England, set a 278-run target, reached home with four wickets to spare and sealed a 2-1 series win over Bangladesh on Wednesday. Put into bat first, Bangladesh scored a decent total, riding on contributions from all the batsmen. None however managed to convert it into a big one, and could manage 277 in their quota of 50 overs. In reply, England were off to a brisk start with Billings-Vince stand but lost the latter after a handy contribution. Billings held his own and then stitched a crucial partnership with Ben Duckett, who also scored a fifty, to put the chase back on track. Bangladesh did trigger some panic after Mashrafe Mortaza picked two late wickets but England had already done the damage. Ben Stokes remained unbeaten on 47 and anchored the side home in the 48th over of the innings. With this win, England end Bangladesh’s unbeaten ODI series run at home as the hosts had won their last six ODI series played on home soil.
SIX! Stokes goes big, gets a maximum and moves into the 40s with the hit. This is fine cricket under pressure by the left-hander
Bangladesh throw at the wrong end, and England sneak a couple. Required runs come down to 31 off 34 balls. Stokes wicket is the big one for Bangladesh here. If he lasts long, he will seal the win
WICKET! Change of pace does the trick for Mortaza again as Ali miscues one to Mahmudullah in the ring. Bangladesh 236/6
Moeen Ali is the new man in and all he needs to do at the moment is give Stokes company. England need only 49 runs, from 54 balls and have wickets in hand
WICKET! Mortaza breaks the steady stand with a slower-one. Buttler goes for the pull, but drags it back on to his stumps. England 227/5
Bangladesh need to break this partnership to get back into the game. Runs are coming at ease for the visitors. Both Buttler and Stokes move into the 20s and look set to seal the series without any fuss
This is England’s game to lose now as they are very much in control of proceedings at the moment. Need another 57 from 62 balls
SIX! Stokes dances down the track, and hits Shakib all the way for a big hit over the fence. England move to 218/4 in the 39th over. Stokes and Buttler in the middle for the visitors
200 up for England in the 37th over of the innings. Series on the line, both teams would go hard in the final, and a crucial, period of play
England need another 83 runs from 84 balls. Asking rate very much under control but wickets would hold key in this contest. Bangladesh, on the other hand, would press hard for another wicket. And, as expected, Mortaza turns to his most experienced bowler Shakib to get that
Stokes and Buttler are the two men out in the middle for England. They are 193/4 in the 36th over of the innings. Bangladesh operating with Shafiul, who has picked two wickets so far, at the moment
WICKET! England lose another one, this time set batsman Duckett. The left-hander is out after scoring 63, and the visitors now need a serious repair job to put the chase back on track. Bangladesh are just a wicket away from triggering panic in the opposition dressing room
WICKET! Shafiul knocks over Bairstow. The right-hander charges the seamer for a wild slog, the ball keeps a tad low and crashes into the stumps. Out after scoring 15, England 172/3
Dukett makes his intentions clear as he hits Shakib for consecutive boundaries. Partnership between Duckett and Bairstow moves to 42 off 37 balls, England 169/2 in the 31st over of the innings
In his third ODI for England, Ben Duckett brings up his second FIFTY with a single. Visitors move to 158/2 in the 30th over of the 278-run chase
150 up for England in the 278-run chase. Duckett is doing a fine job for the visitors at the moment, the left-hander moves to 43 off 50 balls
After 27 overs, England in a good position at 140/2. One good stand, and they will be close to sealing the series. Bangladesh need a couple of wickets to put the pressure back on the visitors, and expose their lower middle-order
Jonny Bairstow is the new man in for the visitors. He needs to spend time in the middle, still plenty of runs to get for the series win
WICKET! Billings goes big but hits it straight to Kayes in the deep. He rests with head down, very disappointed after getting out. M Hossain gives Bangladesh an important wicket, 127/2
Billings-Duckett stand is worth FIFTY now. The left-right combination working for England at the moment as the pair takes the visitors close to the target set by Bangladesh earlier in the day
FIFTY for Sam Billings, his first in the format. The right-hander, playing his first match of the series, grabs the opportunity with both hands and hits a brisk FIFTY in the process. England 107/1
Both Duckett and Billings have effectively used the reverse-sweep against the Bangladesh spinners. England build another steady stand after losing opener Vince. 102/1 after 18 overs
Duckett goes big and it goes all the distance. The left-hander moves to 10, England 85/1 in the 16th over of the innings
Spin from both ends as M Hossain replaces Taskin. The seamer was expensive in his first over as he went for 12. England 64/1 after 12 overs, required rate just under 6 at the moment
Ben Duckett is the new man in, he joins set Billings in the middle. Pressure on the left-hander as he will have to deal with some spin music in the middle
WICKET! And, spin does the trick for the hosts. Nasir draws first blood as he gets rid of England opener Vince for 32. 63/1. The right-hander, trying to work it on the on-side, went too far across and failed to make contact. The ball hits him in line of the stumps and the umpire had no hesitation in raising his finger there
Bangladesh, as the case has been throughout the series so far, will again pin hopes on their slow bowlers to get them back into the game. England are off to a steady start and would look to capitalise on the stand
Seven overs gone in the England chase and they are 34/0 chasing 278. Bangladesh introduce spin as Shakib comes on to bowl
A cautious start from Vince and Sam Billings. England have reached 13/0 after three overs. They are chasing 278 runs to win this match and series
England openers are making their way out to the middle. Their team needs to chase down 278 to win the series. The pitch is not an easy one to bat on. Mortaza to bowl the first over
Bangladesh recover to post 277/6 in their 50 overs. Mushfiqur remains unbeaten on 67
England won’t find it easy to chase this down as the ball is not coming onto the bat
14 runs of the 49th over and Bangladesh reach 267/6. Great recovery after the middle over collapse. Jake Ball to bowl the last over
250 up for Bangladesh as Mushfiqur Rahman continues to punish England bowlers. 13 balls remaining in the innings. Mossaddex the other batsman for the hosts
FIFTY! Mushfiqur Rahman brings up his 23rd ODI half-century with a six
Pulled away and it sails over the fine-leg fielder for a six. Fifty run stand also up for the seventh wicket for Bangladesh
45 overs gone in the Bangladesh innings and they have reached 227/6 with a run-rate of just over 5. How much can they get in the remaining 30 balls?
