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Jun 16

Virat Kohli: composure is key in India-Pakistan Champions Trophy final

• India’s captain urges his players not to get caught up in the hype
• ‘I have been very impressed, Pakistan’s turnaround has been magnificent’

Virat Kohli will urge his India side to play the game not the occasion in the Champions Trophy final on Sunday after their brisk disposal of Bangladesh set up a box-office encounter with Pakistan that could break TV viewing records.

The rivals have never met in the final of a 50-over global tournament and with a reported audience of upto a billion people for their group-stage meeting a fortnight ago – a one-sided affair that India won comfortably – The Oval could now be set to host the most watched cricket match of all time.

Related: India set up Pakistan Champions Trophy final with defeat of Bangladesh

Related: India triumph after Virat Kohli hits unbeaten 81 to help crush Pakistan

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/16/virat-kohli-inadia-pakistan-champions-trophy-final

Jun 15

Bangladesh v India: ICC Champions Trophy semi-final – live!

12.29pm BST

Quality off-tweak from Kedar Jadhav and Tamim departs. A few dots got him tense and going hard at the ball. Jadhav uses his smarts to hold the final ball back. Tamim’s so early on the sweep, he might have had a chance if came back around and completed the full 360. An excellent innings comes to an end.

12.26pm BST

27th over: Bangladesh 152-2 (Iqbal 70, Mushfiqur 51) It comes off a thick outside edge, but otherwise it has been an excellent half-century from Mushfiqur. He’s played a fine hand in this partnership.

Who’s more nervous? Indian fans or Bangladeshi fans?

Anxiety increases when you’re in positions you didn’t think you’d be in.

12.23pm BST

26th over: Bangladesh 148-2 (Tamim 69, Mushfiqur 49) Still no boundary but still runs taken. We’ve had 25 runs ran in the last five overs.

Richard Willmsen, who got this thread started, says thanks to you all. He adds: “I’m finding Google Translate quite helpful for some of the advice but in terms of the action, would it be possible to write every third or fourth line ‘SO NOW BANGLADESH/INDIA ARE WINNING’?” Right now, Bangladesh are winning. But that could change in the very next over, or even after 26 overs of the India innings, if they are, say, 200 for one, thus rubbishing Bangladesh’s progress at this point. Yeah, I know.

12.19pm BST

25th over: Bangladesh 142-2 (Tamim 66, Mushfiqur 46) The average first innings score here is 277, which Bangladesh should beat with ease.

Peter Salmon emails in with some proper words: “Call me old fashioned, but nothing gets a newcomer more excited about the game than a couple of hours spent demonstrating the correct way to play a forward defensive. Soft bottom hand, high elbow, foot to the pitch of a ball placed about a metre in front of them, no following through. Repeat. That’s how you get the kids excited about cricket.”

12.16pm BST

24th over: Bangladesh 137-2 (Tamim 65, Mushfiqur 42) Another good no-boundary over. Something of each ball – seven again from it.

Here’s a sight you thought you’d never see!

More to follow…#BANvIND #CT17 pic.twitter.com/b5aQ3xsRfU

12.13pm BST

23rd over: Bangladesh 130-2 (Tamim 63, Mushfiqur 36) This over is arguably just as good. Jadeja can be hard to score off yet Tamim and Mushfiqur manage seven without needing to reach the ropes.

“Seems like an appropriate time to ask for a shoutout for our 4th team captain, Aaron Saunders,” writes Matthew Bull. “Doesn’t know the fielding position but instead vaguely points to an area and says ‘go there please’.” At least he’s polite.

12.11pm BST

22nd over: Bangladesh 123-2 (Tamim 62, Mushfiqur 31) Absolutely outstanding from Tamim. Three smart shots – laced through point, over the top of cover, nudge off the pads – bring consecutive boundaries at the end of the over. That’s one way of slowing Ashwin down…

pic.twitter.com/LhXOjdWK7J

12.08pm BST

21st over: Bangladesh 110-2 (Tamim 50, Mushfiqur 30) A break in the over to review a stumping chance. Sharp work from Dhoni and good turn from Jadeja, but Mushfiqur has enough of his size 6 behind the line. He started the over with a tidy reverse for four. They’re beginning to enjoy this, are Mush and Tam.

“Get the laid back friend to explain the basics, not the enthusiastic friend.” Another good point – this one from Alice Arcury-Quandt. There’s nothing worse than being informed about the game by someone who’s just too into it…

12.03pm BST

20th over: Bangladesh 105-2 (Tamim 50, Mushfiqur 25) Trial by spin as Ravi Ashwin speeds through an over for just one run. Smart, to be fair. Rush through a few and, suddenly, you’ve burned through overs for not very many.

Chris Drew: “Best piece of advice for cricket neophytes – don’t forget the corkscrew.”

12.01pm BST

19th over: Bangladesh 104-2 (Tamim 50, Mushfiqur 24) New one for me: Ravi Jadeja’s introduction features entrance music: “Ooooo Ravi Jadeja” sing the India fans as the White Stripes blare through the PA system. The final delivery nearly brings a wicket… Tamim reverse sweeps loosely over third man and gets the four to take him to his half-century from 62 balls.

“I have a comedy tea towel with all the positions illustrated literally,” writes Ian Copestake. “Deep mid on is in a hole with only his hand showing above ground, while short extra cover is a small man carrying three umbrellas, and so on. I now feel I know the positions but when I play I do get a lot of abuse for carrying umbrellas onto the pitch.”

11.57am BST

18th over: Bangladesh 96-2 (Tamim 43, Mushfiqur 23) Good work from these two: six runs off the over – no boundary – and their partnership moves to 30. They’ve been going at over five a over.

Good morning to Matt Ayre: “Surely part of the joy of understanding cricket is being able to get into an ontological argument about whether someone’s a backward point or a deep gully?” Or sixth slip.

11.54am BST

17th over: Bangladesh 90-2 (Tamim 41, Mushfiqur 19) If Bangladesh fans had a Tamim chant to the tune of Jolene, they’d belting it out right about now. Pandya tries to go for his legs to cramp him for room. No good – Tamim uses his newly freed wrists to clatter the ball over midwicket for the first six of the match!

11.49am BST

16th over: Bangladesh 80-2 (Tamim 33, Mushfiqur 17) Tamim, arms loose, mind at ease, spots a flatter delivery from Ashwin and uses his bat as a pinball bumper to deflect it fine for four to third man.

“Speak in between deliveries,” yes, excellent point, Simon Towers. “Newcomers can be spotted easily as their stories will be interrupted by ‘shottttt!’, or similar. Seasoned cricketers will pause without even thinking about it.

11.46am BST

15th over: Bangladesh 71-2 (Tamim 26, Mushfiqur 15) Better from Pandya. Something of his front foot behind the line and just four conceded. Tries to catch Tamim charging but gives away a wide. Nothing wrong with that.

Good morning to Kat Petersen, once a cricket newbie – weren’t we all – but now she sees: “The first thing I needed explaining to me was that just because everyone wears white it doesn’t mean they are all on the same team.”

11.42am BST

14th over: Bangladesh 67-2 (Tamim 24, Mushfiqur 14) Comfortable four runs from that over. Ashwin struggling not to push deliveries to Tamim down the leg side. Hasn’t quite hit his straps yet.

don’t worry about understanding all of it. I’ve met fans who have been fans for ages who still don’t know all the field positions.

11.39am BST

13th over: Bangladesh 64-2 (Tamim 22, Mushfiqur 12) NO BALLS! WE’VE GOT NO BALLS! AND WE’VE GOT A WICKET OFF ONE OF THOSE NO BALLS!!! Oh Hardik Pandya, what on earth have you done? His first no ball does limited damage as the free hit is caught at deep point, allowing a couple of runs. However the second means that Tamim survives after playing onto his own stumps. Unbelievable scenes. This time the free hit, which eventually comes after a wide full toss, is clouted down the ground for four. Is that the reprieve that’ll free Tamim up?

11.33am BST

12th over: Bangladesh 49-2 (Tamim 12, Mushfiqur 12) Ravi Ashwin on to tie some knots. Around the wicket to the leftie – Tamim guides a single to third man – and over to the right-handed Mushfiqur. No width to speak of.

Phil Russell’s advice is thus: “Don’t stand in front of the sightscreen because you’ll distract the batsman. Also all the players will then shout at you to move and this will make you cross because you didn’t know it was a problem and you don’t even like cricket anyway and you only came to this stupid game because your stupid partner plays it and then you will drive off leaving your now ex-partner stranded.” I once got shouted at by Graeme Smith for walking in front of a sightscreen during a four-day match at the Oval wearing a hoodie that could be described as “Dukes red”. He retired soon after that and I’ve still got the hoodie. So… yeah. Take that, Graeme.

11.30am BST

11.29am BST

11th over: Bangladesh 47-2 (Tamim 11, Mushfiqur 12) Kumar continues post-Power Play and concedes just one.

“Don’t try to understand it all at once,” starts Richard O’Hagan. I’m inclined to agree. “There are people who have followed the game for years who don’t understand it all. This is particularly good advice for Americans, who are quite happy to follow their own brand of football, a sport with so many rules that the rule book is thicker than a 1980s telephone directory. Tell them that you’ll explain the back foot no ball rule if they can tell you when a player is and isn’t on the line of scrimmage.” Ah, American Football, with your 50 players-a-side and 14 match officials…

11.25am BST

10th over: Bangladesh 46-2 (Tamim 10, Mushfiqur 12) Finally, Tamim’s into double figures. Solid first 10 from Bangladesh, albeit with one more wicket lose than they’d have liked.

“First piece of advice to a newcomer is a dual one,” writes Bob Miller. “Why the bowlers keep rubbing the ball on their trousers (ED: the like the feel) coupled with why this means that the batters don’t just try and smash every ball out of the ground (ED: They think it’s icky). Or alternatively why everywhere we go, the people want to know, who we are etc etc…”

11.21am BST

9th over: Bangladesh 45-2 (Tamim 9, Mishfiqur 12) Three fours off the boundary, each improving in quality, all three greeted with some Katy Perry. Mushfiqur’s first is, objectively, awful: charging and nearly ruining his own leg stump via an under edge. The next, an upright extra cover drive. The third guided classily between point and cover. Meanwhile, Tamim is stuck…

11.17am BST

8th over: Bangladesh 32-2 (Tamim 8, Mushfiqur 0) Tamim breaks the sequence of dot balls with a very English dab to third man for a single.

11.15am BST

7th over: Bangladesh 31-2 (Tamim 7, Sabbir 19) A wicket maiden. An over of calm puncutred by the carnage of Sabbir’s wicket. Richard Willmsen joins us for what I gather is his first cricket match. Kudos to a Bangladeshi shopkeeper in Rome for piquing his interest Read more about his journey here. Welcome to our delightful sport, Richard.

Let’s open this to the floor: if you could give a piece of advice to someone new to the game of cricket, what would it be? Mine for your early travails: never ask “who is winning?” Because no one ever knows, regardless of what Cricviz, WASP or those bits of mouldy seaweed say.

11.11am BST

Thirteen (13!) dot balls in a row and, twitchy, Rahman throws too much too early at a wider slower delivery, giving Ravi Jadeja at backward point a simple catch.

11.04am BST

5th over: Bangladesh 31-1 (Tamim 7, Sabbir 19) “India vs Pakistan final sounds exciting,” writes Mahendar Killedar. “But India has to get past Bangladesh first.” Absolutely. It’s why we’re here. “What odds did Pakistan beat before beating England?And how many of us anticipated Bangladesh to reach thus far at the beginning of Championship Trophy? So don’t under estimate them. Stay sober.” Sober as a cloud, Mahendar – stated in my opening entry that this would be tough for India. Proving to be the case after that first breakthrough. Tamim skews an outside edge beyond the dive of slip for four more. Ball coming very nicely onto the bat

11.01am BST

4th over: Bangladesh 26-1 (Tamim 6, Sabbir 19) Sabbir again. Get around this kid! Piercing boy band eyes yet wields the axe like a rock god. Skip and step to Bumrah gets another four over the top of the covers.

10.58am BST

3rd over: Bangladesh 21-1 (Tamim 6, Sabbir 15) Bangladesh’s issue in the group stages was that, Tamim aside, their top order was paper-thin. Sabbir’s positive approach – he charges Kumar and clouts him over extra cover, then threads a glorious orthodox punch squarer – looks as good a tactic as any. Let Tamim get on with his business at the other end and don’t get him worrying about shaking hands with a new batsman every five overs…

10.52am BST

2nd over: Bangladesh 11-1 (Tamim 6, Sabbir 5) Jasprit Bumrah, the one-finned dolphin swimming in circles in open water, takes the fresh ball from the other end. Quicker off the pitch from Kumar, Tamim tickles around the corner, beating fine leg for four. Sabbir Raham takes advantage of that extra nip too, thumping his first ball through cover point for four. Bumrah gives them both something to think about before the over’s out: beating Sabbir over middle stump then Tamim on the outside edge.

10.48am BST

1st over: Bangladesh 1-1 (Tamim 1) Hasn’t quite happened for Soumya Sarkar this tournament (he’s not alone in this Bangladesh side, mind). While Tamim knocks to square leg for one, Soumya snatches at his second ball. No real need given conditions.

10.46am BST

Having left his first ball, which just passed his off stump, a wider delivery is dragged on by the left-handed Soumya. Graeme Smith on commentary says it could be nerves. Whatever the reasoning behind the shot, it was poor.

