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Tigers need record 387 to beat England

Tigers need record 387 to beat England

Photo: Bangladesh supporters cheer during the ICC Cricket World Cup group stage match between England and Bangladesh at the Cardiff Wales Stadium, Wales, Saturday, June 8, 2019.

Cardiff, June 8 : England posted a massive total of 386 for six in their 3rd World Cup game against Bangladesh at the Sophia Garden, Cardiff on Saturday.

Bangladesh will have to set a new record to win this game as there is no instance of chasing 300 or more runs in any World Cup.

Jason Roy was the highest run scorer for England as he struck 153. Along with him, Jonny Bairstow and Jos Buttler hit fifties.

For Bangladesh, Mohammad Saifuddin and Mehidy Hasan Miraz took two wickets each while Mashrafe Bin Mortaza and Mustafizur Rahman bagged one wicket apiece.

England started it well as their openers reached the 100-run mark in 15 overs. This brisk start helped England continue their power hitting ability.

Bangladesh managed a wicket when England were on 128 in 18 overs. Mashrafe broke the opening stand removing Jonny for 50 off 51. Mehidy took an excellent low catch to dismiss him.

However, Bairstow’s removal was not enough to prevent England from scoring at a high strike rate as in 30 overs, England were at 185 for just one.

Along the way, Jason hit his first ton in the World Cup just in 92 deliveries with 12 fours and one big six. When Roy was accelerating to a big total, Joe Root fell only for 21 off 29. Saifuddin, who started his bowling conceding 16 runs in the first over, bowled him out.

The removal of Root did not make any impact on the way England was batting. Jason was hitting for boundaries after completing his ton. He fell for 153 off 121 deliveries with 15 fours and five sixes.

In 40 overs, England reached 275 losing three wickets. In the last 10 overs, they added 111 more runs losing another three wickets.

During the death overs, Chris Woakes and Lium Plunkett struck 18 and 27 respectively off eight and nine deliveries. Apart from them, Jos Buttler was also fiery as he hit 64 off 44 with two fours and four sixes.

Eventually, England posted a mammoth total of 386 for six wickets, which is now the highest team total against Bangladesh in the World Cups. Along the way, England surpassed India’s 375 which they struck in 2011.