Mashrafe Mortaza’s all-round brilliance helps Bangladesh upstage England by 34 runs

The second game of the series played between England and Bangladesh at Mirpur saw the hosts come roaring back into the contest by beating England by a margin of 34 runs. Bangladesh batted first and lost quick wickets as the side slumped 39 for 3 at one stage. Mahmudullah came to the crease and steadied the innings as he top scored with 75 runs of 88 balls. Mashrafe Mortaza also played a crucial innings of 44 runs at the end to see the side reach 238 runs after 50 overs.

Bangladesh batted first after England captain Jos Buttler won the toss and decided to field first. The openers in Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes went for low scores putting side in a difficult situation.Sabbir Rahman stay the crease was short as he was dismissed for just 3 runs. England bowling looked good and executed their plans to perfection. Mahmudullah led the way for the fight back as he added 50 runs with Mushfiqur Rahim. The duo kept the scoreboard ticking to string together vital runs for the side. Rahim was going good but once again could not convert his score into something substantial as he was gone after scoring 21 runs. Mossadek Hossain came to the crease and added 48 runs with Mahmudullah. He scored 28 runs off 49 balls and struck four boundaries. Captain Mashrafe Mortaza late unbeaten innings of 44 runs off 29 balls provided impetus to the innings as one stage Bangladesh looked in danger of getting bundled out less than 200 runs. He added 69 runs with Nasir Hossain to see Bangladesh post 238 runs from their full quota of overs.

England’s reply was not good one as Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza led from the front to dismiss openers Jason Roy and James Vince. He was inspirational on the field as he two wickets in the initial overs and also brought spin of Shakib-ul-Hasan in the first ten overs that saw downfall of young batsmen Ben Duckett. England seemed to be in a lot of trouble when Ben Stokes was bowled by Mashrafe Mortaza to see the side reeling at 26 for 4 after first ten overs.

Jos Buttler came to the crease and added 79 runs with Jonny Bairstow to see the side recover from a precarious situation. The duo was looking well set at the crease but Taskin Ahmed managed to find an edge off Bairstow to the keeper to start the slide for England. Moeen Ali played a poor shot under the circumstances while Butler was trapped right in front by Taskin to see the side crumble at 132 for 8 after 29 overs. There was late hurrah by Jake Ball and Adil Rashid as they put 45 runs for the last wicket but in the end it was all too late Bangladesh notched up the victory by 34 runs. Bangladesh Captain Mashrafe Mortaza was man of the match for the leading the way with bat and ball.

The series is now 1-1 as final game of the series between England and Bangladesh will be played at Chittagong on 12th October on


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