Cricket-England rout Bangladesh to close in on semis berth

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Cricket-England rout Bangladesh, inch closer to semis in T20 World Cup
Cricket-England rout Bangladesh, inch closer to semis in T20 World Cup   -   Copyright  Thomson Reuters 2021   -  

<div> <p>By Amlan Chakraborty</p> <p><span class="caps">DUBAI</span> -England continued their march towards the semi-finals of the Twenty20 World Cup with their second successive victory, an eight-wicket romp against Bangladesh in a Group I match in Abu Dhabi, on Wednesday.</p> <p>Spinner Moeen Ali (2-18) struck in the powerplay and Tymal Mills (3-27) dominated the death-overs to restrict Bangladesh to a below-par 124-9.</p> <p>Opener Jason Roy smashed 61 off 38 balls as England, bidding to become the first team to hold the 50-overs and 20-overs World Cups at the same time, triumphed with 5.5 overs to spare.</p> <p>“The bowlers have started the tournament exceptionally well,” captain Eoin Morgan said as England maintained their top spot in the six-team group.</p> <p>“Again today, very disciplined and backed up with really good catching and ground fielding.</p> <p>“It’s nice for Roy and Dawid (Malan) to get some time at the wicket. The way Jason plays is so imposing,” Morgan added. </p> <p>“When you play like that on a really slow wicket, it’s difficult to set fields.”</p> <p>Earlier, Bangladesh won the toss and elected to bat on what their skipper Mahmudullah described as a “belter” at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium.</p> <p>Mahmudullah was soon left to rue that decision as England reduced Bangladesh to 27-3 after the six powerplay overs.</p> <p>Moeen has enjoyed operating with the new ball in recent times and the off-spinner once again was in the thick of things removing both the openers in the third over.</p> <p>Liton Das offered a top-edge at backward square leg and Mohammad Naim sent the next ball straight to the mid-on fielder and Bangladesh’s powerplay woes were not over yet.</p> <p>Adil Rashid took a tumbling catch running backwards at short fine leg to dismiss Bangladesh’s talismanic all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan for four. </p> <p>Mushfiqur Rahim made a run-a-ball 29 before trying to reverse-sweep Liam Livingstone and getting trapped lbw in the process.</p> <p>Bangladesh had to wait until the penultimate over for their first six in their innings when Nasum Ahmed smashed a couple of them against Rashid though they still fell short of the 125-mark.</p> <p>England began their chase briskly to snuff out any prospects of an upset in the first ever 20-overs contest between the sides.</p> <p>Jos Buttler fell for 18 but Roy killed off the contest with his whirlwind knock that included three sixes.</p> <p>England fielded the same XI which had outplayed defending champions West Indies on Saturday.</p> <p>“We were disappointed with the batting,” Mahmudullah said after Bangladesh slumped to their second successive defeat in the Super 12 stage.</p> <p>“It was a good wicket but we didn’t start well and didn’t have any partnerships in the middle either.”</p> <p>England face Ashes rivals Australia in their next match on Saturday, while Bangladesh meet West Indies on Friday.</p> </div>