Stokes takes lesson from Bangladesh’s slip-up

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Jul 17,2019 | Updated: 00:29, Jul 17,2019

 
 

England’s World Cup hero Ben Stokes on Tuesday claimed to take lessons from Bangladesh’s blunder against India to take the final match into the super over by not attempting a big stroke.

In Sunday’s final, England required three off two balls with Stokes on strike, but the all-rounder claimed not to be aiming for big shot as he didn’t want to lose the match for his team, like Mahmudullah and Mushfiqur Rahim did against India in a World Twenty20 match in 2016.

Bangladesh needed two runs off three balls when Mahmudullah and Mushfiq threw away their wickets while attempting big shots, which cost Bangladesh the match.

‘All I could think about was Bangladesh in the World T20 when they needed the same and they just hit it in the air. All I was thinking was: “Don’t get caught. Try and get one and get it to a super over at least.” Then if I hit it into a gap, maybe we could get two,’ Stokes said.

Stokes’ ploy worked, as the match went to the super over, from where England came out on top win their maiden World Cup.

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