England denied whitewashing Bangladesh ODI series as batting fringe fail to make their case
England’s hopes of a whitewashed series were dashed by a superb bat-and-ball performance from Shakib Al Hasan as Bangladesh earned a deserved victory in the third ODI in Chittagong.
After taking an unassailable 2-0 lead with back-to-back wins in Dhaka, Jos Buttler’s side were hoping to sign in style ahead of a six-month break until their next over-50 outing.
However, Shakib’s 75 of 71 deliveries helped the home side to a target of 247 and the all-rounder then took four for 35 as England were knocked out at 50 points.
In the draw, won by Tamim Iqbal, England confirmed an ODI debut for Rehan Ahmed, with the leg-spinner becoming the country’s youngest men’s cricketer in the format at the age of 18 and 205 days, surpassing the record set by Ben Hollioake against Australia. in 1997.
Ahmed had taken five for when he became England’s youngest male Test player in Pakistan before Christmas but had to wait for the last ball of his 10 spell for a first wicket of 50, snatching Mehidy Hasan Miraz from his own bowling as the hosts’ innings stuttered to another premature end.
Sam Curran, who then beat the order at No 5, was again superb with the new ball, clearing openers Litton Das and Iqbal in his first two overs, but Najmul Hossain Shanto (53) and Mushfiqur Rahim ( 70) shared a 98 partnership run to rebuild before the former was needlessly exhausted by Buttler in combination with Ahmed.
By then, just before the halfway point, Bangladesh looked in control at 153 from three, but England bowlers fought back to stem the rush of runs and break through, Adil Rashid having bowled just five overs but taking two for 21. and Chris Woakes conceding just one limit on his eight.
Jofra Archer finally put an end to Shakib’s fine shot with the help of a superb diving catch from Jason Roy, before trapping Mustafizur Rahman for his third wicket as Bangladesh were eliminated with five balls to spare, the third time in as many matches in the series as they have failed to complete an inning.
Roy (19) and his opening partner Phil Salt (35) got off to a positive start and shared a 54-point position, but the latter’s smooth dismissal to Shakib sparked a disastrous period in which England lost three wickets for a run in eight balls, Roy and Dawid. Malan (0) also leaves after scoring a hundred apiece in the first two games.
England are expected to have named their autumn World Cup squad by the time they return to action at 50 with a home series against Ireland and New Zealand in September , but from the batting perspective, none of those on the sidelines will go home. the tour feeling that they made a pretty strong case for inclusion.
James Vince followed Salt in failing to turn a start into a score when he became Shakib’s third victim for 38, and by the time captain Buttler was below Taijul Islam the game was as good as high, England 158 for seven and still 89 short of victory.
Shakib’s fourth wicket, Ahmed’s, topped 300 ODI and the all-rounder thought he had sealed victory with five for when Archer received lbw on the pitch, only for the decision to be overturned after review.
England’s resistance lasted just one more delivery, however, as Mustafizur took a catch-and-play juggle to end Chris Woakes’ cameo from 34 and give the home side momentum ahead the three-game T20 series, which begins on Thursday.
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