Irishman Eoin Morgan hammered a gutsy century under pressure to power England to a thrilling two-wicket victory over Bangladesh in the second one-day international on Tuesday.
Man-of-the-match Morgan hit a 104-ball 110 not out for his second one-day hundred as England surpassed Bangladesh’s 260-6 with seven balls to spare in the day-night match for an unbeaten 2-0 lead in the three-match series.
The 23-year-old also became the first batsman in one-day cricket to score centuries for two countries, his first hundred coming for Ireland against Canada in Nairobi in 2007.
“It got a bit close for our liking, but Eoin came in with a fantastic knock. He was calm under pressure,” said England captain Alastair Cook.
“We came here to win and have won the series. We have to try to win the series 3-0.”
Left-arm spinners Shakib Al Hasan (3-32) and Abdur Razzak (3-52) raised hopes of a Bangladeshi maiden one-day win over England before left-handed Morgan steered his team home in a close finish.
England were struggling at 108-4 and then 229-8, but Morgan kept his cool to finish the match with his second six, off seamer Shafiul Islam. He also hit eight fours.
“When they lost eight wickets we thought it was our best chance to pick up a win, but Morgan stood tall,” said Bangladesh skipper Shakib.
“I thought we batted well, but Morgan played really well and according to his plan. Full credit to him.”
Morgan put on 90 for the fifth wicket with wicketkeeper Matt Prior (42) before Shakib removed Luke Wright and Graeme Swann.
He eased the pressure with his brisk knock, pulling Shafiul for the first six and reverse-sweeping the spinners for fours on a few occasions.
Bangladesh posted their highest one-day total against England after being put in to bat, thanks to impressive half-centuries from wicket-keeper Mushfiqur Rahim (76) and opener Imrul Kayes (63).
England’s troubles began when spin was introduced after seven overs on a slow pitch, with Razzak trapping Kevin Pietersen (18) and Paul Collingwood (seven) leg-before.
The tourists suffered another setback when Cook (60) was caught by wicket-keeper Rahim on the second attempt off Shakib.
Cook looked in good touch, hitting three successive fours off Shafiul early in his knock before going on to complete his second successive half-century.
The England skipper then hit off-spinner Mahmudullah for his lone six in a 61-ball knock before falling in the next over.
Bangladesh earlier lost opener Tamim Iqbal (30) and Aftab Ahmed (four) in the opening 11 overs before being propped up by Kayes and Rahim, who added 90 for the third wicket.
Paceman Tim Bresnan (3-51) and off-spinner Swann (2-52) were the main wicket-takers for England.
Rahim, dropped on 24 by Stuart Broad at deep square-leg off Collingwood, went on to complete his sixth half-century before falling in a bid to step up the run-rate, caught by Wright at mid-wicket off Bresnan. — AFP