England v Bangladesh, 3rd ODI, Edgbaston

England take series with huge win

The Report by Andrew Miller at Edgbaston

July 12, 2010

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England 347 for 6 (Strauss 154, Trott 110) beat Bangladesh 203 (Mahmudullah 42, Bopara 4-38) by 147 runs
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Andrew Strauss brought out a full range for shots during 154, England v Bangladesh, 3rd ODI, Edgbaston, July 12, 2010
Andrew Strauss was inventive and expansive as he set the tone for England's crushing win © Getty Images
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Andrew Strauss and Jonathan Trott produced the highest partnership in England's one-day history, surpassing the 226 that Strauss and Andrew Flintoff recorded against West Indies at Lord's in 2004, as England crushed Bangladesh by 144 runs to atone for their historic defeat in Saturday's second ODI at Bristol, and secure a record-equalling fourth consecutive series win.

Strauss and Trott's second-wicket stand of 250 was complemented by a late onslaught from Ravi Bopara, who slammed 45 not out from 16 balls, and Bangladesh never came close to challenging a formidable target of 348. Their key man, Tamim Iqbal, skied an Ajmal Shahzad slower ball to mid-on in the third over, and Shahzad followed up by blasting Imrul Kayes from the crease with a fearsome gloved lifter. A pair of miscues and a comical run-out left Bangladesh floundering on 86 for 5 in the 19th over, whereupon Bopara put the seal on a spirited return to the side with 4 for 39 in 10 skiddy overs.

It was not an entirely flawless performance from England: the loss of six wickets for 46 between overs 41 and 47 once again raised concerns about the solidity of the middle order, with Luke Wright's directionless summer continuing as he flailed his way to a first-ball duck after being pushed up the order for a late slog. And the closing stages of the match meandered mercilessly, with Mahmudullah and Abdur Razzak adding 56 in 15.3 overs to haul the total up towards 200. But seeing as Strauss and Trott had already put the contest beyond doubt with the 11th highest one-day stand of all time, there was not a whole lot to quibble about.

England's second-wicket pairing left nothing to chance as they batted in tandem for exactly 40 overs of the innings. Strauss was the star performer with 154 from 140 balls, his fourth and highest ODI hundred but his first since the tour of the Caribbean in March 2009, while Trott put to one side the bitter memory of his last-over dismissal to Shafiul Islam at Bristol to improve on his career-best for the second match in succession. He made 110 from 121 balls before wellying the disciplined Mashrafe Mortaza to midwicket. Mortaza's final figures of 10-2-31-3 were outstanding, but he was the only Bangladeshi to keep a lid on England's aggression.

For that, the credit belonged to Strauss, who once again belied his self-appointed reputation as a "stodgy" opener, to blister along at a tempo rarely witnessed in England's one-day history. In all he struck 16 fours and five sixes, each of them deposited up and over the leg-side boundary, as he took personal responsibility for Saturday's setback to put England's one-day revival back on track.

It was a commanding performance against a Bangladesh team that was unable to raise its game for a second match in succession, but England still had to earn their right to the ascendancy. They lost the toss after a 45-minute rain delay, and were sent into bat in overcast conditions, and when Craig Kieswetter was bowled through the gate in Mortaza's first over for a second-ball duck, the prospect of further embarrassment could not be ruled out.

Strauss and Trott, however, responded to the setback with an initial volley of boundaries - including a brace of fours as Shafiul Islam strayed onto Trott's pads, and an agenda-setting six from Strauss as Mashrafe dropped short - before settling back into a holding pattern to ease the score along to 45 for 1 at the end of the 10-over Powerplay. Shafiul, whose crucial final wicket had sealed the Bristol victory, this time conceded a record 97 runs in nine overs. Strauss dismantled his line and length early on, before Bopara crushed him in a final over that cost 28.

Mashrafe did his best to keep England on a tight leash in an unchanged eight-over spell that yielded just 17 runs, but at the halfway mark of the innings, England were sitting pretty on 117 for 1, and perfectly placed to increase the tempo. Strauss nudged Shakib for a single to reach his hundred from 106 deliveries, before cutting loose with a bold array of improvisatory strokes, including a variation on Eoin Morgan's ambidextrous "paddywhack", and a bona fide right-hander's nurdle to third man (or rather, fine leg). He needed just 29 more deliveries to rush to his second score of 150 in ODIs - the other also came against Bangladesh, at Trent Bridge in 2005.

Trott maintained a more measured approach, as is his wont, picking off his runs with clips, drives and pulls as he capitalised on the absence of Kevin Pietersen and Ian Bell, and built on his double-hundred in the Lord's Test back in May with another unflappable performance. In his five home appearances since August 2009, Trott has now amassed an Ashes-winning century, a Test double-century, a maiden ODI hundred and a 94 to boot. It's food for thought for those who continue to question his bottle.

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Posted by ZsZs on (July 16, 2010, 19:47 GMT)

To all my Bangladeshi Fans. Please do not respond to obvious contentious remarks. Show some restraint, and take the higher road. Trust me, my use of the 'higher road' will be mocked. Does not matter. Show some class. The Indian BCCI has grown too fast, and all fast rises, if not tempered with humility, leads to great falls. Let us not go down that road, let us take the higher path, be calm. Sympathise with the defeats, cherish the wins, and foremost show class in all your postings. Celebrate the sport. Thank you.

