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1818 BST: ENGLAND BEAT BANGLADESH BY 106 RUNS
A trademark dominant batting performance set things up for England, with Jofra Archer’s new-ball spell pretty much ensuring their would be no miracle run-chase in Cardiff. Shakib’s hundred was brilliantly defiant, but it was Roy’s 153 earlier in the day that defined proceedings. England back in business, up to second in the table above Australia on NRR.
WICKET! Mustafizur Rahman c Bairstow b Archer 0 (3 balls, SR: 0.00)
Two cheap ‘uns for Archer to finish. He deserves them. Short ball too quick for The Fizz here, he gets his head out of the way but forgets about his bat. The ball balloons up to Bairstow for a simple catch.
WICKET! Mehidy Hasan c Bairstow b Archer 12 (8 balls, 2×4, SR: 150.00)
Huh. Archer has bowled some fearsomely good deliveries today. And now he’s taken a wicket with the worst. Rank long-hop outside off that Mehidy could hit whereve he wanted. Inexplicably that place was ‘Bairstow’s gloves off a chunky top edge’.
1813 BST: Bangladehs 279/8 (48 overs)
No wicket for Stokes in this over. No Zing drama either. Barely worth bothering with tbh.
1810 BST: Bangladesh 276/8 (47 overs)
Mehidy whacks a couple of boundaries off Wood, because why not?
WICKET! Mohammad Saifuddin b Stokes 5 (8 balls, SR: 62.50)
Haha, this is the Zing bails’ world and we’re all just living in it. A short ball from Stokes bounces off Saifuddin and absolutely cannons into the off stump with out dislodging those stubborn Zing bails. Stokes laughs, returns to the top of his mark and fires the very next ball into middle and off stumps. This time the bails are powerless to resist. Three wickets for Stokes late in the piece. Could end up with five here.
Stokes gets the wicket…eventually! 😂
His first delivery hits the stumps yet the bails don't move, but at the second time of asking, he blows them away! 💥
— Sky Sports Cricket (@SkyCricket) June 8, 2019
1759 BST: Bangladesh 261/7 (45 overs)
This now looks like being about a 100-run win for England, so another big NRR win.
WICKET! Mahmudullah c Bairstow b Wood 28 (41 balls, 1×4, 1×6, SR: 68.29)
Mahdmudullah’s net session comes to an end, skying a short ball from Wood high into the Cardiff sky. Bairstow circles under it before steadying himself and taking a simple catch.
1753 BST: Bangladesh 255/6 (43.2 overs)
Saifuddin joins Mahmudullah. Stokes helping himself to 2/15.
WICKET! Mosaddek Hossain c Archer b Stokes 27 (17 balls, 4×4, SR: 162.50)
Stokes has his second wicket as a short ball is top-edged to long-leg where Archer takes a well-judged catch moving to his left.
1748 BST: Bangladesh 254/5 (43 overs)
Things not getting any better for Woakes, Mosaddek taking him for two more boundaries in this over. Woakes harrumphes his way back to the top of his run looking like he just wants the match to end now please now.
1739 BST: Bangladesh 235/5 (41 overs)
Mosaddek picking up where Shakib left off as far as Woakes is concerned, smearing him for two more boundaries. Woakes’ figures looking pretty ugly here now – 0/55 from seven.
1734 BST: Bangladesh 224/5 (40 overs)
Just as he did against South Africa, Stokes nipping in with some cheeky figures late in the piece. Took 2/12 that day and now 1/7 from two overs here.
WICKET! Shakib-al-Hasan b Stokes 121 (119 balls, 12×4, 1×6, SR: 101.68)
Ha. One more ball for Shakib. Stokes decides to take those idiot fielders – none of whom are as good as he is – out of the equation altogether with a toe-crusher that rebounds off Shakib’s toe into the off stump. Brilliant innings from Shakib comes to an end. Never had any chance of winning the game for his side, but kept the crowd royally entertained throughout.
1730 BST: Bangladesh 218/4 (39.1 overs)
Poor drop from Root over his shoulder at point gives Shakib a life. Don’t think Shakib’s going to out there much longer anyway.
