Stay up to date with notifications from The Independent

Notifications can be managed in browser preferences.


England vs Bangladesh LIVE: Cricket World Cup 2023 result and reaction as Jos Buttler’s side bounce back

England look to bounce back from opening day defeat against Bangladesh

Sonia Twigg
Tuesday 10 October 2023 17:01 BST
Jos Buttler updates press conference on Ben Stokes fitness

England put their opening-day defeat against New Zealand firmly behind them when they beat Bangladesh by 137 runs in the Cricket World Cup in Dharamshala.

The defending champions were utterly humbled by the Kiwis in a nine-wicket defeat that left viewers stunned, and even more problematically, dealt a significant blow to the side’s net run rate.

The Himalayan foothills provided a stunning backdrop to the occasion, and despite pre-match discussions being dominated by concerns around the nature of the pitch, it did not have any significant effect on the performance. Speaking to reporters on the eve of the clash, Jos Buttler described the pitch as “poor”, claiming it was different to the one used when he played at the same ground during the IPL, but England emerged victorious and having boosted their net run rate.

The pitch was also a cause for concern when Afghanistan played against Bangladesh there, as Mujeeb Ur Rahman jarred his knee in the sandy turf diving for a ball, and head coach and former England batter Jonathan Trott said players were “unsure” over their footing.

Follow all the latest live coverage of today’s match in the live blog below and get the latest match odds and tips here:


Dawid Malan and Reece Topley restore faith but England still lacking in one key area

After a nine-wicket humiliation at the hands of New Zealand in the Cricket World Cup opener, England needed a response. They got it in the form of a dominant 137-run victory over Bangladesh in Dharamshala, but the game should have been killed off far earlier.

Having been put in to bat, England set the ideal platform. Jonny Bairstow hit 52 and Dawid Malan played expertly from the outset en route to a match-winning 140 from 107. Joe Root, who had been the one bright spark against New Zealand, shone again with 82 from 68.

But the cracks appeared once the top order had been dispatched. England were 296 for two in the 40th over, and with the prospect of 10 more to come, former captain Eoin Morgan spoke positively with the expectation that the side could reach 400 for the first time in World Cups. Then the wickets started to tumble.

From 296 for two, England slid consistently to 362 for nine in the final over, relying for a second successive match on the last pair to get them over the line and avoid being bowled out. Ultimately it did not affect the result, but against a higher-ranked side, it could prove the difference.

Malan and Topley restore faith but England still short in one key area

England rebounded from a heavy New Zealand defeat to dominate Bangladesh in a 137-run victory in Dharamshala

Mike Jones10 October 2023 16:25

Cricket and NFL-style flag football two of five new sports put forward for 2028 Olympics in LA

Some NFL players have expressed interest in playing for the U.S. flag football team if the sport is included in the 2028 Summer Games in Los Angeles, an NFL executive told Reuters.

On Monday, LA28 organisers formally asked that flag football for both the men’s and women’s competitions as well as four other sports be added to the event.

Final approval of the programme is expected to come when the International Olympic Committee (IOC) meets later this month in Mumbai.

Cricket and flag football two of five new sports put forward for 2028 LA Olympics

NFL players have already put themselves forward to feature in the Los Angeles Games

Mike Jones10 October 2023 15:51

Virat Kohli says he feels ‘awkward’ playing in front of pavilion named after him

Virat Kohli has said he will feel “awkward” playing in front of the pavilion named after him in India’s next World Cup match in Delhi.

The star batsman was referring to the venue for his country’s next game in the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 at Delhi’s Arun Jaitley Stadium, in comments made to his team mate KL Rahul.

Team India are currently in Delhi, where Kohli grew up and embarked on his journey as a cricketer, for their second match in the World Cup against Afghanistan on Wednesday.

Mike Jones10 October 2023 15:30

Pakistani cricket presenter Zainab Abbas leaves India amid backlash over ‘derogatory’ comments

Pakistani presenter Zainab Abbas has left India after facing backlash over “derogatory and provocative” social media posts that a local Indian lawyer claimed were made by her against his country.

Abbas, 35, was part of the official digital team covering the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023.

