Malan leads England to victory over Bangladesh in first ODI
SUMMARY: Bangladesh 209 all out from 47.2 overs (Najmul Shanto 58, Mahmudullah Reyad 31; Mark Wood 2-34, Moeen Ali 2-35, Jofra Archer 2-37, Adil Rashid 2-47) vs England 212-7 from 48.4 overs (Dawid Malan 114*, Will Jacks 26; Taijul Islam 3-54, Mehidy Hasan Miraz 2-35)
Dawid Malan scored a battling 114 not out to lead England to a hard-fought three-wicket win over Bangladesh in the first of three one-day internationals.
The left-hander’s fourth ODI ton, off 145 balls, held the tourists’ chase together as they overhauled Bangladesh’s 209 all out with eight balls to spare.
On a pitch offering assistance to seamers and spinners alike, wickets fell at regular intervals in the chase.
But Malan hit the winning boundary to put England ahead in the series.
Earlier, Bangladesh had made a strong start to their innings after opting to bat first before being pegged back, with six England bowlers sharing the wickets.
Chris Woakes took the first before Adil Rashid, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood and Moeen Ali took two wickets apiece, and debutant Will Jacks also chipped in.
The home batters largely struggled in the low-scoring contest with Najmul Hossain Shanto’s 58 from 82 balls the only other score over 50 in the match.
The sides will stay in Mirpur for Friday’s second ODI as they continue to build towards the World Cup in India. (BBC Sport)