That innings had everything - Cook
Captain Alastair Cook was thankful for a “fantastic” Eoin Morgan innings after his maiden century helped England avoid a shock defeat by Bangladesh in the second one-day international.
Morgan hit a superb unbeaten 110 to carry England to a tense two-wicket win which looked unlikely after they lost three wickets in as many overs to slip to 229 for eight in their pursuit of 261.
The left-hander made light of an escalating run-rate to hit Shafiul Islam for four and six off successive deliveries and seal victory - and a series win - with just seven balls to spare.
“It got a bit close for our liking but Eoin came in and deserved to win the game,” Cook said. “It was a fantastic knock - it had everything.
“He picked his time to hit the boundaries, he built a partnership with Matty (Prior), which was a fantastic one. He was calm under pressure and then dominated in the powerplay.
“He was probably the coolest person out there because I certainly wasn’t, I was pacing up and down the dressing room.
“I’m not the best cricket watcher when it gets tense but it was an amazing, relieved feeling and a really good chase.”
England’s situation when Morgan grabbed the win was even more precarious than the batsman knew.
All-rounder Stuart Broad was due in at number 11 after experiencing discomfort in his back and, unknown to Morgan, Prior was padded up to join him in the middle as a runner.
Fellow seamer Ryan Sidebottom had already been ruled out of the one-day series with a thigh injury before play got under way, but Cook said the extent of the side’s fitness concerns was not yet clear.
“Broady, we’re not sure about. He has a bit of a bad back but we need to give it 24 to 48 hours for it to settle down before we can give any proper assessment,” he said.
“Hopefully it will calm down overnight. Siddy is out of the next one-dayer and hopefully he can get back to fitness. I’m not yet sure exactly how serious his thigh is but hopefully the next 48 hours will tell us that too.”
Although Cook, who made 60 from 61 balls, took pleasure in England’s ultimately successful chase under floodlights at the Shere Bangla National Stadium, he challenged them to repeat the feat in the final match of the series in Chittagong on Friday.
“There are always areas to improve but when you chase down 260 on a turning wicket you have to be pleased with yourselves.
“We came here to win and have won the series, but we can’t let our foot off the gas - we have to try to win the series 3-0.”
Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan admitted he thought his side were on the verge of a first win over England, the only side they have not beaten.
“I thought we batted really well but Morgan played really well and according to his plan - full credit to him,” said Shakib, who bowled superbly to take 3-32 and spark panic in the England ranks late on.
“When they lost eight wickets we thought it was our best chance to pick up a win, but Morgan stood tall.
“We have been scoring 250 consistently but we need to step up one more step so we can win some games.
“The boys are disappointed but morally up because we played really good cricket, we threw ourselves on the ground and we tried our level best."
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