England was on top in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 clash against Bangladesh at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff. Jason Roy blasted the second-highest individual score by an England player in World Cups with 153 and a quick fifty from Jos Buttler helped England reach 386/6. The score was the highest Bangladesh had conceded in World Cups, having conceded 370 against India in the opening game of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 contest in Mirpur. It was time for England to unleash their pace barrage on Bangladesh. Jofra Archer, who is known for his brilliant pace, was bowling to Soumya Sarkar. What happened next was a freak occurrence.
Archer stayed over the wicket and got a good length ball to nip back in sharply at 143 kmph. Sarkar was leaving a big gap between bat and pad and the ball hit the top of off stump. Such was the pace of the delivery that after the ball hit the top of off stump, it sailed over the keeper’s head and landed on the ropes behind the keeper. So, in a strange twist of fate, the ball went for six after hitting the stump.
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.