About the Match
After surviving a close scare in the first ODI to go 1-0 up against Bangladesh in the 3-match ODI series, England is set to take on the hosts once again in the second ODI to be played on 9th October at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur. The narrow victory of 21-runs came after England looked down and out of the match, thanks to brilliant spells by Jake Ball and Adil Rashid well supported by poor shot selection by Bangladeshi batsmen. Bangladesh haven't lost an ODI series at home since 2014 and they'd have to play out of their skins to extend their series' winning run to seven. Failure to register a win in any of the next two matches will end their dream run at home and the tigers will be desperate to win the remaining two games. England, on the other hand, are without some of their key players who have been responsible for their fantastic run since their early exit from CWC '15. The surface is once again expected to be a batting paradise. However, there could be spells of showers in the game as dark clouds are expected to hover in the sky of Mirpur.
Barring their late collapse in the previous match and a few other incidents, Bangladesh have rarely put a wrong while playing at home. On Friday as well, Shakib al Hasan and Imrul Kayes played brilliant knocks before throwing their wickets to rather ordinary deliveries. They needed 39 off 51 deliveries when Shakib hit a short delivery from Jake Ball only to be caught at mid-wicket and it started going downhill from there. The bowling too, just like their batting, showed signs of brilliance, but lacked consistency. Along with the ordinary bowling, butter hands contributed to their miseries while in the field which evenutually allowed the visitors to cross 300-run mark.
Mashrafe, Shakib and and Shafiul bagged a couple of wickets each, but no one managed to put brakes on the scoring rate. Misfields and dropped cathches allowed English batsmen to rotate strike freely which eased a lot of pressure. Bangladesh looked in a spot of bother halfway when they were batting as they lost Mushfiqur Rahim with more than half runs still to get. Kayes and Shakib strung a brilliant partnership to take them closer to the victory. All in all, Bangladesh have a good team, but they've been struggling with the problem of going for the glory shots a bit to early and a bit to often. They have rectified it in the past after being behind in the series, and if they can do it again, England will certainly have their work cut out.
Playing without their regular captain and opener that is Eoin Morgan and Alex Hales respectively, England will be particularly happy with the results they've got. However, they still have a few problems to ponder upon as they move on to play the 2nd ODI. Their batting did well in the asian conditions, but their bowlers failed to stop the run-flow once their batsmen were set. Jos Buttler would have to be more proactive while handling his spinners as they are of great value in the middle-overs in dry condtions.
Chris Woakes and David Willey started off brilliantly in the first 10 Overs, but counter attack from hosts really hampered their bowling. Although Adil Rashid bowled well in his first five overs, he gave away too many runs. However, in his second spell, he wrecked havoc on Bangladeshi late-order as he extracted assistance from the pitch. Earlier, Ben Stokes scored a brilliant century while he was involed in a brilliant partnership with Ben Duckett. Jos Buttler was terrific in the slog overs as he scored quick-fire 63 in just 36 balls. Overall, England have an excellent squad despite the absence of Morgan and Hales. However, they'd have to be wary of conditions and potence of Bangladeshi team while playing at home.
Ever since their early exit from World Cup, England have played a brand of cricket which no one expected them to and they've been mighty effective while doing so. Bangladesh, on the other hand, have been nearly invincible while playing at home. It is a big clash on Sunday and we think England with a stronger unit and aggressive approach will cruise to yet another victory to seal the series.