England sledgehammered the Bangladesh nut by five wickets with 11 overs to spare at Headingley in front of a capacity 15,000 crowd.
This was achieved by a marketing manipulation which ensured that all ticket-holders for the NatWest one-dayer between England and Australia in nine days time on the same ground were given free tickets yesterday.
Needing 209 to win, England's batting was almost surreal, so sure were they that they would cruise home, as they did despite gifting the spinners four out of five wickets with reckless strokes.
Bangladesh now have one more game to play at Canterbury on Thursday against Australia before the final at Lord's two day later between the two big guns.
They have been thrashed four games out of five, but have tried throughout and showed they have plenty of young talent, if they are a little short on application. They fly home soon, before they return to play as an 'A' team - and therein lies their short-term future in which to develop.
Having committed one-day cricket's cardinal sin in failing to use 15 of their 50 overs on Saturday against Australia, at least they batted out their ration yesterday against an attack which was variable without the rested Steve Harmison. He was replaced by Simon Jones who is fully fit after a week away with a slight knee niggle, but the significant decision was to retain Chris Tremlett ahead of Jonathan Lewis.
Tremlett only came into the squad to replace Jones, so the selectors clearly see him as a contender for the 2007 World Cup in the West Indies. Jones's new-found ability to swing the new ball back into the left-handers cost him four successive leg-side wides at the start of his first over, but he moved one the other way to the left-handed Sharhia Nafeez who edged to Marcus Trescothick.
The Somerset man was captain again as the so-called "slight tweak of the groin" sustained by Michael Vaughan at Trent Bridge six days ago had not healed, and he is no certainty to play at Edgbaston tomorrow.
It is a problem to play against the Bangladeshis because, no matter how the England players try to go flat out, it is difficult to maintain the same intense approach needed to compete with Australia. This was shown in the field with Tremlett having two catches dropped in the same over.
Paul Collingwood put down a difficult one off Tushra Imran at point, with the same batsman having a second letoff when Andrew Flintoff tried to poach a catch at second slip from Trescothick at first, and down it went. It started Bangladesh's only decent part of the match, a good second partnership of 70 in 15 overs before Flintoff got a stripe back when he yorked Imran for 32, the first of his four wickets.
Figures of 9-1-29-4 would not have been much worse against better opposition, and two more bulls-eye yorkers enhanced his reputation as a "death" bowler. Ashley Giles also bowled well, particularly against Javed Omar Belim.
The opener is another with talent, but is often prone to poor shot selection. Yesterday, he fought all the way until he was Flintoffed in the 46th over for 81 off 150 balls, and a late flourish by Khaled Mashud (42 not out) took his side to 208 for seven.
On a slow pitch, a 240 total against Australia would have been an even game, but England had no trouble in blasting home. Strauss scored 98 off 104 balls, Trescothick 43 and there were 20s from Flintoff and Kevin Pietersen.
Now for tomorrow at Edgbaston; with the score in this series 1-1, both sides keen to establish an advantage ahead of the first Ashes Test three weeks on Thursday.
If the cricket at Headingley was slightly surreal, the same applies to the announcement from the International Cricket Conference that a trial use of substitutes in oneday internationals will start on July 30, as well as a re-jig of the current fielding restrictions which allow only two fielders outside the circle for the first 15 overs.
The official argument is that one-day cricket playing conditions have always been open to fine-tuning since the Gillette Cup was launched in 1963.
Maybe, but only minor changes, not one so fundamental as the proposed use of substitutes which eats away the very principle of cricket being a game of 11-a-side.
ICC spokesman Sunil Gavaskar explained "the onfield players must not exceed 11, but a captain can substitute a player who he feels is not doing well." Namely, each side is allowed to pull one player off in a game.
Football crowds watch them every week, with
frequent displays of bad temper in which shirts are ripped off and thrown away, and general body language between player and his bench is rarely full of smiles.
Will a captain really call out "come in No 3, your time is up " after a couple of maidens and send out a pinch hitter? What it will lead to is abuse, such as a bowler getting through eight or nine of his ten overs and then being subbed by a specialist batsman.
The small print has still to be explained fully, which is causing a problem if, as reported, England and Australia were keen to try it in the three match series, starting at Headingley next week.
It is not just a matter of interpretation, but communication. Most scoreboards can just about cope with the Duckworth-Lewis formula, but how will the crowds be kept aware of what is happening and when.
The fielding restrictions are also full of anomalies. For instance, instead of the present 15-over restrictions, nine fielders have to be in the ring for the first ten overs only and then there will be two blocks of five to be nominated by the fielding captain. But, the two compulsory close catchers are optional. It is making an already artificial form of the game still more contrived. And for what?
The official answer is to gee up the middle overs of the game, roughly between the 15th and 35th, when fielders drop out and batsmen try to keep wickets in hand for the late slog.
In other words, they say that the 50-over game has become predictable, even boring. In which case, why are the next five one-dayers between England and Australia sell-outs?
The problem for the ICC is that any spectator apathy is due to the overkill of games. We are now approaching 2,250 one-day internationals since the first one 35 years ago, with well over 100 in a calendar year.
It is not the format, it is the excessive quantity.