HHowever, Bangladesh second spinner Mehedi Hasan didn’t turn the ball at all when crossing Scotland’s naive stick in the qualifying round in Oman. Hasan took three wickets, none of them with cuts, just balls that rushed straight in and pinned their LBW batsmen or bowled. England will have to look to play Hasan the same way they played Indian Anil Kumble, as a slow seam, and always forward, never risking being pinned on the back foot.
Otherwise, it’s not too much to ask of Eoin Morgan’s side for another crushing victory. Bangladesh beat Oman and Papua New Guinea, and lost to Scotland and Sri Lanka. They are more dependent than ever on a few mainstays, like Shakib and their mid-order drummer Mushfiq ur-Rahim, who waddled around in cushions that seemed too big for him at Lord’s to make his test debut in 2005 as he was only 17 years old.
Jos Buttler was the only batsman in England’s entire opener to go 13, and saw England take an unembarrassed victory with their unbeaten 24. However, he seemed seriously short of sleep after the birth. of her second child.
Jonny Bairstow and Liam Livingstone both have to show their credentials against the spin after being cheaply sacked by the West Indies’ Hosein. Their physical strength to hit the limits is going to be crucial as this competition progresses, especially if the throws get slower. Spinners, not just crimps, have discovered that the ball just back one length is optimal for containment – and only batsmen with supreme strength or the fastest footwork will score limits. Bairstow and Livingstone have something of the physique that has seen Afghanistan hit eleven sixes against Scotland in Sharjah, including the longest shots in this tournament so far.