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    100 up in 18 overs. 2 wickets down but going at 5.5 runs an over..

    Couple of wickets or few good overs will swing it either way.

    Hopefully Kayes carries on and builds on this half-century!
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    Bangladesh were managing the chase but Shakib has does really well to put some juice into the score.

    Run rate now dropped below 5.5 which shouldn't be too tough with 10 overs to go and still 6 wickets in hand.
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    Can't believe the manner in which Bangladesh have thrown this away.. was looking so rosy until Shakib got out and then the wheels have just come off.
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    Five wickets gone for nine runs. I thought it was going to be an easy Bangladesh victory
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    So Bangladesh collapse from 271/4 needing 39 from 52 balls :facepalm:

    Usually we're a good side.. all I can think is that we're rusty from having not played much cricket in 10 months.
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    Terrific stuff from Ball, to be honest.

    Bowling in Bangladesh - with the energy-sapping humidity, sweltering temperatures and suffocating heat - is no easy feat, but he shone today and became the first England bowler to take five wickets on ODIl debut.

    Bangladesh will take heart from their 21-run defeat, you imagine, but more heartening is the fact Adil Rashid picked up four wickets for the tourists in my view. After all, Rashid really struggled in the practice match - but he and Ball suffocated the hosts after Bangladesh had threatened to deliver a knockout blow and scalp England, after reaching 271 for four in pursuit of 310 for victory.

    Imrul Kayes’ second century against England in the space of four days spearheaded the chase, alongside Shakib Al Hasan’s quickfire fifty, but Ball made sure England didn't miss Plunkett too much by claiming the latter, before removing Mosaddek Hossain, to spark a collapse after two wickets in as many balls.

    Ball's figures are headline-grabbing - a decent 5-51 - but Rashid's figures can't be overlooked, and are actually his career best. He went for 49 runs as Bangladesh faltered with the finishing line in sight, losing their last six wickets for 17 runs.

    A very enjoyable start to the series, but crikey, Bangladesh keep finding new ways to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
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    Terrific stuff from Ball, to be honest.

    Bowling in Bangladesh - with the energy-sapping humidity, sweltering temperatures and suffocating heat - is no easy feat, but he shone today and became the first England bowler to take five wickets on ODIl debut.

    Bangladesh will take heart from their 21-run defeat, you imagine, but more heartening is the fact Adil Rashid picked up four wickets for the tourists in my view. After all, Rashid really struggled in the practice match - but he and Ball suffocated the hosts after Bangladesh had threatened to deliver a knockout blow and scalp England, after reaching 271 for four in pursuit of 310 for victory.

    Imrul Kayes’ second century against England in the space of four days spearheaded the chase, alongside Shakib Al Hasan’s quickfire fifty, but Ball made sure England didn't miss Plunkett too much by claiming the latter, before removing Mosaddek Hossain, to spark a collapse after two wickets in as many balls.

    Ball's figures are headline-grabbing - a decent 5-51 - but Rashid's figures can't be overlooked, and are actually his career best. He went for 49 runs as Bangladesh faltered with the finishing line in sight, losing their last six wickets for 17 runs.

    A very enjoyable start to the series, but crikey, Bangladesh keep finding new ways to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
    I think it was less to do with England's bowling and more to Bangladesh just having a brain fart. We had a reputation for it for a long time but over the last couple of years had started maturing. Back to bad habits..
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    I think it was less to do with England's bowling and more to Bangladesh just having a brain fart. We had a reputation for it for a long time but over the last couple of years had started maturing. Back to bad habits..
    Obviously, Bangladesh have a penchant for implosion, but Rashid and Ball deserve full credit. All the talk pre-match and pre-tour was how the English bowlers would struggle for intensity in the face of horrendously stifling conditions, but they absolutely passed their first test with flying colours.

    Rashid, in particular, has felt the brunt of the critics recently. Plenty ****ged him off for missing Yorkshire's County Championship decider, and he was battered in the practice match which signalled Bangladesh may find some joy against him. But Rashid found drift and turn today, and I felt his combination/partnership with Buttler at wicket-keeper was match-winning.

    Interestingly, I'm a big fan of Buttler as captain. He has spoken post-match about feeling, halfway through the Bangladesh innings, that he had got the toss wrong. But he made good decisions for the most part today, and I really like a wicket-keeper being captain anyway, because I feel they get a great view of the entire game and can really influence the bowlers' decision making, as well as getting a good view of the match landscape and field placements.
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    (Original post by Mackay)
    Obviously, Bangladesh have a penchant for implosion, but Rashid and Ball deserve full credit. All the talk pre-match and pre-tour was how the English bowlers would struggle for intensity in the face of horrendously stifling conditions, but they absolutely passed their first test with flying colours.

