Hundred passes Morgan by
A first England century is usually a moment for a batsman to savour, but Eoin Morgan admitted the landmark did not even register as he pulled the tourists back from the brink to win the second one-day international against Bangladesh.
Morgan hit a masterful 110 not out to carry England to their target of 261 with seven balls to spare and two wickets in hand after the Tigers had bowled themselves into pole position in Mirpur.
The result maintained England’s 100% record against the hosts in 14 meetings and opened up an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.
Morgan moved into three figures for the first time in England colours - he also scored a hundred for Ireland - during a penultimate over in which he smashed 16 runs, but did not even raise his bat to mark the occasion.
Instead, he took guard once more and heaved Shafiul Islam for six to win the match and silence a raucous home crowd at the Shere Bangla National Stadium.
“The hundred certainly wasn’t something I was thinking about, I must say,” said Morgan. “It was all about the short boundary and where I was going to hit it.
“I didn’t actually know I’d reached a hundred - the scoreboard was a bit slow - but I’ll take it. It’s certainly up there with my best innings; everything went to plan.
“But it’s my first hundred for England and that is obviously a great experience. It’s also something to get out of the way because I hope there’s more success on the way.”
Morgan claimed to feel few nerves despite the loss of the three wickets in as many overs contributed to a lower-order wobble that saw England slip from 223 for five to 229 for eight.
However, debutant James Tredwell kept Morgan company for the addition of 32 unbroken runs for the ninth wicket, to which he contributed just two.
“We stuck to our guns,” added Morgan. “The plan was to take it to the last over and use the short boundary and it worked well. We’re delighted.
“It’s about sticking to your plan and knowing your areas, your strengths and being confident with them.
“Treddy wasn’t nervous at all on his debut. He was very calm, got me on strike and I managed to take advantage.”
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