Eng­land win ODI se­ries to end Bangladesh’s home run

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CHIT­TAGONG:

Eng­land’s Chris Woakes hit a six off Shafiul Is­lam to seal a se­ries-clinch­ing four-wicket vic­tory in the third and fi­nal one-day in­ter­na­tional against Bangladesh yes­ter­day.

Sam Billings jus­ti­fied his se­lec­tion with his maiden fifty and Ben Duck­ett regis­tered his sec­ond half-cen­tury of the se­ries but it was Ben Stokes’ un­beaten 47 off 48 balls that helped Eng­land pull off a tricky 278-run chase with 13 balls to spare.

Put into bat in Chit­tagong, Bangladesh had posted a strong 277-6 on the back of a string of top or­der cameos and Mush­fiqur Rahim’s un­beaten 67 down the or­der.

The 2-1 ODI se­ries de­feat was Bangladesh’s first at home in two years. Eng­land’s chase got off to a good start be­fore Nasir Hos­sain dis­missed James Vince for 32. Hav­ing added 63 runs with Vince, Billings added another 64 with Duck­ett, the duo help­ing them­selves to flu­ent half-cen­turies in the process.

At 227-4 in the 41st over, Eng­land looked heavy favourites but Mashrafe Mor­taza struck twice, dis­miss­ing Eng­land cap­tain Jos Buttler (25) and Moeen Ali (one) in quick suc­ces­sion to in­ject fresh ex­cite­ment into the con­test.

Stokes, how­ever, main­tained his com­po­sure and hit two sixes and a bound­ary while run­ning hard be­tween the wick­ets to keep Eng­land on course. Woakes proved a wor­thy part­ner as the duo added 42 runs in 32 balls to seal the vic­tory.

Ear­lier, Buttler won the toss and de­cided to field but had to wait un­til the 19th over for a break­through.

Tamim Iqbal (45) and Im­rul Kayes (46) added 80 runs for the open­ing stand be­fore the guile of Adil Rashid (4-43), com­bined with some poor shot se­lec­tion by the home bats­men, pegged back Bangladesh.

Af­ter Stokes sent back Kayes, Rashid dis­missed Tamim, who be­came the first Bangladesh bats­man to reach 5000 ODI runs, with a short and wide de­liv­ery.

Mah­mudul­lah opened his ac­count with a six off the leg-spin­ner but Rashid had the last laugh as the bats­man drove a long-hop to short cover.

Sab­bir Rah­man (49) could not bring up his fifty ei­ther, be­com­ing Rashid’s third vic­tim as Bangladesh lost mo­men­tum.

Mush­fiqur and Mosad­dek Hos­sain (38 not out) en­joyed a busy sev­enth wicket part­ner­ship that yielded 85 runs to take the hosts past the 275-mark. The teams now face off in a two-test se­ries start­ing in Chit­tagong on Oct 20. — Reuters

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