Thursday, 23 March, 2023

World champions whitewashed

Tigers clinch T20I series 3-0 against England

World champions whitewashed
Bangladesh players pose with the trophy after winning the series at the end of the third and final T20I match against England at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur on Tuesday. – BCB PHOTO

Bangladesh ended their home series against England on a high note as they cleanly swept away the visitors in the three-match T20Is by clinching a 16-run win in the last game of the series at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur of Dhaka on Tuesday.

Liton Das, man of the match, struck his career-best 73 off 57 balls, propelling the hosts to 158-2. Later, the bowling department came out with all guns blazing to restrict England to 142-6.

While the Tigers enjoyed a first three-match series sweep in this format for the first time since doing the same against Ireland in 2012 on the other hand, the last time England suffered a series clean sweep in this format was in 2014 when they lost 3-0 against Australia.

Pacer Mustafizur Rahman got his 100th T20I wicket in his 81st match -- the fastest by a Bangladeshi -- removing Dawid Malan for 53 as England lost control midway through their chase after seemingly getting to a comfortable position.

England then lost Captain Jos Buttler for 40 to a run-out on the next delivery before a double-wicket over from Taskin Ahmed swung the fate of the match decisively in Bangladesh’s favour.

Debutant left-arm spinner Tanvir Islam took out Salt in the first over of England’s chase to give Bangladesh a perfect start to defend the total.

Tanvir had Salt stumped for a duck as England were in early trouble before Malan and Buttler came to their rescue.

Malan who struck 47-ball 53 with six fours and two sixes put on a 95-run with Buttler for the second wicket to make England a heavily favourite to win the games before the host came back strongly to score the memorable win. Earlier, opener Liton Das hit 73 while Najmul Hossain Shanto continued his rich vein of form with 47 not out to lift Bangladesh to 158-2 on a slow Mirpur pitch.

After being sent to bat first, Liton and Rony Talukdar combined for 55 runs for their opening stand before the latter gave a return catch to leg-spinner Adil Rashid, in his attempt to play a reverse sweep.

Najmul and Liton kept the English bowlers at bay, playing with caution and aggression that served them well.

Liton, however, reached his ninth fifty in this format off 41 balls with a single off leg-spinner Rehan Ahmed.

After a cautious start, Liton tried to play shots while in-form Shanto on the other hand hardly missed any opportunity of treating any loose deliveries in disdain.

Shanto was named player of the series for his brilliant performance of scoring 144 runs in the three-match T20I series.

As Bangladesh looked destined to go close anywhere near to the 200-run mark, Chris Jordan broke through with the wicket of Liton, who hit 10 fours and a six in his 57-ball innings.

Liton’s dismissal proved costly as it was tough to get going for any new batsman in this wicket and Bangladesh failed to put up a very commendable total on the board but eventually, it hardly mattered as the Tigers tamed the world champions.

England won the preceding three-match ODI series 2-1.