Bangladesh hum­ble Eng­land to level one-day se­ries

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Bangladesh thumped Eng­land in a bowler-dom­i­nated con­test af­ter home skip­per Mashrafe Mor­taza’s all-round bril­liance se­cured their se­ries-lev­el­ling 34-run vic­tory in the sec­ond one-day in­ter­na­tional yes­ter­day.

Mor­taza blasted 44 runs off 29 balls and then re­turned to mar­shal his bowlers in­tel­li­gently while claim­ing 4-29 him­self as Eng­land col­lapsed for 204 in 44.4 overs.

Jos But­tler (57) and Jonny Bairstow (35) pro­vided the only re­sis­tance in an oth­er­wise spec­tac­u­lar Eng­land bat­ting col­lapse chas­ing a mod­est 239-run vic­tory tar­get.

Put in to bat, Bangladesh had slumped to 39-3 in the 14th over but Mah­mudul­lah’s 75 and Mor­taza’s breezy knock helped the hosts re­cover and put on a com­pet­i­tive 238 for eight at Mir­pur’s Shere Bangla Na­tional Sta­dium. Chris Woakes came up with a dou­ble strike to vin­di­cate But­tler’s de­ci­sion to field at the venue of their 21-run vic­tory in Fri­day’s se­ries opener.

Woakes dis­missed Im­rul Kayes (11), who struck a blis­ter­ing cen­tury in the pre­vi­ous match, and Tamim Iqbal (14) as Bangladesh suf­fered a top or­der col­lapse.

Mah­mudul­lah added 50 runs with Mush­fiqur Rahim (21) and raised 48 with Mosad­dek Hos­sain (29) but wick­ets kept tum­bling at reg­u­lar in­ter­vals.

Mor­taza hit three sixes in his brisk knock be­fore run­ning him­self out in the fi­nal over of the in­nings. The pace­man then re­turned to lead by ex­am­ple. Mor­taza dis­missed James Vince, Ja­son Roy and Ben Stokes, while lef­t­arm spin­ner Shakib Al Hasan sent back Ben Duck­ett to re­duce Eng­land to 26-4 in­side 10 overs. But­tler and Bairstow added 79 runs to try and put the chase back on track when Taskin Ahmed (3-47) ripped the heart out of the Eng­land lineup with some im­pres­sive fast bowl­ing. The lanky pace­man dis­missed Bairstow and then vir­tu­ally killed off the con­test when he ended But­tler’s run-a-ball-knock be­fore send­ing back Woakes in his fiery spell.

Adil Rashid (33 not out) and Jake Ball (28) of­fered some late re­sis­tance but it was not enough in the end. The teams move to Chit­tagong for the third and fi­nal one-dayer on Wed­nes­day. —Reuters

—AP

DHAKA: Bangladesh’s wick­et­keeper Mush­fiqur Rahim, left, suc­cess­fully makes an LBW ap­peal to dis­missal of Eng­land’s David Wil­ley, right, dur­ing their sec­ond one­day in­ter­na­tional cricket match in Dhaka, Bangladesh, yes­ter­day.

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