Dhaka – Visiting England own the series by 2-1 defeating Bangladesh in the third one-day international at Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong Wednesday.
The English batsmen chased the target of 278 set by Bangladesh very easily with 2.1 overs remaining. England reached the target at 47.5 over with four wickets in hand.
Earlier the tigers set a moderate 278-run target for the visiting England as the third and final one-day international began after uncertainty over rain.
But, there was, however, no rain during the match.
Score: England 278-6 in 47.5 overs (Ben Duckett 63, Sam Billings 62; Mashrafe Mortaza 2-51, Shafiul Islam 2-61) def. Bangladesh 277-6 (Mushfiqur Rahim 67 not out, Sabbir Rahman 49; Adil Rashid 4-43, Ben Stokes 1-24) by four wickets.
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.