England seal series win in Bangladesh as Jason Roy stars with the bat

England end Bangladesh’s seven-year unbeaten run at home in bilateral one-day international series… as Jason Roy powers his way to his 12th hundred to lead the visitors to a dominant 132-run win

  • Jason Roy starred with the bat as he hit 132 from 124 balls for the visitors
  • England finished on 326-7, thanks to some big-hitting from Jos Buttler
  • England defended the total, with four wickets for Sam Curran and Adil Rashid 

Jason Roy’s 12th one-day hundred proved the cornerstone of a performance that saw England end Bangladesh’s seven-year unbeaten home record.

Not since the winter of 2016-17 had the Bangladeshis lost a bilateral series on their own soil, but after being edged out in the opening match on Wednesday, they felt the fuller force of the tourists’ might here as Jos Buttler’s team took an unassailable 2-0 lead.

In a World Cup year every match takes on extra significance, and Roy – the man whose throw sealed England’s maiden 50-over title – began 2023 with question marks over his international future.

A second three-figure contribution in five appearances has categorically answered those, however, and this turbo-charged effort on a surface which proved troublesome to those arriving at the crease leaves only Joe Root and Eoin Morgan ahead of him amongst English centurions.

Like game one’s match winner Dawid Malan, he began scratchily, edging boundaries perilously close to slip and leg stump respectively, as Bangladesh looked to exploit the theory that he struggles against left-arm spin by opening up with both Shakib Al Hasan and Taijul Islam, after winning another toss. One aerial blow cleared cover; a clip fell just short of midwicket.

Jason Roy looked to be back to his best as he smashed his 12th one-day international hundred

Jos Buttler produced some big-hitting after Roy was dismissed as England posted a huge total

Like Malan, he discovered things got easier with time, and he had struck nine of the innings’ 10 fours when Buttler, who hit 76 from 64, announced himself with a reverse sweep to the rope off Taijul.

It was during their stand of 109 in 15.3 overs that England developed the impetus to more than doubled their 30-over total of 157 for three, and 107 came from the final 10.

Roy’s rampage of six fours in a burst of 11 deliveries preceded a weary attempt at a sweep to Shakib’s arm ball but Buttler began a sequence of seven late sixes with two in as many balls off Mehidy Hasan Miraz and with Moeen Ali and Sam Curran also weighing in, Bangladesh were asked to score in excess of 300 in the second innings of a one-day international at Mirpur for the first time to take the series to a decider in Chittagong.

Their best is 295 for six, in a losing cause against Australia a decade ago, and they did not even get into range courtesy of Curran, the world’s most expensive white-ball cricketer.

Sam Curran shone with the new ball and finished with four wickets in the match

Adil Rashid also took four wickets on a turning pitch as England sealed a comfortable win

Forming a new-ball alliance with Saqib Mahmood – with Jofra Archer and Chris Woakes rotated out – the Surrey all-rounder extracted enough swing to take the edge three times in an initial spell of 5-1-19-3 that dictated there would be nothing significant to stoke a fervent full house.

Fittingly, he finished the game with a fourth when Mustafizur feathered through to Buttler.

Shakib celebrated his 400th appearance for his country with a half-century, supported in a 79-run partnership by Tamim Iqbal, days after their personal rift was made public.

Despite the lack of hope, the 25,000 crowd remained until the dismissal of Afif Hossain, the second of Asia Rashid’s four victims triggered a surge from the stands.

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