46th over: England 335-4 (Morgan 32, Stokes 3) “The whole ticket-buying process and publicity has been poor for this World Cup despite the “sell outs” being publicised,” says Rob Grey. “One current issue is the resale site, I posted a ticket three days ago for re-sale on the official site and it still hasn’t been authorised. I suspect there are many caught up in the same system. Playing to touts and empty seats.”
WICKET! England 330-4 (Buttler c Soumya b Shaifuddin 64)
Jos Buttler’s blistering innings comes to an end. He flicked Shaifuddin at pace towards deep square leg, where Soumya took a very well judged catch on the boundary. Buttler belted four sixes in his 44-ball 64, including an absurd cross-bat slap over long-off from what turned out to the penultimate delivery of his innings.
45th over: England 324-3 (Buttler 58, Morgan 31) Morgan thumps Shakib for a flat straight six, continuing England’s merry march to their highest ever World Cup score. Shakib, who started the innings so promisingly, finishes with grimy figures of 10-0-71-0.
“Hi Rob,” says Paul Graham. “I’m just rounding up my children to take them to see The Secret Life of Pets 2 at the cinema. I’d rather be on Phil Withall’s sofa.
44th over: England 315-3 (Buttler 56, Morgan 24) Buttler has played 12 ODIs this year. In that time, he has an average of 75 and a strike rate of 147. Meanwhile, Morgan is out off a free hit, the consequence of a front-foot no-ball from Mushfiqur. That no-ball aside, Mushfiqur bowled a superb over; he mixing deliberate half-trackers, some of them slower balls, with the occasional yorker, and England could only deal in singles.
“All I can offer as my way to spend the afternoon is a three-hour delay at Amsterdam airport with the last hour spent in the plane waiting for a departure slot,” says Eva Maaten. “Mild irritation has turned into collective grumpiness… but at least my 3G works, the OBO is entertaining and England are playing well!”
43rd over: England 309-3 (Buttler 53, Morgan 22) Buttler works Shakib for a couple to reach the usual spectacular half-century, this time from only 33 balls. He then survives a run-out referral after taking a quick single off the next ball. Buttler is still struggling with the injury he sustained when he heaved that six into the River Taff.
42nd over: England 298-3 (Buttler 49, Morgan 16) Buttler clouts a second six into the River Taff, this time off Mustafizur. It was another effortless stroke that just kept on going. Buttler scored 10 from his first 16 deliveries; since then he’s scored 39 from 16.
“Very impressed with this England side, though I will be interested to see how they deal with AUS, NZ and IND (and the WI pace barrage),” says Toby Sims. “I wasn’t really on the ‘Roy in the Test team wagon’, but I’m very much changing my mind given the last few months. Sometimes “knowing your game” (see Jos Buttler) is a bit intangible, but I think he knows his now, and obviously has massive mental strength, evidenced by playing a ferocious knock having spent the night in hospital with his daughter. I can’t even imagine….”
Yes, I’m the same – I wasn’t sure until this summer. I still don’t know whether it will work, especially if he bats in the top three, but he’s so good that it’s surely time to find out.
41st over: England 285-3 (Buttler 38, Morgan 15) Morgan has played Mehidy with almost exaggerated respect. Buttler, not so much; he flicks another boundary through midwicket and then brings up a rapid fifty partnership.
“Evening Rob,” says Phil Withall. “As everyone is sharing their exciting lives I thought I’d join in. I’m currently following the OBO from an exclusive Brisbane nightclub, sipping top end whiskey and enjoying some light, yet competitive banter with other successful people. I am not sat on a sofa, knackered from a long day at work, drinking red wine while my family sleeps and the dog cleans itself noisily at my feet. I have a really exciting and glamorous life… I really do…”
40th over: England 275-3 (Buttler 30, Morgan 14) Morgan gets his first boundary, driving Mortaza over mid-off for six. That’s his 104th since the end of the last World Cup; only Rohit Sharma has hit more.
“Dear Rob,” says Robert Wilson. “I am…
- Saving small and blameless flies from my gleefully murderous cats
- Trying not to look at the shame-inducing war crime of my inbox
- Giving up smoking (again)
- Endeavouring to persuade a prominent moon landing denier to talk to me for the 5Oth anniversary (he suspects my motives)
- Trying to borrow a dog
“Did I mention the smoking thing?”
39th over: England 267-3 (Buttler 29, Morgan 7) Four from Mehidy’s over. A total of 400 is looking less likely, but England are well on course to beat their highest World Cup score: 338-8 in that epic tie against India in 2011.
38th over: England 263-3 (Buttler 28, Morgan 4) Mosaddek’s second over has disappeared for 19. Buttler, who was 10 not out from 16 balls at the start of the over, doubled his score from the first two deliveries. He danced down to drive Mosaddek to cow corner for six and then slapped a boundary through the covers.
