ICC World Cup ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Jason Roy 153 helps England take revenge on Bangladesh

first_img New Delhi: England had 12 years of World Cup pain against Bangladesh. They had lost in 2011. They had lost in 2015 in Adelaide. The loss four years earlier brought about a revolution in England cricket in which they had shunned their conservative approach to play attacking, aggressive cricket. The pain of 2015 and the benefits post that debacle were out on full display at Sophia Gardens. Jason Roy, one of the new crops to emerge out of ‘New England’ demonstrated his class by blasting 153, the second-highest individual score by an English player in World Cups. England reached 386/6, the highest by any team against Bangladesh and despite Shakib Al Hasan’s ninth century, England finally got the better of Bangladesh by 106 runs at Sophia Gardens on Saturday.Bangladesh’s decision to bowl on a flat deck raised some questions but the move seemed to have worked initially when England managed to score at just three runs an over in the first five overs. However, Jason Roy opened up with two boundaries off Mashrafe Mortaza and followed it up with two more fours off Shakib Al Hasan. Roy and Jonny Bairstow regularly found the boundary and the partnership went past 50. Roy notched up his fifty in grand style by blasting Saifuddin straight down the ground for a six and then steering a short ball to the third man fence. Roy made serene progress and neared a century. At the other end, Bairstow, who had endured a wretched run in the first two games, notched up his 10th fifty but fell to a good catch from Mehidy Hasan off Mashrafe Mortaza. Bangladesh won their previous encounters in 2011 and 2015.Jason Roy blasted his third 150+ score in ODIs. England’s 386/6 is the highest World Cup score by any team against Bangladesh. highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. The right-hander got to his milestone, his ninth in ODIs by flicking Mustafizur Rahman to the deep square leg fence where the fielder misfielded. Having reached the landmark, Roy proceeded to punish the bowling. Saifuddin got the big wicket of Joe Root for 21 but it was the start of the carnage. Roy blasted two fours and a six off Shakib and he then took full toll of Mehidy Hasan by clobbering three consecutive sixes to reach his 150. Roy was one hit away from becoming the highest individual scorer in a World Cup for England but he miscued the fourth ball off Mehidy and the catch was taken as he fell for 153. Roy’s 153 was the third time he had gone past 150+ in ODIs, the most by an England batsman. His score was the second-highest in World Cups behind Strauss’ 158.Although Roy fell, England maintained the aggressive scoring with Jos Buttler smashing two sixes and a four off Mosaddek Hossain. The England wicketkeeper notched up yet another aggressive fifty and he was well-supported in the end by Liam Plunkett and Chris Woakes as England reached a massive score.Bangladesh do not go for itIn response, Bangladesh could not handle the pace of Jofra Archer and Soumya Sarkar fell for 2. Shakib joined Tamim Iqbal at the crease and the veteran duo looked to stabilize the innings. When Tamim fell for 19 to Mark Wood, Bangladesh had lost the fight and they were content on playing just for pride. Shakib regularly found the boundary while Mushfiqur Rahim focused on consolidation as Bangladesh looked to salvage pride. The duo notched up a partnership of 100 runs, with Shakib getting to his third consecutive fifty-plus score. Liam Plunkett broke the 100-run stand when Rahim (44) got a leading edge to point and Roy made no mistake.Shakib reached his century and looked to be aggressive but once he fell for 121 to Ben Stokes, the rest of the Bangladesh innings collapsed. When Archer took the final wicket, England had defeated the nation that had ushered in their transformation and erased all the pains of 2015.last_img read more

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West Ham Hammer Man Utd to Pick Maximum Points

first_imgGoals from Andriy Yarmolenko and Aaron Cresswell earned West Ham their second successive home win against Manchester United, who lost striker Marcus Rashford through injury in the second half.Yarmolenko opened the scoring on the stroke of half-time, sending a low finish past David de Gea following patient build-up play involving Mark Noble and Felipe Anderson.Cresswell sealed all three points for the Hammers in the second half with a superb free-kick into the top right-hand corner. Chances were at a premium in a cagey first half at London Stadium, with Noble’s deflected effort from Pablo Fornals’ free-kick the closest either team came to a breakthrough before Yarmolenko’s strike.Juan Mata should have levelled for the visitors two minutes into the second half but failed to hit the target after connecting well with Andreas Pereira’s low cross.The result lifts West Ham above the Red Devils in the Premier League table, while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side remain three points off the top four and without an away league win since February.After making nine changes for the midweek Europa League victory over Astana, Solskjaer fielded the same team that beat Leicester at Old Trafford in their last league game.Nemanja Matic and Rashford were the sole survivors from Thursday’s win, with teenage striker Mason Greenwood – United’s match-winner against the Kazakh side – unavailable due to tonsillitis.Rashford, who had gone five matches without a goal in open play before today, looked short on confidence throughout, failing to register a single shot before going off injured just after the hour mark.The injury capped a deeply frustrating afternoon for Solskjaer, whose side looked lacklustre, lethargic and short of ideas in the final third.Matic’s long-range drive, which was easily held by Lukas Fabianski, was the closest they came to a goal in a forgettable first half.The visitors improved marginally in the second and should have restored parity when Mata got on the end of Pereira’s delivery, but the veteran midfielder somehow managed to steer the ball wide from point-blank range.Harry Maguire also went close to bringing the visitors level before West Ham’s second goal, firing straight at Fabianski after the Hammers had failed to clear a corner.The defeat extends Manchester United’s poor away form – their last league victory on their travels came at Crystal Palace on 27 February.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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CATHAL’S DONEGAL GAA BLOG: STAR PERFORMANCES ALL ROUND IN GALWAY