    Rashid, in particular, has felt the brunt of the critics recently. Plenty ****ged him off for missing Yorkshire's County Championship decider, and he was battered in the practice match which signalled Bangladesh may find some joy against him. But Rashid found drift and turn today, and I felt his combination/partnership with Buttler at wicket-keeper was match-winning.

    Interestingly, I'm a big fan of Buttler as captain. He has spoken post-match about feeling, halfway through the Bangladesh innings, that he had got the toss wrong. But he made good decisions for the most part today, and I really like a wicket-keeper being captain anyway, because I feel they get a great view of the entire game and can really influence the bowlers' decision making, as well as getting a good view of the match landscape and field placements.
    Bangladesh were superior for 80% of that match. That collapse against India in the world cup in the last over seems to have scarred them a little.

    Frankly I think the rustiness in not having played for 10 months had a huge impact too. When we won lots of those series last year, it was because we played a lot of back to back tours.

    I'm not convinced about wicket keeper being captain - you want him being 100% focus on his specialist role, not distracted by everything else. Might work for now but there will come a time when he drops a costly catch imo.
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    (Original post by Zerforax)
    Bangladesh were superior for 80% of that match. That collapse against India in the world cup in the last over seems to have scarred them a little.

    Frankly I think the rustiness in not having played for 10 months had a huge impact too. When we won lots of those series last year, it was because we played a lot of back to back tours.

    I'm not convinced about wicket keeper being captain - you want him being 100% focus on his specialist role, not distracted by everything else. Might work for now but there will come a time when he drops a costly catch imo.
    Traditional specialist wicket-keepers are a dying breed. It's becoming less and less common, especially in limited overs format. I think Buttler is the best in the world at what he does - so I'll accept the odd dropped catch.

    Completely agree with you otherwise. Worth remembering Bangladesh suffered three collapses in the series just gone vs Afghanistan, too.
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    So Bangladesh collapse from 271/4 needing 39 from 52 balls :facepalm:

    Usually we're a good side.. all I can think is that we're rusty from having not played much cricket in 10 months.
    I do not think it will be 3-0 to England in this one day series.
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    I felt the crowd really played their part in the innings, too. Bangladesh have obviously struggled with collapses recently - but the atmosphere was frenetic and fervent, giving life to a great match of cricket.

    Obviously, poor fielding by subcontinent teams is nothing new. We saw SL fumble chance after chance all summer, and Pakistan are hardly up there with the great fielders of the game.

    Batting and bowling are crucial, of course, but the old adage really is true: catches do win matches. And good catching/fielding sides are, more often than not, the greatest cricket sides. Fielding is the only time when you are a team and out in the field together, so it's vital you get it right.

    That's why I was so impressed and pleased with Willey's contribution yesterday. He didn't have the impact Duckett, Stokes, Buttler or even Roy did have with the bat, or Ball or Rashid boasted with the ball, but his two catches were vital and really well taken.
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    I felt the crowd really played their part in the innings, too. Bangladesh have obviously struggled with collapses recently - but the atmosphere was frenetic and fervent, giving life to a great match of cricket.

    Obviously, poor fielding by subcontinent teams is nothing new. We saw SL fumble chance after chance all summer, and Pakistan are hardly up there with the great fielders of the game.

    Batting and bowling are crucial, of course, but the old adage really is true: catches do win matches. And good catching/fielding sides are, more often than not, the greatest cricket sides. Fielding is the only time when you are a team and out in the field together, so it's vital you get it right.

    That's why I was so impressed and pleased with Willey's contribution yesterday. He didn't have the impact Duckett, Stokes, Buttler or even Roy did have with the bat, or Ball or Rashid boasted with the ball, but his two catches were vital and really well taken.
    Again this is where I think match fitness came into play. Bangladesh have actually worked very hard on fitness and fielding in the last 2-3 years as their coaches have pointed out as they are not as good technically as the best sides and therefore they should work harder in the field to try and close the gap.

    I think Bangladesh can take a lot of heart from the performance - if they had taken the catches then England could've posted a lower score and then the chase was generally strong until the collapse at the end.

    I do think Bangladesh are better at batting first (setting a score with no pressure) and then using the spin bowlers to strangle a side and then force them into mistakes when chasing runs.
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    Injury concerns for England heading into tomorrow, with Ball fatigued, Roy suffering a shoulder injury while diving in the outfield and Bairstow has a hip flexor strain, too. Will we see Plunkett and Billings?

    Australia take on SA, too. Their bowlers will need to improve desperately - but you have to question Australia's constant chopping and changing. Boland and Mennie have both been dropped quickly after struggling, so where will their heads be at?

    Australia haven't lost four matches in an ODI series since England won 4-0 with one match rained out in 2012.

    Kohli and Rahane, meanwhile, have put India in control against NZ on the first day of the third Test. A partnership of 167 has placed them in the ascendancy, after NZ got to lunch by only conceding 70 runs. The tourists dismissed the openers cheaply, but Kohli struck his 13th Test century as he reached 103 not out, with Rahane unbeaten on 79, as India ended on 267-3.