10.40am BST

The covers are off and, more importantly, we have cricketers. More than 22 of them, in fact, as both squads make their way out to the pitch for the national anthems. Pleasing amount of tabla in Bangladesh’s. Fresh pitch for today’s match, by the way. India huddle up as Yuvraj bops to Seven Nation Army. Can’t quite make out the message coming from his eyes, but presumably it’s “send Bangladesh home”. Groovy Kumar to get us underway with the ball.

10.29am BST

Me and my big mouth. Further delays to play, though not for long:

Covers off. Not raining at the moment. Game to get underway at 10.40am local time. In 11 minutes. #INDvBAN #CT17

10.24am BST

Yuvraj Singh, the only man the game has seen with a better back-lift than Brian Charles Lara, brings up 300 ODI matches today. We’ve seen the clip of him panging Broad for six of the best. We get it – wrist for days, timing for weeks, class for years.

Instead, here he is getting down at his own wedding with a catastrophically underdressed Virat Kohli.

10.11am BST

Virat Kohli has won the toss and has decided that India will chase whatever Bangladesh can muster. Both sides are unchanged. Virat Kohli’s cool, Mashrafe Mortaza’s champing. We’re starting on time (10:30 BST), too. Rob Key reckons 320 is needed up first…

BANGLADESH: Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Sabbir Rahman, Mushfiqur Rahim†, Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mashrafe Mortaza*, Rubel Hossain, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman

10.05am BST

*Does the Hasan Ali thump-the-earth-rip-the-shirt-open celebration*

Good news.

Covers coming off and toss is about to happen #BANvIND pic.twitter.com/NxppVntq9F

10.03am BST

Facasinating nugget, this: Since the 2015 World Cup, Bangladesh have a better ODI record against the top-eight sides than India. Both have 11 wins, but Bangladesh have only lost 10 compared to India’s 13.

Good weather first. Replying from New Delhi. Hope Bangladesh don’t shock us today. 2 Billion people want #IndvsPak on Sunday:p

9.48am BST

Vish here, live and direct, for all your Thursday over-by-over needs. One of those Thursdays where it feels like a weekend, though I imagine a lot of you reading this from the UK of an English persuasion might be sullen-faced in the baking sun.

To think, just a year ago some of us were wondering how a financial juggernaut could be stopped by a country who, up to that point, had only inconvenienced our holiday plans with an ill-timed volcanic eruption. But, just as we have learned to accept out new Icelandic overlords – Góðan daginn, leiðtogar! – we now also bow to Pakistan. With relish.

10.42am BST

Vish will be here shortly. In the meantime, here is Ali Martin’s pre-match despatch from Edgbaston. Skippers Virat Kohli and Mashrafe Mortaza were both impressive – as was Ali, let’s be fair – at the press conferences:

Virat Kohli spoke with glowing respect about India’s opponents on Thursday, stating there can be no guarantees against Bangladesh these days given their rise to No6 in the one-day world rankings and their toppling of New Zealand last week.

Kohli’s defending champions are overwhelming favourites on a fresh pitch at Edgbaston but this has been a tournament of upsets so far, none more so than when Mashrafe Mortaza’s side chased down 266 at Sophia Gardens last Friday, which ultimately booked their semi-final place.

Related: India’s Virat Kohli will take nothing for granted against Bangladesh

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/live/2017/jun/15/bangladesh-v-india-icc-champions-trophy-semi-final-live

Jun 14

India’s Virat Kohli will take nothing for granted against Bangladesh

• No guarantees in this sport, says captain before Champions Trophy semi-final
• India have got more pressure than us, adds Mashrafe Mortaza of Bangladesh

Virat Kohli spoke with glowing respect about India’s opponents on Thursday, stating there can be no guarantees against Bangladesh these days given their rise to No6 in the one-day world rankings and their toppling of New Zealand last week.

Kohli’s defending champions are overwhelming favourites on a fresh pitch at Edgbaston but this has been a tournament of upsets so far, none more so than when Mashrafe Mortaza’s side chased down 266 at Sophia Gardens last Friday, which ultimately booked their  semi-final place.

Related: Pakistan close on victory over England in ICC Champions Trophy semi – live!

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/14/india-virat-kohli-take-nothing-for-granted-against-bangladesh-champions-trophy

Jun 05

Australia denied as match with Bangladesh abandoned due to rain – as it happened

Australia were 44 runs ahead of Bangladesh on DLS calculations when they were called off for rain, and needed just four more overs to force a result

10.19pm BST

Related: Australia denied by rain after Mitchell Starc catches Bangladesh in speed trap

9.22pm BST

That’s it. With heavy rain continuing, the officials have pulled the pin. Bitterly disappointing result for Australia, who were but four overs away from reaching the minimum required for a formal game to be complete. They move to their fixture against England on Saturday with two points – from two washouts.

Bangladesh are also saved from automatic elimination, much to the delight of the handful of fans they have left. Their final group game is on Friday against New Zealand in Cardiff.

9.01pm BST

Rediscovered this email gem from earlier, via Peter Salmon. “Doing some copy-editing at home and had to look up the word ‘trepid’, meaning the opposite of intrepid, i.e. timorous. Bizarrely the example the dictionary gives is as follows: The muscles of the spiritual athlete pant for such exertion; and without it, they would dwindle into trepid imbecility. – W C Armstrong. Was wondering if you could work that into your commentary?”

If only we had the chance, Monsieur Salmon.

8.49pm BST

The Oval looks like this. Imran Khan’s garden aside, not bright. #CT17 pic.twitter.com/P5DN6mEwYb

8.49pm BST

Terribly sorry to say. I fear our window has come and gone. And there was a window, make no mistake. It was decent out there for some time. But it has that set-in feel about it now. Nothing formal, and there remains ample time to hit the magic 20 over mark. But I don’t want to give you any of that false hope. I think we’re stuffed. What a mess.

8.31pm BST

“Have the senior cricket gods gone on holiday and left an intern in charge?” wonders Thomas Jenkins on the email. “Three washouts is surely the most South African way to exit a tourno. It doesn’t feel right that it might be happening to Oz instead. Funny, but not right.”

8.19pm BST

I know. There’s still ample time. But this isn’t heavy. One of the most ridiculous parts of our precious game, that it has to stop raining entirely for play to resume. Yet once they are on, it can be pouring and continue if the umpires deem it fit.

8.15pm BST

What a triumph! 43 overs for the Australian innings. Unclear what they’ll need to make, but that’s not overly important with Australia well ahead in the game. So, 15 minutes from now. CRICKET.

8.08pm BST

Pitch inspection.

Wallet inspection. It’s imminent. It may have happened already. It’s all hard to tell, but here’s what I know: the covers, broadly are off. The thing on wheels, that’s still there.The umpires are in their snazzy ICC tracksuit jackets having a chat. Umbrellas are down. Water has been pushed off the ground. If it is the case that we need to get going by 9:45pm (so we’re told) for any chance to get to 20 overs, then we’re in decent enough nick. Giddy up.

7.34pm BST

Oh, okay. A new title winner emerged the last year or so for best rain song. And this live routine is a rain of fire. (The non-musical-covers are tentatively getting some work, but it’ll likely still be an hour before we might get back.)

Tryna rain, tryna rain on the thunder
Tell the storm I’m new
I’mma walk, I’mma march on the regular
Painting white flags blue
Lord forgive me, I’ve been running
Running blind in truth
I’mma rain, I’mma rain on this bitter love
Tell the sweet I’m new

7.17pm BST

Still nothing doing, covers firmly on and the radar isn’t promising. If we did get back on, Australia would be given a reduced target and presumably romp there pretty easily.

If this is rained off, Australia and England go level on two points, Bangladesh and New Zealand on 1. The winner of England-NZ tomorrow would then be clear the the top of the group. The winner of Bangladesh-NZ would go to 3 points, and could go through to the semis if Australia lose or have a no-result against England. So the short version: Australia has to beat England, New Zealand has to beat England or Bangladesh, Bangladesh has to beat New Zealand, and England has to beat Australia. Any of them could still be knocked out or go through.

6.52pm BST

Given the confluence of myself, Adam Collins, and rain, it seems apt to post this moment from a very wet Test match in Sydney one southern summer. I’ll leave it to you lot to award the points.

6.48pm BST

Australia’s chances of progressing to the semi-finals could be made much harder, with only 16 overs faced in their chase. They must face 20 to be declared winners on Duckworth-Lewis-Stern. Which means we have to get back on early enough to get those four overs in. Will the rain clear? I am not in possession of that knowledge.

6.45pm BST

16th over: Australia 83-1 (Warner 40, Smith 22)

This is definitely a go-slow from Bangladesh. Mortaza is taking minutes between each delivery. Smith, in tactical response, defends five balls in an attempt to minimise the time between deliveries. But to no avail. The umpires call the players off with four overs left before a DLS calculation can be made.

6.39pm BST

15th over: Australia 82-1 (Warner 39, Smith 22)

Brilliant ball from Rubel Hossain. Fast, good length, and it cuts back in to Warner. Beats the outside edge by a micron, and the off stump by half of one. The next into the body and Warner is doubled up, fending it away. Then a sharp short one at the ribs! This is some over. A few spots of rain falling now. The Bangladesh fans are very pointedly putting their umbrellas up. Rubel goes for another ball at the ribs, and this time Warner is able to fend a single run.

6.35pm BST

14th over: Australia 80-1 (Warner 38, Smith 21)

Seven overs until rain can no longer save Bangladesh. Shakib-al-Hasan hasn’t bowled yet. It’s been all seamers. Unheard of for Bangladesh. And apparently it’s raining in Battersea. Can they drag these seven overs into about half an hour of spare time, and bring on the moisture? Mashrafe Mortaza has kept himself on at the Pavilion End. He’s certainly taking some time between deliveries. There’s a Smith single, then Warner bunts a couple of runs away to bring up his 4000th ODI run, and he’s the fastest Aussie to do so in terms of innings played. The umpires seem to be trying to hurry up Bangladesh a touch at the end of the over, as various councils of negotiation converge.

6.31pm BST

13th over: Australia 75-1 (Warner 35, Smith 19)

Ahoy, me briny brethren. Me salty sisters. Me barnacled uncles and auntnemones. The purpose of the bowling change was to swing Rubel around to the Pavilion End. It doesn’t work though, as Warner flicks a couple of runs through fine leg, chops another two over the man at backward point on the bounce, then pulls a single, before Smith pulls a double, and gets anotehr run through the covers. How easy was that. Eight runs an over and nary a risk to be seen.

6.26pm BST

12th over: Australia 66-1 (Warner 30, Smith 16)

Mashrafe brings himself back. Yeah, right? Rubel looked the goods, the skipper didn’t. But there we have it. Well, he beats Warner outside the off-stump, which isn’t for nothing. Six singles here. Shakib has to be a major part of the solution here if Bangladesh are any chance at all. I’m back to the TMS call for a bit. So I’ll leave you with my poet friend, Geoffrey Lemon.

6.22pm BST

11th over: Australia 61-1 (Warner 28, Smith 12)

Mehedi into the attack, speaking of bowlers who have broken England’s heart. Sorry about that. 19 years old with mad skillz, Admirably throwing it up to Warner. Couple of dots after four fairly relaxed singles.

6.19pm BST

10th over: Australia 57-1 (Warner 26, Smith 10).

You may remember Rubel Hossain as the man who bundled England out of the World Cup in 2015. He’s trying to do the same to Australia this evening, albeit with a shedload less runs at his disposal than he did that evening. Still, only three from this one and already in the book. Neither of the Australian leadership axis are in a hurry here. Reinforcing my earlier view that they have some pretty good weather advice in the sheds there. Otherwise, surely they would be giving it the big ones.

6.14pm BST

9th over: Australia 54-1 (Warner 24, Smith 9)

Oh Sniffer, do that one where you go inside out through cover point three minutes after walking out to bat, will you? Goodness me. Not many Australians here but they love that. Mustafizur might have fallen victim of being given one too many in this spell, offering a full toss to Smith next up after the half-volley. Reckon we’ll be seeing Shakib from the Pavilion End next up.

6.09pm BST

8th over: Australia 48-1 (Warner 24, Smith 3)

Sniffer Smith does as he does: first ball, shuffles across, clips through square for three of the best. You understand why everyone reckons he’s the quintessential lbw candidate. But he’s not, because he’s a freak.

6.06pm BST

Oh yes, that’s out! Finch didn’t bother worrying about DRS there. Missed it, skidded through, back pad. That’ll do it. Bangladesh need a lot to go right, but that at least gets them heading in the right direction.

6.04pm BST

7th over: Australia 40-0 (Warner 23, Finch 15)

The young gun Mustafizur back in the act for a fourth over. He’s good enough to beat Finch when running the fingers down the seam. Plenty to like about his approach, mixing up cutters with conventional swing that squared up Warner in the previous over. But on the whole, it’s pretty relaxed from the Australian. Suggests that they are confident at least 20 overs will be bowled. Otherwise, they’d be giving this the big ones in the power play. I wonder whether they have some formal meteorological advice going on in the rooms? These are the things I think about. My brain: a circus. Three from it, by the way.

5.56pm BST

6th over: Australia 37-0 (Warner 21, Finch 14)

More convincing pull from Warner this time, as Mortaza gives him the line and he swivels on his heels to put it away. Australia doing it with relative ease, grabbing singles and finding gaps. I’m afraid it doesn’t look like a miracle comeback for the men in green at this stage. Barely a shot in anger, yet a run rate above six an over and not a wicket lost. Time for our changeover – Geoff Lemon out, Adam Collins with you next.

