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England claimed another impressive victory in the T20 World Cup, beating Bangladesh by eight wickets at Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Stadium on Wednesday.

Jason Roy took the lead by plundering 61 out of 38 balls, helping his team move closer to the 125-point goal their opponents set for the win with nearly six overs left.

Bangladesh won the toss and chose to strike first. They got off to a promising start, putting up 10 points on the board in the first round, Liton Das hitting Moeen Ali for two limits.

However, things quickly turned when Moeen (2-18) took two wickets in the third, and from there the runs dried up as the wickets steadily fell.

Chris Woakes (1-12) and Liam Livingstone (2-15) impressed with the ball, and the only moment that looked like a response from Bangladesh was in the 19th when Adil Rashid (0-35) was hit for 17, including only two sixes of innings from Nasum Ahmed (19).

A solid final with the ball from Tymal Mills (3-27) saw just four runs scored, with two wickets entering the last two balls of the innings to leave Bangladesh on 124-9 of their 20 overs, a total that England has comfortably reached.

Roy sets the tone for England’s response

Roy crushed the first ball of the innings for four and Jos Buttler hit 18 of 18 balls before falling to Nasum (1-26).

Dawid Malan (28 not retired) continued the momentum for England, but it was Roy’s five fours and three sixes in exactly one hour in the crease that did the heavy lifting for England.

The opener was out before the end when he hit a Shoriful Islam (1-26) ball in the hands of Nasum, allowing Jonny Bairstow (eight not coming out) to see his team at home with 35 balls remaining, giving Eoin Morgan’s team their second win in as many games in the tournament.

Moeen is making rapid progress

Bangladesh had not had a display of Roy’s equal in its own order thanks to Moeen’s exploits with the ball. Recovering quickly from a potentially damaging first attempt, the spinner wiped away Das and Mohammad Naim back-to-back bullets to reduce Bangladesh to 14-2.

It was Moeen’s third and fourth wickets of power play at this World Cup, behind Maheesh Theekshana (five) in this regard. Despite the initial swing, he also managed a save rate of 5.5 and a dot ball rate of 64% during that time.


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