In this era of T20 cricket, the stars of England and Bangladesh have played with and against each other in leagues around the world. But the national sides have never featured against one another in a men’s T20I.
England, the No.1 ranked T20I side, thus come into their match against the Tigers in Abu Dhabi with some wariness, careful not to underestimate the challenge.
The teams have had contrasting runs so far in the tournament. England rolled West Indies over for 55 in their opening match and are looking for their second win of the Super 12 stage.
Bangladesh, meanwhile, were rocked in round one by Scotland before they made it to the Super 12, where they lost their first match to Sri Lanka despite posting a strong total. Another loss will make their hopes of progressing to the next round tricky.
England’s bowlers produced their second stellar performance of the tournament to restrict Bangladesh to 124/9, before Jason Roy, in his 50th T20I, made short work of the chase.
Roy’s half-century helped England complete the chase in 14.1 overs with eight wickets in hand at the Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
Spinners Moeen Ali and Liam Livingstone shared four wickets between them, while Chris Woakes, who took the new ball, was economical with 1/12 and Tymal Mills scalped three at the death.
Bangladesh were firmly on the back-foot after the first six overs at 27/3 when Mushfiqur Rahim and skipper Mahamud Ullah provided the Tigers a period of stability.
Mushfiqur was especially strong behind square and the duo enjoyed a couple of good overs against the seamers, to add 37 in 22 balls.
The introduction of the spin of Liam Livingstone broke the stand, with an England review confirming that Mushfiqur was trapped in front trying to sweep.
The Tigers, who have lost both their games so far, have their hopes of progressing past this stage hanging on a thread.