Heroic Morgan seals series win

Tue, 02 Mar 15:51:00 2010

Eoin Morgan's heroics spared England's blushes as the tourists overcame a valiant Bangladesh effort to clinch a 2-0 one-day series victory in Dhaka.

Eoin Morgan England James Tredwell - 0

Morgan struck an inspired unbeaten 110 off 104 balls as the tourists successfully chased 261 runs to win by two wickets, with the Middlesex batsman steering his side home.

Bangladesh posted 260 for six from their 50 overs, and threatened to secure an improbable victory as England imploded from 223 for five to 229 for eight.

But Dublin-born Morgan kept his cool to smash 16 runs off the penultimate over to seal the win with seven balls remaining.

The England number five became the first player to hit one-day international centuries for different nations as he almost single-handedly defied the hosts.

At the top of the order, Alastair Cook struck a solid 60 after Craig Kieswetter had departed for four after being dropped first ball.

Kevin Pietersen's wretched run of form continued as he was trapped lbw by Abdur Razzak for 18, and Paul Collingwood could not replicate his performance from Sunday as he went the same way for seven.

England gloveman Matt Prior provided Morgan with an able accomplice before he too was trapped leg-before to Razzak for 42, at which stage the tourists threatened to capitulate.

A mini-collapse ensued as Luke Wright fell for seven, then two more dreadfully reckless shots saw the end of Tim Bresnan for a duck and Graeme Swann for two.

James Tredwell was elevated due to Stuart Broad sustaining a back strain, and the debutant accompanied Morgan to the conclusion as the number five seized the initiative with a flurry of boundaries that ended with a flourish.

Earlier, Bresnan and Swann took three and two wickets respectively as no England bowler distinguished themselves.

Tredwell was given the treatment by opener Imrul Kayes in his 63 after the dangerman Tamim Iqbal fell for 30, and the spinner finished wicketless in his 10-over spell.

Mushfiqur Rahim bludgeoned a breezy 76, and the Tigers' total proved competitive as England erred before Morgan seized control.

The tourists remain the only international side to have a blemish-free record against Bangladesh, and assume a 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

Dan Quarrell / Eurosport

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