Jos Buttler couldn't have asked for a better, or worse, experience as he led England in one-day internationals for the first time. His team lost early wickets but made a formidable score with his own contribution telling. Then, as Bangladesh were taking the game away from England with a 118-run stand for the fifth wicket, his bowlers struck when the game looked lost.
Amid the cacophony of a 25,000-plus crowd, Buttler dropped a sitter offered by the set batsman, made worse by the fact that he was trying to go up for the appeal. But Jake Ball put in a long shift taking a five-wicket haul on debut, and Adil Rashid serve up an accurate late spell. A noisy stadium was transformed into a quiet corner of a library.
It was the stand between Ben Stokes, who made his first ODI century, and Ben Duckett that first roused England.
"It was bit of a rollercoaster," Buttler said. "I thought our first half was fantastic. Ben Duckett was calm and composed, which is a great sign. Ben Stokes again showed that maturity and everything we want to be as a side, to play in that fashion at 60 for 3 and take those aggressive tactics we talk about. We probably got the toss wrong. But we showed that belief.
Then came Ball's intervention. "It was brilliant from Ball, he got us back in the game with those two balls. It was a brilliant five-wicket haul. The conditions had changed and the ball was coming on to the bat very well. I thought we bowled fantastically well. To be 1-0 is fantastic for us."
Buttler said it was Stokes' rallying cry that stirred them on in the field when the match was slipping away, especially after he dropped Imrul Kayes in the 40th over.
"As much as you can, you try and stay calm. We knew we needed wickets to win the game and break the partnership. When I dropped probably the easiest catch you'd see in international cricket I was thinking it was one of those days. But Ben Stokes really brought us back and said 'let's not give it to them easy'. I think that belief and hunger to win really came through."
Ball, who was benched for the practice game in Fatullah, said that he knew that to stay in this line-up, he had to do something special. He said that the five-wicket haul, the first by any England bowler on ODI debut, was a dream come true.
"It is about staying patient. The team we have is incredible. These players on the sidelines would probably walk in on any other team. Credit to the guys and the strength we have got. It makes you keep performing. There are always people snapping behind you to come into the team.
"It was obviously a debut you can't forget, really. I just wanted to come into the game and show what I can. Hopefully I have shown that I can do it at this level."