After having lost a great opportunity to go 1-0 in the series, hosts Bangladesh will seek to improve their efforts as they take on England in the second one-dayer at Mirpur on Sunday. Bangladesh were in a great position to win the first game, at 271 for 4 chasing 310. But, they lost their last six wickets for only 17 runs to collapse to 288 all out. Bangladesh, earlier, lost a good chance with the ball as well, as they allowed England to recover from 63 for 3 to 309 for 8. Their fielding too was disappointing as they dropped a few chances.
England went into the match on an uncertain note, as there were a few newcomers in the side with some of the regulars having pulled out. Luckily for England, two of the debutants stood up to make a big impact. First, Ben Duckett, who has stepped into the big shoes of Joe Root for the series, played a pivotal role in allowing the Englishmen to recover from a precarious 63 for 3. Jake Ball then, playing his much-awaited first game, claimed 5 for 51 in a sensational display to engineer a collapse that turned the game around completely.
In further good news, England’s experienced men on the tour also put their hands up. Ben Stokes, who has been chosen as vice-captain for this tour, put his hands up, and came up with a high-quality hundred. Skipper Jos Buttler also came up with a whirlwind fifty towards the end, the kind of knock he has become famous for. Injuries to opener Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow will worry them though. While Roy suffered a shoulder injury while fielding, Bairstow has a hip strain, which may keep him out of action.
Bangladesh will obviously be worried with the manner in which they collapsed in the first match. They have the experience to better without doubt. Imrul Kayes was very good, and his 112 was the performance that kept them in the hunt for most part. Kayes’ success will mean that Soumya Sarkar will find it difficult to find his way at the top of the order. Shakib Al Hasan was also brilliant in his 79 from 55 balls. And, while Kayes and Shakib were at the crease, victory seemed a mere formality for Bangladesh. But, once they were dismissed, the hosts could nor finish off the game.
If Bangladesh want to overcome the batting collapse, they need a few more of their players to stand up, Tamim Iqbal had a rare failure, so he will definitely be keen to do more. The trio of Sabbir Rahman, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah have played stellar roles when Bangladesh have done well. So, they will also be keen to make amends for their poor effort in the first match. There might be a couple of changes, with Nasir Hossain and Al-Amin Hossain likely to be drafted in. Overall though, they need to come up with a well-oiled all-round effort in the second match.
--By A Cricket Analyst