Billings and Duckett shine as England overcome Bangladesh by four wickets to clinch the one day series

The third and final one day of the series between England and Bangladesh saw yet another nail biting finish. The visitors put up a spirited performance with the bat to win the game by four wickets. The win meant that England won the series by a margin of 2-1 without the presence of their full time captain Eoin Morgan and opener Alex Hales.

England have done well in all three games as stand in captain Jos Buttler was spot on with his tactics on the field. This game was the decider and the pressure was on England to put in a better performance in order to avoid defeat in the series against Bangladesh. Buttler won the toss for England and opted to field first on a surface that looked perfect for batting. The hosts got off to decent start as openers Imrul Kayes and Tamim Iqbal added 80 runs for the first wicket.Ben Stokes came into the attack and broke the opening partnership as he dismissed Kayes for 46 runs to bring England back into the contest.

England ace spinner Adil Rashid also bowled superbly well as he first got rid of dangerous player Tamim Iqbal for 45 runs. He also grabbed another prized scalp by removing Mahmudullah for just 7 runs to see Bangladesh falter at 122 for 3 after 25 overs.Sabbir Rahman played well for his 49 runs off 46 balls but could not convert his innings into big one. He did add vital 54 runs with wicket keeper batsman Mushfiqur Rahim to take his side to a good position in the game. Shakib-ul-Hasan played a wrong as he was stumped off the bowling of off spinner Moeen Ali trying to put pressure back on the visitors. Rashid got his fourth wicket as he dismissed Nasir Hossain to see Bangladesh tottering at 192 for 6 after 38 overs. Rahim had been on a lean run in terms of his batting but came good in this game as he 85 runs with Mosaddek Hossain to see Bangladesh post 277 runs on the board from their 50 overs. Mushfiqur remained unbeaten as he scored 67 runs off 62 balls and struck four boundaries in his innings. Mosaddek played a nice knock under pressure to score run-a-ball 38 runs to show good support to Rahim from the other end.

England needed a special effort from the top order to eclipse such a competitive total in the context of the series. James Vince and Sam Billings provided the best start for England as they put on 63 runs in a space of eleven overs. Vince was looking good but was again was trapped leg before by spinner Nasir Hossain to depart after scoring 31 runs. Billings kept playing well and continue to be aggressive against the bowlers as he notched up 50 runs off 50 balls.He put on another 64 run partnership with Ben Duckett to put England in a commanding position in the game. Mosaddek Hossain came into the attack and dismissed Billings for 62 runs. Duckett added 45 runs with Jonny Bairstow and did bring up his half century off 56 balls.He played well but ended his stay at the crease with a soft dismissal as Imrul Kayes took the catch off the top edge of the bowling of Mosaddek.

Jonny Bairstow perished for 15 to Shafiul Islam while Jos Buttler was clean up by slowish delivery bowled by Mashrafe Mortaza. Mortaza also dismissed Moeen Ali to see the game in balance with England needing 42 runs with four wickets in hand. Woakes came in at a crucial time and added unbeaten 43 runs with Ben Stokes to take England to a series win over Bangladesh as they clinched the final game by four wickets.

 

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