Jason Roy half-century leads England to emphatic win over lacklustre Bangladesh

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England vs Bangladesh, T20 World Cup 2021: live score and latest updates - AP
England vs Bangladesh, T20 World Cup 2021: live score and latest updates - AP

Two games into their quest to become the first men’s team to hold the ODI and T20 World Cups simultaneously, England have still scarcely been challenged at all.

If this eight-wicket victory over Bangladesh was a little less imperious than their thrashing of the West Indies, in its own way it was just as impressive: a clinical dissection of the sixth-ranked team in the world. Barring the oppressive Abu Dhabi heat, this was a gentle stroll.

The victory over the West Indies in Dubai was so crushing that England, to a rare degree in international sport, had no need for a Plan B. But the win over Bangladesh showcased the depth and versatility they will need in the latter stages of the World Cup. This time, rather than a meagre 56, a savvy, rounded bowling display meant England had a still paltry 125 to chase.

When Bangladesh opened with left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan, Jason Roy duly cut his opening ball for four. It set the template for an innings in which Roy crashed 61 from 38 balls. As he crashed Nassum Ahmed for a straight six to reach his half-century of this swaggering, belligerent innings, it was easy to say this was a vintage Roy knock.

Yet that would not quite be right. This innings is best viewed as evidence of his growth - greater selectivity on the slower pitches in the UAE and his new ease sweeping spin.

“It’s an area of my game I’ve been working extremely hard on, on slow pitches against left-arm spinners,” Roy said. Left-arm spinner Liam Dawson, who is a travelling reserve in the UAE, is akin to Roy’s private net bowler.

Roy’s comparatively weak record against the ball turning away from him means that many teams will follow Bangladesh in opening with left-arm spin. But he is showing that a player’s historical failings against a certain type of bowling need not predict their future vulnerabilities.

From averaging 18.4 against left-arm spin in 2018/19, he averages 30.3 since the start of 2020. The improvements reflect that he has simplified his method, which now revolves around either using the sweep or hitting the ball straight; Roy now seldom backs away to give himself room through the off side.

While Roy was named player of the match, once again this victory was set-up by England’s excellence in the Powerplay. The West Indies had slipped to 31-4 after the first six overs. Bangladesh were scarcely better, slumping to 27-3; thanks to Roy, England were 50-1 in the same period.

As against the West Indies, Moeen Ali was entrusted with the opening over. Both decisions are rooted in his fine record against left-handers. Yet, just as against the West Indies, he snared the right-handed opener looking to attack in his second over; after launching two fours against Moeen down the ground, Liton Das top-edged an arm ball to Liam Livingstone at backward square.

In his very next ball, Moeen claimed the other opener, left-hander Mohammad Naim shimmying down the wicket to mid-on. With two for 18 in his three Powerplay overs, Moeen both established England’s ascendancy in the game and ensured that Eoin Morgan had no worries about how costly the allocation from his side's fifth bowler would prove.

Moeen continued his impressive start to the tournament. - GETTY IMAGES
Moeen continued his impressive start to the tournament. - GETTY IMAGES

Yet Morgan would been as cheered by the performances of his other Birmingham-born opening bowler. Chris Woakes went six years without playing a T20 for England from 2015-21. But England still retained belief that Woakes' fundamental qualities - his accuracy, pace, bounce and penchant for swinging the new ball - could be an asset to the side.

An immaculate opening spell culminated in the wicket of Shakib Al Hasan, succumbing to extra bounce when he tried to flick a ball and was caught at fine leg.

Unobtrusively, Woakes now has figures of two for 24 from six overs in England’s opening two games. He could yet be as important to this campaign as in the ODI World Cup victory in 2019, when he took six wickets across the semi-final and final. “His line and length have been perfect from ball one,” Roy said.

The same has been true of the bulk of the England attack, who have conceded just 179 runs in their opening two games. While they named an unchanged team against Bangladesh - Tom Curran’s knee and Mark Wood’s ankle remain slight concerns - Morgan's men still used a new bowler.

After Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah lifted Bangladesh to 60-1 after 10 overs, and a glimpse of a competitive score, Liam Livingstone was brought on to bowl leg spin to the two right-handers. Livingstone needed only four balls to snare Rahim lbw when reverse-sweeping and later added Mahmudullah.

