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T20 World Cup, ENG vs BAN: England Cruise beat Bangladesh, win by 8 wickets in Abu Dhabi

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England beat Bangladesh by eight wickets in the Twenty20 World Cup on Wednesday to register their second successive win in the two countries’ first meeting in the format. Opener Jason Roy smashed a 38-ball 61 as England chased down their target of 125 runs in 14.1 overs in the Super 12 clash in Abu Dhabi. Roy reached his seventh T20 fifty in his 50th match with a straight six and shared a crucial 73-run partnership with David Malan, who scored an unbeaten 28.

Left-arm pacer Tymal Mills combined with spinners Moeen Ali and Liam Livingstone to restrict Bangladesh to 124-9.

Eoin Morgan’s England, the world’s number one ranked T20 side, top Group 1, after beating West Indies by six wickets in their first match of the tournament to register two major victories.

Bangladesh, who were defeated by Sri Lanka in their opening Super 12 match, lost regular wickets after deciding to bat first in Abu Dhabi.

After conceding 10 runs in the opening over of the innings, Moeen returned to take a hat-trick in his second over, which was denied by Mushfiqur Rahim, who top-scored with 29.

An off-spinner Moeen caught Liton Das for nine runs at deep square leg and then sent Mohammad Naeem back to the pavilion for five.

Bangladesh found themselves in trouble at 26-3 when Chris Woakes claimed the keys to Shakib Al Hasan and Adil Rashid ran backwards to take a fine catch. Shakib got out for four.

Mushfiqur and captain Mahmudullah Riyadh, who scored 19, tried to repair the damage in a 37-run partnership before Livingstone broke it.

Livingstone dismissed Mushfiqur leg before but England had to use the umpire’s referral to favor their side as the on-field official declared it not out.

Bangladesh continued to falter as the run-out cost Afif Hossain his wicket for five and Mahmudullah was dismissed for 19, shortly after Livingstone took his second wicket.

No. 9 Nasum Ahmed brought Bangladesh some respect with an unbeaten 19 off nine balls as he hit two sixes and a four in the 19th over to Rashid.

But England’s batsmen fell short of the effort as the batsmen had some trouble in replying to the batting despite Jos Buttler’s wicket for 18 runs.

Roy hit five fours and three sixes in his attacking innings, which took steam from Bangladesh’s bowling.

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Malan, playing in his first T20 World Cup match, found useful batting time after the left-hander was not given a chance to bat in the first match.

Jonny Bairstow scored the winning four after scoring an unbeaten eight.

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