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England hand big defeat to Bangladesh marring Shakib ton

Shakib scored a brilliant century to fight against England but England’s 386/6 was too steep for Bangladesh to chase.

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England hand big defeat to Bangladesh marring Shakib ton
Shakib showed strong resistance with his run-a-ball 121 runs against England. Photo: AP

Bangladesh are handed a whopping 106-run defeat by the hosts England at the Sophia Gardens in Cardiff today.

In chase of England’s mammoth 386 for six, Bangladesh could only manage 280 in 48.5 overs. England, after winning their first game against South Africa, lost to Pakistan, while Bangladesh, after beating South Africa in their opener lost out to New Zealand in a hard fought victory.

Both teams are seeking return to winnings ways. England, touted as favorites for the ongoing World Cup, suffered a 14-run loss to Pakistan at Trent Bridge on Monday.

While their bowlers went for plenty conceding 348 runs, England batsmen also failed to come out with an attacking performance which has been associated with them over the last two years.

It was only Joe Root and Jos Buttler who kept them in the hunt with brilliant centuries that almost sealed the game until their lower order faltered.

Jason Roy let down a rather easy catch of Mohammad Hafeez, who played a match-winning knock of 84 from just 62 balls and played a crucial role in Pakistan reaching around the 350-run mark.

On the other hand, Bangladesh failed to replicate their performance with which they had come out against South Africa in their tournament opener and lost a nervy battle to New Zealand in their last fixture.

Their bowlers have been able to put up a fine performance in both their outings. However, against New Zealand, their batsmen couldn’t convert their starts and failed to take their team to a significant total.

Going into Saturday’s game, skipper Mashrafe Mortaza will expect his openers and the middle-order batsmen to shoulder some responsibility alongside Shakib Al Hasan, who has been in prime form and set a decent total against the famed England batting line-up which is capable of posting as well as chasing any given target.

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