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Ian Bell hits form as England beat Bangladesh

First one-day international, Trent Bridge:
England 251-4 (45.1 ovs) bt Bangladesh 250-9 (50 ovs) by six wickets

Match scorecard

Ian Bell batting at Trent Bridge
Bell batted solidly on his England one-day international comeback

By Oliver Brett

England took a 1-0 lead in the one-day series against Bangladesh with a straightforward six-wicket win.

After confining the tourists to 250-9 on a good wicket, England needed 45.1 overs to knock off the required runs.

Ian Bell, playing his first one-day international since November 2008, top-scored with 84 not out from 101 balls.

Bangladesh wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim and batsman Raqibul Hasan suffered nasty injuries which forced both players out of the last two games.

Mushfiqur, who often wears a helmet when standing up to the stumps, only had a cap on when he was struck in the eye by a delivery from slow left-armer Faisal Hossain which turned and bounced.

Mushfiqur Rahim is stretchered off
There were concerns when Rahim was stretchered off

He was stretchered off the field and was later pictured being lifted into an ambulance as Junaid Siddique took over emergency wicketkeeping duties.

By then, Bangladesh already had one substitute in the field after their top scorer Raqibul, later run out for 76 as he attempted to bat on with a runner, had been struck on his instep by a James Anderson yorker.

Bangladesh won the toss and chose to bat first, so England - who found themselves chasing for all five matches during the series against Australia - had to do so again.

The initial signs for the tourists were good. Tamim Iqbal, who has good form this year against Strauss's bowlers and was billed as the principal threat once again, started the match with two imperious boundaries from the first two balls.

They were sent down by a generally lacklustre Anderson, whose 10 overs cost a worrying 74, though he did at least supply three wickets.

After two balls of the third over, Bangladesh had raced to 28-0 but they started losing steam once Stuart Broad replaced Anderson, and failed to recapture any momentum until Mushfiqur deposited the Lancashire bowler for two sixes in a single over late in the game.

Broad needed only seven deliveries to capture the important wicket of Tamim, a lucky one for England as replays suggested the ball would have missed off stump.

Imrul Kayes lost his way and speared a catch low to Eoin Morgan at cover off Anderson, before a healthy stand of 66 in 14.2 overs ensued, involving Raqibul and Siddique (51).

With Luke Wright and James Tredwell proving a bit too expensive for Strauss's liking, he relied more on Paul Collingwood and Michael Yardy, who kept the run-rate in check with a combined 1-47 from 14 overs.


Siddique fell lbw to Michael Yardy - again the decision was a little tough on Bangladesh - but generally the tourists were doing a good job of keeping wickets in hand.

However, they fell to pieces over the last 10 overs, just scrambling a score that looked significantly below par, and some 30 runs short of where it might have been after they had been 174-3 with 15 overs to go.

Among the successes for England was Tim Bresnan, whose 10 overs cost only 40 and produced two wickets, including the important one of Mushfiqur just before the batting powerplay was taken.

Suspicions that this was a good wicket for batting on were quickly confirmed when Strauss kick-started England's chase with the best batting of the day.

After a quiet opening five overs, England's captain exploded as he took on Shafiul Islam with a cut, a pull and a lofted drive - three shots disappearing for four in a single over.

Andrew Strauss
Strauss's rapid 50 made life easy for England's other batsmen

Aside from one or two meaty thumps, Craig Kieswetter was nothing like as fluent, suggesting once again that he is no certainty for the World Cup.

But after Strauss had needlessly run himself out for 50 off 37 balls, Kieswetter had the chance to dig in and play a long innings.

Instead, he played in frenzied fashion, carving a huge six off Abdur Razzak among some injudicious swipes, and Shakib Al Hasan, one of four spinners in the Bangladesh attack, soon had him caught in the deep off an attempted slog-sweep.

The 75-run opening stand off 66 balls had given England so much impetus, however, that Bell and Collingwood had the luxury of batting at any pace they liked.

Collingwood eventually got bored, however, top-edging a sweep off Shakib, before Bell was joined by Morgan, England's new finisher par excellence.

Trent Bridge was by no means a sell-out, and those that had turned up were finally treated to some mild excitement when Morgan brought up the 200 with an effortless lofted drive for six and then hit a trademark reverse-sweep for four.

Morgan did not last the distance, chipping a catch to deep mid-wicket, but Bell kept his concentration to the end in an innings that included some attractive drives over extra cover.

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