As is his wont, Livingstone switched between leg spin, his stronger suite, and off spin from ball-to-ball when confronted by a left and right-handed pair.

His two for 15, from three overs, further endorse England’s approach of using Livingstone and Moeen to share fifth bowling duties, although Saturday’s opponents Australia - who have only one left-hander in their top six - will prove less suited to Moeen.

Liam Livingstone made a key breakthrough - GETTY IMAGES
Liam Livingstone made a key breakthrough - GETTY IMAGES

On the boundary rope, analyst Nathan Leamon could again be seen doing signals again using numbers - one to signal which bowler should bowl, and one to signal the type of field that England should use.

The only plan that didn’t quite work was using Adil Rashid at the death; Nasum Ahmed targeted the short leg-side boundary to hit Bangladesh’s only two sixes in the 19th over.

That left just enough time for Tymal Mills to continue his terrific form; a full 20-over innings allowed him to showcase the death bowling for which he was recalled.

Mills' pace and back-of-a-length style only yielded 27 runs from his four overs before he ended the innings with his third wicket, showing his new trick: a pinpoint yorker.

It was in keeping with a performance that showed off not merely England’s quality, but also their improvements.

Metronomic Woakes proves he is a man for all formats with historic spell

By Ben Bloom

At few points in recent years did Chris Woakes - a cricketer for whom no cliche-ridden use of the term “under-appreciated” appears to have any impact on the indifference he receives from many outside the England camp - expect to be in Abu Dhabi this week.

Without an England T20 appearance prior to this summer since earning cap number eight in November 2015, Woakes assumed his international career in the shortest form was over.

“I thought maybe that ship had potentially sailed,” he admitted earlier this month. “I’d be lying if I said I thought I would get another go.”

Without injuries to other players, he likely would not. Dubbed ‘Mr Dependable’ by Joe Root last year for his Test contributions, and a crucial cog in England’s World Cup-winning one-day international side, Woakes was overlooked in international T20 cricket during an almost six-year absence from Eoin Morgan’s side.

Had Jofra Archer and Ben Stokes stayed fit, there is every chance that omission would have been terminal. Instead, he showed in the crushing eight-wicket victory over Bangladesh on Wednesday just how adept he is, whether a match is slated to last three hours or five days.

In so many ways, it was a typically quiet Woakes performance. Moeen Ali and Liam Livingstone proved their importance as back-up spinners, two late Tymal Mills wickets earned him career-best figures, and Jason Roy blitzed one of his many eye-catching half-centuries as England chased down 125 with a hefty 35 balls remaining.

Amongst it, almost imperceptibly, Woakes delivered England’s most economical four-over spell in T20 World Cup history. That he did so right at the start of the match set the tone for everything that followed.

Chris Woakes finished with figures of one for 12 off his four overs - GETTY IMAGES
Chris Woakes finished with figures of one for 12 off his four overs - GETTY IMAGES

In opting to bat first on a track that both captains remarked looked better than they had anticipated, logic suggested Bangladesh would post a large total before testing England with a trial by spin.

As Moeen took early wickets - striking twice in two balls in the third over - Woakes stifled Bangladesh’s batsmen in an accurate three-over, new-ball spell that yielded just nine runs. Courtesy of an excellent catch by the back-peddling Adil Rashid at short fine-leg, it also claimed the crucial wicket of Shakib Al Hasan.

By the end of the opening Powerplay, Bangladesh were 27 for three, and the game had almost already slipped away.

With his metronomic ability to control line and length, Woakes is perfectly able to execute England’s slightly back-of-a-length plan on these T20 World Cup decks.

With a pitch map that would not have looked too out of place in a Test match, he sucked the life out of the opposition, before later returning to concede just three runs from a final over that included a brute of a bouncer which forced Afif Hossain onto his backside in taking hasty evasion.

Woakes’ final figures of one for 12 included 14 dot balls and not a single boundary conceded. For good measure, he also took three catches.

It means that since being unexpectedly recalled to England’s T20 side this summer, he has the remarkable numbers of three wickets for 47 runs in 13 overs - an economy rate of just 3.6, despite bowling when fielding restrictions are at their tightest.

