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The Tigers whitewashed the world champions

The host Bangladesh had already confirmed the series by winning two consecutive matches. The world champion England could not prevent defeat in the third match. The Tigers whitewashed the English with a 16-run victory. Bangladesh scored 158 runs for 2 wickets in 20 overs at the beginning of the match. In reply, England were bowled out for 142 runs.

England won the ODI series by 2-1. But the T20 series held in Chittagong did not start well for the visitors. In that match Shakibra beat England by 6 wickets to lead 1-0. Hathurusingha’s disciples confirmed the series by winning the second match by 6 wickets with one match in hand. So the English had a chance to whitewash by winning the third match.

Bangladesh went into bat after losing the toss. The hosts got off to a good start with the help of the two openers. 55 runs came from the opening pair. Rony was dismissed for 24 runs by Adil Rashid.

After that, opener Liton Das started ruling the English bowlers with Nazmul Hossain Shanto, who came down to play for the second wicket. At this time, the two made a partnership of 84 runs in just 57 balls. That’s why the Tigers got the basis of fighting. Lytton completed his personal half century. Chris Jordan returned the ball for 73 runs. The 57-ball innings was studded with 10 fours and a six.

Later Nazmul Hossain Shanto played till the end of the innings with team leader Shakib Al Hasan. He did not see fifty for 3 runs. He remained unbeaten on 47 runs off 36 balls. And Shakib Al Hasan remains unbeaten with 4 runs off 6 balls.

England lost their wicket in the first over chasing runs. Tanveer Islam has returned English opener Phil Salt to the dressing room after playing in his debut match. Despite losing wickets in the beginning, the visitors did not have to face any problem. Opener David Malan and captain Jos Buttler continued to bat brilliantly in the second wicket pair. At this time, the two made a pair of 95 runs. That’s how the English smelled the victory.

But in the 14th over of Mustafizur Rahman’s innings England lost these two batsmen and fell under pressure. After completing his personal half-century, Malan was cut behind with a personal 53 runs. Mirage runs out Buttler on the next ball. 40 runs came from his bat.

Tiger pacer Taskin Ahmed picked up a pair of wickets after one over. Moeen Ali returned with 9 runs and Ben Duckett returned with 11 runs. And England could not stand up. Sam Curran scored 4 runs. And Oakes remained unbeaten on 13 runs and Jorder on 2 runs.

(14 March/MM)


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