, is it now a three-way fight for the opener spot alongside Cook, Hameed, Hales & Duckett?” For the Tests I presume – Hameed looks a better fit for that particular role than the supremely talented Duckett, though it’d be good to see both in the team.
Updated at 10.00am BST
6th over: Bangladesh 26-0 (Tamim 9, Kayes 16). Kayes pulls a short delivery from Ball over square leg for two, reading the sluggish surface expertly, though not reading Ball’s subsequent away-swinger so well, which beats him comfortably. Kayes pulls another short ball down to long leg for one, but it’s another decent over from the Notts bowler.
A lot of talk of what an advantage batting second here is, yet here’s a fun fact:
5th over: Bangladesh 23-0 (Tamim 9, Kayes 13). Kayes is onto Woakes’s slower ball early – early enough to realign himself and smartly aim it high over the infield to the midwicket boundary where it just beats the pursuing Rashid to the ropes for four. Kayes clears the infield again on the other side of the wicket with an uppish cut for a single that’s cut off by the boundary, but Woakes is getting the better of Tamim so far and beats him with another tempter outside off-stump before a better shot, guided to third man, brings Tamim two – his first off-side runs.
4th over: Bangladesh 16-0 (Tamim 7, Kayes 8). Kayes pushes a single, but it’s tight again from Ball, who isn’t giving Tamim any width, prompting him to contemplate a rash single before the thinks better of it. However, Tamim gets on top of things with the final ball of the over, pulling a slightly shorter ball to the square-leg boundary for four.
3rd over: Bangladesh 11-0 (Tamim 3, Kayes 7). Woakes is getting a little bit more zip out of the surface, but not quite the accuracy, and sees a short ball outside off-stump called wide – a decison that irks the bowler (source of potential needle alert!), as it didn’t pitch that wide at all. Tamim has so far got 100% of his runs with nudged singles square on the legside, and gets another here, before Kayes uses his hands nimbly to deflect beyond the fielder at backward point for one run.
Updated at 9.42am BST
2nd over: Bangladesh 8-0 (Tamim 2, Kayes 6). Jake Ball, who’s already done his credentials no harm on this tour, gets the new ball at the other end. And he begins with three dot balls before Tamim flicks off his hips for a single, but Ball’s finding a good length on this surface and it’s the only scoring shot of the over, which ends with a can’t-really-be-bothered lbw appeal after a ball that pitches outside leg-stump and raps the left-handed Kayes on the pad. Good bowling though.
1st over: Bangladesh 7-0 (Tamim 1, Kayes 6). Chris Woakes has the new ball and Tamim is off the mark straight away with a deft dab backward of square leg, before Kayes plays and misses at one slanted across him. The lack of pace is already obvious, and Woakes spoke pre-match of the need for variety in bowling on a surface such as this, but his first full delivery is cracked in the air over mid-off for four by Kayes. A better delivery that nips back at the batsman a fraction is edged to third man for two. The outfield is playing well, given the deluge to which it has been subjected. Not much of a crowd in yet, but it could be many weren’t expecting play to start on time.
“Morning Tom,” chirps Chris Dew. “I think a small round of applause is required for Lee Smith and his pangramatic sentence there.” Rest assured, the entire building has already been exhorted to offer one. I’m trying to work out which would be a better album title out of “breathtaking ar$e-nipping jaffa” or “volley of zealous precipitation”. Anyway, the players will be out very shortly.
Updated at 9.27am BST
England win the toss and will bowl first
An unsurprising decision at this venue. And Jos Buttler confirms that Billings will open the batting with James Vince, and Liam Plunkett replaces David Willey, right-arm pace replacing left-arm pace. Bangladesh are unchanged.
Updated at 9.29am BST
Team speculation: there’s talk that Liam Plunkett, for David Willey, and Sam Billings, for the injured Jason Roy, will be coming in for England.
The covers are coming off, prompting cheers from the 87 or so spectators currently in the stands. The pitch itself, according to Nick Knight on Sky, is “like rolled mud”, so a gripper and a turner likely, which should suit Bangladesh.
Updated at 9.06am BST
“Good morning Tom. Hope you are well?” writes Lee Smith. Bearing up Lee, thanks, just about. “Due to the weather forecast of a volley of zealous precipitation, is the game likely to descend into the quagmire of Duckworth/Lewis instead of the breathtaking ar$e-nipping jaffa that we are all hoping for?” Hope not, but given the nature of the first two matches, you’d still back these teams to contrive some spark from even a 10-over slap-about.
Weather news: it’s been raining – in fact there’s been 30mm of the stuff in Chittagong in the past 24 hours, and the covers are on. That decision not to accept a reserve day’s play then …
Updated at 9.02am BST
The historic bar may not have been set very high, but there’s no doubt that this has been the highest profile, and best, Bangladesh-England ODI series there has ever been. It’s had needle, passionate crowds, batting collapses, low scores, high(ish) scores, seamers and spinners taking wickets, and some of the genuinely finest exponents of white-ball cricket anywhere doing their stuff.
It’s been great, frankly, for all the legitimate security fears and, in recent days, verbal brouhahas – or perhaps because of them, in the case of the latter. So if the weather is kind, we should have an absorbing finale in store here. England were excellent in turning round a losing position to take the first game, before producing a performance that carried echoes of Old England in crumbling to lose the second.
But this, nonetheless, has felt like an excellent examination for a still-developing, and partially depleted, visiting team, not least for those relatively inexperienced newcomers thrown into the pressure cooker – this is the first proper test in truly unfamiliar conditions the 50-over side have had since the Glorious Revolution instigated in the golden summer of ‘15.
Bangladesh have clearly enjoyed having England here too, which has been shown in the intensity and application of their cricket (most of the time), and in their public’s enthusiasm. The slanging matches, tiresome and distasteful though they often are, can be taken as a compliment by each to the other. Let’s hope the weather holds.
Play in Chittagong starts at 9.30am BST. Don’t go away.
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