    They came in together at 100 for 3, with the match in the balance, after Patel (who achieved figures of 1-65) impressed with some assistance from a cracked pitch. He removed Vijay, even with little turn on offer, but it was Boult who removed Gambhir before Santner broke through to dismiss Pujara after lunch.

    India were scoring slowly in the first session, but they ramped up the run rate through Kohli and are now fully in control.
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    England bowling very well and to set plans and it's paying off.

    Bangladesh in a spot of bother already..
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    Bangladesh finish on 238. I don't think it's going to be enough (needed 250-270) but there was a point when I was worried we would get bowled out for under 200 so it's a half decent total to try and defend.

    Fingers crossed the pace bowlers start well and then the spinners get more assistance and not too much dew.
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    Wow didn't think it would be enough runs but it was!

    England added 45 runs for the 10th wicket partnership which got them close but actually Bangladesh got early wickets and continued to chip away so the result never looked in doubt once Taskin took a couple of important wickets in the middle.

    Game of the seamers tbh. England's seamers did well but then so did Mortaza and Taskin.

    What a performance and fight back after the collapse from the first game.
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    First thing's first: I rate Buttler for that reaction. It's all too easy to say he should have remained calm, but captaincy obviously means the world to him, and in stifling humidity having kept all day before being given that send-off, it was human nature to react and I fully appreciate that. I don't have any issue with that at all.

    I'm also really pleased we are getting a series decider. I can't wait for Chittagong now. These poor days happen every once in a while for England, but Bangladesh were fully deserving of that win today. Buttler played a lone hand, in truth, as England were bundled out for 204. Bangladesh's total was competitive, but hardly match-win[u]ning. It looked decent from minute one, but they had to follow it up with some decent bowling after England's seamers got joy out of deploying the short ball regularly.

    Bangladesh stuck to their gameplan very, very well. The pitch had grip on it, but spun quite a bit, with Shakib causing problems in and around the gate with his brand of spin. He may have only got one wicket, but he definitely troubled the batsmen, before Taskin claimed three by dismissing three of England's most crucial batsmen: Bairstow, Buttler and Woakes.

    I felt Woakes was the pick of the tourists; bowlers, dismissing both openers well, and Ball shone again with his use of short-of-length deliveries which caught Bangladesh's more impatient batsmen out. But Mahmudullah and Mashrafe spearheaded the hosts' innings after they were reduced to 160+ for seven, with the latter partnering well with Nasir Hossain before England started slowly and were duly punished after posting just 31 for four in the powerplay.

    Mortaza did much of the damage as the upper England wilted, and you can look to Bangladesh's punchy and quick partnerships towards the latter end of the innings as to the decisive contributions. England managed a couple of decent partnerships - for the ninth and tenth wicket stand respectively - but that just delayed the inevitable, and it was no surprise to see only Buttler, Bairstow and Rashid make any decent scores.

    Still, at least Australia are on course to be white-washed by SA. The hosts move into a 4-0 series lead after bowling out Australia for 167. It was a hellish day for the tourists, with South Africa clocking up 168 for the loss of just 4 wickets.

    Only Matthew Wade, who made 52, and Mitchell Marsh (50) provided any real resistance and despite SA getting off to a rocky start by seeing Amla dismissed early, it was a comfortable day and one which made a mockery of the idea that South Africa had rested too many players. They opted to give the injured David Miller a rest, plus Dale Steyn, Kagiso Rabada and Imran Tahir. In their places were Abbott, Farhaan Behardien, Aaron Phangiso and Shamsi.

    The former and the latter tormented Australia, too, with the former using good movement while the latter gave Australia yet more spin-related nightmares. And, to compound their misery, du Plessis - who spearheded the chase with 69 - was dropped by Adam Zampa. Happy days.
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    Bangladesh finish on 238. I don't think it's going to be enough (needed 250-270) but there was a point when I was worried we would get bowled out for under 200 so it's a half decent total to try and defend.

    Fingers crossed the pace bowlers start well and then the spinners get more assistance and not too much dew.
    I went out and didn't bother to check, a surprise defeat as like you I thought it would only be c200 for England to get.
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    The focus on the clashes between the players will overshadow what was a good game of cricket. Impressed by Bangladesh's opening bowling, which seemed to catch the opponents off guard and Mashrafe led the side well.

    Must have been something stern said to Buttler to get him to react but circumstances say the home side knew what a big wicket it was and the batsman knew the game was at its end hence the reaction. The handshake incident was far more unsavoury and not helped by Stokes who, as vice captain, should have tried to calm things down and he's in a position where he could be punished under the ICC's new disciplinary rules if I'm not wrong. Bairstow can handle himself to be fair, if you give it large in the field then you will get some heat back.

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