1728 BST: Bangladesh 217/4 (39 overs)
Shakib’s having his fun anyway. Looks exhausted now, so is just clearing his front leg and smearing the ball to leg. It’s working as well, with three boundaries in Woakes’ comeback over.
1724 BST: Bangladesh 203/4 (38 overs)
Quiet day for Ben Stokes thus far, so he rocks up in the 38th over and, with the required rate at 15 an over, bowls a maiden to a bloke 107 not out.
1720 BST: Bangladesh 203/4 (37 overs)
Archer is an inch away from bowling Shakib with an outrageous knuckle-ball yorker before a searingly fast short one sails high over both batsman and keeper for five wides.
1716 BST: Bangladesh 195/4 (36 overs)
Rashid tries to buy a wicket with his final ball, looping one up invitingly for Mahmudullah. He smacks it down the ground for six.
1711 BST: Bangladesh 186/4 (35 overs)
England are going to win this game imo.
1705 BST: Bangladesh 180/4 (33 overs)
Bangladesh’s target heads above two per ball despite Shakib’s brilliance. What he is doing, though, is making sure this defeat isn’t going to absolutely destroy their net run-rate. These things are going to matter; Pakistan and Sri Lanka are both having to recover from their own net run-rate disasters.
1702 BST: Shakib-al-Hasan 100* (95 balls, 9×4, 1×6, SR: 105.26)
Brilliant innings, this. What a player. Leading runscorer in the tournament now as well.
1657 BST: Bangladesh 171/4 (31 overs)
Inevitably, a couple of quiet overs after the double setback. Required rate jumps to 11.31 per over. It’s a NRR damage limitation exercise for Bangladesh now. Should still be able to get to around 320 here and limit those run-rate losses.
1652 BST: Bangladesh 170/4 (29.3 overs)
And up goes the required rate beyond 10.5 per over.
WICKET! Mohammad Mithun c Bairstow b Rashid 0 (2 balls, SR: 0.00)
And there you go. Flight and spin from Rashid, a swipe from Mithun that results in nothing more than a fine edge through to Bairstow.
WICKET! Mushfiqur Rahim c Roy b Plunkett 44 (50 balls, 2×4, SR: 88.00)
Plunkett does what Plunkett does. Breaks the partnership in the middle overs. Extra bounce the key here, surprising Mushfiqur and drawing a leading edge that carries to Roy at point. Be an exaggeration to say England needed that breakthrough, but they’ll be glad of it. Bangladesh’s best two players were looking solid. Good for Rashid to have a new batsman to bowl at as well.
1647 BST: Bangladesh 169/2 (28.5 overs)
Shakib into the 90s with a pull well in front of square off Plunkett. Partnership into three-figures and, while not remotely threatening to win the game is steering Bangladesh towards a big score of their own.
1645 BST: Bangladesh 162/2 (28 overs)
Nine from Rashid’s latest over. No boundaries but still too easy.
1640 BST: Bangladesh 153/2 (27 overs)
Good over from Plunkett. Just four singles from it, and that required rate is now north of 10. It will climb fast as well unless these two – and Shakib in particular – do something special.
1636 BST: Bangladesh 149/2 (26 overs)
Yep, Rashid struggling here. Boundaries in the over for both batsmen, Shakib smearing through midwicket and Mushfiqur driving over the top.
1632 BST: Bangladesh 139/2 (25 overs)
Even with some freebies from the umpires, the required rate is about to hit 10.
1629 BST: Bangladesh 135/2 (24 overs)
This is the sort of thing you just don’t need when short of confidence, as Rashid is. What should be the last ball of a good over – dropped catch, just four runs off it – is called wide despite flicking Shakib’s thigh-pad on its way through to Bairstow. The bonus ball is slapped down the ground for four. Great shot, though. Drilled it so straight to give the boundary men no chance.