It is remarkable to recall that when England toured India for a five-match T20 series in March with what they believed was a full-strength bowling attack, none of Moeen, Woakes, Livingstone or Mills delivered a single ball.

In showing why England are many people’s favourites to lift this T20 World Cup trophy, all four of those men have played crucial roles, when they could so easily have been watching from afar instead.

England vs Bangladesh, as it happened:

01:37 PM

That's all from me...

But read the above match report for a full recap of England's comprehensive win.

01:19 PM

There have been two standout teams so far this tournament

01:09 PM

Jason Roy named player of the match on his 50th T20 cap

"A lot of the credit has to go to our bowlers," says Roy after the match.

"You want to get off to a good start but these pitches have sometimes made it hard to do so. Today was alright. It was about keeping wickets in hand then powering through.

"I've been working very hard against spin. I had to use all the skills I learnt today."

01:06 PM

England's impressive tournament continues

Eoin Morgan's side have not really been tested in their opening two matches. Nevertheless, their bowling has been excellent so far and the batting was far better today.

01:03 PM

ENGLAND WIN BY EIGHT WICKETS

Shoriful digs it in and Bairstow pulls it off the front foot for four. That is that!

01:01 PM

OVER 14: ENG 122/2 (Bairstow 4* Malan 28*)

Mustafizur is on, England needing just 11 to win. Malan flicks a single down to fine leg. Bairstow gives him back the strike. Malan latches onto a short ball, carving it over cover for four. Bad ball given the treatment. One follows.

Bairstow knocks the final ball for a single, England now need three to win.

12:56 PM

OVER 13: ENG 114/2 (Bairstow 2* Malan 22*)

Bairstow joins Malan at the crease with one ball remaining in the 13th over. He drives the ball through extra-cover for two after a misfield.

12:54 PM

WICKET! Roy c Nasum b Shoriful 61

Roy attempts an upper cut, getting a decent chunk of it and the ball carries to third man who takes a diving catch. Superb innings comes to an end.

FOW: 112/2

12:53 PM

OVER 13: ENG 112/1 (Roy 61* Malan 22*)

Shoriful continues, starting with a dot. Roy then walks across his crease, scooping a head height ball for six over fine leg. Remarkable shot! A quick single follows.

Malan hands him back the strike, happy to play second fiddle.

12:50 PM

OVER 12: ENG 104/1 (Roy 54* Malan 21*)

Nasum is on. Roy drives him for one. Malan hands him back the strike. A quicker ball is fired in and Roy inside edges it for no run.

Roy has had enough, sending a half-volley over the bowler's head for six - that is his fifty! Top knock. A single is then added.

Malan tries to join the party, shanking a slog-sweep over midwicket for two.

12:46 PM

OVER 11: ENG 93/1 (Roy 46* Malan 18*)

Shoriful returns to the attack with England needing 35 to win. He digs the ball in and Roy pulls it for one.

Malan pushes a single out to deep cover. Shoriful goes short once more and Roy pulls it for one once again.

Three dot balls to Malan see out the over.

12:39 PM

Roy has improved markedly against left-arm spin

12:39 PM

OVER 10: ENG 90/1 (Roy 44* Malan 17*)

Shakib is back into the attack with Bangladesh desperately needing a wicket or three. Roy takes an easy single.

A dot is followed by two legside wides. That is not like Shakib - it has not been Bangladesh's day. Malan flicks a single. Roy does the same. Two more singles follow.

12:35 PM

OVER 9: ENG 83/1 (Roy 41* Malan 15*)

Mahedi continues. He starts with a wide. Roy works a two before taking a single. Malan does the same.

Roy drives hard but only collects one for the shot. Malan once again takes a single. Roy pinches the strike, eight coming from the over.

12:32 PM

Powerplay was certainly England's

12:31 PM

OVER 8: ENG 75/1 (Roy 36* Malan 13*)

Nasum returns to the attack. Malan reverse sweeps for four, getting to the ball on the full toss. Nicely played. A single follows. Roy hands him back the strike. Malan returns the favour. Roy takes another single.

