As Tamim Iqbal continued to thump his authority over the opposition bowlers, Ben Stokes tried to disturb his composure by exchanging a few words during the 32nd over. It started when Iqbal, who scored a magnificent century under pressure, sneaked a four with a gentle prod off the right-armer. Umpire S Ravi intervened to upheld the decorum of the contest. However, Stokes continued his futile chatter throughout the over.
England allrounder Moeen Ali deprived his side of a crucial breakthrough when he dropped Soumya Sarkar off Jake Ball’s bowling in the seventh over. Fielding at square-leg, Ali put down a regulation catch, to his left, when the left-handed batsman flicked Ball’s good-length delivery. The dropped chance did not bother England much as Sarkar departed four overs later.
As Bangladesh cruised towards what promised to be a daunting target, former Bangladesh ODI captain produced an extraordinary scoop to steal score a boundary over Jos Buttler’s head. Facing his 68th ball – Mushfiqur Rehman was at 69 – scooped Ball on the fourth ball of the 44th over to the third-man region for a four. The wicketkeeper-batsman added four more to his score, before being removed in the next over.
Liam Plunkett struck twice during the 45th over to bring England back in the contest. He removed a well-settled Tamim Iqbal, who had scored 128 from 142 balls, and Mushfiqur Rahim, 79 off 72 balls on the third and fourth balls to limit Bangladesh to 305. The two had partnered for 166 runs in 25.1 overs.
Jason Roy had been one of the key talking points of England’s pre-tournament press conferences due to his woeful batting form. Preferred over Johnny Bairstow, Roy failed to prove his selection right as he posted a single digit score for the fourth consecutive time. Roy was dismissed in the third over off Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza while attempting to clear short fine-leg. Mustafizur Rehman plucked a blinder. The England opener managed just one run from eight balls.