Paul Collingwood shines as England beat Bangladesh
First one-day international, Mirpur: England 229-4 (46 ovs) beat Bangladesh 228 (45.4 ovs) by six wickets Match scorecard
Collingwood's experience proved important in England's chase
By Oliver Brett
Paul Collingwood hit an unbeaten 75 to steer England to a six-wicket victory in the first of three one-day internationals in Bangladesh.
The hosts were dangerously poised on 63-0 after just nine overs having been put in by Alastair Cook in Mirpur.
But despite Tamim Iqbal, dropped on 10, plundering 125 from 120 balls they were bowled out for 228 in 45.4 overs with Graeme Swann picking up 3-32.
Cook (64) and Collingwood played nicely as England won with 24 balls to spare.
They will return to Mirpur for the second match in the series on Tuesday confident of wrapping up the series, but equally aware that they did not have things entirely their own way against a spirited Bangladesh side.
The hosts committed a cardinal crime in failing to provide their opener, Tamim, with the support he deserved. And by failing to even last their overs on a sluggish, but flat wicket they made England's chase particularly easy.
Cook and debutant Craig Kieswetter (19) put on 73 for the first wicket before a bit of a hiccough saw England slip to 96-3.
However, Collingwood and Eoin Morgan (33) ensured there would be no late scares with a partnership of 88.
England won the toss and some surprise was voiced about Cook's decision to field first, given that dew was not forecast for the later stages of the game.
With Kieswetter's selection widely advertised beforehand, the main issue was whether to play a second spinner in James Tredwell or opt for Swann on his own.
Tredwell did not play, but the relish with which Tamim tucked into England's fast bowlers in the opening exchanges suggested it may not have been the correct tactic.
Tamim, a 20-year-old left-hander of huge potential who had already made two Test centuries and two in ODIs before this game, had a significant early let-off when a fierce blow went straight to Morgan at cover off Ryan Sidebottom in the third over, with the fielder flooring the chance.
Tamim made England pay, tucking into Sidebottom in the Notts man's next over, with a four through the covers and a lovely lofted on-drive for six.
But when Stuart Broad replaced Sidebottom, Tamim was even more explosive, smashing him for two consecutive fours and then powering him high over midwicket for six in an over costing a bruising 16.
Broad looked rusty as well he might after being rested for both warm-ups, and England desperately needed a breakthrough. They got it when Imrul Kayes, outpaced by Tamim, chipped Tim Bresnan into the on-side.
More wickets followed. Junaid Siddique hit a Broad half-volley straight to Kieswetter at square-leg before Aftab Ahmed was run out by Kevin Pietersen's direct hit from mid-on.
All the while, the run rate was dropping, and Collingwood and Swann bowled well in tandem, turning in economic spells as England finally created some pressure.
Skipper Shakib Al Hasan looked a little nervous and was soon lured down the track by Swann, his thin edge well caught by Matt Prior who took the bails off for good measure.
Mushfiqur Rahim hit an intelligent 22 until a dreadful mix-up with Tamim left both batsmen at the same end as Pietersen ran in with the ball from cover.
Mahmudullah fell first ball to Swann, leaving Bangladesh with plenty of problems on 147-6 with 20 overs remaining.
But Tamim finally found a reliable partner in Naeem Islam, a 23-year-old all-rounder with a decent batting record in ODIs. And after reaching his century Tamim lifted his scoring rate again, with Collingwood deposited for a straight six as Bangladesh threatened to reach a total of around 270.
It was 209-6 after 40 overs, whereupon Luke Wright was summoned into the attack and immediately removed Naeem before the excellent Swann despatched Mashrafe Mortaza lbw.
Swann continued his fine run of form in England colours
Bangladesh had to adjust their sights and their plight only worsened when Tamim finally departed in the first over of the final power play, bowled behind his legs by Broad.
Sidebottom, England's most expensive bowler, supplied the final wicket and Bangladesh would have been a frustrated side at the interval, with a total about 50 runs short of what they had threatened early on.
Kieswetter would not have been expecting to face spin at the start of his maiden one-day international innings, given that he was opening the innings.
But Cook faced every ball of the first three overs, and slow left-armer Shakib brought himself on when Kieswetter finally got the strike at the start of the fourth over.
It was an eventful enough start for the South African-born right-hander, who safely negotiated the first three balls before getting a thin outside edge which wicketkeeper Mushfiqur should really have caught, but missed and the ball disappeared for four.
Kieswetter looked to be lbw to the last ball, but Australian umpire Rod Tucker turned down the appeal, and Cook was soon putting away anything slightly short or slightly too full with exquisite timing.
Pietersen was out for just one, a raucously celebrated wicket
With the captain dominating, Kieswetter could afford to proceed at a gentle pace. He hit one lovely square drive off Mashrafe Mortaza but was stumped off Naeem.
Pietersen lasted only five balls before he was caught at slip off the bowling of Shakib, and Cook himself departed in the 19th over when he got a rotten lbw decision off local umpire Nadir Shah.
Not that England could really complain about the umpiring in general, as Tucker, having already denied Bangladesh once, later ruled out a perfectly valid catch to Rahim off Shakib with Morgan on 20.
Having been 96-3 and needing a big partnership, England certainly got exactly that from Collingwood and Morgan.
On slow pitches, Collingwood often looks more comfortable than others and he batted with no great frills but huge common sense - hitting a number of boundaries with his favoured pick-up drive wide of mid-on.
Morgan played some nice shots of his own before driving a catch to extra cover off Naeem (3-49), allowing Prior (31 not out) to shepherd England home alongside Collingwood.
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