Adil Rashid finishes with four wickets for 43 runs on his 10 overs. That is his second four-for in three matches. England will like to restrict Bangladesh to a not-so-big-total
WICKET! Nassir Hossain (0) c James Vince b Adil Rashid
Oh dear! Nassir has hit a full-toss, loose ball from Rashid straight to mid-wicket. How difficult is it to pick a fielder on a full-toss. He could have hit it anywhere
APPEAL! WICKET! Shakib Al Hasan (6) st Jos Buttler b Mooen Ali
England are appealing for something here. The stumps are broken and Buttler is celebrating. Umpires going upstairs. Oh! The ball bounced off Buttler’s gloves back on to the stumps and Shakib is out of his crease. He is stumped
Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahman the batsmen for Bangladesh now! Both have experience and both can play big shots. Bangladesh need them for a big total
WICKET! Sabbir Rahman (49) c Jos Buttler b Adil Rashid
Big turn for Rashid! Pitched up, inviting Sabbir to drive. The batsman goes for it and plays it away from the body. Sharp turn to take the outside edge of the bat
A 44-ball 50 run stand between Sabbir and Mushfiqur Rahman. They have batted with aggression and not allowed the England bowlers to domintate
Bangladesh 174/3 after 32 overs
Adil Rashid turning it big way in Chittagong. The ball holding on the pitch. Batting is certainly not easy. Bangladesh are 141 for the loss of three wicket after 28 overs
WICKET! Mahmudullah (6) c Jonny Bairstow b Adil Rashid
Another wicket for Rashid! Ball holding up on the pitch. A leg-break that sits up and Mahmudullah goes after it. Straight to covers
WICKET! Tamim Iqbal (45) c Ben Stoles b Adil Rashid
Undone by a googly there! Tamim steps backwards to make room for himself but it spin away from him. He stretches to reach the ball. Lower part of the slanted bat and straight to covers
5000 ODI runs for Tamim Iqbal with a pull shot to the mid-wicket boundary. He gets four and now has 5003* ODI runs.
Bangladesh bring up their 100 in the 22nd wicket at the loss of one wicket
GONE! Ben Stokes gets England the breakthrough. Imrul Kayes tries to tuck it on to the leg side but doesn’t get the elevation or power needed. Looked like it almost stopped on him. Taken by Dawson and Bangladesh are 80/1 after 19 overs
FOUR! Imrul Kayes pulls a short one by Ben Stokes and it goes racing off to the boundary for a four. Bangladesh continue strongly without dropping a wicket. 75/0 after 17 overs
APPEAL! England appeal for a catch against Kayes at slips. A reverse sweep which Kayes fails to connect. Lobs it up to slips. Umpire says not out but England are going for a review
No bat involved as it took off from Kayes arm. England lose their review
13 overs gone and Bangladesh have gone past fifty! Imrul Kayes scoring at a better pace than Tamim. Both have faced 39 balls but Tamim is on 23 while Imrul is on 32
Moeen Ali to bowl his spin now
10 overs gone and Bangladesh have moved to 42/0. No risk taken from the two opening batsmen Imrul Kayes and Tamim Iqbal. England bowling not looking threatening
Brilliant batting from Imrul Kayes and Tamim Iqbal! They are picking a boundary in each over and keeping the run-rate close to five even after a damp outfield. After six overs, Bangladesh 30 for no loss
FOUR! A brilliant pull shot from Tamim Iqbal to end the fourth over and second of Chris Woakes. Bangladesh reach 16/0 with Tamim on 7* and Imrul Kayes on 8*
The ball is not coming on to the bat as quick as the batsmen would have liked to but no big movement for the bowlers as well. Bangladesh openers have been cautious so far
Seven runs off the first over from Chris Woakes. Imrul Kayes hitting a boundary as well. Jake Ball, the hero of first ODI, will bowl the second over
Bangladesh openers Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes walk out to the middle and will be facing Chris Woakes in the first over. All set to begin on time
England win toss and elect to bowl against Bangladesh in the series decider. Two changes to the England team while Bangladesh are unchanged
Rain around Chittagong and we can have a shortened match today. After the two thrillers in the series, it would be sad it this happens. So day, the toss has been delayed
As soon as umpire raised his finger to give Jos Buttler out during the second ODI, Bangladesh players went wild in celebrations. So wild that they celebrated the wicket by running into Buttler, who was on his way back to the pavillion. This was a big moment in the game as Buttler, alongwith Jonny Bairstow, was taking his team towards a victory after a collapse.
