England bounces back with a huge victory over Bangladesh.

England bounces back with a huge victory over Bangladesh.

Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan won the toss and chose to bowl first in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, but England quickly took command. The defending champions went on to win convincingly in Dharamsala.

Bangladesh’s batting collapsed after conceding 364 in the first innings, despite some brave batting from Litton Das and Mushfiqur Rahim.   

Reece Topley was the destroyer-in-chief, taking 4/43 in his overs quota.

In the morning, England stepped up to the plate and put on an aggressive performance at the HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala.

Dawid Malan batted brilliantly and was well supported by Joe Root (82 from 68) and Jonny Bairstow (52 from 59).Mahedi Hasan’s 4/71 and Shoriful Islam’s 3/75 stood out for Bangladesh.

Match 7: England defeats Bangladesh by 137 runs.
Reece Topley used his new ball expertly to pick up three crucial Bangladesh wickets in the first Powerplay. Tanzid Hasan was the first to go, caught off Topley by Bairstow. The left-arm pacer then had Najmul Hossain Shanto off the next ball, who gave the Point fielder a catch.

Topley’s best came in the sixth over, however. He cleaned up Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan for just one point, delaying the chase.

Chris Woakes took another wicket, and Bangladesh were four down by the ninth over. Litton Das was the only Bangladesh batter to find a rhythm and hit some beautiful shots, helping Bangladesh increase its scoring rate. In the 11th over, he reached his half-century in 38 balls.

Das, along with the experienced Mushfiqur Rahim, assisted Bangladesh in reaching the century mark. However, once he was caught behind in the 21st over off Woakes, the Asian team was effectively out of contention.

Rahim (51) and Towhid Hridoy (39) fought for Bangladesh, but the England target was ultimately too much.

Dawid Malan smashed 140 runs off 107 balls to put England in command against Bangladesh in their ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup title defense. During his knock, he hit 16 fours and five sixes. Mahedi Hasan eventually dismissed him in the 38th over.

Bangladesh had little breathing room after Malan’s wicket, as the rest of England’s batters continued to go for their shots. However, Bangladesh’s bowlers were able to take a number of crucial wickets.

In the final Powerplay, the Tigers took six wickets for 66 runs. However, by this time, England had reached 364/9 in Dharamsala.

This was their third-best score in the Men’s Cricket World Cup. In fact, their second-highest score came against the same opponents in the previous World Cup in Cardiff.

Earlier, Jonny Bairstow made his 100th ODI debut alongside Malan, and the opening pair ensured England were in a strong position at the end of the Powerplay on 61/0.

Both batters went on to reach fifty as England passed 100 runs without loss until Shakib knocked Bairstow’s castle down for 52.

Malan continued to punish Bangladesh’s bowling as Joe Root joined him at the crease, and their entertaining partnership took the defending champions to 149/1 at the halfway point.

After dominating proceedings with two sixes and 12 fours on his way to triple figures, the 36-year-old brought up his first Cricket World Cup century with a quick single.

Malan was eventually bowled by Sheikh Mahedi Hasan while attempting to push the scoring along, but England were already 266/2 and eyeing a massive total.

Pacer Reece Topley was named to the England squad in place of spinning all-rounder Moeen Ali, while Ben Stokes is still out.

The reigning Cricket World Cup champions faced a confident Bangladesh side that opened their campaign with a convincing six-wicket victory over Afghanistan and had previously eliminated England from the 2015 tournament.

Shakib and fellow spinner Mehidy Hassan Miraz each took three wickets in the win over Afghanistan, while the latter also batted his way to victory, scoring 57 runs in a player of the match performance.

Mahedi Hasan was added to the Bangladesh XI, giving them even more spin options.

While spin was once again the main threat at Dharamsala’s HPCA Stadium, both teams were also able to use express pace to target the opposing batters.

Mark Wood struggled against a rampant New Zealand top order, finishing with figures of 0/55 from only five hours, and will be looking to improve on that performance when he faces Bangladesh.

Taskin Ahmed impressed for Bangladesh against Afghanistan with 1/32 before spin took control, and he will be crucial to his team’s chances against England again.

Playing XIs

England: Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan, Joe Root, Harry Brook, Jos Buttler (c) (wk), Liam Livingstone, Chris Woakes, Reece Topley, Sam Curran, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood

Bangladesh: Litton Das, Tanzid Hasan, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Shakib Al Hasan (c), Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Towhid Hridoy, Mahedi Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Shoriful Islam, Mustafizur Rahman

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