Jason Roy blasts England to victory over Bangladesh

England have tuned up for their Twenty20 World Cup showdown against Australia on Sunday (AEDT) with an eight-wicket romp over Bangladesh.

They were led by opener Jason Roy who smashed 61 off 38 balls as England, bidding to become the first team to hold the ODI and T20 World Cups at the same time, triumphed with 5.5 overs to spare.

It was a victory that was never in doubt after their bowlers got them off to a fast start with spinner Moeen Ali  nearly grabbing a hat-trick.

Ali (2-18) struck in the powerplay and Tymal Mills (3-27) dominated the death-overs to restrict Bangladesh to 9-124.

“The bowlers have started the tournament exceptionally well,” captain Eoin Morgan said as England maintained their top spot in the six-team group.

“Again today, very disciplined and backed up with really good catching and ground fielding.

“It’s nice for Roy and Dawid (Malan) to get some time at the wicket. The way Jason plays is so imposing,” Morgan added.

“When you play like that on a really slow wicket, it’s difficult to set fields.”

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 reduced Bangladesh to 3-27 after 6 overs.

Ali the chief destroyer early when he removed both the openers in the third over.

Liton Das offered a top-edge at backward square leg before 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 in their tournament opener.

“We were disappointed with the batting,” Mahmudullah said.

“It was a good wicket but we didn’t start well and didn’t have any partnerships in the middle either.”


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