1627 BST: Bangladesh 127/2 (23.2 overs)
The last time Roy dropped a catch off Rashid, it cost England the game. This time he does well to lay a hand on the ball at cover as Mushfiqur drives hard. Far harder chance, and it probably won’t cost England the game. Plus he scored 153 earlier. All in all, probably won’t hear quite so much about this drop.
1622 BST: Bangladesh 119/2 (22 overs)
Shakib picking Rashid off with ease. It’s not going to matter today, but Rashid lacking his usual va-va-voom is a bit of a worry moving forward in the tournament. Been such an important player over the last few years.
1617 BST: Bangladesh 109/2 (20.3 overs)
Filthy drag-down from Rashid gets the treatment from Shakib, who then gets a bit lucky with a swipe at Wood that flies high in the air but finds safe ground between backward point and third-man.
1611 BST: Shakib-al-Hasan 50* (53 balls, 3×4, 1×6, SR: 94.33)
Fifty for Shakib. Which is pretty much mandatory these days.
1609 BST: Bangladesh 95/2 (18.2 overs)
First over of spin from Rashid, who has been struggling a bit with his shoulder and been some way short of his best recently. Knocked about for ones and twos here. The target is below 300 for Bangladesh. So that’s something.
1602 BST: Bangladesh 87/2 (17 overs)
Shakib – now that he doesn’t have Archer to contend with – and Mushfiqur looking pretty solid as the game meanders to drinks. Required rate now 9.09. Which won’t happen.
1556 BST: Bangladesh 79/2 (15.3 overs)
Inevitable lull in proceedings here after England’s assault with the bat and then Archer’s thrilling new-ball spell.
Jofra Archer's opening spell today was scintillating – his average speed of 145.93 kph makes it the fastest opening spell by an England bowler in the @CricViz database. He has also now bowled the fastest ball of the tournament: 153.04 kph. #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/01U9l4TdTX
— Freddie Wilde (@fwildecricket) June 8, 2019
1555 BST: Bangladesh 77/2 (15 overs)
Shakib and Mushfiqur rebuilding for Bangladesh. But as they do so, the required rate starts to steeple. It’ll be nine shortly.
1548 BST: Bangladesh 69/2 (13.2 overs)
The TV commentators, whose job it is to watch and report on the game, have just noticed that Archer’s wicket of Soumya Sarkar went for six off the bails. Only 35 minutes after the internet had seen it, memed it, and got bored of it.
1544 BST: Bangladesh 64/2 (12.1 overs)
Shakib going well on a run-a-ball 36. The required rate holding reasonably steady around 8.5 for now.
WICKET! Tamim Iqbal c Morgan b Wood 18 (29 balls, 1×4, SR: 62.06)
Tamim tries to give Mark Wood the charge. It does not go well. Simple catch spooned to cover, where Morgan completes the formalities.
1532 BST: Bangladesh 48/1 (10 overs)
Fearsome stuff this from Archer. Tamim fails to duck underneath one and the ball bounces off his shoulder for four leg-byes. Shakib then twice gets in a tangle, splicing the ball short of gully and then mis-pulling just short of square-leg. Balls to this, thinks Shakib who uses the pace on offer to flick the last ball of the over out of the ground at fine-leg. Turns out bats are even better than Zing bails.
1525 BST: Bangladesh 33/1 (8 overs)
Bangladesh need some boundaries that don’t come via the bails. Required rate already up near 8.50 and climbing.
1515 BST: Bangladesh 21/1 (6 overs)
The Zing bails did hit Archer for six. That’s what happens with your big heavy modern bails, sadly. Even mishits go for six.
— Josh Burden (@Burgawolf) June 8, 2019
1511 BST: Bangladesh 18/1 (5 overs)
Shakib edges a booming drive and gets four wide of slip, before collecting a couple more with a baseball clump down the ground. Clear plan: get runs at the non-Archer end.
1507 BST: Bangladesh 8/1 (4 overs)
Archer has kicked off a defence of 386/6 with 2-2-0-1. The Pakistan game slightly slowed the hype train but it’s chugging away again now.
