Tem­pers fray as Mor­taza leads Tigers from front

Bangladesh 238-8 beat Eng­land 204 by 34 runs

The Cricket Paper - - ENGLAND TOUR OF BANGLADESH - By Seth Fran­cis

BANGLADESH bounced back from de­feat in the first match as Eng­land’s poor start with the bat saw them slump to a de­feat.

Home cap­tain Mashrafe Mor­taza led the way with both bat and ball af­ter his side had been re­stricted by good bowl­ing to 238-8.

But that tar­get looked too much for Eng­land when they fell to 26-4, and though cap­tain Jos But­tler made a 48-ball half-cen­tury, the tourists still fell 35 runs short of their tar­get.

Tigers skip­per Mor­taza said:“If you look at the other match on Friday that we lost, it was not that pro­fes­sional I guess, but this was re­ally pro­fes­sional.

“I just slogged, but luck­ily it helped the team and I was more than happy to get some wick­ets for the team.The wicket was not grip­ping much for our bat­ting and I tried to play my nat­u­ral shots and luck­ily the ball hit the right ar­eas of my bat.”

While Mor­taza im­pressed with both bat and ball, it was Mah­mudul­lah’s 75 that re­ally pushed Bangladesh through to their to­tal.

Mor­taza then took three early wick­ets be­fore a 79-run part­ner­ship be­tween But­tler and Jonny Bairstow gave Eng­land some hope.

But­tler was out lbw af­ter a Bangladesh re­view, and the Eng­land wick­et­keeper was left vis­i­bly an­gry as the Bangladesh play­ers cel­e­brated his dis­missal.

When But­tler fell, Eng­land still needed 115 runs and though the fi­nal pair of Adil Rashid and Jake Ball had a bit of fun, the dam­age had al­ready been done.

Mobbed: Tigers’ cap­tain Mashrafe Mor­taza took key wick­ets

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