Blistering Morgan seals victory
Man-of-the-match Eoin Morgan’s stunning maiden one-day century for England wrapped up the series against Bangladesh with a game to spare.
Morgan, who has a previous ODI hundred for Ireland, kept his cool as wickets fell around him in the closing overs of the second match in Mirpur.
The tourists slipped from 198 for four to 229 for eight, still requiring 32 for victory in 4.2 powerplay overs at the Shere Bangla National Stadium.
Morgan, partnered by debutant James Tredwell, was in his element as he took advantage of Shakib Al Hasan’s naive field settings to steer England home with two wickets and seven balls remaining. He finished with 110 to his name from 104 balls, including eight fours and two sixes.
Captain Alastair Cook earlier helped his side recover from the loss of early wickets with an assured 60, his second fifty of a series which concludes on Friday in Chittagong.
However, spinners Abdur Razzak and Shakib claimed three wickets apiece to bring Bangladesh right back into the game after Morgan and Matt Prior added 90 for the fifth wicket.
The hosts were in sight of their first triumph against England - the only side they are yet to beat - but Morgan’s blistering late hitting cruelly dashed those hopes.
England put in a disciplined display in the field, although the Tigers’ late flurry lifted them to their highest one-day total.
Opener Imrul Kayes and Mushfiqur Rahim, who struck 63 and 76 respectively, combined for a 90-run alliance as the tourists were made to sweat in the middle overs.
England's attack was economical overall, at one point preventing Bangladesh finding the rope for 11 overs.
Tim Bresnan claimed 3-52 and Graeme Swann 2-52, both from 10 overs, but Luke Wright deserves special mention for only conceding 24 runs from his first eight overs before his last cost 14.
Kent off-spinner Tredwell, replacing the injured Ryan Sidebottom, bowled tidily on his competitive England debut, although he went wicketless.
Bangladesh made two changes as seamer Mashrafe Mortaza pulled out of the series to attend to his ill mother. He was replaced by Rubel Hossain, while all-rounder Suhrawadi Shuvo was handed a debut in place of batsman Junaid Siddique.
England made early inroads after Cook chose to bowl first on a different but equally dry pitch to the one used in Sunday’s six-wicket win at the same ground.
Tamim Iqbal soon picked up where he left off in his magnificent 125, with an array of fours, but perished to Stuart Broad for 30 from 25 balls when he miscued to Cook, who took a simple catch at midwicket.
Bresnan then cleaned up Aftab Ahmed, whose ugly slog saw him depart for four, in the batting powerplay.
With the fielding restrictions lifted, Swann and Wright slowed the scoring as Bangladesh’s 100 came up in the 23rd over.
Broad gifted Mushfiqur a life on 24 when he shelled a regulation catch at deep square-leg off Collingwood.
Mushfiqur swept Swann for four to end Bangladesh’s boundary drought and Kayes thought he had picked up the third boundary of the over, only to be superbly taken by Paul Collingwood diving to his right at cover.
Shakib was caught and bowled by Swann for 14, but Mushfiqur brought up his sixth one-day fifty from 66 balls, followed by Bangladesh’s 200 in the 42nd over.
Wright was reintroduced with Broad off the field due to back trouble and, between his two overs, took a fine running catch at deep midwicket off Bresnan to end Mushfiqur’s 88-ball stay.
Bresnan bowled Mahmudullah for 27 but Naeem Islam and Suhrawadi took Wright for boundaries in the final over to finish on 18 and 14 respectively as Bangladesh added 45 in the batting powerplay.
When England replied, Craig Kieswetter edged his first ball for four, via the right glove of diving wicketkeeper Mushfiqur, and repeated the drive next ball only to locate Kayes at first slip.
Cook hit three consecutive fours off Shafiul Islam - he only just cleared Mahmudullah at deep square-leg with the second - and Kevin Pietersen’s back-foot drive for four off Naeem saw England’s fifty arrive after nine overs.
However, Pietersen was undone by a left-arm spinner - Razzak - for the second time in the series on 18 and Collingwood, reprieved on two by Mahmudullah at midwicket, soon became Razzak’s second victim for seven.
Cook’s pulled four off Rubel heralded a 51-ball half-century but, after a swept six off Mahmudullah, the left-hander was caught behind off Shakib during a second consecutive maiden.
Morgan, twice, and Prior survived close lbw shouts from Mahmudullah, but nevertheless gradually wrested back the initiative.
Morgan hooked Shafiul for a maximum en route to 50 from 63 balls, before Prior became Razzak’s third lbw victim, for 42.
Three wickets then fell in as many overs as Wright’s reckless swipe against Shakib saw him bowled for seven, Mahmudullah pinned Bresnan in front for nought and Swann’s waft gifted Shakib another.
Bangladesh sensed an upset, but Morgan lifted Shafiul for two fours and a six in the penultimate over to end proceedings in amazing style.
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