Malan ends the over by going over the offside for his second boundary of the over.

England are romping home.

12:27 PM

OVER 7: ENG 63/1 (Roy 34* Malan 3*)

Mahedi, the off-spinner, is on to the left-handed Malan. A dot ball starts his spell before Malan knocks a single down the ground. Roy hits a six downtown - the ball just clearing the ropes, it was not the cleanest strike. He then rocks back, cutting aggresively for four. Excellent batting. He then takes an easy single.

Malan will keep the strike.

12:22 PM

OVER 6: ENG 50/1 (Roy 23* Malan 1*)

Roy drives crisply out to deep cover for a single. Malan is on strike for the first time this competition, having dropped down the order against West Indies.

He solidly blocks his first ball before nudging a single. Mustafizur strays far too stray and Roy clips fine for four. Bad ball. Four leg byes follow. England's 50 is up in the powerplay!

12:19 PM

BANGLADESH REVIEW: DECISION REMAINS NOT OUT

Mustafizur returns to the attack. Roy comes down the track, missing the ball. But Bangladesh think he has hit it and eventually review. The replay shows he hit his pad, not the ball.

12:17 PM

OVER 5: ENG 40/1 (Roy 18* Malan 0*)

Dawid Malan comes to the crease for the first time this tournament. Roy knocks one from the final ball of the over, keeping the strike.

12:15 PM

WICKET! Buttler c Naim b Nasum 18

Buttler tries to loft the ball over extra-cover but he gets it too straight and long-off runs around to take the catch. Bangladesh needed that.

FOW: 39/1

12:14 PM

OVER 5: ENG 39/0 (Roy 17* Buttler 18*)

Nasum is into the attack. A second left-arm spinner. Buttler blocks the first ball before flicking two into the legside.

Two more dots come with Nasum finding a good area.

12:12 PM

OVER 4: ENG 37/0 (Roy 17* Buttler 16*)

Shoriful is into the attack. Another left-arm seamer. A dot is followed by a legside wide. Roy gets off strike.

Buttler flicks the ball over mid-wicket for four before taking one. England cruising here.

Roy drives nicely off the back foot for one. Buttler will keep the strike.

12:07 PM

OVER 3: ENG 28/0 (Roy 15* Buttler 10*)

Shakib continues. Buttler flicks him for one. Roy drives hard but cannot pierce the infield. He then takes one out to long-off.

Buttler walks down the pitch and plants it into the stands over Shakib's head. A cut for no run follows. A flick off the hip brings two more to the total.

12:05 PM

OVER 2: ENG 18/0 (Roy 14* Buttler 1*)

Mustafizur, the left-arm quick, starts at the other end. He swings the ball back into the pads of Roy. An appeal goes up but it pitched outside leg stump. No decision comes and a leg bye is collected.

Buttler plays out two dot balls before he is also hit on the pads with another leg bye added. Mustafizur fires a wide down leg. He then over-pitches and Roy punches the ball down the ground back past him. An inside edge, which just misses the stumps, runs away for a second successive boundary.

11:59 AM

OVER 1: ENG 7/0 (Roy 6* Buttler 1*)

Shakib, the left-arm spinner, will open the bowling. He starts a touch wide and Roy cuts him away for four. He then pushes the ball down the ground for one. Buttler and Roy then exchange single.

Solid start for England.

11:49 AM

England were back up to their old signalling tricks today

Nathan Leamon, Analyst of England alters numbers on a board by the England dugout during the ICC Men's T20 World Cup match between England and Bangladesh at Sheikh Zayed stadium on October 27, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. - GETTY IMAGES
Nathan Leamon, Analyst of England alters numbers on a board by the England dugout during the ICC Men's T20 World Cup match between England and Bangladesh at Sheikh Zayed stadium on October 27, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. - GETTY IMAGES

11:45 AM

ENGLAND NEED 125 TO WIN

They should do this rather comfortably. But Bangladesh's bowling is definitely their stronger suit.

11:45 AM

WICKET! Mustafizur b Mills 0

Mustafizur makes his way to the crease for the final ball of the innings. He comes down the track and misses the slower ball which cannons into the stumps.

