by Abhishek Kumar Das: In a complete turnaround from the 2015 World Cup where Bangladesh knocked out England out of the tournament, the truly heavy English side thrashed Bangladesh in a massive 106 run victory after setting a target of 386 four hundred runs.
Having established a reputation of scoring 300+ totals in the past year or so, it was the 7th successive occasion when England team reached the landmark, hence creating a whole new World Record.
Here’s how England had fared in the previous six matches:
373/3 (50) vs Pakistan
359/4 (44.5) vs Pakistan
341/7 (49.3) vs Pakistan
351/9 (50) vs Pakistan
311/8 (50) vs South Africa
334/9 (50) vs Pakistan
Whether it be the openers or the finishers, every player in the English team seemed nothing less than an in-form batsman as they set a massive total of 386 for Bangladesh to chase. A man of the match performance by English opener Jason Roy who scored 153 off 121 balls became one the major reason for the dominating batting performance complimented by a half-century by wicket keeping batsman Jonny Bairstow.
“We’ve been doing pretty well together over the past couple of years. We have nothing much to worry about. We just go out and get the job done” said Jason Roy in the post-match presentation.
While on the other side things didn’t go well as the Bangladeshi side succumbed to the bowling attack of Jofra Archer and Ben Stokes who both took 3 wickets each, with only Shakib Al Hasan (121 off 119 balls) and Mushfiqur Rahim (44 off 50 balls) being able to get some momentum for the team that went all out for 280 runs with rest of the 9 players unable to score even 30 runs against the English bowling attack.
“386 is too many, credit goes to their batsmen. It’s very difficult to get him (Jason Roy) once he gets set. We knew we had to get Roy out, only then we could have come back in the match” said Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza, praising Roy’s performance.
“Still six matches to go and hopefully others step up in those games. Very important matches coming up” he added.
England will now face West Indies on 14th June while Bangladesh will face a struggling Sri Lankan side on 11th June.