Later in the over he rocked back to pull an astonishing straight six that went out of the ground and into the River Taff. He hit it with such force that he injured something in the process, and there was a break in play while he received treatment. It looks like he may have pulled a leg muscle, but he’s going to carry on for the time being.
37th over: England 244-3 (Buttler 10, Morgan 3) Mehidy has a big LBW shout turned down against Buttler, but it surely pitched outside leg. They’ve used their review anyway.
“Dear Rob,” says Mac Millings, “Your readership has ‘inspired’ me to present you with my All-time Soft Drink XI. (Includes a couple of interlopers.)
- Coca-Colarry Gomes
- 7-Upnarine Chanderpaul
- Joe Root Beer
- JP Mountain Dewminy
- Ben Cokes
- Cameron Sprite
- Tizer Woods
- Irfanta Pathan
- Pepsi Guardiola
- Lucozade Ronchi
- Irn-Bruce Reid
“Offical Atmospheric Condition: The Fremantle Dr. Pepper.”
36th over: England 241-3 (Buttler 9, Morgan 2) Mosaddek comes into the attack and is worked for five singles.
35th over: England 236-3 (Buttler 6, Morgan 0) After a bad day at Trent Bridge, that was a statement innings from Roy: 153 from 121 balls, with 14 fours and five sixes.
WICKET! England 235-3 (Roy c Mortaza b Mehidy 153)
Jason Roy goes down in a blaze of glory. He drove Mehidy for three huge sixes off the first three deliveries, and understandably got a bit carried away at the prospect of hitting six in the over. Instead he sliced the next ball high in the air to cover, where Mortaza took an easy catch.
34th over: England 217-2 (Roy 135, Buttler 8) Buttler is taking a little bit of time to play himself in, and why not.
“On duty at the Brahms Museum in Hamburg,” says James Faulkner, who only four years ago was playing in a World Cup final.
33rd over: England 212-2 (Roy 132, Buttler 3) A quiet over from Mehidy – four singles.
“I’m spending Saturday learning Johnny B Goode on guitar,” says Zaf Ayub. “Chuck Berry was a genius.”
Does that qualify as a euphemism? ‘That bloke who drew the Kama Sutra was a genius.’
32nd over: England 208-2 (Roy 130, Buttler 1) “Did I not say the other day on this very august organ that England’s form was no cause for great concern?” says Derek Hill. “Why yes, yes I did. The Pakistan match was a blip, normal service is resumed.”
Should English lose this match, Derek Hill’s contact details will be available for a small fee.
REVIEW! England 206-2 (Buttler not out 0)
Buttler survives. He walked down the track to his first ball and was hit on the pad as he worked across the line. Replays showed it was angling past leg stump, so Bangladesh lose their review. It was worth the risk, I think, given the identity of the batsman.
BANGLADESH REVIEW FOR LBW AGAINST BUTTLER!
This is close. He was a long way down but it was very straight.
WICKET! England 205-2 (Root b Shaifuddin 21)
A big blow for Bangladesh: Joe Root is out. He dragged a fine slower ball from Shaifuddin onto the stumps to end a placeholder innings of 21 from 29 balls.
31st over: England 201-1 (Roy 126, Root 20) Shakib Al Hasan returns to the attack – and Roy almost certainly hits him straight out of it. He made room to clatter the first two deliveries between extra cover and long off for four and lifted the third sweetly down the ground for six. Marvellous batting from Roy, who has 126 from 108 balls.
“Some of the other OBOers are making me feel very staid and (late) middle-aged,” says Geoff Wignall. “I’m simply at home in central Portugal, having a break between repairing recent javeli (wild boar) damage outwith my temporary home and going up the hill to look at my almost rebuilt house, the original having been victim to the wildfires a couple of years ago. Like Gary Naylor, I maybe didn’t anticipate such a life, probably because I only ever manage to make plans that fall apart. A bit like a Saffer selector, I guess.”
30th over: England 185-1 (Roy 110, Root 20) England can’t quite get away as they would like. There have been only three boundaries in the last 11 overs, and one of those was because of a misfield.
This isn’t the only game today. Afghanistan meet New Zealand at Taunton, and Tim de Lisle is OBOing that one.
29th over: England 181-1 (Roy 107, Root 19) Roy swats a pull off Mustafizur that lands short of long leg, allowing him to come back for his third consecutive two.
“Waiting outside school under the sun,” says Ian Hedgecock. “It’s 35 in the shade but there isn’t any, and school finishes today in Calabria. The nightmare begins. Fortunately there’s cricket.”
28th over: England 174-1 (Roy 101, Root 18) Root gets his first boundary, pulling the new bowler Shaifuddin behind square. You’d expect all-out attack from England for the rest of the innings, and I’m sure Jos Buttler will be the next man in.