FOW: 124/9

11:42 AM

ENGLAND REVIEW: WICKET! Nurul c Buttler b Mills 16

A quick bouncer defeats Nurul, who was charging down the wicket. A tame appeal goes up. Was there a fine edge? England review after the original decision was not out.

They are ready to bowl the next ball - but to their surprise there is a tiny spike. He is out!

FOW: 124/8

11:41 AM

OVER 20: BAN 124/7 (Nasum 19* Nurul 16*)

Mills will bowl the last over. He goes full, it is driven nicely by Nurul but a sharp stop from Jordan keeps it to one.

An attempted slower ball bouncer is a wide - and a single is scrambled on top of it. Mills beats Nurul with a slower ball - it was wide but the batsman setup outside off stump.

Mills hits the deck hard. No run. He then nails a yorker but two runs are scrambled after Mills misses a chance to complete a simple run out.

11:36 AM

OVER 19: BAN 119/7 (Nasum 19* Nurul 13*)

Rashid will bowl the penultimate over. His first ball is squirted away for one. The first six of the innings follows! Nasum slog-sweeping for over deep square leg. The googly beats him next ball. Another play and miss follows.

Nasum launches a second six of the over! Same shot, same result. Morgan maybe made the wrong call going with spin...

The over ends with a cut away for four. Huge over for Bangladesh! 17 off it!

11:32 AM

OVER 18: BAN 102/7 (Nasum 3* Nurul 12*)

The left-handed Nasum is in at number nine. He gets off the mark with a push into the offside. Mills goes to his slower ball once more, and it is pulled away for one by Nurul. 100 up for Bangladesh...

Nasum tries to hoik the ball over the legside, a thick edge sends it towards third man. It falls just short of Woakes. Two runs added.

England are using their coded singles from the dugout once more...

11:28 AM

WICKET! Mahedi c Woakes b Mills 11

Mills continues. Mahedi attempts a scoop, but it is the slower ball, and the ball goes straight to Woakes at short fine leg.

FOW: 98/7

11:25 AM

OVER 17: BAN 98/6 (Mahedi 11* Nurul 11*)

Rashid is back into the attack. Nurul and Mahedi exchange singles. And another follows. Mahedi dances down the wicket and lofts the ball over extra-cover for four. That's more like it!

Rashid repsonds well with a full slider. Dot ball. A single ends the over.

11:22 AM

OVER 16: BAN 90/6 (Mahedi 5* Nurul 9*)

Mills is back. Nurul works him for one before he beats Mahedi for pace before he gets off strike. Nurul gives it back to him. A back of the hand slower ball does Mahedi for pace. Top bowling.

Mills draws a genuine edge but the ball races away for four, beating wide third man. Valuable runs.

11:18 AM

OVER 15: BAN 83/6 (Mahedi 0* Nurul 7*)

A dot concludes another impressive over.

11:16 AM

WICKET! Mahmudullah c Woakes b Livingstone 19

Mahmudullah comes down the track, looking to go over the top but he gets a thick outside edge to Woakes at short third man. Bangladesh are in real trouble here.

FOW: 83/6

11:15 AM

OVER 15: BAN 83/5 (Mahmudullah 19* Nurul 7*)

Livingstone starts his third over. A leggie is flicked away for one by Mahmudullah. Nurul hands him back the strike following a dot.

11:12 AM

OVER 14: BAN 80/5 (Mahmudullah 18* Nurul 5*)

Jordan is into the attack. A dot is followed by a couple of singles. Jordan fires down a wide before another single follows. Bangladesh are rebuilding, content to knock it around for now.

A quick yorker ends a good over, just four coming off it.

11:07 AM

OVER 13: BAN 76/5 (Mahmudullah 17* Nurul 3*)

Nurul is out at the crease. He gets off the mark with a quick two, only just avoiding another run out! A tight single follows. Chaotic running out there.

11:05 AM

WICKET! Afif run out (Mills) 5

Calamitous running ends Afif's innings A single is worked by Mahmudullah, a misfield follows and a second run is started. It was never on, Afif is sent back and he is nowhere near the crease by the time the bails are whipped off.

