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ALLROUNDERS Moeen Ali and Liam Livingstone perfectly executed the roles of offspinners today to lead England over Bangladesh by eight wickets for their second straight win at the T20 World Cup.
Ali (2-18) picked up the wickets of the openers with the new ball and Livingstone (2-15) got the two set batsmen out in the middle overs to restrict Bangladesh to 124-9 in the first ever T20 between the two countries.
Jason Roy (61) celebrated his 50th T20 appearance for England with an impressive half century as the top-ranked team eased to 126-2 in 14.1 overs.
Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah’s decision to bat first after winning the toss didn’t work out. Leftarm fast bowler Shoriful Islam, who replaced the injured Mohammad Saifuddin, and leftarm spinner Nasum Ahmed both went only 1-26.
“The bowlers have started the tournament exceptionally well,” England captain Eoin Morgan said. “They’ve adapted really well again today, very disciplined and backed up with good catching and ground fielding.”
England, who routed defending champion West Indies in the first game, leads Group 1 with four points. Bangladesh, who lost to Scotland in the qualifiers, were beaten by Sri Lanka in their group opener.
“It was a good wicket but we didn’t start well and didn’t have any partnerships in the middle either,” Mahmudullah said. “We’ve been lacking a good start [and] on these wickets it gets difficult later on. We need to reassess and come up with a good plan.”
Liton Das hit two boundaries in the opening over before Ali got wickets off his successive deliveries in the next over. Das top-edged a sweep against the offspinner and Mohammad Naim gave a tame catch at mid-off off the next ball.
Chris Woakes (1-12) dealt a major blow when in-form Shakib al-Hasan (4) was brilliantly caught by Adil Rashid at short fine leg as he ran backward and grabbed the ball over his shoulders while diving forward.
Mushfiqur Rahim (29) and Mahmudullah (19) also couldn’t pace the innings against some tidy bowling before falling to Livingstone while going for extravagant shots.
Mushfiqur attempted a reverse sweep against the offspinner to get out lbw and Mahmudullah skewed a catch at backward point.
Tymal Mills (3-27) got three late wickets in his last two overs as Bangladesh fell way short to challenge the strong England batting lineup.
Roy used his feet well against the spinners and was hardly troubled by the experience of medium fast bowler Mustafizur Rehman. He smashed three sixes and five fours before slicing a catch to third man with only 13 runs required for victory.
“The way Jason plays is so imposing, makes it difficult to set fields,” Morgan said. “Great to see him in good touch.”
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