WICKET! Soumya Sarkar b Archer 2 (8 balls, SRL 25.00)
Beauty from Archer, just moving enough off the seam to find what is in truth a gargantuan gap between bat and pad before flicking the Zing bail from the off stump. The ball flew over Bairstow’s head after clipping the bail; given the pace it was travelling and how short the straight boundaries are, I reckon it might genuinely have gone for six.
1501 BST: Bangladesh 8/0 (3 overs)
Woakes offers Tamim just a hint of width, but that’s all the invitation he needs. Flays it over point for four.
1458 BST: Bangladesh 1/0 (2 overs)
Jofra Archer, who got some right tap against Pakistan, starts with a maiden over. Sent a couple whistling past Tamim’s bat as well. Required rate already above eight.
1455 BST: Bangladesh 1/0 (1 over)
Bangladesh, like England, score just a single from the first over. Which means either that the bafflingly popular ‘at this stage’ comparisons beloved of broadcasters are meaningless bollocks or this match is neck and neck.
1450 BST: Tamim and Soumya out to open the Bangladesh run-chase.
1437 BST: Afghanistan, meanwhile, were 61/0 against New Zealand when I last had a look at the scorecard. It is now 70/4.
1429 BST: Looks like Buttler won’t take the field for the Bangladesh innings after that hip injury suffered while boshing his way to 64 off 44. Bairstow will keep wicket, obvs.
1425 BST: So that’s the highest score of the World Cup so far, England’s highest ever score at a men’s World Cup (by miles) and a record-breaking seventh straight score in excess of 300 for this silly batting side. Jason Roy the standout with a superbly-constructed 153 that only came to an end with an understandable attempt at six sixes in an over, while Jonny Bairstow and Jos Buttler did their bit before Woakes and Plunkett applied the most delightful of finishing touches in an unbroken partnership of 45 from 17 balls.
1420 BST: England 386/6 (50 overs)
What a cameo that is from Plunkett just to round things off. A pair of scampered two either side of back-to-back drives drilled to the fence lift England to 386, Plunkett ending with 27 from just nine deliveries.
1414 BST: England 373/6 (49 overs)
It’s going to be 380 after all. Eighteen from the 49th over, Plunkett complementing those two fours at the start of the over with a meaty clump over long-on for six to end it.
1412 BST: England 363/6 (48.2 overs)
Bangladesh’s good work being undone right at the end. Plunkett gets two gentle half-trackers from Mortaza and heaves both of them through the legside for fours.
1409 BST: England 355/6 (48 overs)
Bangladesh have had a good 20 minutes, but this is poor. Lazy fielding in the deep lets Woakes get back for two, and he then launches the final ball of the over for his second six. England go past 350 with 12 balls still to go.
1406 BST: England 347/6 (47.3 overs)
Woakes slaps his second ball for six over midwicket.
WICKET! Ben Stokes c Mashrafe Mortaza 6 (7 balls, SR: 85.71)
Good finish to the innings for Bangladesh, England falling away now. Stokes never got going and splices The Fizz to point, where Mashrafe fumbles an easy catch and then takes a brilliant one, diving to grab the loose ball after it inexplicably popped out of his hands.
1401 BST: England 340/5 (46.5 overs)
The 400 is long gone for England now but it’s still going to be something around 370 you’d think. Chris Woakes the new batsman.
WICKET! Eoin Morgan c Soumya Sarkar b Mehidy Hasan 35 (33 balls, 1×4, 2×6, SR: 106.06)
Morgan gets away with one miscue attempting a big hit down the ground, but not a second. Good catch from Soumya Sarkar again as the ball swirls around in the breeze.
1353 BST: England 330/4 (45.2 overs)
Ben Stokes joins Morgan. Two left-handers for Bangladesh to deal with now, which makes things a touch easier. Would also imagine we’ll be seeing Jonny Bairstow with the gloves today.
WICKET! Jos Buttler c b Saifuddin 64 (44 balls, 2×4, 4×6, SR: 145.45)
Still a big run-saving wicket with five overs to go. Buttler was struggling with his hip, but had just smeared a six over cover and this was clearing the ropes as well had Soumya Sarkar not plucked it from the air.
