England missed the chance of a serial sweep of Bangladesh as they succumbed to a 50-point loss to their hosts in the third and final One-Day International at Chattogram.
England picked up a 132 run victory in Friday’s second ODI but Monday’s game followed much the same pattern as the series opener which saw the visitors go home with a three-wicket victory pursuing 210.
Captain Jos Buttler said at the time that “it would have been difficult to chase if they had had 30-40 more points”, and that came true as England were knocked out for 196 at the continuation of 247 on another test hitting surface – despite a change of venue from Mirpur.
Rehan Ahmed (1-62), England’s youngest debutant in ODI cricket, took a first wicket, and Jofra Archer (3-35) impressively cleared the tail as England crushed Bangladesh for 246 after Tamim Iqbal won the coin toss.
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Shakib dazzles with a superb all-round display
In response, Jason Roy (19) and especially Phil Salt (35) sent England on a flyer, the pair putting fifty together inside the opening only to, two balls later, Salt leave for Shakib Al Hasan on a shot attempt too. a lot.
It was the first of three wickets in the space of eight balls, for a run, as England’s best order suddenly dwindled. It was also the first of Shakib’s four wickets (4-35) in a game-winning performance, pairing his bowling exploits with a previous 75 of 71 with the bat for the Tigers’ highest score.
James Vince (38) and Sam Curran (23), the all-rounder promoted to No. 5 in the order, combined well in a 49-point stand for England that helped stabilize their pursuit after the previous chaos, but the pair fell within the space of three overs as part of another swing at bat by the Tourists to see them stumble at 130-6.
Buttler fell for 26 to all but ended the contest, with Chris Woakes (34) eventually the last wicket to go – caught and played by Mustafizur Rahman (1-25) – as England were beaten in 43, 1 overs, earning a consolation victory for Bangladesh and giving them a much-needed boost ahead of the three-game T20I series between the teams which begins on Thursday.
Curran (2-52) once again gave England the initial boost with the new ball. After picking up two wickets when he opened in ODI’s second win, and three in his first two, he was back with Litton Das dismissed for a duck, caught behind, with the fifth ball of the match then added Tamim (11) to his second on a point leading edge.
But far from deflating their already defeated hosts in the series, Bangladesh rallied, with Najmul Hossain Shanto (53) and Mushfiqur Rahim (70) beating beautifully and patiently, in a 98-point partnership for the third wicket.
Given how well the two were playing, they will have been hugely frustrated to offer England Shanto’s wicket via a run-out after a calamitous mix-up between the pair.
Adil Rashid (2-21) won Mushfiqur’s all-important wicket and added Mahmudullah (8) – both knocked out – in a five-man mini cameo, as the leg veteran gave up most of the work to the youngster beginner Ahmad.
Ahmed’s magic moment on ODI debut
Shakib won a fine fifty of his own to open the 44th – his 52nd in ODI cricket and fourth against England – before Afif Hossain (15) went down three balls later, picking up the cover defender from Woakes (1- 27) .
Ahmed then had his magic moment to cap his first spell, claiming his first wicket with the very last delivery of his 10 overs allowed, Mehidy Hasan (5) caught and thrown, before Archer blasted the tail either side of the Shakib key scalp. .
In a series that has seen the opening power play used more cautiously by both sides due to the low scoring nature of the wickets, England’s spirited start to their chase will have caught Bangladesh off guard. It looked, instead, that they would make light work of their chase as Roy and Salt went 10 bounds inside the first nine overs before the latter hit Shakib straight for cover.
England’s First Order collapsed in the space of eight bullets
The Tigers came roaring back as Dawid Malan, who so skillfully steered England to victory in the series opener, went for a duck, beating Ebadot Hossain (2-28) halfway through, and Roy was knocked down by Shakib to open his next over and see it on a hat-trick.
Curran did more than just survive the hat-trick delivery, as he and Vince briefly threatened to drag the team on their backs to victory only for, one point shy of their position of fifty, Curran to spoon Mehidy (1 -46) long-off then Shakib to come forward in another key moment as he forced Vince off with a beauty.
Moeen Ali (2) hung around the five-delivery before being yorked by Ebadot, while the writing was firmly on the wall with the dismissal of Buttler, lbw when he sought to overthrow the Taijul Islam (2-52) sweep ), who would come back to claim the wicket of Rashid (8).
Ahmed’s opening innings (2) quickly ended with a super-dive from Mehidy to earn Shakib a fourth wicket and the 300th of his impressive ODI career, when he then thought he had concluded the match by claiming a five for with his final delivery as Archer received lbw – only for the decision to be reversed on review.
However, that didn’t matter in the larger context of the game, as Woakes was caught and kicked in the very first delivery of Mustafizur’s sequel to secure a fine victory in Bangladesh.
The two teams will face off again later this week in the first T20 international of a three-game series, live on Sky SportsTHURSDAY.
Buttler: Series exactly what we wanted
England captain Jos Buttler…
“We were desperate to win the game today but we are delighted to win the series. Happy with the score we were chasing and had a good start but Bangladesh held up well.
“We got what we wanted out of this tour. We wanted to play on wickets like this. It’s great to challenge ourselves in these conditions, and it’s been invaluable to us. We can build on that to lead to the World Cup.”
Shakib: Bangladesh fought until the end
Player of the match Shakib Al Hasan…
“We’ve been very good over the last five to seven years at home. We can take a lot of credit from the game. We showed a lot of character and fought until the end.
“We thought we were 20-30 points short but having said that our bowlers talked about having to step in and do the work for the team. Thankfully all the bowlers contributed today.
“We expect our players to score hundreds and not fifty, so hopefully the improvement will come.”
Tamim: room for improvement
Bangladesh captain Tamim Iqbal…
“We were looking forward to this game. We want to finish in style.
“We are still disappointed to have lost the series. We are very proud to play at home. The first game was the killer.
“Credit must go to England. Some people were brilliant for England. It still wasn’t the best game we’ve played. We should have scored 270-280, but the bowling was excellent.
“There is a lot of room for improvement.”
England return to Chattogram for the opener of the three-game T20 international series against Bangladesh on Thursday. Live coverage starts from 8:30 a.m. Sky Sports Cricket And Sky Sports main eventthe game starting from 9am.
Watch England’s three-match Bangladesh T20I series live on Sky Sports and stream on NOW TV.