Andrew Strauss and Jonathan Trott both hit centuries today as England defeated Bangladesh by 144 runs in the third one-day international to clinch a 2-1 series win.
After losing the toss, England posted 347-7 — the highest-ever ODI score at Edgbaston and its third-highest ODI score of all time with captain Strauss making 154 from 140 balls and Trott scoring 110 from 121 balls.
Ravi Bopara took career-best ODI figures of 4-38 as Bangladesh was bowled out for 203 in 45 overs. Mahmudullah was the top scorer with 42.
“I have got a few 50s but todays innings was special. To get 340 on the board, you’re going to win more often than not,” said man-of-the-series Strauss, whose knock included five sixes and 16 fours.
Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza, who took an impressive 3-31 while the rest of his bowlers toiled, said his side’s display in the field had not been good enough.
“We bowled very poorly,” Mashrafe said. “We didn’t put the ball in the right areas.” Bangladesh decided to field in damp, overcast conditions and the tourists got off to an excellent start when Craig Kieswetter was bowled by Mashrafe for a duck on the fourth ball of the day.
That was Bangladesh’s sole early success as Strauss and Trott put on a second-wicket stand of 250, setting a new English record for the highest-ever ODI partnership for any wicket.
Strauss brought up his fourth ODI century, from 106 balls. Trott reached his first ever ODI hundred, from 112 balls, two overs later but was out in the 41st over — the fourth of the powerplay when he was caught by Shakib Al Hasan at midwicket off Mashrafe.
Trott’s departure prompted a mini-collapse. Luke Wright (0) was promoted to No. 3 as England looked to accelerate, but the move backfired when Mashrafe had him caught behind off the next ball.