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England will be looking to show that their opening-day defeat against New Zealand has not affected their morale when they take on Bangladesh today in the Cricket World Cup in Dharamshala.
The defending champions were utterly humbled by the Kiwis in a nine-wicket defeat that left viewers stunned, and even more problematically, dealt a significant blow to the side’s net run rate.
The Himalayan foothills provide a stunning backdrop to the occasion, but all the pre-match discussions have centred around the nature of the pitch. Speaking to reporters on the eve of the clash, Jos Buttler described the pitch as “poor”, claiming it was different to the one used when he played at the same ground during the IPL.
The pitch was also a cause for concern when Afghanistan played against Bangladesh there, as Mujeeb Ur Rahman jarred his knee in the sandy turf diving for a ball, and head coach and former England batter Jonathan Trott said players were “unsure” over their footing.
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Bangladesh 74-4 (14) Das 56, Mushifiqur 6, Wood 0-6 (2) need 291 runs to win
Wood back into the attack and Bangladesh are just struggling to score a little bit.
Three runs again from the over.
Sonia Twigg10 October 2023 11:36
Bangladesh 71-4 (13) Das 54, Mushifiqur 5, Curran 0-11 (2) need 294 runs to win
Das and Mushifiqur have just knocked the ball around for singles off Curran, in order to take the game deep these two will have to stay at the crease.
Three runs from the over, with Curran using the slower ball a few times.
Sonia Twigg10 October 2023 11:32
Bangladesh 67-4 (12) Das 51, Mushifiqur 4, Wood 0-3 (1) need 297 runs to win
Mark Wood will be brought on to bowl his express pace, he has not bowled much since the Ashes, but he starts with a dot ball at 90mph…
Das’ half-century came from 40 deliveries and he had an explosive start with 12 in the first over.
Three runs from Wood’s first over.
Sonia Twigg10 October 2023 11:28
Litton Das 50! Bangladesh 65-4 (11) Das 50, Mushifiqur 3, Curran 0-9 (1)
After Woakes’ breakthrough, Buttler has decided he will have a breather and hands the ball to Sam Curran.
It might be a great idea, as Bangladesh have struggled against the left-handed Topley so far already.
Das brings up his 50 with the final ball of the over and he has looked untroubled while all the wickets have tumbled, a great innings from the opening batter.
Sonia Twigg10 October 2023 11:22
Bangladesh 55-4 (10) Das 44, Mushifiqur 1, Topley 3-12 (5) need 308 to win
Mushifiqur off the mark with a boundary but Topley has continued to bowl expertly here.
Das missed a big heave into the leg side but follows it up with a six for the last ball of the powerplay, fine leg was up and it was dispatched over his head and over the rope.
Sonia Twigg10 October 2023 11:18
Bangladesh 49-4 (9) Das 37 Mushifiqur 0, Woakes 1-37 (5) need 316 runs to win
No runs off that over following the wicket, much tighter from Woakes.
Sonia Twigg10 October 2023 11:15
Wicket! Miraz out for 8! ct Buttler b Woakes – Bangladesh 49-4
Woakes will have another despite being expensive, and the first ball is cut off on the boundary but pierced the gaps in the ring.
He has struggled to find the right line today.
Woakes strikes, Miraz has gone for eight from seven, he has repaid the faith shown in him by Jos Buttler with a wicket.
Sonia Twigg10 October 2023 11:11
Bangladesh 46-3 (8) Das 34, Miraz 8, Topley 3-10 (4) need 319 runs to win
Neither Das nor Miraz look comfortable against Topley. The left-hander’s extra height and pace seems to be causing problems, and he already has three wickets to his name this match.
Sonia Twigg10 October 2023 11:08
Bangladesh 41-3 (7) Das 31, Miraz 7, Woakes 0-34 (4) need 324 runs to win
Miraz off the mark with a boundary off Woakes, he went hard at it through the covers, it was uppish but far from the fielders.
Woakes has continued to leak boundaries here, two from that over and a three from the final ball.
Sonia Twigg10 October 2023 11:04
Bangladesh 26-3 (6) Das 22, Miraz 0, Topley 3-5 (3) need 339 runs to win
Another great over from Topley, a wicket maiden into the books, he now has three wickets for just five runs.
Sonia Twigg10 October 2023 10:59
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