2nd ODI

England v Bangladesh, 2010

Julian Guyer

At Bristol, July 10, 2010. Bangladesh won by five runs. Toss: England.

As Strauss pointed out later, it was inevitable that Bangladesh would one day defeat England. But, after Nottingham, few would have foreseen a victory that ended a run of 24 losses in all formats since they beat Zimbabwe in November. And when Tamim Iqbal went early, caught behind off Shahzad, who had replaced fellow-Yorkshireman Bresnan, they appeared on course for their 21st defeat in all matches against England. But Imrul Kayes, missed twice in the field by Shahzad, grafted 76 in 111 balls. That gave what was for once a well-disciplined attack - ably marshalled by Mashrafe bin Mortaza - just enough runs to play with. Bell was unable to bat at No. 3 after breaking his left foot in a forlorn attempt at a leaping catch. But England had picked an extra batsman in Trott, and a target of 237 should not have been difficult. This time, though, they not only lost early wickets but continued to lose them as the ball did not quite come on to the bat. Strauss, having spoken of the dangers of getting too "funky", was caught behind trying to upper-cut Rubel Hossain, who also accounted for Kieswetter. Only Trott held firm, but he seemed unable to change gear against accurate bowling. Most of the impetus in the final powerplay came from Broad, until he was caught by a leaping Shakib Al Hasan off Mortaza, who then caught and bowled Anderson. Some Bangladesh players began celebrating but had to be calmed down; Bell, wearing a surgical boot and with Morgan as his runner, limped out with England needing ten off the last over and Trott on strike. Two twos followed before Trott, whose 94 took 130 balls, was caught behind off Shafiul Islam, sparking scenes of unspoilt joy in a Bangladesh side well worth this win.

Man of the Match: Mashrafe bin Mortaza.

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