The Pakistani presenter’s departure comes on the heels of an earlier controversy in which Pakistan’s cricket team had not received their visas until the last minute. India and Pakistan share hostile relations and have stopped playing bilateral cricket matches unless they are part of a larger multi-nation tournament.

Pakistani presenter Zainab leaves India amid backlash over ‘derogatory’ comments

ICC-accredited presenter leaves Hyderabad where she was assigned to cover Pakistan’s World Cup games

Mike Jones10 October 2023 15:22

Jos Buttler makes concerning claim over ‘poor’ World Cup outfield for England’s clash with Bangladesh

Jos Buttler was concerned by the “poor” outfield at the Dharamshala cricket stadium ahead of England’s second Cricket World Cup match against Bangladesh on Tuesday and insisted it was different to when he played there during the Indian Premier League.

England will be looking to bounce back from their dismal hammering at the hands of New Zealand in the tournament’s opening match in Ahmedabad, where the defending champions were beaten by nine wickets.

The HPCA Stadium has one of the most beautiful settings, nestled in the Himalayan foothills, and is visually stunning, but it was the scene of a potentially nasty injury earlier in the tournament. Afghanistan spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman dived for a ball on Saturday against Bangladesh and his knee got stuck in the turf, spraying soil into the air.

Jos Buttler makes concerning claim over ‘poor’ World Cup outfield for England’s match

The outfield almost caused a serious injury during Afghanistan vs Bangladesh on Saturday

Mike Jones10 October 2023 15:15

England’s Reece Topley speaking on Sky Sports:

“It’s a step in the right direction after New Zealand, which didn’t go to plan. It’s nice to play with a similar blueprint. Afghanistan in Delhi is likely to be more like their conditions than ours.

“If you’re going about it in the right way, when you’ve got talented players in the changing room, hopefully you’re on the right end of results. If you’re on the front foot, you can have an advantage straight away.

“The beauty of this World Cup is that different pitches will pose different challenges. There might be a different line-up in Delhi. It’s a squad effort. Everyone wants to play. When we are left out, it is how you respond. Getting those early wickets makes you feel like you belong again.”

Mike Jones10 October 2023 15:08

More from Jos Buttler

“I think you’re always looking for the perfect performance, the turnover from 30-40 we scored about 100 runs. That 30-40 period was very smart. There’s not many times you come off and don’t think there’s many areas to improve which is great.

“It’s going to be one of the challenges of the tournament, reading the pitch well and our options. The guys on the bench are great, we’ve got different options.

“Reece Topley was great today coming in and got big early wickets in the powerplay.”

Mike Jones10 October 2023 15:00

Reaction from England captain Jos Buttler

“I think it was a really good performance to bounce back from a disappointing first game and we still feel there are areas to improve.

“I thought it was a fantastic score on that pitch, it got harder towards the end but we could’ve got more at the back end. Some big partnerships at the start, excellent from Dawid Malan to take a lead.”

Mike Jones10 October 2023 14:52

Dawid Malan masterclass gets England’s World Cup campaign up and running

An outstanding century from Dawid Malan and Reece Topley’s eye-catching return put England’s World Cup defence back on track as they hammered Bangladesh by 137 runs in Dharamshala.

The 2019 champions were bruised by a thumping loss to New Zealand in the tournament opener but banked a handsome win of their own to cap their visit to the outer ranges of the Himalayas.

Malan was the architect, rolling out a career-best 140 in 107 balls as he carried England to 364 for nine with a fourth century in his last nine innings.

At one stage they would have backed themselves to post 400, but a flurry of wickets at the back end kept them to a less flashy figure.

Mike Jones10 October 2023 14:45

Reaction from Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan:

“It was colder weather than the last game, you could even see the snow. That could have helped our bowlers, but we didn’t start well enough. If you give them a sniff, they will always come hard.

“We had a good plan, but we couldn’t execute. The ball swung nicely for five or six overs, but we couldn’t land the ball often enough.

“They could have scored 380 or 390, but we restricted them well. 330 we might have fancied our chances, but we needed a good start and didn’t get that.

“It’s a long tournament and we can’t put our heads down. We have to move on and think all of the positives we have been doing, focus on one game at a time.”

Mike Jones10 October 2023 14:39

Join our commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies


Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in