A collapse from England’s middle and lower order ensured Bangladesh a five-wicket victory, guided by Afif Hossain’s all-round display. He first returned 3/18 before scoring a level-headed 86-ball 71 to guide the chase at the John Davies Oval in Queenstown.
England was put to bat first, and the decision was justified when Tom Banton was sent back by Robiul Haque (6) in the sixth over. However, England didn’t let them trouble though with Liam Banks and Harry Brook taking the attack to the bowlers. The duo posted 126 runs for the second wicket with each scoring individual fifties.
Both the batsmen looked in shot making spree, getting to their half-centuries with ease. However, the stand was brought to a sudden end by Mohammad Rakib, thanks to an excellent relay-catch in the deep as Banks departed for 74.
The wicket triggered a sudden collapse. Will Jacks (2) was sent back in the next over, Hasan Mahmud getting his first. In his next over, Mahmud had Brook holing out as well. When Euan Woods (4) and Finlay Trenouth (1) fell in consecutive overs, England was reduced to 157/6.
However, Jack Davies’s 41 balls 26 ensured England go past the 200-run mark.
Bangladesh lost Pinak Ghosh (7) early on after he edged Ethan Bamber to slips, but their batsmen added fairly sizeable partnerships to lead the charge. Saif first added 37 with Aminul Islam (20) before the latter was caught behind off Adam Finch. He then added 17 more with Hridoy (10), who holed out off Brook.
Saif was then joined Afif and the two batted sensibly to take their team closer to the target. The duo picked the gaps and kept the scoreboard moving. Though Sissodiya had Saif (59) trapped in front, Afif took over to guide them to the verge of victory.
Rakib gave adequate support to Afif, and the duo took Bangladesh to within seven runs of the target before Afif was bowled out while playing a slog sweep. But it was too little too late for England, as Rakib scored the winning runs.
the result meant that Bangladesh would go on to face South Africa in the fifth-place play-off. While England and New Zealand battle it out to finish seventh.
Brief Score: England 216 in 47.2 overs (Banks 74, Brook 66; Hossain 3/18) lost to Bangladesh 220/5 in 47.3 overs (Hassan 59, Hossain 71) by five wickets.
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