England defeats Bangladesh in the first encounter while New Zealand overpowers Afghanistan in a low scoring match in World Cup 2019
England defeated Bangladesh by 106 runs in the 12th match of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. The home team put a massive score of 386 runs batting first which proved a lot for Bangladesh’s batting. Jason Roy scored 153 runs off 121 balls with 14 fours and 5 sixes and forged a 128 run partnership between Jonny Bairstow.
Both the openers started slowly but once they got hang of the pitch they took vulnerable Bangladesh’s bowling unit to cleaners. Jonny Bairstow and Jos Buttler scored half-centuries which helped England post a massive total of 386 in 50 overs. None of the Bangladeshi bowlers were able to contain English batsman.
Shakib’s ton went in vain as Bangladesh could score only 280
Bangladesh didn’t start the chase well lost their first wicket from an absolute jaffer from Jofra Archer. Experienced Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, and Mushfiqur Rahim tried to steady the inning but it wasn’t enough to take their team home. Shakib played an amazing inning of 121 of 119 balls with 12 fours and 1 six. Wicketkeeper-batsman Rahim made a fighting 44 of 50 balls to keep Bangladesh in the hunt.
Chasing a mammoth total Bangladesh was never in the fight but they put a good fight in first 30 overs while batting. Jofra Archer and Ben Stokes destroyed the middle-order and tailenders to finish the match. They took 3 wickets each by spending 29 and 23 runs respectively.
New Zealand overpowered weak Afghanistan in a unilateral affair
In the other match, New Zealand defeated Afghanistan by 7 wickets chasing mere 173. Jimmy Neesham and Lockie Ferguson ripped Afghanistan batting and they shared 9 wickets between them. Neesham took five and the speedster took 4 to stop Afghanistan scoring a big score.
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The strong batting line-up of New Zealand chased the score with ease where Captain Kane Williamson scored an unbeaten 79. Ross Taylor missed his 49th half-century by 2 runs. Rashid getting injured didn’t help the cause of Afghanistan as the leg-spinner was hit on the grill by a bouncer.
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