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Ravi Bopara leads England to Twenty20 warm-up win

ICC World Twenty20 warm-up match, Bridgetown, Barbados
England 127-3 (17.1 overs) bt Bangladesh 126-7 (20 overs) by seven wickets
Match scorecard

England's Ravi Bopara (right)
Ravi Bopara punishes the Bangladesh bowling with a four

Ravi Bopara scored 62 to help England beat Bangladesh by seven wickets in their first ICC World Twenty20 warm-up game in Bridgetown, Barbados.

England reached their target of 127 with almost three overs to spare.

Essex star Bopara, in at number three for the absent Kevin Pietersen, shared stands of 45 with Craig Kieswetter and 71 with captain Paul Collingwood.

Earlier, the Tigers made 126-7 with Michael Yardy taking 3-20 while James Anderson returned figures of 2-23.

Bangladesh batted first after winning the toss but found the spin from Yardy and Graeme Swann hard to deal with after racing to 39-0 from their first five overs.

Imrul Kayes was dropped by Luke Wright in the first over from Anderson and Mohammad Ashraful was then caught behind off a Stuart Broad no-ball.

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But once wickets started to fall, they went regularly as Bangladesh lost six for 50 runs in 10 overs.

Only an unbeaten 38 from Mahmudullah took their total into three figures as they recovered slightly from 88-5 after 15 overs to reach 126-7.

Michael Lumb fell early in England's reply for eight but Kieswetter hit two huge sixes and Bopara got into his stride.

Wicketkeeper Kieswetter was finally out when he found himself stranded yards out of his crease and was stumped by Rahim off the bowling of Shakib Al Hasan for 22.

Bopara survived a return chance to Abdur Razzak but finally ran himself out with the scores level at Kensington Oval - the same ground where he made his maiden Test century last year.

"It's nice to be back here, I have good memories of Barbados," he said.

"I'm happy with the result and was very pleased as well that I was in the top order, batting in the top three. That's my preferred position."

Despite Bopara's score, Pietersen is expected to reclaim the number three spot when he joins up with the side after being allowed to spend some time with his pregnant wife.

Bopara added: "Kev's in fine form and played really well in the Indian Premier League. I guess he does deserve that spot but I hope I've put a case forward with today's knock.

"As long as I'm playing I don't mind coming in at four, five or six.

"I know they are going to be tough positions with the spinners but it's a challenge and I feel confident against spin."

The Essex batsman told BBC Sport that his performance proved that his work over the winter had been worthwhile.

"I have been working very hard on my batting and my bowling has come along as well with it because I've had that time to practise," he said.

"I went to New Zealand and on days off I wasn't just resting, I was actually in the nets working hard.

"I've had that time in the IPL as well and the experience of playing in games.

"I think the options that I took played a big, big part in me getting back into the England side."

England play their second warm-up game against South Africa at the same Barbados venue on Thursday before their first game in the tournament against hosts West Indies in Guyana on Friday.



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ICC World Twenty20 2010
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