5.52pm BST

5th over: Australia 28-0 (Warner 15, Finch 12)

Less comfortable against Mustafizur. They scamper a very quick single, then Warner tries a big pull shot, gets mostly bottom edge on it and it goes past his stumps for four runs. Fortunate for him.

5.49pm BST

4th over: Australia 21-0 (Warner 9, Finch 11)

Another boundary, Mortaza offering Finch the line and he’s able to glance the ball away fine. Then another couple of runs in the same area. They’re ticking over without needing to go wild at the moment.

5.45pm BST

3rd over: Australia 13-0 (Warner 8, Finch 4)

Four! Finch gets away, as Mustafizur offers width and the stocky Australian opener clunks the cut shot with every gram of mass at this disposal. The Earth’s gravity working for him. That followed a leg bye for Warner, and that’s it off the over. They’re not going wild, as I expected they would.

@GeoffLemonSport basslines: The Chain by Fleetwood Mac, i.e. the Formula 1 song. Nothing beats that!

@GeoffLemonSport ABC – by The Jackson 5 or No One Knows by Queens of the Stone Age

5.39pm BST

2nd over: Australia 8-0 (Warner 8, Finch 0)

Mashrafe Mortaza, the only remaining player from Bangladesh’s famous and solitary win over Australia, in an ODI in Cardiff back in 2005. He’s 33 years of age, the skipper, and still passionately playing on. Bowls at Warner’s ankle and is pushed for a single. Beats Finch on the outside edge with one that swings and moves off the pitch. Lovely seam movement. Just the single from Mortaza’s first over.

5.34pm BST

1st over: Australia 7-0 (Warner 7, Finch 0)

Mustafizur Rahman, the 21-year-old, Mister Fizzer to his friends. Such excitement about him as a player. 43 wickets in 19 games. And his first ball is an aspirin, soluble, it fizzes past Warner’s outside edge as the batsman gropes and the crowd lets out a primeval oooooooohhhh, a low groan of anticipation and delight. He cramps up the body second ball, and the third. Warner can’t get room. Something is gonna break. Cloudburst is imminent. Some blokes in the crowd are still singing Seven Nation Army. The bassline of The Oval is throbbing. Warner nearly falls over, the ball spearing into his legs. That’s a dangerous spot to bowl to him though, if he’s not surprised by the pace. And the second ball there, that proves to be the case: Warner leans on it and gets two runs through midwicket, the ball just kept in with the sprawling dive in the deep. Another dive from the last ball, as there’s a hint of width and Warner times it well, that push behind point. It should have been four but the outfield is wet and holding the ball up. Great start, even without obvious fireworks.

5.28pm BST

Alright, we’re back! Covers off, teams on. Australia needs 183, and would want to do it in the shortest time possible to avoid the risk of being rained off. If they don’t get to face 20 overs, there can be no Duckworth-Lewis-Stern calculation to declare them winners. So, a slight chance for Bangladesh if they can take advantage of the attacking mode to snaffle some wickets.

5.21pm BST

One of my entries in All Time Great Basslines: probably not one that will resonate with our British audience, but this is Australian rock band Grinspoon, who were discovered in the country town of Lismore in the late 90s. The song is Ready One. The had a brilliant couple of records, one called Easy and one called Guide To Better Living. As a bonus, this video is from the 2000 Big Day Out – I was still in high school, and this was one of the first concerts I went to. It involved jumping several fences and being beaten up by one raged-out security guard. Still saw the show.

5.11pm BST

I know this is rather anathema to the original concept of the OBO, that being a few jolly chaps on their sofas chatting about sport long before ‘banter’ even had a hashtag. But one of the advantages of doing it at the ground is that I can walk a few rows down and ascertain that it is, in fact, raining. Very lightly, but that’s enough. Indeed, even as I type the covers are coming out. Now the boring game of intrigue begins. The ground DJ, showing a level of restraint hitherto unknown to his species, does not play a precipitation-themed song. he plays Love Will Tear Us Apart.

5.07pm BST

Right, Geoff Lemon back with you for this bit. And during the break, while the kiddies have been running around comparing their heights to Mushfiqur Rahim, I’ve had a most intriguing email. From a mysterious correspondent known only as Paul.

“Have Bangladesh been playing a canny game? Batting slowly and using as many of their overs as possible, then bowling as slowly as they’re allowed. So long as there’s no result today, this will leave Bangladesh with a route to the semis, if they can beat NZ and hope England win both remaining games. An outside chance but I’m sure they’d settle for still being in it going into the third match. And if it does happen, I imagine the Australians will be generous in their praise: ;Alright mate, fair play to you and well done’, kind of thing.”

4.50pm BST

At different periods, the Bangladesh innings threatened to be something. Mostly when Tamim had a big over or two, but there were moments.

The speed of his innings of 95 was dictated by events. As soon as he found a likely, established partner, he had a dip. Then, when the wicket invariably came, he put it away.

4.41pm BST

Inevitable! Starc picks up his fourth in nine balls, taking the middle stump when the teenager missed a full one. Brilliant from Starc, finishing with 4-for-29. I’ll gather my thoughts and recap the innings that was in a tic.

4.39pm BST

44th over: Bangladesh 181-9 (Mehedi 14, Mustafizur 1)

Cummins replaces Zampa. Not rocket surgery that they are trying to do here – hit those wooden things. All gets a bit silly when Mehedi charges the quick while backing away to try and manufacture something, anything. To the yorker, he gets the bat down just in time after again making room. Have to admire the young fella’s pluck. Back to back maidens as he misses the last two balls, both shorter. That means Starc vs Mustafizur awaits. Put the kettle on, this won’t take long.

4.36pm BST

43rd over: Bangladesh 181-9 (Mehedi 14, Mustafizur 1)

Oh! The hat-trick ball is, predictably, a yorker. It beats Mustafizur too, the left-hander nowhere near it. But it has just missed off-stump. The no. 11 gets bat on the final one, but they decline the single. Survival is all they have left here. Starc proving in that three-wicket maiden why he is the best in the business. Simple as that.

4.34pm BST

Starc is on a hat-trick! That wasn’t the yorker but it was too quick. Too good. Rubel has no chance, really. Tried his best to make contact. Three wickets in four balls and he’ll line up for four in give moments from now at the number 11. Don’t get many better chances than this for three-in-three, either.

4.32pm BST

Yorker, yorker! The captain Mashrafe loses his middle one with a beauty from Starc. It’s two in three balls for the talisman and now they’re every chance of finishing this off in a hurry. Superb.

4.30pm BST

Oh no! First ball of Starc’s new over prompts a swing, trying to get to three figures in one srtike, but a top edge is all he gets. Nicely taken by Hazlewood the deep. The wonderful hand is over five runs short of back to back tons. But let’s be happy it happened, not sad that it is over.

4.28pm BST

42nd over: Bangladesh 181-6 (Tamim 95, Mehedi 14)

Ignore my whingeing, Zampa was just being spun around to replace Josh Hazlewood. Fair play, skip. He keeps on ripping it. No gaps to be found until Mehedi busts out the lap. Risky but effective. Four from the other as Tamim gets inside one lofted drive of a ton.

4.25pm BST

41st over: Bangladesh 177-6 (Tamim 94, Mehedi 11)

Welcome to happy hour. Or at least, that’s how it was at the last global tourney in 2015 when it wasn’t unusual to see 120 or more clobbered in the final ten. Since then, one more man is allowed outside the circle through this period, halting the hyperinflation to an extent. Bangladesh will be happy just getting to the line with 250 in the bag, you’d imagine. Mehedi can go a bit though, won the player of the series award at the Under 19 world cup last year as much for his work with the bat as the ball.

4.20pm BST

40th over: Bangladesh 171-6 (Tamim 91, Mehedi 9)

It is, I can report, gloomy and rainy. Umbrellas out. But thankfully, Umps Gaffney and Llong are keeping on keeping on. Hazlewood is too, beginning the final of his complement for the day. He’s your classic 1/40 off ten guy, isn’t he? That’s what he finishes with here, after a nondescript six is taken from his last set. A couple of short ones, a couple short of a length, a couple full. He knows the score. Tamil, meanwhile, is into the 90s. He raced from the 70s to the 80s with considerably more force. But the job has changed now – he simply must be there at the end.

4.15pm BST

39th over: Bangladesh 165-6 (Tamim 87, Mehedi 7)

Tell you who hasn’t given up is the Bangladeshi crowd. Mehedi goes back in his crease to pull Zampa’s short ball out through backward square for four, and the green masses in the stands go wild. It’s still very crowded, even though umbrellas are popping up like strange fungus. I’m off to meet a caterpillar on a toadstool, and Adam Collins will pour your next cup of tea.

4.12pm BST

38th over: Bangladesh 159-6 (Tamim 86, Mehedi 2)

Maxwell is banished indeed. Hazlewood to return, and look to kill this game off. Given the chance of rain, Australia would love to be chasing 170 and have the chance to batter after it in the shorterst possible time. Or with a dozen overs left, Tamim could help them add another 100 runs. Tough ask though, Bangladesh up against it. Mehedi Hasan out there, more of a bowler but capable with the bat. He gets off the mark with a single, and Tamim is able to pull a couple and produce a one-legged swat off his pads through square for one. Mehedi glances another single. But quiet accumulation won’t do it for Bangladesh, as the first spots of rain come down.

4.07pm BST

37th over: Bangladesh 153-6 (Tamim 82)

Zampa gets two in two. Last ball of the over, after an lbw appeal that was also pretty close. He bowls wide, Mahmudullah tries to cut. My theory is that batsmen really struggle to read Zampa’s length. So often when they try to go cross-bat, they mess it up. In this case, length and maybe it didn’t turn as much as expected. Either way, a bottom edge on the cut, and back into the stumps. It really is all on Tamim today.

4.03pm BST

36th over: Bangladesh 150-5 (Tamim 80, Mahmudullah 7)

Do my eyes deceive me? Glenn James Maxwell is coming on to bowl. He’s been in bowling Siberia of late with Steve Smith, but Smith has decided spin is the way to under glum skies on a damp day. Turns the first off-break, takes the outside edge of Tamim’s bat but there’s no slip. They tick a couple of singles. But then, bang. Down the pitch comes Mahmudullah. Didn’t get to the pitch, closed the face of the bat as he mis-hit it, but gave it enough muscle to drag it just over the rope down at long on for six. Nine from the over. A Napoleon-brief return for the bowler?

3.59pm BST

35th over: Bangladesh 141-5 (Tamim 78, Mahmudullah 0)

So Sabbir is gone. But as England learned to their cost at the 2015 World Cup, Mahmudullah’s goan knock you out. Or in this case, block you out, as he does to Zampa’s over. A wicket maiden for the South Australian leg-spinner. Some start.

3.56pm BST

At last, as Ella Fitzgerald sang. At last, my man has come along. In this case, my man is Adam Zampa. He has the Alice band in place. He has the tops bleached and the sides shaved. And he has a wicket second ball. It’s not a bamboozler. It’s wide and hittable, full. There for the drive. Sabbir gives it a go, but strikes it straight into the chest of Sniffer Smith at short cover.

3.53pm BST

34th over: Bangladesh 141-4 (Tamim 78, Rahman 8)

Sabbir Rahman knocks a single. Tamim charges Hazlewood, tries to pull and misses. Then tries again without the charge and gets another lucky top edge that drops between mid-on and midwicket. He’s had some fortune, between moments of tremendous skill and long periods of discipline.

3.48pm BST

33rd over: Bangladesh 136-4 (Tamim 76, Rahman 5)

Only my old primary school teachers call me Geoffrey. But I’m back, and so is Pat Cummins. Tamim comes across, makes room by moving to the off, and plays a kind of flip-pull down through long leg for four. Lovely, lovely touch. It’s all on Tamim here, basically. He has to boost his own scoring rate, then do everything for Bangladesh to get a decent score. Unless we get rained off. The atmosphere here feels like it could be imminent. But I said that before. Tamim is 76 off 94 by the end of the over.

3.44pm BST

32nd over: Bangladesh 130-4 (Tamim 71, Rahman 4)

Josh Hazlewood given a second go. I wouldn’t say Head was hit out of the attack as such, but after getting through eight overs it’s the right time to get the frontliners back on. In keeping with the overall theme of the day, he’s straight back into his familiar shoe-box. Three singles, three dots. Honest Josh Hazlewood, the man who attacks are built around.

3.41pm BST

31st over: Bangladesh 127-4 (Tamim 70, Rahman 3)

Cummins bowled a bit of dross when he started his day, but is bang on at the moment. He’s on the ribs, then he’s on the hip, then he’s in the block-hole. Three singles are their lot.

3.36pm BST

30th over: Bangladesh 124-4 (Tamim 68, Rahman 2)

15 from it, but a wicket for Head. “A disappointingly brilliant decision” to give Shakib out according to reader Alan Synnott. That feels about right. For 140 years or more a spinner wouldn’t be getting anyone out after dancing down. But we’ve seen central umpires happier to give those, armed with DRS. Bold from Umpire Llong. Bold as well from Rahman who begins his stay with a lap sweep for a couple to end the over.

3.34pm BST

TV ump Ian Gould confirms the verdict, Shakib is gone! Umpires call on contact, and he had used his feet so there was some question as to whether it would slide down, but coming around the wicket Head has that crashing into middle stump. Great fightback after Tamim struck him rather gloriously over long off with consecutive balls to start the set. Eventful!

3.32pm BST

WICKET! Shakib given out LBW to head after Tamin smacks two huge sixes to start the Head over! REVIEW! Stand by.

