Eng­land cruise to se­ries vic­tory over Bangladesh

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

BEN DUCK­ETT and Sam Billings hit half-cen­turies as Eng­land cruised to four-wicket vic­tory in the third one-day in­ter­na­tional to win the three-match se­ries against Bangladesh in Chit­tagong yes­ter­day.

Set a chal­leng­ing tar­get af­ter leg-spin­ner Adil Rashid’s ca­reer best four for 43 re­stricted Bangladesh to 277-6, Eng­land passed the tar­get los­ing six wick­ets in 47.5 overs with Duck­ett scor­ing in­nings high­est 63 runs, his sec­ond fifty in the se­ries.

The vis­i­tors’ vic­tory also ended Bangladesh’s un­beaten run of six con­sec­u­tive se­ries at home dating back from Novem­ber 2014.

Play­ing his first match in the se­ries, Billings got his maiden fifty scor­ing 62 runs off 69 balls, which gave Eng­land much-needed so­lid­ity in what was seem­ingly a tough chase on the pitch that re­mained cov­ered for two days due to rain.

Billings, who re­placed injured Ja­son Roy in the team, forged a 63-run open­ing stand with James Vince (32) and then added an­other 64run part­ner­ship with Duck­ett to put Eng­land firmly in the con­troller’s seat.

Spin­ner Nasir Hos­sain trapped Vince leg be­fore as Bangladesh's first break­through be­fore Mosad­dek Hos­sain ended the in­nings of Billings, who hit four bound­aries and a six.

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