1350 BST: England 324/3 (45 overs)
Shakib gets away with a pretty clear wide outside off stump with his final ball. Umpires taking mercy, and he finishes his 10 overs with 0/71.
1350 BST: England 324/3 (44.5 overs)
Gun-barrel straight six from Morgan off Shakib, bouncing back off the sightscreen.
1345 BST: England 315/3 (44 overs)
Good from The Fizz. Very full or very short in this over, and you’ll settle for conceding six off an over at this stage against this pair. Even snuck a no-ball in there without too much damage, Morgan miscuing the free-hit to be ‘caught’ by Mushfiqur.
1338 BST: Jos Buttler 51* (33 balls, 2×4, 3×6, SR: 154.54)
A freak. Nine-an-over half-century. On one leg. After a slow start.
1337 BST: England 302/3 (42.1 overs)
Shakib tries to hide the ball outside off to stop Morgan slapping it over the shorter legside boundary. Morgan instead cuts it to the long boundary for four. Up comes the 300, and don’t rule out 400 if Buttler bats through. Seven 300+ totals in a row now for England.
Most consecutive 300+ totals in ODIs
— Deepu Narayanan (@deeputalks) June 8, 2019
1334 BST: England 296/3 (41.4 overs)
Buttler scurries to get back for a second before thwomping the Fizz straight back over his head… and that’s another one in the Taff.
1332 BST: Meanwhile, over at Tauntin, top-of-the-table New Zealand are bowling first against bottom-of-the-table Afghanistan. Live scorecard from that one is here.
1328 BST: England 285/3 (41 overs)
Buttler whips the ball through midwicket with frankly indecent power to beat two men on the rope and collect four. The partnership goes beyond 50 and there are nine painful overs for Bangladesh on the cards here.
1323 BST: England 273/3 (39.3 overs)
Morgan joins in the fun, slapping Mashrafe over wide long-off for six. Forcing Mashrafe and his knees to run in and bowl in this situation just seems terribly unfair.
1321 BST: England 267/3 (39 overs)
Yeah, Buttler’s done himself a mischief hitting that very silly six. Mehidy nips in with a quiet over as Buttler hobbles about a bit.
Of all the ways for England to crash out of the World Cup, Jos Buttler hitting the ball so hard and often that he eventually injures himself was, in retrospect, extremely predictable. #BANvENG
— Dan Liebke (@LiebCricket) June 8, 2019
1316 BST: England 262/3 (37.5 overs)
Oh my. Off the back foot, against a spinner, Buttler has just slapped the ball straight back over the bowler’s head, out of the ground, and into the River Taff. Might have actually hurt his hip, so hard has he swung himself through that shot. He’s got a bit of time to recover because they need a new ball.
1315 BST: England 254/3 (37.2 overs)
Jos has played himself in acceptably now. Deposits Mosaddek over long-on for six and then creams one through cover for four.
1310 BST: England 241/3 (36 overs)
That was quite clever bowling from Mehidy in fairness. Just pushed it a bit wider and drew the false shot. Quiet over to follow, just five singles from it. Won’t be long before England are back giving it the long handle, you’d imagine.
WICKET! Jason Roy 153 c Mashrafe Mortaza b Mehidy Hasan 153 (121 balls, 14×4, 5×6, SR: 126.44)
No. Roy was always going for the six sixes here, but slices the fourth attempt to cover where Mashrafe takes the simplest of catches. But England’s charge is very much on.
1302 BST: Jason Roy 153* (120 balls, 14×4, 5×6, SR: 127.50)
Roy races past 150 with three successive sixes to start Mehidy’s sixth over. He couldn’t, could he?
1253 BST: England 212/2 (33 overs)
That’s drinks. Should be some fun and games to come as we find out whether England can blast their way to something around 400 or stumble to something shameful like 340.
— Vithushan Ehantharajah (@Vitu_E) June 8, 2019
1248 BST: England 206/2 (31.4 overs)
Huge moment. Buttler hit on the pad first ball, and Bangladesh understandably review. It’s missing leg by miles, but you can see why they’ve tried it. Having taken a wicket that could cost them 30 runs, it would have been good to instantly take one that saves them 60.
