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Bell inspires England to victory over Tigers

Published: Friday, July 9, 2010, 12:44 [IST]
 
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Bell and Strauss guide England home

Trent Bridge: Andrew Strauss and Ian Bell guided England to a comprehensive six-wicket win in the first one-day international against Bangladesh at Trent Bridge.

Strauss got England off to a flying start with his breezy innings of 50 runs off just 37 balls, while Bell at the middle order played a handsome innings of 84 not out to help the hosts overhaul the Bangladesh target of 251 with 29 balls to spare.

England vs Bangladesh, 1st ODI - Scorecard

Bell was making his first ODI appearance since November 2008 in place of the injured Kevin Pietersen, and he was just the perfect replacement for the hosts helping them to maintain their 100 per cent records against the tigers in all forms of the game.

Craig Kieswetter chipped in with 32 runs of 40 balls opening the batting for the hosts. With Strauss hammering the bowlers at the other, Kieswetter associated well with him helped England get off to a good start. The duo put on 75 when Strauss was finally got out, caught short of his crease by Mahmudullah.

Kieswetter followed him soon to Shakib Al Hasan attempting to hit a big one. Then Bell along with Collingwood took charge of the situation and put on a 80 run-stand for the 3rd-wicket taking England closer to the victory margin.

Eventually it was Bell with his unbeaten 84 runs and Micheal Yardy with his unbeaten 10 runs who saw England home.

Earlier in the Bangladesh innings, Raqibul Hasan(76) and Zunaed Siddique(51) had scored half centuries and helped Bangladesh post 250 runs in their 50 overs.

Tanim Iqbal opening the innings for the visitors looked in sublime form with his quick-fire 28 off 22 balls but he eventually fell to Stuart Broad lbw.

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