3.31pm BST

29th over: Bangladesh 109-3 (Tamim 55, Shakib 29)

Fair debate going on with TMS about whether the ICC should be nimble enough to change the playing conditions when rain is imminent. The consensus here is that we’re going to cop a storm after tea. If, say, they agreed beforehand to play 25 overs each rather than 50 for one team ahead of a washout? You can see where I am going with this. Thoughts? It’s Adam at the moment, by the way. Adam.Collins.Freelance@theguardian.com- hit me up.

3.26pm BST

28th over: Bangladesh 106-3 (Tamim 53, Shakib 28)

So, no Zampa as yet. Head into his seventh. Nothing wrong with that equation, as the latter is very much doing the job. But you can imagine Zampa craving a chance for a jam roll while the going is relatively good. He’s absolutely bang on to these left-handers, around the wicket and generating enough bounce when he throws it up and ideal direction when darting it in. Four from it, all singles. Hard to recall a bad ball he has bowled.

3.23pm BST

27th over: Bangladesh 102-3 (Tamim 51, Shakib 26)

Positive signs for Bangladesh, Starc missing his yorker, Shakhib doesn’t miss out on the full toss, carving behind point. That’ll do. 100 up later in the over when the all-rounder grabs another two in that direction. Good batting in the back half of the over, taking a single to his feet. That’s more like it in the middle overs. Starc responds predictably: a bouncer.

3.19pm BST

26th over: Bangladesh 95-3 (Tamim 51, Shakib 19)

Pressure! Travis Head racing through an over littered with dots, the last ball prompting a quick single that probably wasn’t there, Wade nearly executing a direct hit when back with him. He’s quickly evolving into Smith’s go-to for shutting down any surge in momentum for the batting team. Dots littered this over other than the half-run out chance. 14 runs from his six. Superb from the young man.

3.17pm BST

25th over: Bangladesh 93-3 (Tamim 51, Shakib 18)

Starc again, and the batsmen still can’t lift the rate. Three singles. What is their game here? Take 100 from Zampa? Is Zampa going to bowl at all? I have all questions and no answers, so I’ll hand this post over to guest bass curator Guy Hornsby.

3.12pm BST

24th over: Bangladesh 90-3 (Tamim 50, Shakib 15)

Tamim’s fifty comes up from his 69th ball, but just the two singles from Head’s over.

3.11pm BST

23rd over: Bangladesh 88-3 (Tamim 49, Shakib 14)

Henriques may be the cheese, but Tamim has found the prunes. Suddenly, things come with a rush. The batsman, most notably, down the wicket and cleanly launching a huge cover drive for six. Then charging again, pulling this time, over midwicket for four. Henriques pulls the length back, so Tamim goes back this time and pulls four more through fine leg! A couple of singles in the middle and it makes 16 from the over, something Bangladesh desperately needed. The run rate goes from about 3.3 to 3.8 in six balls.

3.07pm BST

22nd over: Bangladesh 72-3 (Tamim 34, Shakib 13)

Starc returns, Sniffer Smith turning his nostrils to the air and scenting a wicket. What a start as well. Tamim flays at a wide one and misses. Batters the next into his pads. Gets a good pice of the third ball, but Smith leaps across at cover and saves the potential boundary. So good for bowlers when their field backs them up. No, I’m not looking at you, Pakistan. Tamim finally gets away from the bowling with a glide to third man, and Shakib is dropped!

3.01pm BST

21st over: Bangladesh 69-3 (Tamim 33, Shakib 11)

Henriques acting as the cheese in the digestive system of this Bangladesh innings, clogging things up. A drive to Maxwell in the covers, but he swoops and nearly catches Tamim napping at the non-striker’s end. Throw misses. They finally get a couple of singles, then Tamim plays cleverly, noting Henriques’ straight line and moves across towards his off stump. Creates the line to pull the ball hard for a couple of runs.

2.56pm BST

20th over: Bangladesh 65-3 (Tamim 30, Shakib 10)

Adam and James Taylor on TMS are discussing the fastest ever bowlers, in terms of time taken to deliver an over. Taylor is tipping Ray Price, from Zimbabwe, but Head is giving it a go. Again just a couple of singles as the Bangladesh batsmen blink and miss it.

2.54pm BST

19th over: Bangladesh 62-3 (Tamim 29, Shakib 8)

Henriques doing well. Shakib misses a pull, then drives twice to the off-side but can’t beat the field. Does so on his third attempt, driving hard and stylishly to deep point, but there’s a nice save in the deep. Cuts a single.

2.52pm BST

18th over: Bangladesh 59-3 (Tamim 29, Shakib 5)

Just a couple of singles from Head’s next over of spin. Tim Stafford is pondering the rhythm section as well. “I’d say Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean could rival the White Stripes for recognisability and The Clash’s Guns of Brixton for genuine goodness (not least the sample for Beats International’s Dub be Good to Me).”

2.50pm BST

17th over: Bangladesh 57-3 (Tamim 28, Shakib 4)

Four. Shakib off the mark second ball. Another left-hander, he gets some angle to work with and utterly laces the back-cut through gully. We’re getting replays showing that Mushfiq got an edge on that shot. The leg-before shout. There was an inside edge. It comes up on Hot Spot and Snicko. But he didn’t use his team’s review. Puts paid to that idea that batsmen always know when they’ve hit it.

2.45pm BST

No sooner am I back than the death knell sounds. Henriques is bowling in his characteristic fashion, medium pace stump to stump, and Mushfiq misses one. Struck in front. Huge loss for Bangladesh, he’s one of their trumps. It will all be down to Tamim and Shakib-al-Hasan from here.

2.43pm BST

16th over: Bangladesh 53-2 (Tamim 28, Rahim 9).

Head has a real knack of this. Rahim is trying to work and flick and sweep but just can’t make sufficient contact to beat the ring. It takes Head to misfire down leg for runs to come, via a little lap for two. He retains the strike with a push to point. Have a drink, fellas. I’m back to the BBC radio call in a tic. Why not splash out and listen in while following Geoff here? Sync the TV for the trifecta? Think Big.

2.39pm BST

15th over: Bangladesh 50-2 (Tamim 28, Rahim 6)

Moises Henriques into the attack as well. So it’s pretty clear that Sniffer Smith is going to get through their fifth bowler while the going is slow. Sound if trying to keep it tight. But, rain right? Ten wickets sooner rather than later? Tough balance to strike. Be I don’t second guess. Moises was pretty good, conceding just the 25 in five completed overs on Thursday. Three singles is all the Bangladesh pair get from his first today. Risk-free, but not much else.

2.36pm BST

14th over: Bangladesh 47-2 (Tamim 27, Rahim 4)

Travis Head is on, which means some 75 second overs! He’s a master at the craft, the South Australian twirler. Well, not so much a twirler as a dart thrower. But a very accurate one, in essence keeping Glenn Maxwell from the bowling crease in this Australian side. For reference, Maxwell was the primary Australian spinner in their triumphant 2015 World Cup campaign.

2.33pm BST

13th over: Bangladesh 45-2 (Tamim 26, Rahim 3)

Nothing wrong with that from Cummins. Four dots. Yeah, a wide too. But only two runs conceded. Tamim has occupied 44 balls for his 26 so far. Might need to find another gear if they are to push up to that 330 mark Mashrafe was talking about before the game.

2.28pm BST

12th over: Bangladesh 43-2 (Tamim 25, Rahim 3)

Josh Halewood continues from the Vauxhall End. He’s been spot on so far today, unlucky not to already have talisman Tamim in the shed as well after a loose pull shot, coming immediately after he found Soumya’s edge. Oh, and another top edge that could have gone anywhere this time around too. “Too much height, not enough length” Ali Mitchell’s assessment on the radio. Rahim safe. It came after the pair exchanged more controlled singles to third man. Tamim retains the strike with a single to midwicket.

2.21pm BST

11th over: Bangladesh 39-2 (Tamim 23, Rahim 1)

Gee, it isn’t a flattering replay for Imrul. Nothing shot, that. Catching practice at best. Cummins is the sort of bowler who gets wickets in a flurry, and now he’s got an incision expect to see him stick around at the bowling crease for a bit. Rahim is the new man, off to mark steering to third man. The Aussie quick misfires with a wide to Tamin, before returning to his preferred line to end a successful over.

2.18pm BST

Cummins strikes! Imrul playing away from his body, a thick edge, just carrying to Aaron Finch at point. With Australia bowling first and rain coming later, they will know how vital it is that they take ten quicks as quickly as possible.

2.15pm BST

10th over: Bangladesh 37-1 (Tamim 23, Imrul 1)

Hazlewood doing what he does. Pinning down Tamim. Nearly has him again, via another top-edged pull, but there’s not much bat on it and Wade can’t get around to take the lob. The batsmen squirt a couple of singles, but that’s all they can get.

2.11pm BST

9th over: Bangladesh 35-1 (Tamim 22, Imrul 5)

Imrul has kept the strike, and is riding the bounce from Cummins into the gully. Gets a shorter one down leg that he’s able to kick away for a leg bye. Tamim hasn’t had a heap of strike of late, but doesn’t look bothered, immediately tapping a run to midwicket to get back down the leisure end of the pitch. Kayes dodges a good bouncer, and sees out the over.

@GeoffLemonSport She Bangs The Drums was my most memorable bassline as a kid. Reassuringly easy to learn as an 18 year old too.

2.07pm BST

8th over: Bangladesh 33-1 (Tamim 21, Imrul 5)

Hazlewood wil continue from the Vauxhall end for a longer spell. Tamim gets off strike first ball, then Imrul aims a massive wallop across the line that gets dragged away through square for two. He’s beaten next ball, outside off, then square drives a single. More convincing, the last stroke, but you wouldn’t yet apply that adjective to his innings.

@GeoffLemonSport Bangla Desh anthem was composed in 1906 by the poet Rabindranath Tagore, and adopted in 1972 as their national anthem.

2.02pm BST

7th over: Bangladesh 29-1 (Tamim 20, Imrul 2)

Just the three overs from Mitchell Starc to begin with, and Patrick Cummins is the next express option to be tried. He immediately looks less threatening, landing on the leg stump with his first four balls, and seeing each of them worked away for one or two runs. Finally gets the line a bit more on middle for the last two balls, defended by Imrul.

2.00pm BST

6th over: Bangladesh 24-1 (Tamim 16, Imrul 1)

Imrul Kayes the next to the middle, and drives his second ball past mid-off for a single. Tamim is less convincing to close the over, a big pull-slog against Hazlewood that goes high in the air but luckily for him swirls with the breeze over mid-on instead of to him. Tamim gets a run.

1.54pm BST

That’s what Hazlewood does. Back of a length, bit of movement, angle across the left-hander, and he pops a regulation edge wide of Matthew Wade, who tumbles across to his left to take it.

1.53pm BST

5th over: Bangladesh 22-0 (Tamim 15, Soumya 3)

Pitched up by Starc, on-drive by Tamim for four. He is in some touch. Timed that rather than whacking it, teased Cummins on the chase but rolled it into the boundary cushions in the end. Then Tamim leaves one, defends one to point. Not getting carried away. Plays out most of the over, but the last ball drops short. Not today, says Tamim. Flash. Cut. Four.

@GeoffLemonSport Another one bites the dust? Also it’s played on a detuned a string on a guitar I believe!

1.48pm BST

4th over: Bangladesh 14-0 (Tamim 7, Soumya 3)

What a shot! Soumya, a left-hander like Tamim, drives a single into the covers. His senior partner then charges Hazlewood, gets the bat almost horizontal like a baseballer, and line-drives the length ball back down the ground. It was hard, not sweetly timed – you could almost feel the vibrations from the bat out in the grandstand – but just bashed with every bit of power in the batsman’s body. Four, and the crowd… you do the rest.

1.45pm BST

3rd over: Bangladesh 6-0 (Tamim 1, Soumya 0)

Oohs and aahs, a little chipped drive from Tamim that lands short of Warner at mid-off. Loves that spot now. It used to be the pronvince of fielding no-hopers like Stuart MacGill, or maybe Michael Clarke when his back was crocked, but Warner has pushed the case for a dynamic mover in the position. Finch is at first slip, Smith second, Maxwell backward point. Henriques (inexplicably still in the team) at cover point. Cummins at mid-on, Zampa square leg and Hazlewood fine leg if you want me to complete the set. Some more excitement as Tamim gloves a short ball back toward the slips but it lands well short. It’s a maiden from Starc, but Bangladesh won’t mind too much if they can just see him off.

1.40pm BST

2nd over: Bangladesh 6-0 (Tamim 1, Soumya 0)

Tamim then to face Hazlewood’s first ball as well. He has been in untouchable form, the Bangladesh batsman. How dearly he would love to back up his ton against England scored here the other day. A raucious appeal first ball as he’s struck high, then another one hits pad near the ankle and rolls out square for another heartily welcomed leg bye. Sounya gets a gig now, defending carefully on the off stump. There’s no further score.

1.37pm BST

1st over: Bangladesh 5-0 (Tamim 1, Soumya 0)

Tamim Iqbal to face the first ball, and… Mitchell Starc does not bowl a yorker. What fresh hell is this? Guaranteed, first ball of every ODI, he nails a full swinging ball at the batsman. This time he goes length, outside off. Next one is down leg, takes the pad, and four leg byes! I’m using the exclamation there because I have never heard a bigger roar for leg byes in my life. I’m sat outside at The Oval with a large group of Bangers fans to my left, and they are hyped. The roar is almost as big for an edged single to third man. Not so much when Soumya Sarkar flashes and misses a fast Starc delivery. We might see a few more fireworks in short order.

