England has never won the ICC Men’s World Cup and the train to success might have looked to derail.
However, after their defeat to Pakistan on Monday, they bounced back in formidable fashion to crush Bangladesh in what was one of the best performances of the tournament so far, and a performance that may not be outshined.
Superb Batting Performances
The England boys produced 386 runs and lost six wickets during their innings. Their offensive bout was mainly due to the performance of Jason Roy, who amassed a killer 153 runs. It is also worth noting that this is also the second-best tally from an English batsman at the World Cup.
However, it wasn’t just down to the power and drive of Jason Roy. Jos Buttler and Jonny Bairstow both made it across the half-century line with 64 and 51 runs, respectively. The former did sustain a slight injury to his hip which prevented him from occupying the wicket later in the day.
Bowling Could Be Better
Unfortunately, this wasn’t the only negative about the overall-stunning performance for England flag-wavers. Some of England’s bowlers had also seen better days, namely Adil Rashid and Chris Woakes. As a result, Shakib Al Hasan became the tournament’s biggest hitter and took advantage of England with an impressive 121 runs.
These minor issues for the England squad did not help Bangladesh even look like threatening the run target. England maintained control over the match and Bangladesh were sent packing after scoring 280 runs in total. Much of this was thanks to some great bowling by Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer. Both bowlers taking the same number of wickets as lions on their shirts.
Getting Back That Confidence
Captain Michael Vaughan expressed some fortune that England got to bat first in his post-match comments. He discussed how England looked on edge and nervy at the beginning of the contest in the Welsh capital. This was may be expected after suffering an unexpected defeat to Pakistan.
Considering Bangladesh did reach 280 runs, those jitters and nerves may have materialized into mistakes and increased conservatism if England had to follow the Bangladesh batsmen.
What Next For These teams?
The win has meant England have leapfrogged Australia into second place and remain in touching distance to the Kiwis in the top spot. New Zealand do not look like dropping their A-game just yet, after an excellent seven-wicket victory against Afghanistan.
However, there are plenty of games left to go and nobody can be ruled out or crowned champions already. Gamblers may wish to write South Africa and Afghanistan out already who sit joint bottom of the table, but anyone else can still do it.
England must now sit and wait for their next match up against the West Indies. The showdown is almost one week away and will take place in Southampton. Bangladesh fans have less time to wait to see their team try and improve on their single win from three matches; they will face Sri Lanka on Tuesday in Bristol.