JASON ROY GETS HIS FIRST WORLD CUP CENTURY!
27th over: England 167-1 (Roy 100, Root 12) Roy pulls Mustafizur for four, with the aid of a misfield, to reach an emphatic 92-ball hundred. The Pakistan game is gone and forgotten. As Roy ran to the other end he flattened the umpire Joel Wilson, who was ballwatching and didn’t see a blue-shirted hunk of muscle steaming towards him. Roy checked the umpire was okay and then raised his bat to the England balcony, where all the players were laughing their heads off at his collision. It’s the ninth century of his ODI career, which takes him past Graham Gooch and level with Kevin Pietersen and Jos Buttler.
26th over: England 160-1 (Roy 95, Root 11) England steal an overthrow, their second of the innings, after some shoddy fielding. Mushfiqur, the wicketkeeper, is fuming with the man at mid-off; I’m not sure who it is.
“Actually, I take it back,” says Andy Bradshaw. “Shane Watson made the best sound when hitting the ball.”
25th over: England 154-1 (Roy 91, Root 9) Roy moves into the nineties with a single off the new bowler Mustafizur. There have been four World Cup centuries by England openers: Dennis Amiss, Graham Gooch and Andrew Strauss, all against India, and Moeen Ali against Scotland in 2015. This has been a good spell for Bangladesh, with 26 runs from the last six overs.
“Speaking of clichéd cricket fans, I’m missing watching this match because I’m writing up a review of a ballet documentary (Force Of Nature Natalia, since you ask) and then have to go to work stacking shelves in a supermarket (at least it’s the most Guardian of supermarkets),” says Gary Naylor. “I’m not sure that I expected my life to turn out like this. Is the fate of all OBOers – give or take an Osipova or two?”
24th over: England 150-1 (Roy 89, Root 7) Mortaza has done well since going around the wicket to the right-handers, with a tight line that hasn’t given the batsmen much opportunity to free their arms. Five singles from the over.
“Mum gets Root Beer for dad too,” says OB Jato.
He needs to extricate himself from the sofa, that one.
23rd over: England 145-1 (Roy 86, Root 5) Roy survives an LBW appeal from Mehidy after missing a reverse sweep. He returns to the bosom of orthodoxy for the next ball, swinging a one-bounce four to cow corner. He has played beautifully.
“In response to pondering what the readership are up to — I am kicking back in a wood hut in Kopoko, East New Britain, Papua New Guinea after arriving in a clan community today and being given a quite unexpected ceremonial welcome,” says David Green. “This included me being asked to take part in a whipping ceremony … when in Rome :)”
I thought you were in Papua New honk.
22nd over: England 138-1 (Roy 80, Root 4) We’ve had a quiet couple of overs, with Root getting his eye in and Roy, in boxing parlance, taking a round off.
21st over: England 135-1 (Roy 78, Root 3) “The sweetest sound off the bat rings around the ground,” says Surendranath Haider, “when the willow’s broken in the process…”
20th over: England 130-1 (Roy 75, Root 1) The new batsman is the in-form Joe Root.
“‘Mister Fizzer’ is the drink your mum brings home from the supermarket when you’ve asked her for Fanta,” says Matt Dony. “Goes well with Jofra Cakes.”
And a bottle of Captain Morgan, if your mum really loves you.
WICKET! England 128-1 (Bairstow c Mehidy b Mortaza 51)
A-hem, about that 400. Jonny Bairstow has fallen to a superb catch. He got a leading edge off Mortaza that looped towards cover, where Mehidy ran in swooped forward to take a fine low catch.
19th over: England 128-0 (Roy 74, Bairstow 51) Bairstow scampers back for two to reach an authoritative fifty from 48 balls. He’s enjoying his work today. There are those that say they have never seen him have a better time, a more animated time. Roy is having fun, too; he skids back in his crease to cut Mehidy for four more. England could make 400 here.
“Just wondering what everyone is doing while following the match,” says Jo Peel. “I am currently lying in bed with my fiancee Steve Palmer, (Llama) and a stuffed cuddly llama, drinking coffee and listening to a Deep Tech House mix.”
God, cricket fans are so clichéd.
18th over: England 120-0 (Roy 69, Bairstow 48) The captain Mortaza replaces Mustafizur (3-0-24-0) and goes around the wicket to the right-handers. A good over is tarnished when Bairstow spanks a pull behind square for four. That’s drinks.
“Keep hearing commentary referring to ‘Mister Fizzer’ bowling,” says Brian Withington. “Sounds like a sidekick in Reservoir Dogs? Or a minor villain in Batman or the MCU?”
If the Fast Show’s Colin Hunt was in Reservoir Dogs, he’d be Mr Fizzer. And he’d have a lot more than his ear chopped off.