Posted by jashan83 on (July 15, 2010, 18:30 GMT)

Bangladeshi lost to Ireland today.....LOL......ROFL....they are a disgrace to cricket, by again and again loosing to non test sides. And when they had won the second one day they were like they have won the world cup, and it's a turn around. Well it is just one of the few flukes in cricket. And some people pointed out that India is struggling in Sri Lanka. Well match ended in a draw. And whatever way India has gained ranking, Bangladesh why don't you do the same thing. Bangladesh cannot, and that too with just 2 stadiums in a country with population of 140 Million. Pakistan has at least 5 times more stadiums with same population.

Posted by SABD on (July 14, 2010, 17:10 GMT)

@Mushtanda: Abt Bangladesh: Ok, I agree that in terms of the no. of matches played some of the BD players are 'experienced'. But for a team to perform consistently well, it needs 2-3 world class players in their 30s who hv played for the team for atleast a decade(e.g., Tendulkar, Ponting, Kallis, Vettori, Strauss, Afridi, Mahela,etc.) to guide them in pressure situations. There hv been numerous occasions where BD have lost a game from a commanding position, simply due to lack of experience(in keeping up the pressure on the opponents). Unfortunately, Bangladesh has no such players. Bangladesh have only recently found international standard in a few players like Mortaza, Shakib and Tamim who are more consistent then the rest in the team. When these 3 grow up to their 30s, they'll be able to provide that sort of a guidance to the team. Look at Morgan, he wasn't as prolific a batsman as he is now when playing for Ireland. Now as he is getting support from quality players, he has improved.

Posted by Mushtanda on (July 14, 2010, 14:51 GMT)

Shadab again- if Indians are wnning only on home-grown flat-track wickets, how come their opponets are not doing good on those wickets?-- a flat-track after all is a flat-track for both teams, it doesn't become one when only India bats and then conjures up demons when the other team does. If India is not good at playing under overseas conditions, so are the foreign teams that lose while playing India in India.

Posted by Mushtanda on (July 14, 2010, 14:45 GMT)

Shadab Frahanul Aslam- You call Indians as emotion-choked, but give away your own "emotion-choked" behavior by calling your players "boys in 20". Experience is not about how old you're, it's about how many games you've played. Most of BD's "boys" have at least 40-50 ODIs under their belt, and so they're not boys anymore.

Posted by Mushtanda on (July 14, 2010, 12:58 GMT)

The only one that deserves to be banned is Bengali Tiger himself, for making ad hominem attack on Indians. Unfortunately, Cricinfo publishes these comments but censors those that speak the truth about the Bangladeshi team. The other day somebody addressed Indians on this message board with the adjective "bloody"- how can such messages pass Cricinfo's moderation while innocuous messages get censored?

Posted by RADB on (July 14, 2010, 12:18 GMT)

It's very hard to begrudge Bangladesh their first win over England, but in a way, it highlights just how far they still have to go before they become a force in international cricket. The win was a match that England should have won at a canter. It was against an understrength, reckless, complacent England, playing well below their abilities, Bangladesh were mostly playing at their very best, and even then, they only just won.

Posted by   on (July 14, 2010, 12:01 GMT)

Indians, stop bashing Bangladesh and worry abt ur own bowling line-up. SL Pres. XI takes 200+ lead against the no. 1 in tests! This proves how u hv cheated the world by increasing ur rating by playing too many home test series' on flat batting tracks. Your team has elevated to the top without beating Aus or SA in a test series outside India! You are the biggest disgrace ever to cricket, let alone Bangladesh! India's fielding is the worst among all test playing nations, including Bangladesh!

And is 347/7 an ODI score never made by a team before? Is Bangladesh the only team getting all out for 200 chasing such a score? How the hell do you expect these boys mostly in their early 20s to pull out two consecutive victories against an Eng side in Eng which has just beaten Aus 3-2? How can u say that Afghanistan is a better side? Do they hv players good enough to beat Eng? First carry out some sole-searching before posting such emotion-choked rubbish.

Posted by murray2010 on (July 14, 2010, 7:59 GMT)

Wow...beating Bangaldesh 2-1 ! not exactly an improvement this summer !? I think thats its a long way down from our wonderful 20T20 World Cup performances and I would like to blame ( and hopefully pass this comment to Andy Flowers) team selection. Amongst other factors, our T20 WC win was based on the partnerships of Morgan and Luke Wright, who so obviously lifted each others performance. Since then, they had a 95 run partnership (at over 6 runs an over) in the 1st ODI against Australia - culminating in Morgan's century. In the 2nd ODI, their partnership was only 19 runs (at over 6 runs per over) and they were both out, quickly following each other - as Michael Yardy came in. In both those ODIs Wright bowled well. Then in 3rd ODI, Wright was only given one poor over, on a spinners pitch and then supplanted in the (established, winning) batting order. Fancy, splitting up the Morgan/Wright partnership for Morgan & Yardy - two left handers, with Yardy a slow-scoring (dour) older man wh

Posted by Domzo on (July 14, 2010, 6:28 GMT)

"England played a 'do or die', other partnerships of their batting indicate that they are not unbeatable"

Or alternatively, given that Strauss and Trott weren't separated until the innings was 80% over pretty much, the other players were just hitting out to up the scoring rate further. Bopara pulled it off, but it could just as easily have been any of the others.

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Andrew Miller Andrew Miller was saved from a life of drudgery in the City when his car caught fire on the way to an interview. He took this as a sign and fled to Pakistan where he witnessed England's historic victory in the twilight at Karachi (or thought he did, at any rate - it was too dark to tell). He then joined Wisden Online in 2001, and soon graduated from put-upon photocopier to a writer with a penchant for comment and cricket on the subcontinent. In addition to Pakistan, he has covered England tours in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, as well as the World Cup in the Caribbean in 2007
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