Bangladesh claim historic win over England to level series
by CricketArchive Staff Reporter
DateLine: 10th July 2010
Bangladesh registered their first win over England in any form of the game as they defeated the hosts by a slender margin of five runs. It was a thriller that unfolded on the ground of Bristol as till the last ball was bowled there was no clear winner.
More importantly it was Bangladesh's win in 25 ODIs in 2010 and after 247 days.
England won the toss and elected to field first. The bowling was led by the pacy Shahzad as he rocked the Bangladeshi innings as he removed three vital wickets. Though none of the other bowlers made any major breakthrough they were economical enough to restrict Bangladesh to a modest total of 236. Imrul Kayes made a patient 76 which consumed 111 balls with four hits to the fence. Jahurul Islam made 40 while Mashrafe Mortaza used the long handle to good effect to get the score to 236 for the loss of 7 wickets in 50 overs.
England in reply got off to a flier as Strauss and Kieswetter put the Bangladeshi bowlers to the sword. The pair found the boundaries at regular intervals as they added 49 for the first wicket before Rubel Hossain intervened. The right-arm pacer removed both the openers in his opening two overs. But Trott batting up the order, as Bell had fractured his ankle during fielding, shored up the innings. Collingwood was lucky to survive a caught behind appeal but could not make much progress with his let-off. The Bangladeshi bowlers kept chipping away as the wickets fell at regular intervals.
Trott was the only batsman at the top-order who tried to set the innings right but the manner in which he paced the innings leaves much to be desired. The right-hander never got into a fourth or the fifth gear as he was happy to just cruise along. The middle order and the lower order barring Stuart Broad could not withstand the pressure as they fell apart. Bell braving the injury came out to bat to help Trott get England across the line. But a well-thought out slower delivery from Shafiul Islam ended Trott's effort and with it gifted Bangladesh a historic win.