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Welcome to Wisden’s live match centre for the T20 World Cup 2021 game between England and Bangladesh on October 26. While Bangladesh will enter the game on the back of a defeat, England will be high on confidence after a clinical win in their opener.
Summary: Bangladesh stutter t0 124-9, England chase it down with ease, blog below:
And that’s that – England make it two from two
Dominant from England, they make it two wins from two. Are they the team to beat?
They’re nearly there: England 114-2 (13)
It’s gone a bit sleepy after drinks with the result long beyond doubt. Roy brings up his half-century off 33 balls, he’s looked really good. He eventually falls to Shoriful on 61 with Nasum taking a superb diving catch at deep third.
England in cruise control: England 90-1 (10)
This hasn’t been a great game. With the exception of the penultimate over of the Bangladesh innings that went for 17, England have been dominant. England are going to be two wins from two and their Net Run Rate will continue to be in good health. As good as England have been, Bangladesh have been sloppy. They were poor between the wickets while batting and sloppy in the field, handing England easy runs through misfields and extras.
England racing: England 75-1 (8)
This is really good from England. Roy and Malan are looking to be proactive against the Bangladesh tweakers and it’s working. The asking rate has dipped below five runs per over, this should be a walk in the park from here. If you’re enjoying this knock from Roy, I recommend reading this pre-tournament piece on the Surrey opener from Cameron Ponsonby. We’re only nine balls into Malan’s innings but the early signs are encouraging after his West Indies demotion, a pair of boundaries already.
Nasum strikes: England 50-1 (6)
Nasum strikes in his first over. The ball almost gets stuck in the pitch and Buttler can only scoop it up to long-off. Malan, after his demotion on Saturday, strides in at this customary position at three. I maintain that this is not a nice pitch to bat on, 150 would probably have been slightly above par.
England taking advantage of the powerplay: England 37-0 (4)
To be fair to Bangladesh, I don’t think this is that easy a pitch to bat on. A few have stayed low and the pace off the wicket is relatively inconsistent. That said, England have still looked to make the most of the fielding restrictions. On pitches like this those six overs at the start of an innings are so important – it’s where a player like Roy, effectively a powerplay specialist for England, comes into his own.
Bangladesh in the hunt for early wickets: England 18-0 (2)
Bangladesh do indeed start with left-arm spin; England opt against the temptation to go funky to counteract that and send out regular openers Buttler and Roy. Roy, as he so often does, sets the tone straightaway, cutting the first ball of the innings for four. England are away. Bangladesh are in desperate need of some early wickets to, at the very least, reignite some interest in the contest.
England need 125 to win
Mills is such a talented death bowler – he has to be in their team every game this tournament, even if/when Wood returns to full fitness. He picks up a pair of wickets off the final two balls of the innings. First a 140kph bouncer that flicks Nurul’s glove, then a slower ball that completely deceives Mustafizur. Nasum’s 19 (9) injects an air of respectability to the Bangladesh innings and just about keeps them in the game, but another professional performance in the field from England sees them needing just 125 to secure back-to-back wins.
Bangladesh hit their first sixes: Bangladesh 119-7 (19)
We’ve had to wait a while but Bangladesh finally hit their first and second sixes in the 19th over. I don’t think the Rashid-at-the-death experiment has really worked. Nasum looked totally out of ideas against Mills in the previous over but has taken Rashid apart here, twice making the most of the short leg-side boundary before adjusting well to cut the England leggie for four off the final ball of the over. 17 runs off the over, by far the biggest of the game so far.
Rashid on at the death: Bangladesh 98-6 (17)
Interesting from England as Morgan saves up two of Adil Rashid’s overs for the death. His third – Bangladesh’s 17th – goes for 8. Bangladesh are still some way off posting an imposing total.
England exerting their dominance: Bangladesh 83-6 (15)
Spin does the trick again for England as Livingstone picks up his second – we’re into the Bangladesh tail with five overs still to go. 4-43 from eight overs from the English spinners so far. Just seven boundaries in the innings from Bangladesh.
Farcical running between the wickets: Bangladesh 76-5 (13)
Afif is run out after a comical mix-up where he tried to a poach a run off a misfield and then, farcically, there were very nearly run outs off the following two balls. Bangladesh need to get their heads down. To add to the comedy, Chris Silverwood is beside himself on the sidelines. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen him so happy before,” quips a colleague.
Pace off the way to go: Bangladesh 63-4 (11)
Liam Livingstone has been such an important addition to this England side over the past year. Everyone knows about his destructive capabilities with the bat, but his irritatingly effective spin helps balance England, especially in conditions that are conducive to slower bowlers. He gets the big wicket of Mushfiqur – pace off looks like the way to go.
