Twitter Reactions: Roy outclasses Shakib as Bangladesh slump to their second World Cup defeat against England

Twitter Reactions: Roy outclasses Shakib as Bangladesh slump to their second World Cup defeat against England

Shakib was the lone warrior for the Tigers with a knock of 121.

England team
England team. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)

Back in 2011 and 2015, Bangladesh defeated England in the World Cup. However, the Three Lions didn’t let history repeat itself as they came out trumps by 106 runs at the Sophia Gardens in Cardiff. The encounter turned out to be a high-scoring affair eventually the English batting lineup, powered by Jason Roy’s century, made the difference. It was England’s second World Cup win against Bangladesh since 2007.

Jason Roy shines with the bat

Even after losing their last game, the Tigers didn’t make any change to their eleven. The Brits roped in Liam Plunkett in place of Moeen Ali, who took a leave to attend his pregnant wife. Under bright conditions, Mashrafe Mortaza won the toss and elected to chase. The openers Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow put on an opening wicket stand of 128 in 19.1 overs to give the hosts the early advantage.

Bairstow got to his first fifty in the tournament, but Mashrafe picked him up soon after. Roy carried on and accomplished his fifty off 38 balls and he carried to notch a century as well. Furthermore, the Englishman stitched together a stand of 77 with Joe Root, who could only manage 21. Jos Buttler was promoted up the order and he didn’t disappoint, having scored 64 off 44 with two fours and four sixes.

Mohammad Saifuddin got the prized wicket of Butter. At the other end, Roy carried on and amassed 153 off 121 with 14 fours and five sixes. Mehidy Hasan Miraz got rid of him, but by then he had already done the damage. Eoin Morgan also contributed with a 33-ball 35. In the last few overs, the likes of Chris Woakes and Liam Plunkett played cameos of 18 and 27 respectively to take the Brits to 386.

Shakib stands tall for the Tigers

The run-chase for Bangladesh didn’t start on a happy note as Jofra Archer castled Soumya Sarkar in the fourth over itself. Tamim Iqbal had another poor outing with the bat as the left-hander could only get 19 off 29 with one boundary before falling prey to Mark Wood in the 12th over. The onus was then on Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim to steady the ship and get the Tigers back into the encounter.

The duo stitched together a stand of 106 runs, but the required rate kept mounting all the time. Shakib got to his fifty off 53 balls and then carved his way to his eight ODI century in 95 balls. It was his first ODI ton after two years with his last one coming in Cardiff itself. It took a splendid Yorker from Ben Stokes to send him packing. Shakib ended up getting 121 off 119 deliveries with the help of 12 fours and a six.

Liam Plunkett got rid of Mushfiqur, who contributed with 44 off 50 balls. With the run-rate over 16, Mosaddek Hossain played some strokes to score 26 off 16. Unfortunately, Stokes nipped him out. Wood removed Mahmudullah for 28 following which things went downhill for Bangladesh very quickly. The fate of the match was pretty much decided and the Tigers ended their innings on 280 in 48.5 overs.

Here is how Twitter reacted to the encounter