1.29pm BST

Bangladesh’s anthem is long and mellifluous. Quite a pleasant thing. Australia’s version – well, I’ve made my thoughts clear on it before. But this is quite a grand rendition, and probably if I didn’t understand the words I might have a slightly higher opinion of it.

Having dealt with those, we switch to everyone’s anthem – Seven Nation Army by the White Stripes.

1.26pm BST

And the first baton change takes place before a ball has been delivered. Geoff here, taking over with a lovely cool breeze blowing across the Oval. But it whispers a promise of rain as well. I can feel it in me waters.

Here come the teams, to a flurry of sparks, like God’s angriest angle-grinders were taking apart a pile of wrecked cars. The ground is not full, but it’s full of Bangladesh supporters. Vivid green very liberally covers large parts of the stands.

1.08pm BST

A huge roar goes up around The Oval! Nice moment. It may be a neutral venue, but make no mistake about where the support is inside the People’s Ground today..

One change for Bangladesh, teenager sensation Mehedi to tweak, in favour of Mosaddek Hossain.

12.59pm BST

The Oval is our scene for match five of the 2017 Champions Trophy. The good news: it’s not raining. The bad: it is going to. That much seems certain from the forecast. But let’s not fixate on that quite yet.

Adam Collins with here playing tag-team with my dear old friend Geoff Lemon on the OBO through the course of the afternoon and evening.

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Adam will be here soon enough. Until then, read Andy Bull’s piece from Edgbaston yesterday:

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/live/2017/jun/05/australia-v-bangladesh-icc-champions-trophy-live

Jun 01

Chris Woakes injury mars England’s win in Champions Trophy opener

• Bowler could miss rest of tournament after pulling up with side strain
• ‘It is a worry when he goes off,’ says Eoin Morgan after beating Bangladesh

Joe Root ensured England’s Champions Trophy campaign began in style as he scored a career-best unbeaten 133 in an eight-wicket victory over Bangladesh. But the winning start came at a cost, with Chris Woakes looking set to miss the remainder of the tournament after suffering a side strain.

Woakes bowled only two overs before leaving the field and then heading for a scan after the match. England will share the results in the morning but the mood was not optimistic.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/01/chric-woakes-injury-mars-englands-opening-statement-of-intent

Jun 01

Alex Hales shows worth after Adil Rashid falls victim to England tradition | Ali Martin

Opener laid foundation for successful chase but leg-spinner dropped at 11th hour felt badly missed when Tamim Iqbal was sending Bangladesh fans into a frenzy

The importance of Alex Hales to England’s one-day team can feel undervalued at times, such that when the architects of their post-World Cup revival are reeled off his name tends to lag behind the weapons-grade hitting of Ben Stokes or Jos Buttler, the steely invention of Eoin Morgan or the gleaming jewel in the batting crown, Joe Root.

But as Morgan’s side opened their Champions Trophy campaign with an eight-wicket victory over Bangladesh, it owed much to the Nottinghamshire opener breaking the back of the chase. His 86-ball 95 set the platform for two of his more vaunted team-mates, an unbeaten 133 from Root and Morgan’s 75 not out polishing off the target of 306 with minimal fuss.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/01/alex-hales-adil-rashid-england-bangladesh

Jun 01

Joe Root’s 133 helps England crush Bangladesh in Champions Trophy

• Bangladesh 305-6 (Iqbal 128); England 308-2 (Root 133*, Hales 95, Morgan 75*)
• England win by eight wickets with 16 balls remaining

As the Oval crowd purred in the late afternoon glare, letting out the odd gurgle of pleasure as Joe Root and Eoin Morgan glided their way to a decisive third-wicket partnership there was, beneath the easy progress, a slight sense of relief about England’s opening victory in Champions Trophy Group A.

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Jun 01

England v Bangladesh: ICC Champions Trophy 2017 – live!

A masterful unbeaten century from Joe Root helped England make easy work of an awkward run-chase against Bangladesh at the Oval

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Related: Joe Root’s 133* helps England beat Bangladesh in ICC Champions Trophy opener

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47.2 overs: England 308-2 (Root 133, Morgan 75) Root finishes the match with consecutive boundaries off Mosaddek. It’s been a good day for England, who batted with impressive authority to turn an awkward run-chase into a run-stroll. Joe Root’s career-best 133 not out was almost flawless. The fitness, confidence and efficacy of their bowling attack is a bit of a concern, as is the form of Jason Roy, but this has been a nice start to the tournament for England. Thanks for your company, night!

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47th over: England 300-2 (Root 125, Morgan 75) Root blasts Rubel over extra cover for four more. He has a bit of luck later in the over when he skies a pull that somehow lands safely on the leg side. He has teed off merrily since reaching his hundred.

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46th over: England 289-2 (Root 119, Morgan 70) England are hurrying to victory. Morgan picks up Mustafizur for six over midwicket and muscles the next ball to the cover boundary. He has 71 from 58 balls and Root, after a tremendous cover-driven four to end the over, 119 from 124 balls.

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45th over: England 274-2 (Root 114, Morgan 60) Root decides he has done enough running on that sore ankle: he plays a lovely golf shot for six off Rubel and then swings a low full toss for a one-bounce four. Then he does have to run a single, but hey, nobody’s perfect.

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44th over: England 263-2 (Root 103, Morgan 60) This will be the first successful chase of over 300 in the Champions Trophy. Barring the apocalypse, there will be a few more in this tournament.

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43rd over: England 258-2 (Root 101, Morgan 57) Morgan slices Mashrafe for four to move to a dominant fifty from 45 balls. He may have been fortunate to survive that catch by Tamim, but apart from that he has looked in formidable touch. As has Joe Root, who limps a sharp second to reach a near-perfect century from 115 balls. Just brilliant. It’s his 10th in ODIs; only Marcus Trescothick has made more for England.

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42nd over: England 246-2 (Root 98, Morgan 48) Joe Root averages 58.31 at No3, more than any other player who has batted 20 times or more in that position. He is top of a pretty impressive list.

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41st over: England 243-2 (Root 97, Morgan 47) Hoohoo! Morgan gives Shakib the charge and clatters an enormous six down the ground. The next ball is steered through the off side for four. Another very expensive over from Shakib, who has gone for 62 from his eight overs.

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40th over: England 231-2 (Root 95, Morgan 36) Root picks Mashrafe’s slower ball and drives it elegantly through the covers for four. This has been an immaculate innings from Root, and he is five away from his 10th ODI hundred. At the risk of making this conversation a bit racy, there is so much to admire in Root’s dot-ball ratio.

“I’ll stop bothering you in a minute, but on the subject of dating for cricket tragics (over 26) – a few years ago I was absentmindedly scrolling down the Guardian website and the usual one-man-one-woman Soulmates ad popped up on the side bar,” says John Foster. “ I thought I recognised the bloke, so seeing an opportunity to embarrass one of my friends, I clicked on it to find out more. The profile was ‘Yozzer, 40’ – and the penny dropped. I must admit, for a few seconds the thought did cross my mind that I’ve had worse dates than going for a pint with Simon Hughes and learning about the intricacies of reverse swing.”

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39th over: England 226-2 (Root 90, Morgan 36) The impressive Mustafizur returns to the attack. Morgan calls the limping Root through for a tight single into the off side; he would have been run out with a direct hit. Five from the ove. England will take that against Mustafizur.

“Quite often, a fielder doesn’t know if the ball has been grassed, even slightly,” says John Starbuck. “There’s a tendency to believe it’s clean, because you made so much effort and therefore deserve a reward, but it’s just the same with batsmen. Geoffrey always goes on about it (well, about anything) saying that you know if you’ve nicked it. But you don’t, as the technology shows. It’s clearer in their case, but if the umpire has to be certain, doubt will often win. No blame to anyone, it’s just the way of the game, but people do get tremendously worked up about it.”

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38th over: England 221-2 (Root 88, Morgan 32) Morgan swings Mashrafe to deep backward square for four. England need 85 from 72 balls, and if they don’t get them they will regret it for quite some time.

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37th over: England 214-2 (Root 86, Morgan 28) Shane Warne and Nasser Hussain think it might well have been a clean catch from Tamim. As Nasser Hussain says, the fact that the soft signal from the umpires was ‘not out’ made it very hard for Tamim to get the decision.

“If it’s not too much to ask, how would you explain the ICC Championships to a complete newcomer to cricket?” says Kat Bunn. “I understand the gist of the game but the scoring and international competition is still a foreign concept.”

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36th over: England 207-2 (Root 84, Morgan 24) A bit of controversy here. Morgan chipped Mashrafe towards long-on, where Tamim ran in and swooped forward and seemed to take a tremendous low catch. Morgan stayed around and the umpires went upstairs. Tamim raised the finger to give Morgan out and looked affronted that the umpires did not take his word. He was even more affronted when the third umpire gave it not out. I’m not saying Tamim cheated, because I’ve never taken an athletic catch in my life, and his reaction suggested he was convinced it was a clean catch.

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35th over: England 204-2 (Root 83, Morgan 22) Shakib returns. The sensible thing would be to see him off with as many singles as possible. England so the sensible thing.

“It will be a close-run thing,” says Richard Simpson. “Perhaps England have been too slow accumulating runs, as any Stick Wicket afficionado knows; score heavily before the medium plodder and spin magician come on and kill the run rate.”

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34th over: England 199-2 (Root 80, Morgan 20) Morgan heaves Mosaddek to cow corner for four, a mishit stroke that still almost went for six. Nine from the over, which keeps England on course.

“Concerning Roy’s form,” says Ian Copestake, “will England change tack and adopt a more ruthless, Get Carter approach, by informing him that ‘You’re a big man, but you’re in bad shape, With me it’s a full time job. Now behave yourself’?”

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33rd over: England 190-2 (Root 77, Morgan 13) Morgan was out hooking Rubel in that World Cup fiasco two years ago. This time Rubel’s short ball doesn’t get up as much and Morgan cuffs it wide of mid-on for four. He is in lovely nick at the moment; certainly his best since the summer of 2015, perhaps his best since the summer of 2010. I’ll shut up now, because it’s time for drinks.

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32nd over: England 184-2 (Root 76, Morgan 9) Shakib has five overs remaining and Mustafizur four, so Bangladesh will try to stealthily increase the required run-rate and leave England with too much to do at the death. Five singles from Mosaddek’s over will keep both teams fairly happy.

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31st over: England 179-2 (Root 73, Morgan 7) England will have to work very, very hard to make fools of themselves here. It’s not impossible but they have looked in control of an awkward run-chase from the moment poor Jason Roy was dismissed. They require 127 from 114 balls

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30th over: England 177-2 (Root 72, Morgan 6) Root, the anonymous achiever of this England batting line-up, plays a beautiful back-foot drive for four off Mosaddek. He has made 72 from 81 balls with only five fours and no bish-bosh whatsoever. He’s the least spectacular of England’s top seven, and probably the most important.

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29th over: England 171-2 (Root 67, Morgan 5) Mashrafe returns to the attack. Morgan gets off the mark by snicking through the vacant slip area for four. Mashrafe the bowler berates Mashrafe the captain for not having a slip.

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28th over: England 165-2 (Root 66, Morgan 0) That was the last ball of the over. Eoin Morgan is the new batsman.

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The legspinner Sabbir comes into the attack for the first time – and he strikes with the last ball of the over! Hales launched him for four and six to move to 95 but then dragged another big shot towards deep midwicket, where the substitute Sunzamul took a fine running catch. Hales played terrifically for his 95, from 86 balls, but he will know he’s thrown away a century.

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27th over: England 152-1 (Hales 84, Root 64) Since one-day cricket was invented in June 2015, Alex Hales has an average of 45 and a strike-rate of 99. He has five six centuries in that time, and is moving closer to a sixth. Only Marcus Trescothick and Graham Gooch have made more opening the batting for England.

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26th over: England 147-1 (Hales 81, Root 61) Root twists his ankle in the act of pulling Rubel for two. Shane Warne reckons he’ll be okay. Hales is certainly okay; he blasts Rubel high over extra cover for four to move into the eighties.

“Hi Rob,” says Jon Salisbury. “Technology coming into its own here: Eng. 135 for one, Win Predictor Bangladesh 80% says the TV graphics , which have ignored run rates achieved or required throughout the game.”

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25th over: England 138-1 (Hales 76, Root 58) Hales gives Mustafizur the charge and misses a yahoo at a ball angled across him. This has been a very good spell from Mustafizur, and the first time since the dismissal of Jason Roy that England have looked slightly uncomfortable.

“This really is going too well, isn’t it Rob?” says Guy Hornsby. “I know we’re good at 50 over cricket now, but there’s something ingrained, even genetic, that still sits in my grey matter, urging me to wait for that three-wicket burst and comedy loss in a BIG TOURNAMENT. The thing is, much like Take That (Over 11) we never thought that rag-tag bunch of cricketers/northern singers would come good and be the well-oiled machine they are now. Now England are scoring 350 at will, and like Gary and the other two, they’ll surely be soaking up the acclaim of millions in packed stadia, on the crest of a cricketing wave. 2017? Never forget.”

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24th over: England 133-1 (Hales 75, Root 56) In case you missed it, England made such a mess of hosting the 1999 World Cup that the official theme song was released on 31 May – the day after England went out of the tournament. And it was crap. I miss 1990s England. Much of the time they were better than people remember. But when they were bad…

Back in 2017, Rubel replaces Shakib and beats Hales with a bouncer. England need 171 from 26 overs. Should.

