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Dawid Malan’s Century and Reece Topley’s Brilliance Secure England’s 137-Run Victory Over Bangladesh

Dawid Malan’s century and Reece Topley’s 4-wicket haul led England to a commanding 137-run win over Bangladesh in Dharamsala. England posted 364/9, and Bangladesh managed 227 all out.

In a thrilling ODI match held in Dharamsala, England secured a resounding 137-run victory over Bangladesh, thanks to a remarkable performance by Dawid Malan and Reece Topley. The match featured Malan’s fourth ODI century of the year, setting a commanding total that proved too much for the Bangladeshi side.

England, after winning the toss, opted to bat first and got off to a flying start with Malan taking on Bangladesh’s Mustafizur Rahman early. Malan’s aggression was evident as he raced to a 39-ball fifty, while Jonny Bairstow reached his half-century in 54 deliveries. The pair established a solid foundation with a 115-run opening partnership. However, the introduction of spin, led by Shakib Al Hasan, led to Bairstow’s dismissal, as he was bowled by a straighter delivery.

England captain Joe Root, who had settled in with a beautiful lofted drive, ended a six-over boundary drought by sending Mustafizur into the stands. Malan reached his century off just 91 balls and shifted gears immediately. He launched a fierce attack on the returning Mehidy Hasan Miraz, smashing two sixes and two fours in a 22-run over.

Root also contributed with a fifty off 44 balls, and the partnership between the two reached 150 runs in just 26 more deliveries. As the death overs approached, Shoriful Islam and Mahedi Hasan made a commendable comeback for Bangladesh, picking up crucial wickets to disrupt England’s momentum. Shoriful dismissed both Jos Buttler and Root with knuckle balls, and Mahedi Hasan ended Malan’s impressive innings, preventing him from reaching the 150-run mark.

Despite conceding wickets in the final overs, England managed to post a challenging total of 364/9. Reece Topley was the star with the ball, finishing with impressive figures of 4-43, and his early strikes in the PowerPlay set Bangladesh on the back foot.

Bangladesh, chasing a daunting target, got off to a disastrous start as Topley removed three top-order left-handers within the PowerPlay, reducing Bangladesh to 26/3 within six overs. Chris Woakes also made a significant contribution by dismissing Mehidy Hasan, further denting Bangladesh’s hopes.

Although Litton Das showed some resilience and raced to a 76-run knock, he lacked support from the other end. Mushfiqur Rahim did manage to score a fifty, but he was ultimately dismissed by Topley. Despite some lower-order resistance, the target proved insurmountable for Bangladesh, and they were bowled out for 227 in 48.2 overs.

Reece Topley’s exceptional bowling performance, taking four crucial wickets, played a vital role in England’s victory. With this win, England solidified their position in the tournament, while Bangladesh faced a substantial defeat.

Brief Scores:
England: 364/9 in 50 overs (Dawid Malan 140, Joe Root 82, Jonny Bairstow 52; Mahedi Hasan 4-71, Shoriful Islam 3-75)
Bangladesh: 227 all out in 48.2 overs (Litton Das 76, Mushfiqur Rahim 51; Reece Topley 4-43, Chris Woakes 2-49)
Result: England won by 137 runs

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