Dhaka – Bangladesh set a moderate 278-run target for the visiting England as the third and final one-day international began in Chittagong Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium on Wednesday.
To chase the target, England collected 78 for 1 after the 15 overs, Nasir Hossain took the wicket of James Vince, who scored 32 from 37 balls.
The host reached 277-6 banking on wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim’s 67 not out against the visitor.
He and Mosaddek Hossain put on 85 for the undefeated seventh wicket after Bangladesh was left on 192-6 in the 39th over.
Hossain was unbeaten on 38.
Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes got the side off to a good start with an 80-run partnership on a pitch that was covered for the last three days following consistent rain.
Iqbal made 45 runs and Kayes contributed 46. Sabbir Rahman also got a good start but was dismissed on 49.
England legspinner Adil Rashid returned career best figures of 4-43.
Espncrickinfo.com reported Bangladesh have never beaten England in a three-match ODI series. The series was leveled by 1-1.
To add them to a list of impressive conquests in their own country in recent years they need to defend a target of 277 in the series decider in Chittagong. History suggests that is a formidable score on this ground.
The match was taking place at all was a pleasant surprise. The BCB had been concerned enough about the weather forecast to request a reserve day – a belated suggestion that England turned down on logistical grounds – but heavy rain in the 24 hours up to the game gave way to clearer skies as the starting time approached, it added.