1245 BST: England 205/2 (31.3 overs)
It is, of course, Jos at four.
WICKET! Joe Root b Mohammad Saifuddin 21 (29 balls, 1×4, SR: 72.41)
Bangladesh take a wicket that genuinely might cost them 30 or 40 runs. Root chops on, as if he was aware of this fact himself.
1243 BST: England 202/1 (31 overs)
England will be thinking 10 an over and something around 400 from here. Doesn’t mean they get there, but that will be the thinking.
1241 BST: England 199/1 (30.3 overs)
And here we go. After those back-to-back fours through cover, Shakib goes straighter. So too does Roy, though, plonking the ball over long-on for a second six.
1240 BST: England 193/1 (30.2 overs)
Middled that. And that. Roy greets the return of Shakib with a pair of sweet drives through the covers.
1235 BST: England 182/1 (29.2 overs)
Roy desperate to really kick on now, but hasn’t timed a thing since reaching three figures. Surely Buttler next when/if the wicket does fall.
1226 BST: England 172/1 (27.1 overs)
Saifuddin having a horror day thus far. Thirty-three runs off his first three overs, and the first ball of his fourth is pulled behind square to the boundary by Root.
1223 BST: Jason Roy 100* (92 balls, 12×4, 1×6, SR: 108.69)
One of the worst games of his career against Pakistan, but a beautiful hundred here. Albeit arrived at in farcical circumstances. A pull to deep square-leg should be just a single, but a misfield on the boundary allows the ball to run away to the fence. Roy is watching the misfield as he runs the single. So too, though, is umpire Joel Wilson. Roy runs straight into him, sending him crashing to the floor. Roy’s hundred celebrations are delayed to make sure Wilson is fine. Which he appears to be. Keep your pads out the way of the ball now, Jason…
💯 That's a new way to celebrate a World Cup hundred @JasonRoy20!! 🙈
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) June 8, 2019
1217 BST: England 160/1 (25.5 overs)
Another needless overthrow from Bangladesh. Not sure it’s a great tactic.
1212 BST: England 152/1 (24.2 overs)
Roy into the 90s, England past 150. Getting close to the point where England just tee off, you’d think. Also close to the point when the next wicket means Buttler not Morgan then Stokes. Bangladesh have actually done a decent containing job the last five or six overs, the wicket of Bairstow a massive help.
1205 BST: England 144/1 (22.5 overs)
Bit of an error from Bangladesh here. Roy just showing some frustration at the slight slowing of the run-rate, attempting an ill-judged reverse sweep against Mehidy when the ball just wasn’t there for it. The very next ball, though, is dragged down and lets Roy get back into his stride with a pull over midwicket for a one-bounce four. It’s a small moment, but they can be so crucial.
1159 BST: England 135/1 (21 overs)
Joe Root dot balls in this over: none. Textbook Joe Rooting from the great man. Five singles from the over altogether.
1156 BST: England 130/1 (20 overs)
Joe Root off the mark first ball, but then faces three successive dot balls. That will be the end of the Joe Root dot balls for today.
WICKET! Jonny Bairstow c Mehidy Hasan b Mashrafe Mortaza 51 (50 balls, 6×4, SR: 102.00)
And from nowhere, there is the breakthrough. Leading edge from Bairstow loops to cover, where Mehidy covers good ground and flings himself forward to take a catch very much at odds with the Bangladesh fielding that had preceded it.
1148 BST: Jonny Bairstow 50* (48 balls, 6×4, SR: 104.16)
After a nervy old start Bairstow has grown in confidence through his innings and collects his first half-century of the World Cup at his standard 100+ strike-rate.
1142 BST: England 120/0 (18 overs)
Wheels not quite off for Bangladesh, but definitely loosening. Baristow pulls Mashrafe for four behind square-leg before what should be your standard white-ball bop down the ground for a jogged single becomes a two because of a grim misfield that would embarrass an U11 team. Shakib assumes the ball is dead and just tosses it to mid-off. Roy is alive and pinches the second run, and quite right too. Long-on fielding the ball does not a dead ball make. Time for drinks, which looks as likely a source of a wicket as any for Bangladesh right now.
