Bopara leads Eng to 7-wkt win over Bangladesh
Bridgetown: England batsman Ravi Bopara steered the Three Lions to a seven-wicket win against Bangladesh in their Twenty20 World Cup warm-up game at the Kensington Oval, Barbados.
Bopara scored 62 from 48 balls after being sent in to bat at number three, and shared stands of 45 with Craig Kieswetter and then 71 in 56 balls with Paul Collingwood to help England chase 127 with almost three overs to spare.
Bopara needed the odd stroke of luck, but his 44-ball fifty, completed with his sixth four, means that he is well and truly back in contention after a winter away, a newspaper reports.
Kieswetter scored 22 off 16 balls, while Collingwood was unbeaten on 32 off 27 balls.
Earlier, Bangladesh chose to bat first, but struggled with the spin of Michael Yardy, who finished with three for 20 in his four overs to restrict the minnows to 126 for seven.
Yardy claimed his first international wicket for almost three years when Mohammad Ashraful was caught down the leg-side for 21.
His other victims were Aftab Ahmed (eight) and Shakib Al Hasan (seven).
Mahmudullah, who remained unbeaten on 38 from 31 balls, was the only batsman to keep the scoreboard ticking for Bangladesh.
Fast bowler Jimmy Anderson made a successful comeback after a break to recuperate from a sore knee, and claimed two wickets.
Bangladesh: 126-7 (Mahmudullah not out 38, Mohammad Ashraful 21; Yardy 3-20)
England: 127-3 (Ravi Bopara 62, Paul Collingwood 32)