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23rd over: England 133-1 (Hales 74, Root 53) Hales gets another leading edge off Mustafizur, which plops teasingly between mid-off and extra cover.

“Pulitzers can only go to US citizens – are you a secret American?” says Andrew Benton. “If so, do you covfefe?”

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22nd over: England 126-1 (Hales 72, Root 50) Hales sweeps the new bowler Shakib round the corner for four. This feels like a key period, with Shakib and Mustafizur on in pursuit of wickets. And so far England are winning it: Hales beasts Shakib down the ground for a big six to move into the seventies. Root steals two to reach a controlled fifty – and make it 15 from the over.

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21st over: England 111-1 (Hales 60, Root 47) Hales feels with hard hands at the new bowler Mustafizur and gets a leading edge that lands safely on the off side. A desperate LBW appeal against Root is turned down later in the over; it pitched well outside leg. Still, a fine over from Mustafizur, which he concludes by shaping one past Root’s outside edge. That over has changed the mood.

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20th over: England 110-1 (Hales 59, Root 47) England continue to milk Mosaddek, with five singles from the over. That felt like a Boring Middle Over; 20 years ago, England scoring five off the over against a mediocre spinner would have prompted urgent enquiries as to the availability of open-top buses.

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3.53pm BST

19th over: England 105-1 (Hales 56, Root 45) Root flicks Rubel sweetly for four before being beaten for pace outside off stump again. Rubel is a slippery customer. Hales uses that pace as a force for English good later in the over, back-cutting for four more.

“In our office we often play ‘would you rather…’, so I am going to extend it to the wider world,” says Ian Palmer. “Would you rather get a silky hundred a la Joe Root, or would you rather bash your way to a hundred like Hales? Root – you look better; Hales, you are likely to get there quicker.”

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18th over: England 95-1 (Hales 51, Root 40) Mosaddek races through an over while I peruse emails. Five from it, and it’s time for the players to prehydrate before they dehydrate. Unless it’s too late, in which case they need to rehydrate.

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17th over: England 90-1 (Hales 50, Root 38) Rubel slips a sharp delivery past Root’s attempted cut. He bowled superbly in that World Cup match two years ago, taking three or four wickets I think. He tries a short ball to Hales, who gives him the charge and heaves it to cow corner for four. That takes him to an assertive 50 from 52 balls.

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16th over: England 83-1 (Hales 45, Root 36) Bangladesh have at least stopped the boundaries, with just two in last six overs. I don’t know what else to say really. Ones and twos don’t make for Pulitzer-winning entries.

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15th over: England 76-1 (Hales 42, Root 33) Rubel Hossain on, Soumya off. Bangladesh need a wicket because England look in control, even though the required rate has climbed above six and a half. Bangladesh need to stay in the game for as long as possible so that England start to think the unthinkable.

“Hi Rob,” says Peter Salmon. “So if Sgt Pepper (the album) came out 50 years ago, and it was 20 years before that Sgt Pepper (the fictional band leader) taught the band to play, then that would have been on 1 June 1947. Wisden tells me that on that day Middlesex were playing the touring South Africans at Lord’s, and Denis Compton was putting the finishing touches on his innings of 154 (out stumped, of course). Later that day Jim Sims took 6/89 with his leg spin (he called googlies ‘wozzlers’ apparently) as South Africa were rolled for 217. Left 226 to win, Middlesex got there with 4 wickets in hand, thanks to a fine 133 from Bill Edrich. Sgt Pepper was obviously no cricket lover if he decided to skip that for rehearsals.”

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14th over: England 71-1 (Hales 40, Root 30) The offspinner Mosaddek replaces whoever was bowling before him. Mustafizur. Yes, Mustafizur. Four from the over, all low-risk stuff.

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13th over: England 67-1 (Hales 38, Root 28) Root places Soumya carefully and classily between midwicket and mid-on for four, and then helps himself to a free boundary with a tickle to fine leg. If England got on top of this run-chase they should try to win it as quickly as possible. The ghosts of run-rate and 1999 could hang over this tournament, especially if Bangladesh lose all three matches.

“While England supporters of all ages position themselves in various postures of panic, one thing that struck me watching England at Edgbaston last year was how professional and calm they are,” says Ian Copestake. “They do actually seem to be in control of what they are doing though from the outside it looks like passionless unconcern. I have thus decided to believe that these boys are ruthless and have a plan and a confidence that anyone who lived through the 1980s finds terrifying.”

3.24pm BST

12th over: England 58-1 (Hales 38, Root 19) A single from Root brings up a confident, calm fifty partnership. After that early wicket, it would have been easy to think DEAR GOD WE’RE DOING IT AGAIN WE’LL NEVER ESCAPE MEDIOCRITY OR BANGLADESH but instead they have just played as they usually do.

“First reviews aren’t always wrong,” says Pat Nagle. “I can remember a review in The NME of the first Police single which went something like … ‘The Police. Great name for exiting new punk band. Crap name for boring white reggae band’.”

3.19pm BST

11th over: England 55-1 (Hales 38, Root 16) Soumya Sarkar replaces Mashrafe. He bowls old-fashioned medium pace, and first impressions are that he is not – to borrow Paul Edwards’ phrase – the vicar of Dibbly-Dobbly. England settle for four singles in his first over but they will surely go after him pretty soon.

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10th over: England 51-1 (Hales 35, Root 15) It’s time to see the young left-arm quick Mustafizur, whose numbers in all formats are quite spectacular. His second ball is a fraction wide and Hales times it emphatically through the covers for four. He has 35 from 31 balls, Root 15 from 21, and England have switched off the Jaws theme for the time being.

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9th over: England 45-1 (Hales 30, Root 14) Hales is starting to dominate Bangladesh. As in the previous over he gets a boundary from the last ball, this time by mowing Mashrafe down the ground. Tamim Iqbal should probably have saved the boundary.

“This is where the age difference really kicks in,” says John Starbuck of Sgt Pepper. “What is just ‘the past’ to you is a lived experience for us older types. I well remember not only the fuss about the Beeb not playing Day in the Life, but even more so the panic among DJs on the radio, chuntering about whether or not this new format (a really thematic album with an intro and outro) would mean the demise of regular rock & pop programmes. Little did they know …”

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8th over: England 38-1 (Hales 25, Root 12) Hales has two let-offs in as many balls. He was out of his crease at the non-striker’s end when Shakib diverted Root’s straight drive just past the stumps, and then he smashed Shakib not far short of extra cover. He ends the over productively, however, with a big hoick to cow corner for four. This hasn’t been a flying start for England, though Hales and Root are playing comfortably and they will be happy that Shakib has bowled four of his overs.

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7th over: England 30-1 (Hales 18, Root 11) “It seems utterly remarkable that Rashid was dropped the day after Morgan publicly spoke out about the value of a settled team and the importance of consistency,” says Tom van der Gucht. “Rashid has consistently been our top wickettaker over the past two years, whilst Roy (who is apparently undroppable, both by the England management and by the opposing fielders) is kept in order to maintain the winning formula. What’s even more remarkable is that Ball and Ali were selected (presumably on bowling merit) ahead of Rashid because Bangladesh played him well last time they met. Looking at the stats, it seems thay literally everyone else in the world seems to have played Ball and Ali well during the same period of time…”

Heh. England will say he wasn’t dropped, that they simply picked a seamer over a spinner. Which is correct, but it was still the wrong decision. You make an interesting point about Moeen though. I love him to bits and he’s excellent at No7 but his record with the ball in all forms has been dreadful in the last 2-3 years. Nobody ever comments on that, except ‘Fearless’ van der Gucht.

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6th over: England 27-1 (Hales 17, Root 9) England won’t take many risks against Shakib, who is Bangladesh’s best bowler, and they collect four low-risk runs from his third over.

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5th over: England 23-1 (Hales 15, Root 7) Hales works Mashrafe off the pads for four, and then creams another boundary square on the off side. It’s not often you say this in cricket but England have looked a lot calmer since losing a wicket. Everything felt fraught while Roy was at the crease, such is his poor form.

“Re: the Google game, just had a try: 6 over long off, third ball,” says Martin Crookall. “Who says it can’t be done?” Are we still on Sgt Pepper here?

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4th over: England 13-1 (Hales 6, Root 6) While Root is at the crease, all will be well with England’s world. He gets his first boundary with a beautifully timed push through the covers off Shakib.

“There is an unexplainable joy to following England when they enter ‘Tournament mode’,” says Phil Withall. “The fact that they have been playing well and looking solid prior to any major event goes out the window once the serious stuff starts. It’s like watching a new TV series where the writers and cast are normally brilliant yet it could all go horribly wrong. Love it.”

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3rd over: England 7-1 (Hales 5, Root 1) Here’s Ian Copestake. “Like playing for turn where there is none, I misread your opening salvo as ‘Hello oiks’.”

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2.47pm BST

Roy’s horrible little innings comes to an end. He was starting to panic, having scored one from his first seven deliveries with a couple of near misses, and tried to manufacture a scoop over short fine leg. He didn’t get enough on it and Mustafizur leapt to his right to take a superb two-handed catch.

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2nd over: England 6-0 (Roy 1, Hales 5) The left-arm spinner Shakib will share the new ball. As Nasser says on Sky, this is a good move to Roy in particular. He is not the best when starting against spin. He’s not even the 48th best. For now it’s Hales on strike, and he slices a loose drive that loops just over the man at cover and away for four. This is a good start from Bangladesh.

Here’s Chris Drew on the subject of Sgt Pepper. “I guess the song for England has to be: ‘Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I’m 6 for 4’?” I assume that was a Sgt Pepper reference, anyway. I am mildly ashamed to relate that I’ve never listened to it.’m a xenophobe to the past.

2.40pm BST

1st over: England 2-0 (Roy 1, Hales 1) The out-of-form Jason Roy – 33 runs in five ODI innings this summer – faces up to the experienced Mashrafe Mortaza. It’s a nervous start, with an inside-edge onto the pad that dribbles wide of off stump. He then gets off the mark with a simple work to leg. Hales, in solidarity, does likewise.

“I’m surprised the decision to drop Rashid hasn’t come in for more scrutiny,” says Mike Shepherd. “The second highest wicket-taker since the last World Cup sits on the bench while the Banglas look utterly untroubled through the middle overs. This may be the New England, but the habit of unfathomable changes on the eve of a tournament clearly dies hard.”

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While I grab a stiff coffee, here’s my colleague Tom Davies. “Tim wrote ‘Rob Smyth will be here shortly to see whether England resume normal service or fall to a famous defeat.’ Surely, when it comes to England in tournaments, ‘resuming normal service’ is ‘falling to a famous defeat’.”

Ha, yes, especially against Bangladesh. The last time England beat them at a global tournament, Paul Nixon and Saj Mahmood were in the team.

2.21pm BST

Hello folks. Nobody elicits affectionate schadenfreude quite like the England cricket team. We desperately want them to win, but we also appreciate their innate superiority in the field of farce. England have improved unimaginably since losing to Bangladesh at the 2015 World Cup, so it would irresistibly hilarious if they started the 2017 Champions Trophy by losing to Bangladesh.

After a thrilling batting performance from Bangladesh, England’s target is 306. It would have been more had Bangladesh not lost their way just a touch towards the end of the innings. The target is gettable for these batsmen in this era and on this pitch, but it’s not so easy to bat with freedom when defeat is unthinkable – as England showed when they failed to chase 276 against Bangladesh at the World Cup. They are a different team now and they should win. The alternative is too funny to contemplate.

2.14pm BST

The 2017 Champions Trophy got off to a watchful start – and then a highly entertaining one. Bangladesh did all they could to avoid a collapse, then remembered that it was the 21st century, and made hay. Tamim Iqbal scored a memorable hundred and put on 166 for the third wicket wth Mushfiqur Rahim, which was both a record for Bangladesh outside Asia and a delight for their many supporters in the stands.

England went soft in the middle overs before recovering well at the death. If they were unlucky to lose Chris Woakes to a side strain, they were unwise to leave out Adil Rashid, who could well have been their ace on this flat, bouncy wicket. Thanks for your company, your emails and tweets, and your ingenuity with lines from Sgt Pepper. Rob Smyth will be here shortly to see whether England resume normal service or fall to a famous defeat.

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50th over: Bangladesh 305-6 (Mahmudullah 6, Mosaddek 2) England usually deploy Woakes at the death, but they don’t miss him at all as Plunkett steps up. He finishes with 4-59, and England will be marginally the happier team as they queue at the buffet.

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The cameo comes to an end as Sabbir picks out the man at long-on – Jason Roy, who could have been forgiven if he was pondering his own run of poor form. That’s 300-6.

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49th over: Bangladesh 300-5 (Sabbir 24, Mahmudullah 5) Hang on, the momentum is shifting again. Sabbir ramps Ball for four over short fine leg, then smashes him square with a stroke that would be four more if there was anyone but Bairstow out there. Sabbir has 24 off 14, a cracking cameo, and this is Bangladesh’s highest ODI score against England.

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48th over: Bangladesh 287-5 (Sabbir 14, Mahmudullah 2) Morgan opts to use up Wood’s last over, Sabbir scoops him for four, and Wood finishes wicketless again. His figures of 10-1-58-0 don’t tell the whole story: he’s been fast and highly watchable. Or, as The Guardian’s spell-check wants to put it, washable.

1.54pm BST

47th over: Bangladesh 278-5 (Sabbir 7, Mahmudullah 0) Ball deserved that wicket. Bangladesh are heading for 300 rather than 320, which is a waste.

