On a hot afternoon at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi, a clinical performance by England propelled them to an eight-wicket win against Bangladesh in the league match of the Super 12s.
In pursuit of 125 runs, England started the innings in a commanding fashion as Jos Buttler and Jason Roy stitched a 39-run partnership for the opening wicket. However, the wicket-keeper batter tried to take the attack to Nasum Ahmed in the powerplay but failed to get any timing on the ball and offered a simple catch to the lone fielder on the boundary rope.
Despite the stutter, Roy and Malan steadied the innings and notched up a crucial 73-run partnership for the second wicket to get the team inches away from the win. The right-handed batter has been in sublime form in this format of the game and displayed an array of strikes all around the ground to notch up a quickfire half-century in his 50th T20I game for England.
Over the years, the 31-year had issues with the spinners early in the innings. However, in this encounter, he smashed Shakib Al Hasan and Nasum Ahmed straight down the ground to get the innings underway. En route to his destructive innings, he smashed 61 off 38 deliveries studded with five boundaries and three sixes to help England record a thumping win.
The right handed batter was dismissed in the final stages of the innings trying to play the uppercut. With the ball not coming onto the bat, the right-handed batter did not get any power in the stroke and was caught by Nasum on the third man boundary. Despite the wicket, Malan and Jonny Bairstow got England over the line with 35 balls to spare. The southpaw struggling for runs this year anchored the innings with an unbeaten 28 off 25 deliveries to guide England home.
Earlier in the day, Bangladesh got off to a horrendous start in the powerplay as Moeen Ali weaved magic in the early stages of the innings. The off-spinner got the better of Liton Das as he tried to play the sweep shot but was safely caught on the deep square leg boundary. The following delivery, Mohammed Naim was dismissed as he attempted to clear the mid-on fielder and offered a simple catch to Chris Woakes.
While the onus of the batting unit relied heavily on two of the most experienced batters in Shakib and Mushfiqur Rahim, the southpaw was dismissed in the final over of the powerplay courtesy of a brilliant catch by Adil Rashid to derail the batting unit of the side.
After tottering at 26/3, a 37-run partnership between Mushfiqur and Mahmudullah steadied the innings, but a poor stroke from Mushfiqur led to his downfall. The Tigers lost a flurry of wickets in the middle overs courtesy of a disciplined bowling performance by England and managed to post a below-par score of 124/9 in the first innings. Tymal Mill's 3 for 27 and Liam Livingstone's two wickets in the middle overs helped England restrict the opposition to a low score.