When you are playing a home tournament, skill takes a back seat, as it is first important to conquer the demons in your head, especially when a team that you are expected to win against goes onto put up a score in excess of 300.
England have always been considered to be the team that would succumb under pressure, a team that would start questioning its own abilities when pushed into a corner, but this young side is different. This young side isn’t ready to see the world from the lens of the past, this young team wants to rewrite history, it wants to provide a new outlook to a generation of fans that have wanted this so bad.
Bangladesh were up to the task, they did all they can to unsettle the English, to play on the minds of the already bruised fans, but the XI that were representing the host nation on the field were adamant, adamant to stay fearless, adamant to take on things head on, adamant to win!
Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim helped Bangladesh romp to a total of 305. But on a flat track, and up against a superior batting lineup, it felt like Bangladesh could have done with at least 20-30 extra runs.
Alex Hales, Joe Root and Eoin Morgan made light work of the Bangladesh total, with Root helping himself to a wonderfully constructed 100.
Bangladesh did most things right today, and were outplayed by a technically superior in the conditions on offer. Hopefully they keep the intensity high and challenge the other two teams, right down to the wire.
Let’s get to business now!
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