England defeated Bangladesh in their Super 8 fixture by 4 wickets. Chasing a modest total of 143, Bangladeshis again proved why they are slowly emerging as a team when they made England earn their runs. The English side lost six wickets chasing a paltry 143 which suggests the improvement made by the Bangladesh team in the recent past. Having said that, one cannot ignore the fact the England too is not a potent force and is susceptible when put under pressure even by a relatively weak side!
Batting first, Bangladesh kept losing wickets throughout their innings at crucial and regular intervals which put the team on the back foot. One could find single digit scores in the Bangladeshi scorecard barring three contributions which suggests the lack of application by the batsmen. It was only because of the 57 run contribution by Saqibul Hasan that the team was ale to cross the hundred run mark. He scored these runs of 95 deliveries and the knock included 6 boundaries and a six. The rest of the performance of the Bangladesh side was forgetful to say the least.
England began their chase on a cautious note although Ian Bell departed early. Captain Vaughan and Strauss put on a decent partnership with both players reaching double figures. But then climax set in as the side lost some quick wickets in a shot span of time. Vaughan, Strauss and Pietersen were dismissed in quick succession leading to some pressure that was built on the lower middle order. The wicket of Pietersen brought Flintoff to the crease who powered his way by hitting three boundaries and a six within no time. His lusty hitting eased out the pressure but then he too departed. Bopara did not add to the total and was dismissed for a duck.
It was the experience of Collingwood and a patient knock from Nixon that saw the team home amidst all the chaos.