Mushfiqur hits his stride: Bangladesh 60-3 (10)
Some momentum now building for the Tigers. They take 11 off Mills’ first over, Mushfiqur in particular looks like he’s enjoying the extra pace that Jordan and Mills have.
Tigers finally get going: Bangladesh 42-3 (8)
This is very frenetic from Bangladesh. They take three runs from Rashid’s first over and still nearly lose a wicket. Mushfiqur’s reverse sweep is nearly taken sensationally by Tymal Mills at backward-point. If he took that we were very much in Catch of the Tournament territory. They finally get going, taking 12 from Chris Jordan’s first over. Mushfiqur is very strong square of the wicket and pounces on any width that Jordan offers him. It’s a good over for the Tigers but they’ve still got a fair bit of catching up to do.
Adil Rashid, what a catch: Bangladesh 26-3 (6)
Morgan’s powerplay plan is simple, three at each end for Moeen and Woakes. With England needing to find at least four overs from a combination of Moeen and Livingstone, they are a much stronger side if either – or both – get through their spells without much alarm. So far so good on that front. It’s a really poor powerplay for Bangladesh. Shakib falls trying to flick Woakes over short fine-leg without quite getting the distance he needed. Adil Rashid takes a superb diving catch running back. Bangladesh seriously up against it early in the contest.
Moeen takes two in two: Bangladesh 15-2 (3)
Liton Das’ ultra-aggressive approach against Moeen proves to be his downfall. Perhaps aware that the off-spinner, theoretically at least, should be a favourable match-up, he looks to take Moeen to town but can only find the fielder in the deep. There is a genuine case to be made that Bangladesh’s obsession with match-ups cost them the Sri Lanka game. With Sri Lanka up against it in the chase, Mahmudullah brought on two part-time off-spinners to combat Sri Lanka’s pair of set left-handers – Asalanka and Rajapaksa – who were having none of it and happily took 31 runs from those two overs and completely changed the feel of the chase. Anyway, back to the England game and Moeen has two in two balls after Naim can only find Woakes at mid-on off the very next delivery.
Turn from the get-go: Bangladesh 13-0 (2)
England open up with Moeen Ali who finds turn straight away, perhaps an ominous sign for England’s batters later in the day. It’ll be interesting to see how Morgan uses Moeen, who delivers five of his first six balls to Bangladesh’s feisty right-handed opener, Liton Das. Das, who has been short on runs this tournament, helps himself to a pair of boundaries at the end of the first over. At the other end, Woakes concedes just three from his opening set of six.
Time for the anthems
Bizarrely, this is the first ever men’s T20I between England and Pakistan. Something to watch out for later in the game is how England go about responding to the threat that Bangladesh’s left-arm spinners bring to the table. Bangladesh like using Nasum in the powerplay so it might be an idea for England promote a left-hander – either Malan or Moeen – up to the top of the order to give themselves a more favourable match-up. Jos Buttler didn’t rule out that possibility when speaking to the press on the eve of the game.
Bangladesh win the toss and will bat first at Abu Dhabi
England won’t mind that at all, they like a chase. Eoin Morgan’s men are unchanged which means that there’s no return for Mark Wood who was so good for England earlier in the year on the tour of India. Shoriful Islam, an U19 World Cup winner in 2020, makes his first appearance of the tournament for Bangladesh. If you’ve not seen him before, he’s a brisk left-arm quick who has enjoyed an excellent start to his T20I career.
T20 World Cup 2021 England v Bangladesh: Preview
England restricted West Indies to only 55 in their opener and then chased down the target in only 8.2 overs, which pushed their NRR to +3.970. Bangladesh, on the other hand, did well with the bat in their first match of the Super 12 against Sri Lanka, scoring 171-4 on a tricky wicket, but the bowlers were unable to restrict the rivals, as they lost the game by 5 wickets.
T20 World Cup 2021 ENG v BAN: Team news and injury updates
England do not have any injury issues ahead of the game, and they might be tempted to stick with the same XI that defeated West Indies in the last match. Chris Jordan, Tymal Mills along with Chris Woakes will be the fast bowlers, while Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali are expected to lead the spin department. Mark Wood is likely to be back fit after a minor ankle complaint kept him out of the opener, and could take the new ball instead of Woakes.
T20 World Cup 2021 England squad: Full team list for ENG
Bangladesh are without Tamim Iqbal for the T20 World Cup, which means Mohammad Naim has been opening the innings. They are unlikely to make any changes to their XI as well.
T20 World Cup 2021 Bangladesh squad: Full team list for Ban
T20 World Cup 2021 England v Bangladesh: Where to watch live
India: Star Sports Network; Disney+ Hotstar
UK & Ireland: Sky Sports Cricket, Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Mix; Sky Sports app, www.skysports.com
Bangladesh: GTV, BTV and T-Sport
The complete list of broadcast (TV and live streaming) options for the tournament can be found here.