first_imgBY CATHAL MacSUIBHNE in GALWAY: For the second week in succession Donegal steamrolled inferior opposition and they already look far too good for Division Two football.While the swagger present in Portlaoise last week wasn’t quite as obvious today, Jim McGuinness’ men were proficient in how they went about their business and bagged another pair of league points in the process.Even before the ball was thrown in, the gulf in class and gap in professionalism of both teams was evident. The Donegal players arrived out on the field at Pearse Stadium forty minutes before throw-in to undergo their warm up routine – and they all looked the part decked out in their newly acquired O’Neills gear. Their drills had already been set up, cones laid out and the players went about their work before retreating to the dressing room for final words from their mentors. Galway on the other hand, only took the field twenty minutes before the start of the game and their preparation lacked the efficiency and organisation of their counterparts.A few handling errors by his men in the drills had McGuinness barking orders and demanding more of his troops. At the other end the hosts looked liked they had come for a training session.When the action got underway, Donegal adapted to the conditions better and implemented their running game whilst playing against the strong breeze blowing in from the Promenade in Salthill. Galway, despite having the stiff wind at their backs, were reluctant to shoot from distance and they made hard work of the scores that came their way.Once Colm McFadden goaled after a quarter of an hour, following a wonderful sweeping move that started in the opposite corner of the field, it gave his team a cushion that was never going to be threatened. Donegal’s play was patient, smart and precise – they were quite happy to take numerous passes before the correct run was made and then they attacked the central channel of the home defence. Having only passed a pitch inspection this morning, the recent wet weather left the sod extremely soft today and both teams will be feeling it in their legs tonight. The state of the pitch made it particularly difficult for the forwards – several times decent passes were played in front of them but with little or no bounce off the soft turf many of these were spilt and ended up in the hands of defenders.They stuck at it though and the starting full-forward line of McFadden, Michael Murphy and Dermot Molloy posted 1-10 of the 1-16 Donegal total. Add in Patrick McBrearty’s three fine points from play after his introduction from the bench and there is real quality in Donegal’s forward play right now. They’re all playing with confidence, evidenced by McFadden’s audacious effort to lob the Galway netminder Manus Breathnach after he left his goal unguarded in coming out to intercept a pass destined for Captain Murphy.There’s plenty of confidence amongst the supporters at present too, with a huge Donegal faithful in attendance today and indeed at times it seemed as if we outnumbered the locals.While Donegal got a lot of joy from attacking centrally, there was no such luck for Galway going in the opposite direction as they met Leo McLoone putting in a masterclass at centre-back. He was as solid as a rock for the seventy minutes, breaking up plenty of opposition attacks and getting forward when the chance arose as well. Pound for pound he’s one of the squad’s leading ball players and appears to have made the number six jersey his own with Karl Lacey being used in the full-back line of late. Lacey was initially given marking duties on James Kavanagh, the former Kildare star who transferred to the maroon and white this year. Kavanagh though dropped deep and played much of the game at midfield, a strange call by the management given his prowess in front of the posts.Donegal’s other corner back, Ryan McHugh, had a good day at the office and is certainly stating his case for inclusion come the summer. His burst of pace and economy while in possession make him a solid option for numerous positions on the field and showed he can score too, firing over early in the second period. Another who impressed was Martin McElhinney, who played at midfield partnering Rory Kavanagh in the middle in the first half and then the returning Neil Gallagher in the second. McElhinney’s strong, direct running has always been a big part of his game but his primary ball winning ability is improving with every outing and his all-round game today was excellent.With the likes of McElhinney,the aforementioned McHugh and half forward Odhrán MacNiallais all revelling in their starting roles, the league is already proving very useful for the team as regards improving the strength of the squad. That will be tested in three weeks time when Donegal face into what will most likely be the toughest game in the division as Ulster Champions Monaghan come to O’Donnell Park. There will certainly be a bit of spice in that one after the events in Clones last July and at this rate it might well be a dress rehearsal for a league decider in Croke Park come April.While Donegal’s start has been nothing but impressive, the visit of the Farney men will tell us a lot about how the team is shaping up and will be a more accurate barometer of what awaits over the course of the year.CATHAL’S DONEGAL GAA BLOG: STAR PERFORMANCES ALL ROUND IN GALWAY was last modified: February 10th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:CATHAL MACSUIBHNE’S GAA DIARYdonegalGalwaylast_img read more

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