LONDON, (Reuters) – England captain Andrew Strauss struck a brilliant century to lead his team to a crushing 144-run victory over Bangladesh in the third one-day international in Birmingham yesterday.
The touring side, buoyed by their first ever win over England on Saturday, won the toss but Strauss smashed 154 to lift the hosts to a huge total of 347 for seven and they bowled out Bangladesh for 203 to clinch the series 2-1.
Strauss and Jonathan Trott, who made 110, shared a second-wicket stand of 250, England’s highest one-day international partnership, and a sparkling unbeaten 45 off 16 balls by Ravi Bopara powered his side to their third largest score in 50-over cricket.
Bangladesh went for their shots from the start but they lost wickets at regular intervals and never threatened to get close to their target.
Fast bowler Ajmal Shahzad removed dangerman Tamim Iqbal for 16 and only an eighth-wicket partnership of 56 between Mahmudullah and Abdur Razzak took Bangladesh past 200.
Bopara was England’s most successful bowler with figures of four for 38.
England won by 144 runs to win the three-match series 2-1.
A. Strauss c Shakib Al Hasan b Rubel Hossain 154
C. Kieswetter b Mashrafe Mortaza 0
J. Trott c Shakib Al Hasan b Mashrafe Mortaza 110
L. Wright c Jahurul Islam b Mashrafe Mortaza 0
P. Collingwood c Mohammad Ashraful b Rubel Hossain 8
E. Morgan c Tamim Iqbal b Shafiul Islam 1
R. Bopara not out 45
T. Bresnan c Tamim Iqbal b Shafiul Islam 10 M. Yardy not out 8
Extras (b 1, lb 4, w 4, nb 2) 11
Total (seven wickets; 50 overs) 347
Did not bat: A. Shahzad, S. Broad
Fall of wickets: 1-1 2-251 3-251 4-272 5-280 6-283 7-297
Bowling: Mashrafe Mortaza 10-2-31-3 (w-2), Shafiul Islam 9-0-97-2 (nb-1), Rubel Hossain 9-0-61-2 (nb-1, w-1), Abdur Razzak 9-0-63-0, Shakib Al Hasan 10-0-75-0, Mahmudullah 3-0-15-0.
Tamim Iqbal c Wright b Shahzad 16
Imrul Kayes c Kieswetter b Shahzad 4
Junaid Siddique c Wright b Bresnan 25
Jahurul Islam c Strauss b Broad 27
Shakib Al Hasan run out 6
Mohammad Ashraful lbw b Bopara 13
Mahmudullah lbw b Yardy 42
Mashrafe Mortaza c Kieswetter b Bopara 14
Abdur Razzak c Bresnan b Bopara 27
Shafiul Islam b Bopara 16
Rubel Hossain not out 1
Extras (lb 3, w5, nb4) 12
Total (all out; 47 overs) 203
Fall of wickets: 1-20 2-24 3-64 4-77 5-86 6-102 7-124 8-180 9-190 10-203
Bowling: Shahzad 4-1-24-2 (1nb), Bresnan 7-0-39-1, Broad 10-1-27-1 (2w), Wright 7-0-27-0 (1nb, 1w), Bopara 10-1-38-4 (2w), Trott 3-0-18-0 (1nb), Yardy 4-0-27-1.