Cricket

England and New Zealand registered easy wins, as tough time continues for Afghanistan and Bangladesh.


Bangladesh vs England:


After succumbing to a 14-run defeat at the hands of Pakistan in their last outing, the hosts England will be keen on righting their wrongs when they take on the resilient Bangladeshi side. Will England react strongly to their unexpected loss or will Bangladesh throw yet another curve ball at them?

Bangladesh opted to field first after winning the toss, with Bairstow and Roy provided a brisk opening stand, as the pair put on the century stand in 18 overs. Roy’s half century came off 37 balls, while Bairstow’s half century came off 49 balls, as he was soon undone by Mashrafe for 51, with England cruising at 128/1 in 20th over. Root joined Roy, and the pair added 77 runs, as Root was undone by Saifuddin for 21. Roy’s brilliant ton came off 96 balls, as he went to score a magnificent 153, before being undone by Mehidy. Buttler chipped in with 64, while Morgan jotted 44, while the late surge of 27* from Plunkett and 18* from Woakes, helped England put on 386/6 in 50 overs. Mehidy Hassan picked up 67/2

Chasing the heaviest total of 387, Tamim and Sarkar begun the innings for Bangladesh suffered an early setback when Sarkar was undone for 2 by Archer. Tamim and Shakib put on 55 runs for the 2nd wicket stand, as Tamim was dismissed by Wood for 19. Shakib steadied the Bangladesh innings, with a solid stand by Mushfiqur. The pair put on 106 runs for the 3rd wicket stand, as Mushfiqur was caught by Plunkett off Roy, while Mithun was dismissed for duck by Rashid. Shakib went on to complete a magnificent ton, as his brisk knock of 121 was came to an end by Stokes. Mahumudullah made 28, while Mosaddek contribuited with 26, as Bangladesh were dismissed for 280 in 49 overs. Archer picked up 29/3







Afghanistan vs New Zealand:

New Zealand are currently sitting tight at the top of the table with an impressive net run rate. Can they make three wins out of three games when they clash against the sub-continent underdogs, Afghanistan, at The Cooper Associates County Ground in Taunton?

New Zealand opted to field first after winning the toss, with Zazai and Noor Ali providing a quick opening stand for Afghans by jotting 66 in 11 overs. Neesham provided the breakthrough for Kiwis when he had Zazai caught for 34. Ferguson dismissed Noor Ali for 31, as the Afghan’s collapse unveiled, with Rahmat Shah falling for a duck, and Naib being undone for 4, as Afghanistan struggled at 70/4 in 15th over. Hasmat and Nabi provided the recovery platform for Afghans. Neesham got the better of Nabi for 9 only, as Neesham’s good day got even better when he dismissed Najibullah for 4, to complete his 5-fer. Shahidi made a solid 59, as other Afghan batsman failed to make a mark; Rashid made 0, Ikram made 2, Aftab made 14, as Afghanistan were bundled out for 172. Neesham picked up 31/5

Chasing an easy total of 173, Aftab dismissed Guptill on the very first ball. Munro made 22, as Aftab registered his 2nd scalp. Williamson and Taylor got together for the 3rd wicket to take Kiwis close to the victory. Taylor was undone for 48, as Williamson steady knock of 79 took Kiwis over the line in 33rd over. Aftab picked up 45/3










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