Bangladesh hold their nerve to complete series whitewash over England

Chasing 159, Jos Buttler and Dawid Malan shared a 95-run second-wicket stand to put England on course for victory in Mirpur before two wickets in two balls flipped the game on its head


Mirpur: Bangladesh 158-2, England 142-6 - Bangladesh won by 16 runs

Bangladesh defeated England by 16 runs in the third T20I in Mirpur to complete a 3-0 whitewash over the world champions.

Litton Das scored a half-century for the hosts before a fine display of death bowling, led by Sam Curran and Jofra Archer, saw Bangladesh restricted to 158 for 2.

Dawid Malan and Jos Buttler later appeared to have England's chase well in hand before two wickets in two balls flipped the game on its head.

After being sent in to bat, Bangladesh were cruising towards a 180-plus total at the 15-over mark.


Litton Das scored a half-century for Bangladesh [Gareth Copley/Getty Images]


Chris Jordan made a key breakthrough at the death [Gareth Copley/Getty Images]

Rony Talukdar and Litton Das set the tone with the bat, putting on 55 runs for the first wicket. The former should have been removed by Archer in the final over of the powerplay – Rehan Ahmed put down a routine chance at short third – but fortunately, it didn't come back to haunt England, with Adil Rashid removing the opener caught and bowled in the eighth over.

Das continued to motor in the company of Najmul Hossain Shanto, bringing up his half-century off 41 balls in the 13th. The following over, he was dropped by Ben Duckett – again off the bowling of Archer – and this time, he punished England with back-to-back boundaries.

However, from 131 for 1 after 15 overs, Bangladesh faltered at the death. Chris Jordan made a crucial breakthrough at the end of the 17th, combining with Phil Salt to remove Das, while economical contributions from Archer and Curran frustrated Shanto and Shakib Al Hasan. Bangladesh scored just one boundary in the final five overs to close on 158 for 2.

England made a nightmare start to their chase, having Salt stumped in the opening over, and possibly should have been two down in the second after Malan was given out lbw before the decision was overturned by the third umpire. Bangladesh were unimpressed.


Malan and Buttler appeared to have England's chase in hand [Gareth Copley/Getty Images]


Taskin Ahmed impressed with 2 for 26 [Gareth Copley/Getty Images]

Malan made the most of his second chance, putting on 95 runs for the second wicket with Buttler and bringing up his half-century off 43 balls in the process. While they rarely got ahead of the required rate, Bangladesh's struggles in the final five overs meant time was well and truly on England's side.

However, with the equation now 59 runs required from 42 deliveries, Shakib turned to Mustafizur Rahman, who derailed England's chase with two wickets in two balls. Malan was caught behind by Das for 53 while Buttler was run out by Mehidy Hasan after being caught on his heels when Duckett called him through.

Duckett and Moeen Ali kept the scoreboard ticking over with a 19-run partnership before Taskin Ahmed removed both players in the 17th to leave England faltering on 123 for 5, with 36 runs required off 18 deliveries.

Shakib picked up Curran in the penultimate over to further demoralise England and while Chris Woakes struck two boundaries off Hasan Mahmud in the 20th, it was far too little, too late.





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