By Peter Moore
- England produce clinical display to thrash Bangladesh by 106 runs.
- Hosts post their highest ever total in a World Cup
- Concern for Buttler and England with hip injury
CARDIFF, WALES – England get back to winning ways in ICC World Cup with a thoroughly professional performance over Bangladesh.
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Jonny Bairstow – 7/10 – Set the hosts off with a solid opening partnership of 128 with Roy. Played the Bangladesh spinners with ease to make a run a ball 51 before falling to a fine catch by Mehidy at cover.
Jason Roy – 10/10 – Back to his brilliant best after his disappointing performance at Trent Bridge. Along with Bairstow set the platform for another England total well in excess of 300. Scored the highest score of the World Cup so far- 153 off 121 balls with 14 fours and five six’s, including three successive maximums of Mehidy to reach his 150. When he is in this form there are surely no better openers in the World at the moment.
Joe Root – 6/10 – Not quiet the Root we have come to expect when he is at the crease. Didn’t get going. Made 21 before inside edging a delivery on to his stumps.
Jos Buttler – 8/10 – Hit 64 off 44 balls in typical Buttler fashion. Remarkable innings from this truly great batsman as was batting on one leg after suffering a hip injury. England will be praying that the injury will not be long term as this will hamper their chances of winning the World Cup.
Eoin Morgan – 7/10 – Solid knock from the skipper of 35. Captain the side to good effect. Always managing to get the best out of his players.
Ben Stokes – 8/10 – Didn’t offer anything with the bat- top edging for just six- Starred with the ball by picking up 3 for 23 off six overs, including a terrific yorker to remove Al Hasan.
Chris Woakes – 5/10 – Opened the bowling with Archer, but struggled with accuracy. Expensive, with eight overs costing 67 runs. Better performance from the Warwickshire man in the field and a lovely cameo innings of 18 off just eight deliveries at the end.
Liam Plunkett – 7/10 – Bought back into the side at the expense of Moeen. Steady effort with the ball, but the highlight of his day was his big hitting at the end of the innings which yielded 27 off only nine balls.
Adil Rashid – 6/10 – Not having a lot of luck with his bowling at the moment. Expensive 10 overs going for 64 runs, although those figures don’t tell the real story. Certain to come good at some point soon. Not required for his batting today.
Jofra Archer – 9/10 – Another outstanding effort from Archer. Superb opening spell had Bangladesh’s batsman ducking and diving with his steep bounce and extra pace.Bowled an unplayable ball to remove Sarkar. Was reintroduced back into the attack at the end of the Bangladesh innings and blew away the tail.
Mark Wood – 8/10 – Somebody who makes things happen. Not given the new ball but came on as fourth change to claim a couple of wickets. Will always go for a few runs but will pick up wickets.
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Tamin Iqbal – 6/10 – Will be very disappointed with the manner of his dismissal- galloping down the pitch and holing out to extra cover.
Soumya Sarkar – 5/10 – Stood no chance with Archer’s unplayable delivery. Sluggish in the field as well.
Shakib Al Hasan – 9/10 – Already turning out to be Bangladesh’s player of the tournament. Superb 121 off 119 balls, making it his sixth century in his last seven innings. Could do nothing about the ball that finally removed him- yorker from Stokes. Once he went, so did Bangladesh’s hopes of springing a major shock.
Mushfiqur Rahim – 8/10 – Shared in a century partnership with Al Hasan. Useful contribution of 44 from the Captain.
Mohammad Mithun – 4/10 – Had a day to forget. Lasted just two deliveries before caught behind sweeping without scoring. Didn’t impress either in the field.
Mamdullah – 6/10 – Looked comfortable at the crease. Out for 28 after getting a leading edge.
Mosaddek Hossain – 7/10 – Made batting look very easy. Decided to take the attack to England by striking four boundaries in his knock of 26. Poor showing with the ball. Had just a couple of overs and went for 24.
Mohammad Saifuddin – 3/10 – Best to sum up his performance by saying it was a bad day at the office. Opened the bowling with Al Hasan and was despatched all around Cardiff. His ten overs going for a very expensive 68 runs.
Mehidy Hasan – 5/10 – Picked up a couple of wickets at a cost of 67 runs. Held on to a fine catch at cover. Looked the pick of the Bangladesh’s in the field.
Mashrafe Mortaza – 5/10 – Never really threatened with the new ball. His ten overs costing 68 runs.
Mustafizur Rahman – 5/10 – Another player on his day who lacked penetration with the ball.
England play the West Indies on Friday 14 June.
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