So far today, England have faced 15 deliveries from the seamers classified as "full" – pitching less than 6 metres from the batsman's stumps. From those 15 balls, England have scored 38 runs, a rate of 15.2rpo. #CWC19
— The CricViz Analyst (@cricvizanalyst) June 8, 2019
1138 BST: England 113/0 (17.1 overs)
It is my sad duty to report that Michael Holding’s name must be added to the list of people who think this 10-team World Cup format is good, rather than a mean-spirited, short-sighted disaster for the global game.
1133 BST: England 110/0 (16 overs)
Almost a chance for Bangladesh as a mix-up over a second run sees Bairstow briefly looking in danger. But the throw from the deep goes to the wrong end and the chance is gone.
1130 BST: England 107/0 (15.2 overs)
Wow, that is murderous from Roy who absolutely thrashes a drive to the cover boundary as Mustafizur overpitches and offers width. Bangladesh did everything right in the first five overs; everything apart from take a wicket. The price looks like being a heavy one indeed.
1128 BST: England 101/0 (15 overs)
Yeah, that’s excellent cricket. Just waiting for the bad ball here, knowing the importance of Shakib and what this spell – which surely now has to end – means. It duly arrives from the final ball of the over, pushed down the legside and glanced away fine by Bairstow for four. Shakib spins on his heel in frustration, and the hundred is up.
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) June 8, 2019
1127 BST: England 96/0 (14.2 overs)
Bit of cat and mouse here. Mashrafe using up Shakib, making it clear that he views this now as a crucial period. He’s desperate for a wicket. Bairstow and Roy, while wanting to just keep on blazing as they have for most of the last two years, also very much aware of what Bangladesh want right now. They’re showing a bit of sensible discretion, which if we’re going to nit-pick England haven’t always done in this remarkable turnaround in recent years.
1120 BST: England 89/0 (13 overs)
Bangladesh forced to burn through another over of Shakib to try and stem the flow. It works – just a couple of runs from it – but their main man now has only four overs left to bowl…
1115 BST: Jason Roy 50 (38 balls, 7×4, 1×6, SR: 131.57)
The very next ball is steered wide of Mushfiqur and down to the third-man boundary. From 40 to 50 in two balls.
1114 BST: England 82/0 (11.2 overs)
This is a throwdown from Saifuddin, but my word what a shot from Roy to deposit it onto the covers in front of the sightscreen. First straight six of the day. SPOILER ALERT: Not the last.
1112 BST: England 76/0 (11 overs)
The Fizz into the attack for the first time, but it’s a different challenge against these England openers now they’re up and running. Glorious, dominant and effortless flick off the toes brings Bairstow four through midwicket, and a back-cut brings two more. Too full and too short in Mustafizur’s first over. Which has been the story for the Bangladesh seamers thus far.
1108 BST: England 67/0 (10 overs)
PHASE WATCH: 1-0 to the In-ger-lund.
1103 BST: England 60/0 (9 overs)
Remember when England were struggling massively? You know, about four overs ago? Final ball of Shakib’s fifth over is muscled over midwicket for four more by Bairstow, who has boundaried and all-run his way up to a run-a-ball now.
1102 BST: England 56/0 (8.2 overs)
ALL-RUN FOUR KLAXON! They teased it in the previous over, and here it is! Bairstow works Shakib through the legside, the ball rolling to a standstill inches inside the rope as the openers scurry back and forth. Glorious.
1100 BST: England 52/0 (8 overs)
And there’s that short straight boundary again. Bairstow thumps another one straight back past Saifuddin. Bangladesh did everything but take a wicket in the first five overs. Now they are suddenly and massively under the pump. An obvious point, but you absolutely have to take wickets against this side. No other way to contain them.