FOW: 73/5

11:03 AM

OVER 13: BAN 72/4 (Mahmudullah 16* Afif 5*)

Livingstone has earned himself another over. A drag down which is pushed for one starts the over. Left-handed Afif cuts a leg-spinner for four. No off-spin yet. A bye gets him off strike.

11:01 AM

OVER 12: BAN 66/4 (Mahmudullah 15* Afif 1*)

Woakes returns to the attack, starting his final over. He is clipped for a single by Mahmudullah. A sharp bouncer to Afif follows, which is only just evaded.

Afif comes down the track, forehand-ing the ball for a single. Woakes deceives Mahmudullah with a slower ball. And anothe dot follows. A quick single ends an excellent over for England.

Woakes ends with 1-12 from four overs. Great effort.

10:56 AM

OVER 11: BAN 63/4 (Mahmudullah 13* Afif 0*)

Good move by captain Morgan to go to Livingstone, who breaks a partnership that building nicely for Bangladesh.

Left-handed Afif arrives at the crease, so Livingstone reverts to off-spin. Two dots conclude a very successful over.

10:55 AM

ENGLAND REVIEW: WICKET! Mushfiqur lbw Livingstone 29

Mushfiqur attempts a reverse-sweep, he misses it completely and a strong appeal goes up. No decision comes and the ball runs away for four leg byes. Morgan reviews.

There is no bat involved, he is struck in line and that is plum! Great review. Golden arm strikes.

FOW: 63/4

10:53 AM

OVER 11: BAN 63/3 (Mahmudullah 13* Mushfiqur 29*)

Liam Livingstone, who was not required with the ball in match one, is into the attack. He starts with a half-tracker which is not punished, one added by Mahmudullah.

A dot is followed by a lofted drive over extra-cover for two.

10:50 AM

England on top at the half-way point in the innings

10:49 AM

OVER 10: BAN 60/3 (Mahmudullah 12* Mushfiqur 27*)

Tymal Mills is into the attack. The ball is dropped into the legside and a very tight single is pinched. Morgan hit the stumps but Mahmudullah was just home. Mills goes to his slower ball and it is nurdled for one.

Mahmudullah latches onto a short-ish ball, hooking it for two in front of square. A single follows after some sharp fielding from Malan keeps it to one.

Mills sends down a sharp bouncer and the ball is late cut over Buttler's head for four. Superb shot. He then squirts two away behind square.

Good over for Bangladesh, who have now surpassed the West Indies score England faced in game one.

10:44 AM

OVER 9: BAN 49/3 (Mahmudullah 8* Mushfiqur 20*)

Rashid continues. Mahmudullah pushes a single to the boundary rider on the offside. A quick single is then scampered, much to the disgust of Rashid.

Mahmudullah dances down the wicket and plonks the ball over the bowler's head for four. Much needed boundary. Rashid responds well. Dot ball. An inside edge gets the Bangladesh skipper off strike.

Seven from the over.

10:39 AM

OVER 8: BAN 42/3 (Mahmudullah 3* Mushfiqur 19*)

Chris Jordan is into the attack. His first ball is a touch short and it is cut away for two by Mushfiqur. A wide follows, although there was a half-appeal from England - the umpire did not buy it...

Jordan is once again too short and Mushfiqur gets a fine edge that races away to the boundary. A cut for one follows.

A leg-bye hands the strike back to Mushfiqur. A slower ball is picked and clipped for a gentle single. Jordan ends the over with another short and wide ball, but only a single can be gained. Underwhelming over from Jordan.

10:33 AM

Peaking at the right time...

10:33 AM

OVER 7: BAN 30/3 (Mahmudullah 1* Mushfiqur 11*)

Adil Rashid, who took 4-2 last match, is on with two right-handers at the crease. He starts well, collecting two valuable dots. An expansive reverse-sweep comes out, it goes in the air and Mills almost takes a screamer at backward point! He tips it 'over the bar' and a single is picked up. Great effort.

Mahmudullah gets off the mark first ball. Just three from the over.

10:30 AM

OVER 6: BAN 27/3 (Mahmudullah 0* Mushfiqur 9*)

Mahmudullah, the Bangladesh captain, strides out to the crease with his side in trouble. Mushfiqur is on strike, however, he plays out three dot balls before cutting a single down to thrid man, ending the powerplay.