The heat of the moment got to the players and Mahmudullah and Buttler had a heated argument with both charging towards each other. Both on-field umpires had to intervene to prevent any further thing to happen. Buttler made his way back to the pavillion. But Bangladesh did not stop there. There was another altercation at the post-match handshakes between Tamim Iqbal and Ben Stokes. Then, Shakib-al-Hasan restored order before the players headed back to their respective dressing rooms.
Bangladesh were clearly ecstatic after their win over England as they had levelled the three-match ODI series and now have a chance to win the series. If they do so, they will continue to be unbeaten in home ODI series since 2014. Buttler later clarified about the incident during post-match. “I was just disappointed in the way they celebrated, it’s an emotional game,” Buttler said. “It’s been tough, we had high hopes of winning and going 2-0.”
Captain Mashrafe Mortaza inspired Bangladesh to a 34-run victory against England in the second one-day international on Sunday.
Mortaza hit a 29-ball 44 as Bangladesh accelerated to 238-8 in testing conditions and then claimed 4-29 to bowl out England for 204 in 44.4 overs.
“I backed myself when I was batting,” Mortaza said. “But I am more happy to contribute with bowling, especially when (the) wicket wasn’t gripping much.”
Jos Buttler scored a run-a-ball 57 for England, while Jonny Bairstow made 35. Adil Rashid (33 not out) refused to give up, adding two significant partnerships after his team was reduced to 132-8. Bangladesh held its nerve as Mortaza fittingly sealed the deal with the wicket of last man Jake Ball. Fast bowler Taskin Ahmed took 3-47.
“I think we were a bit tentative about it as a side, we wanted to come out on the front foot and take it on,” Buttler said. “We thought that was chaseable, we bowled well up front but it was a good wicket and 240 was attainable.”
England found itself vulnerable on a pitch that was slower than the one used in the first match at the same Shere Bangla National Stadium, which England won by 21 runs on Friday. Mortaza admirably moved the ball both ways to spark the top-order collapse. He made the initial breakthrough with the wicket of James Vince (5). Left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan, who opened the bowling, dismissed Ben Duckett through the gate for a duck. Mortaza then struck twice, dismissing Jason Roy (13) and Ben Stokes (0).
England was reduced to 26-4 but Buttler and Bairstow combined for a 79-run partnership. It came to an end after Bairstow’s expansive drive against Ahmed cost his wicket. But the biggest blow for England came when Ahmed won a video review to remove Buttler leg before wicket, after the batsman tried to flick a length ball. Amid jubilant celebrations by Bangladesh fielders, Buttler appeared angered by something that had been said and was slow to leave the pitch.
“I was just disappointed in the way they celebrated, it’s an emotional game,” Buttler said, referring to a heated exchange with Mahmudullah after his dismissal. “It’s been tough, we had high hopes of winning and going 2-0.”
At 132-8, victory looked unlikely despite more than 20 overs still to be bowled. Rashid gave England fresh hope, adding 27 with David Willey (9) before sharing 45 runs off 37 balls with Jake Ball (28 off 22). Mortaza broke the resistance to help his side stay alive in the series.
Earlier, Mahmudullah held together the innings after England captain Buttler opted to bowl first. Mortaza’s late surge helped give the Bangladesh bowlers something to defend. He added 69 runs off eight overs with Nasir Hossain after Bangladesh found itself on 169-7.
Fast bowler Chris Woakes had used short balls to good effect to remove the two openers – Tamim Iqbal (14) and Imrul Kayes (11). Ball dismissed Sabbir Rahman (3) to leave Bangladesh 39-3 before Mahmudullah and Mushfiqur Rahim combined for a 50-run partnership. Rahim played an injudicious pull off Ball to throw away his wicket, leaving Mahmudullah to dig in deep. Mahmudullah hit six fours in his 88-ball knock before giving away his wicket while trying to paddle-sweep against leg-spinner Rashid.
Mortaza smashed a six on only the second ball he faced. He hit two fours and three sixes before being run out on the penultimate ball. Mosaddek Hossain contributed 29, while Nasir Hossain was 27 not out. Fast bowlers Woakes and Ball, and leg-spinner Rashid, claimed two wickets apiece.