T20 World Cup: England rout Bangladesh, inch closer to semi-final spot
- England registered a comprehensive 8-wicket victory over Bangladesh to maintain top spot in Group 1 of the 2021 T20 World Cup.
England continued their march towards the semi-finals of the Twenty20 World Cup with their second successive victory, an eight-wicket romp against Bangladesh in a Group I match in Abu Dhabi, on Wednesday.
England spinner Moeen Ali (2-18) struck in the powerplay and Tymal Mills (3-27) dominated the death-overs to restrict Bangladesh to a below-par 124-9 at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium.
Opener Jason Roy smashed 61 off 38 balls as England, bidding to become the first team to hold the 50-overs and 20-overs World Cups at the same time, chased down the target with 5.5 overs to maintain their top spot in the six-team group.
Earlier, Bangladesh won the toss and elected to bat on what their skipper Mahmudullah described as a "belter" at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium.
Mahmudullah was soon left to rue that decision as England dominated the powerplay reducing Bangladesh to 27-3 after the first six overs.
Moeen has enjoyed operating with the new ball in recent times and the off-spinner once again was in the thick of things removing both the openers in the third over.
Liton Das offered a top-edge at backward square leg and Mohammad Naim sent the next ball straight to the mid-on fielder and Bangladesh's powerplay woes were not over yet.
Adil Rashid took a tumbling catch running backwards at short fine leg to dismiss Bangladesh's talismanic all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan for four.
Mushfiqur Rahim made a run-a-ball 29 before trying to reverse-sweep Liam Livingstone and getting trapped lbw in the process.
Bangladesh had to wait until the penultimate over for their first six in their innings when Nasum Ahmed smashed a couple of them against Rashid though they still fell short of the 125-mark.
England began their chase briskly to snuff out any prospects of an upset in the first-ever 20-overs contest between the sides.
Jos Buttler fell for 18 but Roy killed off the contest with his whirlwind knock that included three sixes.
England fielded the same XI which had outplayed defending champions West Indies on Saturday.