1059 BST: England 47/0 (7.4 overs)
The big square boundaries highlighted by a pair of threes for mistimed shots, first for Bairstow on the pull and then Roy with a leading edge through point. He was looking for four, the maniac. Was probably on as well, given the throw was into the teeth of the wind.
1056 BST: England 40/0 (7.1 overs)
Roy has got through his nervy opening, and now the first sign that Bairstow has done likewise as Saifuddin serves him the gentlest of half-volleys first ball. Nothing gentle about Bairstow’s response, as the ball rifles back past the bowler with interest and thuds back off the boundary boards at long-off moments later.
1054 BST: England 36/0 (6.5 overs)
Whack. Roy has given Shakib something to think about. Drops short after that earlier drive, and Roy is on it in a flash to hammer the ball through midwicket.
1052 BST: England 30/0 (6.1 overs)
That’s more like it. Punchy, powerful, controlled cover-drive from Roy brings him another boundary, and the first off Shakib.
1049 BST: England 23/0 (5.3 overs)
Two fours in three balls for Roy off Mashrafe, but neither convincing. The first is an inside edge that flashes past the leg stump, the second a flick in the air and just out of Mustafizur’s reach at midwicket.
1047 BST: England 15/0 (5 overs)
First proper shot against Shakib comes from the 18th delivery he bowls as Roy glides down the pitch and places a drive between cover and mid-off before scampering three.
1044 BST: England 9/0 (4 overs)
This is a very excellent start from Bangladesh.
1040 BST: England 7/0 (3 overs)
Really is astonishing to watch this pair of openers who have spent the last couple of years terrorising bowlers all over the world reduced to blubbering wrecks by the sight of anything coming down at 55mph. Shakib is, of course, a quality bowler, but England have The Fear against him. It’s such a potent thing for opponents, given that the very absence of fear has been England’s single greatest weapon over recent years. Honestly, just bowl spin from both ends until you get a wicket. Even if it takes 20 overs, you’ll still be better off than if Roy and Bairstow have been biffing a seamer around at one end.
1037 BST: England 6/0 (2 overs)
Seam, on the other hand, is a different matter. Roy pings Mashrafe straight back down the ground for the first boundary of the day. Glorious. Short straight boundaries here in Cardiff, which is part of the reason England have opted for a one-spinner attack.
1033 BST: England 1/0 (1 over)
Such a great tactic against England now. Absolutely nothing has scared England’s batsmen for the last four years. Now, literally any spinner with a new ball has them cowering. Just a single from Shakib’s over, nudged carefully down the ground by Jason Roy, before Jonny Bairstow treats the remaining four innocuous deliveries with the sort of suspicion normally reserved for a promise from Theresa May.
1030 BST: No surprise whatsoever now to see a spinner with the new ball against England. Even in these conditions it is undoubtedly the correct way to go. Wouldn’t even rule out Bangladesh going spin from both ends, the loons. It’s Shakib-al-Hasan to kick things off, so it’s finger-spin rather than wrist-spin today. But bloody good finger-spin.
1023 BST: Anthem time in Cardiff. Bangladesh appear to have been given a particularly tall set of mascots, which seems a bit mean.
1020 BST: England may be long odds-on favourites today, but they are also bidding for a first World Cup win against Bangladesh since 2007 having lost to the Tigers in both 2011 and – most infamously and damagingly – 2015 when England coach Peter Moores may or may not have had to look at the data following a 15-run defeat that sent England spinning out of the World Cup at the first hurdle and, in a way, sparked the transformation that has happened since.
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1004 BST: Bangladesh have won the toss and chosen to bowl first on a pitch that looks very green but is still pretty dry. England have gone with one spinner given the green pitch and short straight boundaries, but they’ve taken the aggressive option: it’s Adil Rashid who keeps his place, and Moeen Ali who misses out as Liam Plunkett returns.
0950 BST: Welcome to our live wibble on what has become a very big game for both sides. England’s grumpy fumblings against Pakistan have left them under pressure and needing to respond, while a win for a still vastly under-rated Bangladesh side would give them two wins from three against three of the pre-tournament big guns and a real shot at the last four. Should be good, this.
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