3rd ODI

England v Bangladesh, 2010

Julian Guyer

At Birmingham, July 12, 2010. England won by 144 runs. Toss: Bangladesh.

Any hope that Bangladesh might build on their success in Bristol was demolished as England swept to a huge victory. Strauss's utterly dominating 154, with five sixes and 16 fours in 140 balls, called into question his decision to retire from Twenty20 internationals, containing an array of shots that contradicted his self-deprecating remarks about his batting. Before this game, England had produced fewer one-day innings of 150-plus than any other Test-playing country except Pakistan and Bangladesh, but Strauss supplied his second - both against Bangladesh - to take their total to four. His stand of 250 with Trott, who on his home ground reached the hundred that had eluded him two days earlier, was England's all-wicket record; it came after the admirable Mashrafe bin Mortaza had bowled Kieswetter for a duck. Just when it seemed England might fall short of a total befitting the pair's efforts, Bopara, in for the stricken Bell, hit an unbeaten 45 off 16 balls with almost disdainful ease. Shafiul Islam conceded 97 runs, a record for nine overs at this level. Bangladesh were obliged to come out swinging. But when Tamim Iqbal was deceived by an excellent slower ball from Shahzad - held seam-up but in the tips of his fingers - the game was up. It was as if Saturday's events had been an illusion.

Man of the Match: A. J. Strauss.
Man of the Series: A. J. Strauss.

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