England v Bangladesh, 2nd ODI, Dhaka March 2, 2010

Morgan saves England with brilliant hundred

The Bulletin by Liam Brickhill

England 261 for 8 (Morgan 110*, Cook 60, Shakib 3-32, Razzaq 3-52) beat Bangladesh 260 for 6 (Rahim 76, Kayes 63, Bresnan 3-51) by two wickets
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Eoin Morgan hit his first hundred for England as they overcame a major challenge from Bangladesh to secure a nerve-jangling two-wicket victory with seven balls to spare and seal the series in Mirpur. For Bangladesh it means their wait for success over England continues and their inability to close out matches came back to haunt them as Morgan's ultra-cool approach proved too much.

While England's lower order lost their head with pressure building Morgan remained completely focused on his task, barely acknowledging the smattering of applause for his hundred which made him the first player to score centuries for two countries after he began his career with Ireland. When Graeme Swann missed a wild mow at Shakib Al Hasan, England needed 32 off 26 balls with debutant James Tredwell the other batsman at the crease and only an injured Stuart Broad to come.

That equation came down to 25 from 17 balls and to Morgan's advantage they were inside the Powerplay overs. England had delayed taking their option until the end and, for a while, it appeared it may be wasted but in the final result the restrictions proved vital.

Morgan pierced the field with precision, reverse sweeping Abdur Razzak to relieve the pressure in the 48th over. With 16 needed from the last two overs he didn't waste any time, making use of the extra pace from Shafiul Islam. He calmly hit two full tosses for four on either side of the wicket before, as he did against Pakistan in Dubai, sealing victory with a six over deep square-leg.

Morgan could finally celebrate his efforts and was cheered off by his team-mates as England maintained their unbeaten record against the hosts - but this one was a close call. And indeed, it was fortunate that Morgan was around to the seal the game as he had a nervous start to his innings and survived two very strong leg before shouts against Mahmudullah. The first, when he had made just 7, was hazardously close, and both decisions could easily have gone against him.

England faced early problems when Craig Kieswetter was caught at slip in the first over and Kevin Pietersen's problems against left-arm spin continued. When Paul Collingwood was also leg before, Morgan entered at 68 for 3 and was happy to support the free-flowing Alastair Cook by rotating the strike at the beginning of his innings.

He began to break free once Cook fell for 61-ball 60 - to a juggling catch by Mushfiqur Rahim - realising that he was the one to carry on the momentum that had been built. His role was made all the more important by Prior's shaky start against Razzak and Shakib.

After seeing off the left-arm spin threat, Morgan pulled Shafiul handsomely over square leg and Prior started to get going with a pressure-relieving reverse sweep off Naeem Islam. The pair added three more boundaries to put England firmly into the ascendancy before Razzak returned and Prior played half-forward to an arm ball to be pinned lbw, sparking a mini-collapse which gave Bangladesh hope

Luke Wright worked the ball around for a couple of overs before attempting an ungainly slog, and Tim Bresnan lasted only three balls before he fell lbw to Mahmudullah playing another poor sweep. Shakib then struck again in his final over, deceiving an advancing Swann with a flighted delivery to clatter the stumps.

But with England seemingly in disarray Morgan marched on, serenely indifferent to the carnage with an innings of controlled aggression. With Shakib and Razzak - who shared six wickets between them - bowled out, Bangladesh's captain turned to the pace of Shafiul but will be left ruing his decision after Morgan closed down the game with three boundaries in five balls.

Bangladesh's total of 260 for 6 - their highest in one-day internationals against England - was largely due to the efforts of Rahim with a superbly-paced 76 and Imrul Kayes's rather more sedate 63. They added 90 for the third wicket to steady the innings after England had struck twice in quick succession, removing Tamim Iqbal, the star of the opening match with 125, and Aftab Ahmed in consecutive overs.

Gaining in confidence as their partnership progressed, they took Bangladesh to 146 before Kayes fell to a fine, tumbling catch by Collingwood in the covers. Rahim went to his fifty, changing gears with a succession of well-placed boundaries to take the score past 200, before he misread a slower ball from Bresnan to be caught at mid on.

A late flurry from Naeem and debutant Suhrawadi Shuvo - who closed the innings in style with a six and a four in the final over - boosted the total to competitive heights, but Morgan's cool assurance ultimately proved to be the difference between the teams today.

