The NatWest Series 2005

England v Bangladesh, The Oval

ESPNcricinfo staff

At The Oval, June 16. England won by ten wickets. England 6 pts. Toss: England. One-day international debut: J. Lewis.

Pre-tournament fears over Bangladesh's competitiveness seemed justified: England's ten-wicket victory was only their second in 414 one-day matches. Trescothick played the match-winning innings the previous time (against West Indies at Chester-le-Street in 2000), in his fourth one-day international. This was his 100th, and he followed up two centuries in the Tests against Bangladesh with another, his ninth at this level, which beat Graham Gooch's England record of eight. At 76 balls, it was also England's second-fastest, after Pietersen's 69-baller against South Africa in February.

Strauss, unbeaten on 82 from 77, hit the winning four with more than half their overs remaining. Such was Trescothick's command that he several times cut the ball over the wicketkeeper's head, and even angled one steer down to fine leg instead of third man. It was as cruel as watching a football team pass among themselves after going 6-0 up. Earlier, Harmison took four wickets and Jon Lewis, in his first 50-over international, two in two balls. Aftab Ahmed, batting with the same verve he had shown in the Second Test, briefly delayed England with a bold fifty.

Man of the Match: M. E. Trescothick.

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