10:26 AM

WICKET! Shakib c Rashid b Woakes 4

Shakib tries to loft the ball over short fine leg from a length but Rashid backtracks well, taking a smart catch over his shoulder. That is the wicket England wanted!

FOW: 26/3

10:25 AM

OVER 6: BAN 26/2 (Shakib 4* Mushfiqur 8*)

Woakes will also bowl a third consecutive over. He starts a tad short and is pulled away for two by Shakib.

10:23 AM

OVER 5: BAN 24/2 (Shakib 2* Mushfiqur 8*)

England are on top having responded well to a strong opening over from Bangladesh.

Moeen will bowl his third over on the bounce. He is worked for one by Mushfiqur. Moeen finds a good line to Shakib who blocks respectfully. A more expansive shot also brings no run. Shakib pushes a single out to long-off.

Mushfiqur backs away, making room to cut but he cannot beat the fielder in the circle. He bops the next ball over the head of Moeen for four. Better option, that.

10:19 AM

OVER 4: BAN 18/2 (Shakib 1* Mushfiqur 3*)

Woakes continues at the other end. A dot is followed by a single, giving Shakib the strike for the first time.

The left-handed all-rounder blocks his first delivery, as Woakes continues to probe away on a good length, albeit without any lateral movement. Shakib gets off the mark with an inside edge.

Mushfiqur is struck on the glove by a ball that rears up off the pitch, he pulls the following ball away for one.

10:15 AM

OVER 3: BAN 15/2 (Shakib 0* Mushfiqur 1*)

Mushfiqur comes to the crease and sensibly blocks the hat-trick ball. A dot follows before he pushes a single into the offside, pinching the strike.

10:13 AM

WICKET! Naim c Woakes b Moeen 5

Oh dear. The very next ball, Naim comes down the track and hits the ball straight to Woakes at mid-on. Not good batting, that.

Moeen on a hat-trick!

FOW: 14/2

10:11 AM

WICKET! Liton c Livingstone b Moeen 9

Liton attempts a big slog-sweep but gets underneath it, spooning it to Livingstone who was 15 yards in from the boundary.

FOW: 14/1

10:11 AM

OVER 3: BAN 14/0 (Liton 9* Naim 5*)

Moeen gets a second over, perhaps as the left-hander will be on strike. Naim nudges the ball away for one.

10:09 AM

OVER 2: BAN 13/0 (Liton 9* Naim 4*)

Chris Woakes will open from the other end. He starts on the money, forcing a defensive shot from Naim on off stump. A tentative push for no run follows. Naim shovels the ball into the legside, the ball just loops over Malan and two runs are scrambled.

Woakes goes to his slower ball which Naim works for a one. He then hits the pads of Liton but he was outside the line of off stump. An attempted pull shot fails to make it off the strip.

Just three from the vover.

10:04 AM

OVER 1: BAN 10/0 (Liton 9* Naim 1*)

It will indeed be Moeen Ali to open the bowling. It is very hot in Abu Dhabi today.

His first ball gets a decent amount of turn. It is blocked into the offside for no run. The next ball is cut away but cannot beat the fielder in the circle.

Liton gets off the mark with a nudge into the covers for one. The left-handed Naim gets off the mark from his first ball. Liton then dances down the track and hits the ball over Moeen's head for four. Good aggresive batting. He comes again, this time hitting through extra-cover for a second successive boundary.

Great start for Bangladesh.

09:59 AM

The players are out onto the pitch

Not long to go now - will England open the bowling with spin again today?

09:51 AM

England will take the knee before the start of play

England and Bangladesh will both take the knee before their T20 World Cup clash.

Both teams mutually decided to take the knee to show their opposition to racism. England had previously considered wearing t-shirts opposed to all forms of discrimination, repeating the moment of unity before some matches last summer.

By Tim Wigmore

09:47 AM

Shakib Al Hasan has move to number one in the ICC all-rounder rankings this morning

He will be vital to Bangladesh's chances.

