The England cricket team has started preparations for the ODI World Cup to be held in India this year. The English team has visited Bangladesh to prepare on Asian soil. Recently, under the leadership of Ben Stokes, the team played a Test series against New Zealand. Here in white ball cricket, the team led by Jose Butler has reached Bangladesh tour. The first ODI match was played at Sher-e-Bangla Stadium, Dhaka on Wednesday. In this match, the Bangladeshi team was reduced to just 209 runs while playing first. In response, England also lost 7 wickets and finally won by three wickets. David Malan’s century and Joffra Archer’s bowling contributed significantly to this victory of England.
With the help of Malan’s century, England defeated Bangladesh by three wickets in the first match of the three-match ODI series. Batting first, the Bangladesh team was dismissed for 209 runs in 47.2 overs. Najmul Hasan Shanto scored the highest 58 runs from his side. It was not easy for England to reach the target on a slow pitch but with the help of Malan’s unbeaten 114-run innings with the help of eight fours and four sixes, he won by scoring 212 runs in seven wickets in 48.4 overs. The second match will be played at the same ground on Friday, March 3.
Archer did the job of Bangladeshi batsmen
After a long time, Joffra Archer is once again seen in rhythm. After bowling a memorable spell in the recent series against South Africa, he was impressive against Bangladesh here as well. He bowled economically and took wickets along with it. Archer gave just 37 runs in his 10-over spell. Out of that also, 7 runs went from his three no balls and four wides. That is, only 30 runs were scored on him with the bat. Apart from this, this bowler of Mumbai Indians also took 2 wickets. Apart from them, Mark Wood, Moin Ali and Adil Rashid also got 2-2 successes. Whereas Chris Woakes and Will Jacques took 1-1 wickets.
Chasing the target of 210 runs, England also did not achieve this target very easily. The visiting team had lost their first four wickets for 65 runs. After this, David Malan handled one end. From the other end, with small contributions from Will Jacques (26), Moeen Ali (14), Adil Rashid (17 not out), he took England to victory. This was the fourth century of Malan’s ODI career. He scored an unbeaten 114 off 145 balls and brilliantly guided his team to a difficult victory. England has now taken a 1-0 lead in the series. In the second match, Jos Buttler will be eyeing to capture the series.