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A touch of balm for Ball as Shakib chips him down the throat of England’s best fielder. That’s 277-5, and the initiative has changed hands.

1.48pm BST

46th over: Bangladesh 272-4 (Shakib 10, Sabbir 1) The two noobs rise to the challenge: Shakib picks up four by swatting at Wood and gloving it onto his helmet.

1.45pm BST

45th over: Bangladesh 261-4 (Shakib 1, Sabbir 0) Plunkett’s perseverance brings a sudden turnaround. Two wickets in two balls, and only three off the over. You can’t blame Tamim, but Mushfiqur’s decision to go big was a baffling one, which has left two brand-new batsmen at the crease.

David Hopkins joins the fray. “In contrast to Lee Smith’s mild rebuke [41st over], I happen to think that the OBO’s mixture of pop-culture chat interspersed with the odd mention of the cricket is Getting Better all the time.”

1.41pm BST

Two in two! An ill-judged short-arm slog from the previously blameless Mushfiqur, a neat catch at long-on, and a twist in the tale.

1.39pm BST

Tamim finally picks the wrong ball to pull and sends a top edge into the sky. Bangladesh are 261-3, and that’s the end of a storming innings.

1.36pm BST

43rd over: Bangladesh 259-2 (Tamim 127, Mushfiqur 78) Morgan still has some faith in Ball, which suits the batsmen just fine. Mushfiqur, who has been breezing along at a run a ball, goes up a gear, playing an inside-out chip for two, a ramp for four and a cut for four more. Are England taking part in another of the great days in Bangladesh’s history?

1.30pm BST

42nd over: Bangladesh 246-2 (Tamim 126, Mushfiqur 66) Liam Plunkett, drawing on all his experience, deceives Tamim with a couple of slower balls, but still concedes three twos. The partnership reaches 150 off 144 balls, which is a record for Bangladesh outside Asia. And what a time to do it.

1.27pm BST

42nd over: Bangladesh 241-2 (Tamim 121, Mushfiqur 66) It’s all sixes and singles at the moment. Lovely stuff from these two.

1.25pm BST

Wood comes back and Tamim flicks him off his legs for another six. That was Goweresque.

1.23pm BST

41st over: Bangladesh 231-2 (Tamim 113, Mushfiqur 64) Moeen concedes only two singles after that six, which is a crumb of comfort for England, but Tamim is eyeing a daddy hundred.

A mild reproach from Lee Smith. “I think we are in danger of losing sight that Bangladesh are in the process of building a handsome score with all this talk of Sgt Pepper (the White Album is better), Jane Austen and twilight zone television schedules.” The customer is always right, but are you sure about the White Album, Lee?

1.20pm BST

Tamim lofts Moeen in the general direction of the Houses of Parliament. In the stand, a Bangladesh supporter dances for joy, brandishing a cuddly tiger.

1.18pm BST

40th over: Bangladesh 223-2 (Tamim 106, Mushfiqur 63) Morgan sends for Plunkett, and Tamim gives him the charge and plunks him to midwicket for four. Nine off the over, and Bangladesh have their eye on 320.

John Starbuck chips in on Sgt Pepper. “If Wood takes plenty of wickets, we might see the horse dancing the waltz.”

1.15pm BST

39th over: Bangladesh 214-2 (Tamim 100, Mushfiqur 62) Morgan’s approach to fixing a hole is to replace one off-spinner with another. Mooen returns and the batsmen help themselves to five singles, the last of which gives Tamim a well-earned hundred. England have been strangely passive for the past half an hour.

1.13pm BST

Tamim nudges Moeen for a single off his legs and that’s his century. He raises his bat and both of his arms, as well as he may. It’s been a superb innings.

1.10pm BST

38th over: Bangladesh 209-2 (Tamim 97, Mushfiqur 60) The Oval can be unforgiving for the bowlers and poor old Jake Ball is getting a hammering. One upper cut for four is followed by another, played from the crease this time. Morgan badly needs to grab the wheel.

1.07pm BST

Mushfiqur goes down the track to Ball – and plays that upper cut again, for four. A shot that sums up the day so far.

1.06pm BST

37th over: Bangladesh 199-2 (Tamim 96, Mushfiqur 51) Root is given a third over, rather mysteriously, and Mushfiqur celebrates with an off-drive for four. That’s a fine fifty, and a very fine hundred partnership.

1.03pm BST

36th over: Bangladesh 191-2 (Tamim 94, Mushfiqur 45) Ball goes for a few more singles and a four, as Mushfiqur brings out that upper cut again. On this flat and bouncy pitch, England may be backing themselves to match whatever Bangladesh manage.

1.00pm BST

35th over: Bangladesh 184-2 (Tamim 92, Mushfiqur 40) And now, as Root continues, they milk an actual off-spinner. No sign of the nervous nineties from Tamim.

Tom Adam picks up the Sgt Pepper thread. “I’m waiting for Tamim to fend at a bouncer and miss, with the ball glancing off his shoulder and beyond Buttler, so that as Tamim starts to run he can hum ‘I get byes with a little help from my fends’. I’m here all week.”

12.57pm BST

34th over: Bangladesh 179-2 (Tamim 90, Mushfiqur 37) Morgan withdraws Stokes, possibly in a an attempt to avoid spontaneous combustion, and sends for Jake Ball, whose first spell was a mixture of the good, the bad and the ugly. The batsmen keep it simple and milk him like an off-spinner.

12.51pm BST

33rd over: Bangladesh 174-2 (Tamim 87, Mushfiqur 35) Morgan turns to Joe Root’s off-spin, which is like waving a banner saying “We were wrong to drop Rashid”. But Root is a decent seventh bowler. He varies his pace and concedes only three singles, plus two wides. That’s drinks, with Bangladesh, the rank outsiders, on top.

12.46pm BST

32nd over: Bangladesh 169-2 (Tamim 85, Mushfiqur 34) Tamim breaks the spell with a gorgeous little dab for four through the vacant slips. Stokes gives him a volley of abuse, which, when I put it into Google Translate, comes out as “Great shot”.

12.42pm BST

31st over: Bangladesh 163-2 (Tamim 80, Mushfiqur 33) Wood has the extra pace to get his bouncer past Mushfiqur’s upper cut. He and Stokes have slowed down the scoring, but what England really want from them is a wicket or two. Meanwhile, on the boundary, some drums are being played by some beefeaters.

12.38pm BST

30th over: Bangladesh 159-2 (Tamim 78, Mushfiqur 31) Morgan has turned to both of his Make Things Happen merchants, Wood and Stokes, and they’re not making anything happen. It’s a tribute to a flat track and a fine, controlled performance from these two batsmen.

An email from Phil Russell, picking up on Phil With all (last over). “Lose it in the sky with dire hands, surely?”

12.33pm BST

29th over: Bangladesh 156-2 (Tamim 76, Mushfiqur 30) Wood restores order for half an over, but then he serves up a soft bouncer which Tamim dismisses in front of square. At the risk of jinxing him, you’d have to say he deserves a hundred.

An email from Phil Withall. “You mentioned Jim Laker commentating on the BBC highlights. Surely with the levels of technology available nowadays it should be possible to create a virtual Jim, or for that matter an Arlott or Johnston. The future of cricket coverage lies in the past.”

12.28pm BST

28th over: Bangladesh 150-2 (Tamim 71, Mushfiqur 29) Plunkett gives way to Stokes, and Mushfiqur plays an imperious pull for four. That’s the fifty partnership, 52 off only eight overs. England, like the ball, are apt to go a bit soft in the middle overs. Morgan sends for Mark Wood to make something happen.

12.24pm BST

27th over: Bangladesh 143-2 (Tamim 70, Mushfiqur 23) Some milking of Moeen, and a delicious late cut for three from Mushfiqur, the only right-hand batsman we have seen so far.

Meanwhile Robin Hobbs picks up on Brian Withington’s point about Moeen’s drop (23rd over). “Did he lose it in the sky with dire mitts?”

12.21pm BST

26th over: Bangladesh 136-2 (Tamim 68, Mushfiqur 18) They may have decided to target Plunkett too. Tamim plays a flick-pull for four, a cover shove for four more, and a late cut that deserves more than a single. He is two-thirds of the way to a memorable hundred.

12.18pm BST

25th over: Bangladesh 125-2 (Tamim 59, Mushfiqur 16) The batsmen finally get the message that Moeen is the man to lay into. That’s the half-way mark, and the run rate reaches five an over. They’ll be looking for seven from here on in.

12.16pm BST

Mooed finds himself under attack at last, as Tamim dances down the track and lofts him over long-off. Lovely shot.

12.15pm BST

24th over: Bangladesh 116-2 (Tamim 52, Mushfiqur 14) Plunkett gets the plug back in. He has been averaging two wickets a game this year, without anyone but the Sky caption geeks noticing.

12.13pm BST

23rd over: Bangladesh 113-2 (Tamim 51, Mushfiqur 12) Moeen keeps it steady.

An email from Brian Withington. “Struggling to find an appropriate reference to mark the Sgt Pepper 50th anniversary before someone reaches 64 not out,” he muses. “Presumably Moeen is hoping for some friendly assistance to fix a big enough hole to hide in after that drop?”

12.10pm BST

22nd over: Bangladesh 108-2 (Tamim 50, Mushfiqur Rahim 8) Eleven off the over as each batsman helps himself to a four. Stuie Neale’s 300 is still in sight.

An email from John Starbuck. “I don’t know how many OBO readers are also regular Guardian readers, but they may be unaware that the Guardian’s TV listings are consistently wrong in respect of this series, because they have not looked at the EPG. The Beeb is showing daily highlights, usually late on BBC2, of every game. Tonight it’s BBC2 23:20-00:10, in place of Jane Austen: Behind closed doors, which is no great loss as it got terrible reviews.” Yes, great to see the old highlights back on the Beeb, even if they are a bit late in the day. I’m fully expecting commentary from Jim Laker.

12.07pm BST

For Tamim Iqbal, who emerges from a mini-drought with a flashing cut for four. He joins Sgt Pepper in reaching an entertaining half-century.

12.05pm BST

Mushfiqur, seeing that there’s a nettle to be grasped, hits a dreamy off-drive for four off the first ball of Plunkett’s over.

12.03pm BST

21st over: Bangladesh 97-2 (Tamim 46, Mushfiqur Rahim 1) Moeen continues, and bowls a maiden, to Tamim, of all people. Mo has 0-6 off his three overs, and there was I thinking they would target him.

A tweet from Ian Johnston. “Re Google Doodles (17th over) – Steve Castle needs to practise some more. To release a Goweresque cover drive is easy (ish).”

12.00pm BST

20th over: Bangladesh 97-2 (Tamim 46, Mushfiqur Rahim 1) So Morgan has made things happen by bringing Stokes on, and by taking him off. Plunkett returns, Imrul capitulates after a promising cameo, and there are only two runs off the over.

11.57am BST

A slog from Imrul, and Wood hurls himself to his left at deep mid-on and somehow clings on as he bumps against the turf. That’s the first great catch of this Champions Trophy.

11.55am BST

19th over: Bangladesh 93-1 (Tamim 45, Imrul 19) Moeen keeps it tight and has another shout for lbw against Imrul, which doesn’t detain the umpire for long. A Sky caption tells us there have been 70 dots this morning, proof of Bangladesh’s watchfulness.

11.52am BST

18th over: Bangladesh 93-1 (Tamim 44, Imrul 18) Ben Stokes bowls his fourth over, which is more than he managed in either of his outings against South Africa. No sign of pain from his dicky knee, but he may wince as Imrul upper-cuts for a nonchalant four.

11.49am BST

17th over: Bangladesh 86-1 (Tamim 42, Imrul 13) Here’s Mo, and he has an lbw shout against Tamim first ball. It was straightening, but not quite enough. The rest of the over is liquorice allsorts, including a wide. A shame not to see Rashid on this bouncy track.

Meanwhile Steve Castle is keeping his eye on the big issues. “Re the Google Cricket Doodle. It seems to replicate village cricket rather well, in that every single shot ends up being an ungainly hoick to the leg side, regardless of when you swing the bat. The snails are predictably slow in the field with singles being turned into twos or even threes. However they very rapidly return to their positions before each delivery – obviously penalties for slow over rates in Googleland are positively Draconian. I’ve only struck one boundary so far. Has anyone managed to hit a six, or better still, hit the ball to the off side?!”

11.44am BST

16th over: Bangladesh 82-1 (Tamim 39, Imrul 13) Stokes gets one past Imrul’s outside edge, but Bangladesh keep the score ticking over. They can be satisfied with the first chapter of the day: half old-school plod, half 21st-century free-for-all, and nine wickets in hand. England haven’t been bad but they have worries with injuries, and, with no Rashid, need Moeen to bowl better than he has fielded.

11.38am BST

15th over: Bangladesh 79-1 (Tamim 38, Imrul 9) Plunkett tries to tuck Tamim up, which has been England’s tactic all morning. It seems to be working less and less well as Tamim straight-drives for four and slashes through the slips for four more. But Plunkett, who has seen it all before, bounces back superbly, beating the bat with the last two balls of the over. Good contest.

11.34am BST

14th over: Bangladesh 68-1 (Tamim 29, Imrul 9) A rare case of Morgan being too defensive. Stokes finds the edge of Imrul’s bat and it goes straight through the gap at first slip. Morgan then shuts the stable door, bringing in Joe Root, and Imrul rubs it in nicely with a flick for four, at catchable height, through the resulting gap.

