Buttler bust-up will fire up se­ries de­cider

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The on-pitch bust-up be­tween Eng­land’s Jos Buttler and Bangladeshi field­ers dur­ing the se­cond one-day in­ter­na­tional will fire up both teams for the se­ries de­cider, vis­it­ing bats­man Moeen Ali said yes­ter­day.

Eng­land face Bangladesh in the third and fi­nal match of the se­ries in the port city of Chit­tagong today, hop­ing to end the hosts’ un­beaten run in their last six home ODI se­ries.

The se­ries, cur­rently level at 1-1, hit the head­lines when Buttler re­acted an­grily to cel­e­bra­tions upon his dis­missal in Sun­day’s match, which his side lost by 34 runs.

The In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil cau­tioned Buttler for his re­ac­tion and docked 20 per­cent of Mashrafe Mor­taza and Sab­bir Rah­man’s match fees for their part in the in­ci­dent. “Now both teams will be want­ing to win more than be­fore,” Ali told re­porters dur­ing a news con­fer­ence in Chit­tagong.

Buttler’s dis­missal was piv­otal on Sun­day, with Eng­land start­ing badly while chas­ing Bangladesh’s to­tal of 2388. The vis­it­ing skip­per was threat­en­ing to turn the match with a run-a-ball in­nings of 57 that ended con­tro­ver­sially.

On-field um­pire Shar­fud­doula Saikat had ini­tially turned down pacer Taskin Ahmed’s lbw ap­peal against Buttler. Bangladesh then sought a tele­vi­sion re­view, which con­firmed the ball that hit Buttler’s back foot would strike the mid­dle-stump, and the skip­per trudged back to the pav­il­ion to leave Eng­land on 1237. The ver­dict trig­gered high spir­its in the Bangladesh camp and sev­eral play­ers ex­changed words with Buttler, forc­ing the um­pires to im­me­di­ately in­ter­vene.

“Hope­fully both teams will be­have well and we can look back at the se­ries and say this was a very good crick­et­ing se­ries,” Ali said. He hoped Bangladesh’s re­cent home record - los­ing four matches out of 22 since No­vem­ber 2014 - would in­spire Eng­land.

“Bangladesh are good at home any­way, any ground at home. It just eggs us on to score big runs and win,” he said.

“It’s go­ing to be a tough game for us, we know that, they should have prob­a­bly won the first game, they let us off a lit­tle bit. We still have our best to come.”

Bangladesh lost Fri­day’s open­ing en­counter by 21 runs, see­ing six wick­ets fall for 17 runs and be­ing dis­missed for 288 in re­ply to Eng­land’s 308-9. —AFP

CHIT­TAGONG: Eng­land cricket cap­tain Jos Buttler plays foot­ball dur­ing a prac­tice ses­sion at Zahur Ahmed Chowd­hury Sta­dium in Chit­tagong yes­ter­day, ahead of the third One Day In­ter­na­tional (ODI) cricket match against Bangladesh today. Eng­land cricket coach Trevor Bayliss said that he hoped cap­tain Jos Buttler would stay out of trou­ble af­ter he was given an of­fi­cial warn­ing for his on-field be­hav­iour dur­ing the team’s 34-run loss to Bangladesh on Oc­to­ber 9. — AFP

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