With an eight-wicket thrashing of Bangladesh on Wednesday, England’s opening batsman Jason Roy credited England’s bowlers for helping set up a second consecutive victory in the Twenty20 World Cup.
Roy hit 61 off 38 balls as England cruised to a 125-run victory target in 14.1 overs in the Super 12 match in Abu Dhabi.
In his 50th match, he reached his seventh T20 half-century with a straight six, part of a 73-run partnership with Dawid Malan, who made an unbeaten 28.
“We bowled exceptionally well. “Take nothing away from the bowlers,” Roy said after being named man of the match.
We took our catches, fielded, and bowled exceptionally well. We got off to a great start with the bats and then simply took advantage of a lower total.” England’s left-handed pitcher Tymal Mills took three wickets and combined with spinners Moeen Ali and Liam Livingstone to limit Bangladesh to 124-9 in the two countries’ first meeting in the format.
Eoin Morgan’s England, the world’s top-ranked T20 team, has topped Group 1 with two big wins, including a six-wicket thrashing of holders West Indies in their tournament opener.
England’s loss to Bangladesh in the 2015 50-over World Cup knocked them out of the tournament, according to Roy, but it helped build a strong bond among the players and change their brand of cricket.
“Our camp has been together since, like, 2015,” he explained. “We’ve formed bonds both off and on the field, which I believe plays a significant role in traveling the world and playing good cricket.” “As individuals and as teammates, we understand our roles in the team.”
Bangladesh, which lost their first Super 12 match to Sri Lanka, suffered regular wicket losses after opting to bat first.
After giving up 10 runs in his first over, Moeen hit back and was on his way to a hat-trick in his second over, only to be denied by Mushfiqur Rahim, who top-scored with 29.
Moeen, an off-spinner, caught Liton Das at deep square leg for nine and then sent Mohammad Naim back to the pavilion for five.
Bangladesh was 26-3 down when Chris Woakes claimed Shakib Al Hasan’s key scalp, with Adil Rashid taking a good catch running backward. Shakib scored four points.
In a 37-run partnership, Mushfiqur and skipper Mahmudullah Riyad attempted to repair the damage before Livingstone broke through.
Livingstone trapped Mushfiqur lbw, but England was forced to use the umpire’s referral after the onfield official ruled it not out.
Bangladesh continued to struggle as a run-out cost Afif Hossain his wicket for five, and Mahmudullah followed soon after for 19 as Livingstone’s second wicket.
“We were definitely disappointed with the batting; it was a good wicket, but we didn’t start well and didn’t have any partnerships in the middle,” Mahmudullah said.
“We are more skilled hitters than power hitters, and we don’t want to change that because we believe we can put up good numbers.” We need to rethink our strategy and come up with a good plan.”
Bangladesh’s batting performance was far below par, while England’s batsmen had little trouble in their batting reply despite losing Jos Buttler for 18.
Roy smashed five fours and three sixes in an aggressive knock that knocked the wind out of Bangladesh’s bowling.
Malan, who did not bat in the first game, received valuable batting practice.
Both teams knelt before the game, with much emphasis on the anti-racism gesture, after South Africa’s Quinton de Kock pulled out of a match against the West Indies on Tuesday because he refused to obey the national cricket board’s orders.”Our team is extremely diverse, with people from all over the world,” Roy said. It’s only natural that we support that, as well as what they’re going through.”