11.30am BST

13th over: Bangladesh 57-1 (Tamim 27, Imrul Kayes 0) Liam Plunkett comes on, beats the bat and concedes only a single. What a trouper he has become.

11.28am BST

12th over: Bangladesh 56-1 (Tamim 26, Imrul Kayes 0) Morgan turns to Ben Stokes, whose knee is on the way to being the metatarsal of this tournament. He starts with a wide, but by the end of the over he is showing his ability to get a wicket with a bad ball. The end of an opening partnership that was first tentative, then admirable.

11.25am BST

It’s the man with the golden arm, Ben Stokes, who bowls a long hop and somehow persuades Soumya to pick out the man at deep point. Bangladesh are 56-1.

11.22am BST

10th over: Bangladesh 52-0 (Tamim 24, Soumya 27) The first big over. Not content with that six off Ball, Soumya adds a cut for four and a square drive for four more. And that’s the fifty up. After a wary start, Bangladesh have broken loose.

11.19am BST

Ball bowls a perfectly normal delivery and Soumya lofts him over long-on. The first six of several hundred in this tournament, it’s a sign of a brave batsman and a flat pitch.

11.16am BST

10th over: Bangladesh 36-0 (Tamim 23, Soumya 12) Mark Wood continues, digs it in, and Tamim nearly fends the ball off onto his stumps before pulling the next short one for a gutsy four. Wood is an unusual bowler, and not just because he likes to ride an imaginary horse. His pace demands respect, the pundits rate him, but he has never taken four wickets in this form of the game. That said, he found a way to win a match the other day without taking a wicket at all.

11.10am BST

9th over: Bangladesh 30-0 (Tamim 18, Soumya 11) Tamim’s eye, which is quite something, is in now. He flicks Ball for four, then plays a lovely little whip for none, and another for a single. He has 15 off his last 14 balls.

11.07am BST

8th over: Bangladesh 25-0 (Tamim 13, Soumya 11) Tamim shows his true colours, at last, with a thumping straight drive off Wood. The cameras pick out Clive Lloyd, rather poignantly. On his watch, West Indies won the first world cricket tournament, and the second. This time, they haven’t even qualified.

11.03am BST

7th over: Bangladesh 20-0 (Tamim 8, Soumya 11) Jake Ball bounces back from a poor first over with a fine second one, finding his length, beating Tamim outside off, and then luring him into what should have been a routine catch.

An email from Chris Drew. “Kandukuru need to remember this is an England cricket side. To paraphrase Stingray – anything can happen in the next three weeks.”

11.02am BST

Ball to Tamim, who clips it straight to square leg, where Moeen Ali can’t hold on.

11.00am BST

6th over: Bangladesh 20-0 (Tamim 8, Soumya 11) A single for each batsman, a run-out chance if Bairstow had hit the stumps, and a four off the glove over the head of Jos Buttler, as Wood extracts the tennis-ball bounce for which the Oval is known.

10.56am BST

5th over: Bangladesh 14-0 (Tamim 3, Soumya 10) Jake Ball takes over from Woakes, goes too full and allows Bangladesh to get going, with Soumya playing a whip and a cover drive for two handsome fours in a row. He has 10 off 13.

An email from Kandukuru Nagarjun, picking up on my question about whether England are worthy favourites. “This England team, as good as they are to watch, are flat-track bullies. I mean that in the best sense possible. As SA proved the other day, the only thing that can stop them is high-quality fast bowling on a pitch that gives both bowlers and batsmen a chance. Australia may well beat them if they go in with Starc, Cummins, Hazlewood and Pattinson. That could be like having to face Johnson, Lee, McGrath and McDermott. Scary if your opening batsman has Roy’s technique.

10.50am BST

4th over: Bangladesh 6-0 (Tamim 3, Soumya 2) Another maiden: Wood is banging it in and Tamim is seeing it off. He has 3 off 17 balls, which is quite out of character.

10.47am BST

3rd over: Bangladesh 6-0 (Tamim 3, Soumya 2) Soumya flashes at Woakes, a little loosely, and turns a two into one with some dopey running. Tamim does better with a crisp tuck for three. Bangladesh not exactly starting with a bang. But worryingly for England, Woakes is leaving the field.

10.44am BST

2nd over: Bangladesh 2-0 (Tamim 0, Soumya 1) Mark Wood takes the new ball, finding his usual snap and some swing. Soumya gets the first run of the tournament with a push into the covers, which is greeted like a four. When Wood bowls a bouncer to Tamim, it goes so high that it’s a wide.

“Morning Tim,” says Stuie Neale. “Restrict BAN to under 300 would be good.” Like the Chinese premier who was asked about the French Revolution, I reckon it’s a bit early to say.

10.36am BST

1st over: Bangladesh 0-0 (Tamim Iqbal 0, Soumya Sarkar 0) Chris Woakes opens the proceedings with, of all things, a maiden. Tamim, who can be so explosive, is watchful, but there are no alarms.

10.33am BST

One well-known Englishman has already reached his half-century today, and in this case we can safely say that a hundred is a sure thing. Happy birthday, Sgt Pepper.

10.29am BST

The national anthems are played, with Bangladesh’s getting a warm hand from the crowd. And the first email has landed. “The Google cricket Doodle is quite addictive,” says Tom van der Gucht, “although possibly not quite up there on the pinnacle of all-time great online cricket games – Stick Cricket. A game that repeatedly sucked me into a misplaced sense of confidence, as I walloped Akram and Holding for repeated 6s, only for my spirit to be broken as I was then skittled by medium-paced dobblers, which seemed impossible to time, reducing my innings to dust.” We’ve all been there.

10.24am BST

Eoin Morgan wins the toss and decides too have a bowl. On a sunny morning, Bangladesh may not mind that. England spring a surprise by leaving out Adil Rashid in favour of Jake Ball. It suggests that Ben Stokes won’t be bowling, although Morgan says otherwise. Ball did take an ODI five-for in Dhaka last autumn, and he was England’s most testing bowler against South Africa on Monday.

Bangladesh do some tinkering too, leaving out the gifted teenager Mehedi Hasan and packing the batting. The man to watch is Mustafizur Rahman, the 21-year-old left-arm seamer whose record in this form of the game is already excellent. “It’s time for the talking to stop,” says Nasser Hussain, which is an interesting line for a commentator to take.

10.08am BST

England, apparently. According to the bookies, today’s game at the Oval pits the tournament favourites (5/2 or so) against the rank outsiders Bangladesh (66/1 if you shop around). But the rankings tell a different story: it’s fifth in the world against sixth.

Exciting as they’ve been for the past two years, England have never won a world 50-over tournament. And the bookies, and the punters, are usually keen on past form – that’s presumably why they’re saying Man United will return to the top three next season, and Spurs, a much better team at the moment, will sink to sixth. What do you think: are England really more likely to lift this cup than Australia or India?

10.01am BST

Morning everyone, and welcome to our over-by-over covfefe of the Champions Trophy. Some international tournaments are so pumped up with hype that they soon feel deflated, while others are under-sold and turn out to be a pleasant surprise. As with parties, it’s better not to look forward to them too much. The Champions Trophy, now in its eighth edition, is one of the quiet ones.

It’s also the one they couldn’t hang. The 2013 tournament, also held in England and Wales, was due to be the last, but then even the people who run cricket realised that it made no sense to kill off an event that is succinct, to the point, vibrant and hard to predict.

5.13pm BST

Tim will be here shortly.

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May 31

England and Eoin Morgan upbeat over Ben Stokes’ bowling prospects

• All-rounder’s fitness to bowl will be decided on morning of Bangladesh clash
• Captain Morgan says Jason Roy will open throughout Champions Trophy

Eoin Morgan offered a characteristic dose of clarity on the eve of the Champions Trophy, expressing his full confidence that Ben Stokes, England’s talismanic all-rounder, will be fit to bowl against Bangladesh on Thursday and assuring the out‑of‑sorts Jason Roy of his spot for the entire tournament.

Speaking before the tournament’s much-anticipated opener at The Oval, Morgan tipped his players to “embrace” the challenge of converting two years of limited-overs transformation into a trophy this summer. He described the condensed eight-nation competition as the first of two opportunities to do so, with the second being the 2019 World Cup, also to be played on home soil.

Related: Ben Stokes the totem in Champions Trophy reboot of English cricket | Barney Ronay

Related: The rise and rise of Bangladesh cricket – what took them so long? | Tim Wigmore

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May 31

The rise and rise of Bangladesh cricket – what took them so long? | Tim Wigmore

With 160 million people, an insatiable zest for the game and improving infrastructure, Bangladesh loom as world cricket’s next major force

It was at the Adelaide Oval in 2015 that Bangladesh cricket’s rise became undeniable. With two full, straight and swinging deliveries, Rubel Hossain knocked England out of the World Cup, ensuring Bangladesh’s quarter-final berth.

Ahmed Sajjadul Alam Bobby was there, just as he has been throughout Bangladesh’s journey, working in everything from logistics, tournament organising and marketing for the board since 1978. “Watching that game was a privilege,” he says. “Beating England in an away venue meant a lot.”

Related: The Champions Trophy lives on as a monument to muddled thinking | Andy Bull

Related: Breaking boundaries: Bangladesh’s women cricketers

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May 30

Champions Trophy: team-by-team guide to the tournament | Simon Burnton

India are likely to face their stiffest opposition from South Africa, England and New Zealand in defence of the title they won at Edgbaston four years agoCoach Darren Lehmann Related: Everything up for grabs for England in the quickfire Champions Troph…

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May 28

Everything up for grabs for England in the quickfire Champions Trophy | Vic Marks

The Champions Trophy’s format is a favourite with players and fans and all eight teams in it, including England, can dream of victory

All eight teams competing in the Champions Trophy are here now; all can harbour thoughts of winning it. It takes five wins in a row to be guaranteed the delight of raising the cup to the skies in south London on 18 June. This is a far more palatable format for the players than the World Cup because no time is wasted. It is far more palatable for the fans as well. If the sun continues to shine the tournament will be a success.

From 1 June to 12 June there will be a match every day at one of three venues – The Oval, Edgbaston and Cardiff – followed swiftly by semi-finals and the final at the Oval. The likeliest teams to contest those semi-finals are Australia and England from Group A and India and South Africa from Group B. But take nothing for granted. There are no easy games .

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Jan 16

Mushfiqur Rahim head injury overshadows New Zealand Test defeat of Bangladesh

• Captain at centre of dramatic scenes after being hit on back of helmet
• Bangladesh player returned to the ground after receiving treatment

Kane Williamson’s excellent 104 not out led New Zealand to an unlikely seven-wicket victory over Bangladesh in the first Test in Wellington. However the result was somewhat overshadowed by Mushfiqur Rahim being taken to hospital after being hit on the helmet by a bouncer.

Mushfiqur took his eye off a shorter delivery from Tim Southee and was struck on the back of his helmet, requiring an ambulance to come onto the Basin Reserve pitch and take the Tigers captain away to a nearby hospital.

Related: Bangladesh open for business and ready to take on world after England win

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Jan 08

New Zealand blast to T20 win over Bangladesh to seal series whitewash

  • New Zealand 194-4; Bangladesh 167-6
  • Black Caps win match by 27 runs and series 3-0

New Zealand completed a Twenty20 whitewash of Bangladesh with a 27-run win in the third and final international in Mount Maunganui.

The win was set up by a Corey Anderson’s 41-ball innings of 94 which helped New Zealand reach 194-4, and was underlined by a disciplined bowling effort headed by Ish Sodhi’s 2-22 off four overs.

Related: Kevin Pietersen’s quickfire 73 helps Stars to Melbourne derby win over Renegades

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Dec 04

Breaking boundaries: Bangladesh’s women cricketers

Gifted cricketers Chumki Akter and Ismat Ara were born in poverty in Bangladesh. Now they are playing the game at the highest level. Mark Seacombe hears how a British charity is offering young women the future of their dreams

At the age of 10, Ismat Ara was facing a wretched future. Like millions of girls born into acute poverty and deprivation in rural Bangladesh, she was destined for marriage in childhood, perhaps as young as 12, an abrupt end to her education and a life of drudgery. Or something worse.

Five years later, she is standing proudly, but nervously, on the turf of the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in the capital, Dhaka, resplendent in her blue and yellow strip, waiting to be introduced to Jos Buttler, captain of England’s one-day international cricket team. “I look forward to seeing you on television,” he tells her. A rising star, Ismat is now destined to play for the national women’s cricket team. “That is my dream,” she says, in her self-effacing, quiet way.

I feel the power when I have a bat or a ball in my hands

We wanted it to be a sport where the Muslim girls could dress modestly. It had to be cricket

As well as playing for her country Jesy is blazing a trail for women on TV as the first female pundit

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Nov 02

Reg Dickason vindicated after England tour of Bangladesh passes peacefully

The success of the security operation for England’s visit has encouraged hopes that more Test teams will tour Bangladesh

There remain reservations about how successful England’s expedition to Bangladesh was on the field, but as they arrive safely in Mumbai for the second leg of their tour, one man is entitled to look back on the first with satisfaction.

Reg Dickason, England’s security adviser, is the man whose advice was the single largest factor in the tour to Bangladesh going ahead and there has been no argument that the security arrangements for the players – and the press, who were incorporated unofficially into the plan along with a few stray supporters – were successful.

Related: England confusion over spin stretches back to Salisbury’s forgotten code | Andy Bull

Related: Rohit Sharma ruled out of India Test squad to face England because of injury

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