Bangladesh spinners limit England to 225

Published: Friday, March 11, 2011, 18:18 [IST]
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Chittagong, March 11: Bangladesh put on an inspired performance in the field to restrict England to 225 all out in 49.4 overs. The Bangladeshi spinners made important breakthroughs right from the get go as the English batsmen struggled to find a groove. In the end, Jontahan Trott with 67 and Eoin Morgan, with 63, were the only two batsmen to come up with innings of some note as the rest of the line-up put on quite a poor show. Spinner Naeem Islam, Abdur Razzak and captain Shakib Al Hasan took two wickets a piece while remaining quite economical as well.

Bangladesh spinners limit England to 225

Being put into bat, England got off to a slightly sluggish start, before openers Matt Prior and Andrew Strauss teamed up to each strike a four off Shafiul Islam in the 5th over. But two overs later, Abdur Razzak got the opening breakthrough when he had Prior stumped for 15 off 20 balls. England were 31/1 in 7.1 overs.

Strauss was the next to depart when he edged Naeem Islam to slip for 18, leaving England at 39/2 in 10.3 overs. Ian Bell's form appears to be on a downward spiral as he was dismissed by off-spinner Mahmudullah for 5 and England were tottering on 53/3 in 16.4 overs. Then Jontahna Trott and Eoin Morgan began the process of rebuilding.

They took their side past 100 in the 27th over and pressed ahead. By the 37th over, they had both brought up their 50s and the 100-run partnership. But in the next over, Naeem Islam caused the undoing of Morgan who was on his way for 63 off 72 balls.

Then Trott was sent back by Bangladeshi captain Shakib Al Hasan for 67 off 99 balls and England were 182/5 in 43.4 overs, with Ravi Bopara the new man at the crease. But Bopara didn't last long getting out to Abdur Razzak for 16 off 22 balls. England were 195/6 in 44.5 overs.

Then Graeme Swann tried to up the tempo but was caught and bowled by Bangaldeshi captain Shakib Al Hasan for 12 off 8 and England were 209/7 in 46.4 overs. Then Rubel Hossain got rid of Tim Bresnan for 2 and Shafiul Islam bowled Ajmal Shahzad for 1 before Paul Collingwood was run out for 14 and England were all out for 225 in 49.4 overs.

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