Eng­land win se­ries

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Ja­maica’s Usain Bolt (right) looks to his right at Canada’s An­dre De­Grasse dur­ing the men’s 200 me­tres semi-fi­nal dur­ing ath­let­ics com­pe­ti­tion in­side the Olympic sta­dium at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Wed­nes­day, Au­gust 17, 2016. CHIT­TAGONG, Bangladesh (AP): BEN DUCK­ETT and Sam Billings scored half-cen­turies as Eng­land beat Bangladesh by four wick­ets in their third one-day in­ter­na­tional yes­ter­day, seal­ing a 2-1 vic­tory in the se­ries.

The hosts com­piled a solid 277-6, but Eng­land raced to vic­tory with 13 balls to spare, play­ing me­thod­i­cal cricket and end­ing Bangladesh’s un­beaten run in their six bi­lat­eral se­ries.

Duck­ett made 63, his sec­ond half-cen­tury in the se­ries, while Billings, who re­placed in­jured Jason Roy in the open­ing slot, added 62.

Those two knocks kept Eng­land on course and Ben Stokes, 47 not out, kept up the mo­men­tum to win a se­ries, which be­came heated fol­low­ing a ver­bal spat be­tween play­ers of the two teams in the sec­ond match.

Ten­sions ran high af­ter the in­ci­dent, but it had no im­pact on yes­ter­day’s match, although Bangladesh cap­tain Mashrafe Mor­taza col­lided with Billings in his third over and the two ex­changed words.

“There was no im­pact of that in­ci­dent in this match. They have re­ally played well,” Mor­taza said.

“There was lot of dew at the end and our spin­ners couldn’t grip the ball well. That was the fac­tor.”

Billings, play­ing his first match in the se­ries, shared 63 runs with James Vince in the open­ing stand to give the tourists a strong start.

RUN CHASE

“Phys­i­cally and men­tally, we’ve stood up. We wanted to set the tone and our open­ing part­ner­ship set up the run chase,” Eng­land cap­tain Jos Buttler said.

Fast bowlers Mor­taza and Shafiul Is­lam claimed two wick­ets apiece for Bangladesh.

Mush­fiqur Rahim (67 n.o.) was in­stru­men­tal ear­lier in Bangladesh’s to­tal, com­bin­ing with Mosad­dek Hos­sain for 85 af­ter the hosts were left on 192-6 in 39th over. Hos­sain was un­beaten on 38.

Tamim Iqbal and Kayes got the side off to a good start with an 80run part­ner­ship on a pitch that had been cov­ered for the pre­vi­ous three days fol­low­ing con­stant rain.

Iqbal made 45 runs, dur­ing which he be­came the first Bangladeshi bats­man to go past the 5,000-run mark. Kayes con­trib­uted 46 runs.

Sab­bir Rah­man also made a good start, but was dis­missed on 49.

Eng­land leg-spin­ner Adil Rashid re­turned ca­reer best fig­ures of 4-43.

RI­CARDO MAKYN/STAFF PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

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