Liam Brickhill is an assistant editor at Cricinfo

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  • Sathish on March 5, 2010, 9:56 GMT

    what ban supporters??? in third odi also ban lost to eng, now u r going to blame whom??? very good innings from ban players, please better you guys stop commenting, because ban never win against good teams.first post a win n then post comment.k ha ha ha

  • Sathish on March 5, 2010, 4:15 GMT

    @ujan.s, yes india is best in kabaddi also, by the way world record is with us friend, keep it in mind while posting comments, 200* is the latest one by our legend Mr.Sachin.So please again i am telling Bangladesh will remain underdogs for ever, they don have potential to beat great teams like india, Aussies or proteas.Try to accept it, tats wat happening even in third ODI against England, your tigers are going to be hunted by English men, wait n watch.

  • Rezaul on March 4, 2010, 14:54 GMT

    @sathishvaiju, I guess this guy is sick or out of his mind. He is talking nonsense here. He is loud about Indians being number one but harsh on Shakib's team. Let me remind this Dim-witted that his India got number 1 just few days back more of SA's failure than their own strength. On the other hand Shakib is being number one player for years!

  • Tanvir on March 4, 2010, 12:18 GMT

    sathishvaiju.... u said "2007 world cup is a bad luck" then what happen on 26 Dec 2004 the match between india vs BD... on that match BD won the game.... don't forget & remember again the history... & I want 2 see how long ur team will stay in number 1. by the way... how many test match ur team play in last year.... ?

  • Sourabh on March 4, 2010, 11:52 GMT

    Nafee...u're absolutely right! Bangladeshis are gonna kick the indians outta the next world cup the way they did in the earlier one! indians don't seem to have forgotten that nightmare! & how could they!!! forget the world 'cup'... they didn't even receive a 'plate' off the tournament! HAAH... i think there should be arrangements for plates from the next world cup ...so that indians can have at least sth to be ecstatic about when they get themselves outta the contest!

  • Sourabh on March 4, 2010, 11:34 GMT

    'sathishvaiju' or whatever yor name is...look in my earlier comment i posted the overall record of matches between india and England! i thought it to be enough for u guyz to bug off here! it's a bit too surprising that u guyz are still sticking around! listen i can add sth more to that...indians were got blown away by the pommies during their last visit to England! & they narrowly escaped a defeat in the test series just because rain had interrupted! & u're flaunting yor no.1 ranking??? Yes indians can remain in that particular spot as long as they don't face the pommies and the Aussies! let's see how long they retain their position at the top of the ranking! just hang on...South Africans r gonna throw 'em to no.10 spot right after they visit Africa! here is my suggestion for u guyz...start following KABADI...cricket is not meant for u guyz!

  • Sathish on March 4, 2010, 8:18 GMT

    @ujan.s, great comment, india is not a strong team, but it is no 1 in test and no 2 in odi's and only indian made 200* in odi's.bangladesh is a very good team ranking last in tests and one before last in odi's great thinking and execution.ha ha ha world know who is stronger.

  • Sourabh on March 4, 2010, 5:22 GMT

    Srikant......look this could be for the first time i've seen a guy make fool of himself saying childish stuff like this! There is no way india is stronger!!! I guess u're going through a bit of a tough time as far as ya memory is concerned! I admit india is slightly stronger than Bangladesh! But when it comes to England or New Zealand the reality is different. I don't wanna say anything ...just this info can help u shape urself up: Total matches: 99, England won: 34, India won: 19!!! india certainly is the stronger team but in terms of playing kabadi.. not cricket! & listen...kabadi is what u should be arguing about! cricket is a different game where india doesn't have a single bowler who could possibly reach 140k an hour!!! BEST OF LUCK for the next kabadi world cup!

  • Sathish on March 4, 2010, 4:28 GMT

    @ujan.s you are commenting about sehwag and india.ha ha ha no1 team in test ranking, no 1 ranking in test batsman, keep that in mind before you comment. k.

  • Sathish on March 4, 2010, 4:19 GMT

    @Nafee, My dear bangladesg bro, be cool you can't win india or srilanka or even any team except Ireland, Canada etal, because you r still ordinary side.I am not against you, i am telling the truth.try to accept and digest it.wiht players like Aftab, Tamim and even Shakib you r expecting to win against India who r having Sachin, Sehwag, Gambhir, Dhoni, Raina.Tat is crazy brother.2007 world cup is a bad luck, tats all i can tell.wat happened in this tri-series and test match.you didn't even win a single match, continuous white wash against kiwis.Now the same continuing against England.sorry to tell again,YOU ARE AN ORDINARY SIDE.....

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