09:38 AM

And here is the Bangladesh line-up

  1. Mohammad Naim

  2. Liton Das

  3. Shakib Al Hasan

  4. Mushfiqur Rahim

  5. Afif Hossain

  6. Mahmudullah (c)

  7. Nurul Hasan (wk)

  8. Mahedi Hasan

  9. Shoriful Islam

  10. Nasum Ahmed

  11. Mustafizur Rahman

09:36 AM

England are unchanged from their first match

Mark Wood remains unavailable.

09:34 AM

Bangladesh win the toss and choose to bat first

They are going against the grain at this tournament with this decision...

09:25 AM

England began their campaign with a resounding win

The West Indies were skittled for just 55 in England's opening match of the tournament. Eoin Morgan's side were superb with the ball and in the field but the batting was underwhelming in such a small chase.

There are questions over the place of Dawid Malan in the team while the England captain is desperately out of form. The two of them will have a chance to respond their critics today.

08:51 AM

Good morning and welcome to Telegraph Sport's live coverage of England-Bangladesh

England will face trial by spin today

By Scyld Berry

After a masterly exhibition of bowling, fielding and captaincy in their opening T20 World Cup game, Jason Roy has chief responsibility for lifting England’s batting to an equal plane in their second match, against Bangladesh, in Abu Dhabi.

It makes a useful test against spin for England to overcome at this early stage of the tournament. It is an afternoon game - the only daytime one that England have in this tournament - so the opposing spinners will grip the ball more securely than under lights and the influence of dew. Such an exercise will tone England up for the knockout stages when their opponents are likely to be India and/or Pakistan.

It would have been embarrassing if England had lost any more wickets against West Indies. When chasing a target of 56, a team should be winning by a greater margin than six wickets as England did after stumbling against the left-arm spin of Akeal Hosein.

Bangladesh will play at least two spinners and, if shrewd, three of them, probably starting by giving the opening over to Shakib al-Hasan, the left-arm spinner and world-class allrounder who has a fine record against England in all formats.

Roy has become a far more accomplished batsman against spin as he went through his 20s but is still happier to start his innings against pace. He was acquired a fine lofted drive over extra-cover, only the Abu Dhabi Stadium is a large venue and if Bangladesh post a sweeper there in the powerplay Roy will also have to use softer hands to work the ball into gaps and give England the kick-start to this tournament which their batting needs.

Jason Roy of England plays a shot during the ICC Men's T20 World Cup match between England and Windies at Dubai International Stadium on October 23, 2021 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. - GETTY IMAGES
Jason Roy of England plays a shot during the ICC Men's T20 World Cup match between England and Windies at Dubai International Stadium on October 23, 2021 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. - GETTY IMAGES

However, Bangladesh’s second spinner, Mehedi Hasan, did not turn the ball at all when running through Scotland’s naive batting in the qualifying round in Oman. Hasan took three wickets, none of them with offbreaks, just balls that hurried straight on and pinned their batsmen LBW or bowled. England will have to look to play Hasan in the same way they used to play India’s Anil Kumble, as a slow seamer, and always playing forward, never taking the risk of being pinned on the back foot.

Otherwise it is not asking too much of Eoin Morgan’s team to deliver another overwhelming win. Bangladesh have beaten Oman and Papua New Guinea, and lost to Scotland and Sri Lanka. They are as dependent as ever on a few stalwarts, like Shakib and their middle-order batsman Mushfiq ur-Rahim, who waddled out in pads that looked too big for him at Lord’s to make his Test debut back in 2005 when only 17.

Jos Buttler was the only batsman in the whole of England’s opening game to pass 13, and saw England through to an un-embarrassing win with his unbeaten 24. He looked seriously short of sleep though, following the birth of his second child.

Both Jonny Bairstow and Liam Livingstone need to present their credentials against spin after being cheaply dismissed by the West Indies’ Hosein. Their physical strength in hitting boundaries is going to be crucial as this competition advances, especially if the pitches become slower. Spinners, not only seamers, have been finding that the ball just back of a length is optimal for containment - and only the batsmen with supreme strength or the fleetest footwork are going to score boundaries. Bairstow and Livingstone have something of the physicality which enabled Afghanistan to hit eleven sixes against Scotland in Sharjah, including the longest hits of this tournament so far.

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