T20 World Cup: Jason Roy praises bowlers after England’s win over Bangladesh

Opener Jason Roy on Wednesday credited England’s bowlers for helping Bangladesh thrash Bangladesh by eight wickets in the Twenty20 World Cup for their second successive win. Roy smashed a 38-ball 61 as England chased down their target of 125 runs in 14.1 overs in the Super 12 clash in Abu Dhabi.

He reached his seventh T20 fifty in his 50th match with a straight six during a 73-run partnership with Dawid Malan, who scored an unbeaten 28.

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“We bowled very well. Don’t take anything away from the bowlers,” Roy told reporters after his man-of-the-match performance.

“We took our catches and fielded and bowled really well. We started well with the bat and then took advantage of the low score.”

England’s left-arm pacer Tymal Mills took three wickets and combined with spinners Moeen Ali and Liam Livingstone to restrict Bangladesh to 124-9 in the first two-nation meeting.

Eoin Morgan’s England, the world’s number one ranked T20 side, top Group 1, after beating West Indies by six wickets in their tournament opener to register two major victories.

Roy said that England’s defeat at the hands of Bangladesh in the 2015 50-over World Cup forced him out of that tournament, but helped build a stronger bond between the players and transform his brand of cricket.

“Our camp has been together since 2015,” he said. “We’ve built bonds off cricket and on the field, which I think plays a big part in traveling the world and playing good cricket.”

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“We understand our roles in the team, both individually and as teammates.”

Bangladesh, which lost their first Super 12 match to Sri Lanka, lost regular wickets after deciding to bat first.

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After conceding 10 runs in the opening over, Moeen bounced back and was on a hat-trick in his second over, only to be denied by Mushfiqur Rahim, who scored 29.

An off-spinner Moeen caught Liton Das for nine runs at deep square leg and then sent Mohammad Naeem back to the pavilion for five.

Bangladesh found themselves in trouble at 26-3 when Chris Woakes claimed the keys to Shakib Al Hasan and Adil Rashid ran backwards to take a fine catch. Shakib was dismissed after scoring four runs.

Mushfiqur and captain Mahmudullah Riyadh, who scored 19, tried to repair the damage in a 37-run partnership before Livingstone broke it.

Mushfiqur was dismissed leg before by Livingstone, but England had to use an umpire referral as the on-field official declared it not out.

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Bangladesh continued to falter as the run-out cost Afif Hossain his wicket for five and Mahmudullah, on 19, went on as Livingstone’s second wicket.

“Obviously, we were disappointed with the batting, it was a good wicket, but we didn’t start well and didn’t have a partnership in between,” Mahmudullah said.

“We are more skilled hitters than power hitters, we don’t want to change that because we believe we can post good totals. We need to reevaluate and come up with a good plan.”

Bangladesh’s batting effort was very low and England’s batsmen had some trouble responding to the batting despite Jos Buttler’s loss for 18 runs.

Roy hit five fours and three sixes in an aggressive innings that took steam from Bangladesh’s bowling.

Malan, who did not bat in the first match, got useful batting time

Both teams paid a lot of attention to the anti-racism gesture ahead of the start of the game after South Africa’s Quinton de Kock withdrew from a match against West Indies on Tuesday after he refused to comply with the orders of the National Cricket Board.

Roy said, “Our team is extremely diverse with people from all over the world. It is fitting that we support him and we support what he is doing.”

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