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England will be looking to show that their opening-day defeat against New Zealand has not affected their morale when they take on Bangladesh today in the Cricket World Cup in Dharamshala.
The defending champions were utterly humbled by the Kiwis in a nine-wicket defeat that left viewers stunned, and even more problematically, dealt a significant blow to the side’s net run rate.
The Himalayan foothills provide a stunning backdrop to the occasion, but all the pre-match discussions have centred around the nature of the pitch. Speaking to reporters on the eve of the clash, Jos Buttler described the pitch as “poor”, claiming it was different to the one used when he played at the same ground during the IPL.
The pitch was also a cause for concern when Afghanistan played against Bangladesh there, as Mujeeb Ur Rahman jarred his knee in the sandy turf diving for a ball, and head coach and former England batter Jonathan Trott said players were “unsure” over their footing.
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England 49-0 (8) Bairstow 23, Malan 36, Shoriful 0-12 (2)
Shoriful will continue, Malan has looked more comfortable than Bairstow so far and unusually is also being the more aggressive of the pair.
But that one was too wide and Bairstow strokes that to the boundary for 4.
Sonia Twigg10 October 2023 06:43
England 43-0 (7) Bairstow 17, Malan 26, Mustafizur 0-28 (4)
Mustafizur will continue, and that one had a bit of extra bounce but rushed Bairstow and the ball fortunately for England just missed the fielder on the edge of the ring.
Malan has pulled another one for six! Just picked it up perfectly to pull over the ropes.
The next one was too full and driven down the ground for four.
Sonia Twigg10 October 2023 06:38
England 31-0 (6) Bairstow 16, Malan 15, Shoriful 0-6 (1)
There will be a change of bowling for Bangladesh with Shoriful brought into the attack, and the first ball causes problems, there’s a hint of swing on offer and Bairstow was trapped on his crease.
A big appeal, but it was not given out on field and Bangladesh choose not to review it, the replays show it was just impact outside the line.
Bairstow releases any pressure with a driven four down the ground last ball of the over.
Sonia Twigg10 October 2023 06:33
England 25-0 (5), Bairstow 11, Malan 14, Mustafizur 0-16 (3)
Bangladesh have reviewed a caught behind from Dawid Malan, and he will stay at the crease after ultra-edge showed no spike as the ball passed the bat.
But Malan opens up with a four and the first six of the match!
England have really got going now inside the first powerplay.
Sonia Twigg10 October 2023 06:28
England 15-0 (4), Bairstow 11, Malan 4, Taskin 0-9 (2)
Bairstow has his second boundary of the match with a square pull off Taskin, but too short and the Yorkshireman is not going to make any mistakes with that one!
Sonia Twigg10 October 2023 06:23
England 11-0 (3), Bairstow 7, Malan 4, Mustafizur 0-5 (2)
Bangladesh have just been a bit indecisive in their field, moving them around too regularly to show they are comfortable.
But Bairstow managed to sneak a single, England are being a bit cautious here and taking their time.
Sonia Twigg10 October 2023 06:18
England 10-0 (2), Bairstow 6, Malan 4, Taskin 0-5 (1)
Bairstow drives to score his first boundary the first ball of Taskin’s over. It was a wide half-volley and rightfully punished.
That was not the best, he chases a wide one next ball and inside edges it behind the stumps.
A miss-field brings another run.
Sonia Twigg10 October 2023 06:13
England 5-0 (1), Bairstow 1, Malan 5, Mustafizur 0-5 (1)
And the match is underway! Bairstow got off the mark to the bowler who got him out in the pre-tournament warm-up game.
The next one to Malan had a bit more shape and kept low, it doesn’t look like it’s going to be completely straightforward for England.
But Malan found a four with the last ball of the over, and more interestingly the fielder running for it decided not to dive, the outfield has dominated pre-match discussions.
Sonia Twigg10 October 2023 06:07
England vs Bangladesh
There was just time for a touching moment ahead of play when Eoin Morgan presented Jonny Bairstow with his 100th cap.
Sonia Twigg10 October 2023 06:02
England vs Bangladesh
England will bat first against Bangladesh, the same as they did against New Zealand, but it’s day time, the sky is clear and they’ve gone for the extra seamer in Reece Topley
Sonia Twigg10 October 2023 06:01