December 12, 2017

Stokes and Woakes take England home in style


This is the first series loss for Bangladesh after six successive series wins at home. They lost three tosses on the trot and the evening dew did not help the spinners here, but England held their nerve and were always ahead of the game in the chase. Except for Mushfiqur Rahim none of the Bangladesh batsmen made the most of their starts and that may have cost them a crucial 10-15 runs.

England win by six wickets with 13 balls to spare and win the series 2-1

10:30pm- Chris Woakes hits a six over long off to seal the game with 13 balls left. After the crucial drop by Imrul off Taskin in the previous over, Ben Stokes hit a six over long on off Shafiul, who then bowled two wides, before Woakes finished it off in a flurry.

10:23pm- Chris Woakes hits a four to make it 21 off 21 but then Imrul Kayes drops him the next ball at slip. Just to rub salt in the wounds, Woakes hits the last ball of the over through covers for a four. 17 off 18 now.

10:15pm- Spirited bowling by Bangladesh but England holding firm with 29 required off the last five. Mashrafe ends his 10 having conceded 51 runs for two wickets.
10:00pm- This time it is an off-cutter that fools Moeen Ali, who miscues it high towards mid on and Mahmudullah Riyad takes the catch running backwards. Mashrafe Bin Mortaza becomes the leading wicket-taker in ODIs, but the man now in second place, Shakib Al Hasan, has two overs left.

Moeen c Riyad b Mashrafe 1 (3)

Fall of wicket: 236-6 (42.3 overs)

9:50pm- Mashrafe pulls it back! He bowls his opposite number Jos Buttler off the inside edge in the 41st over just as the game was slipping away. It’s a small moral victory for the Bangladesh captain after the acrimony of the second ODI, but there is still a lot to do after Buttler had hit a boundary earlier in the over.

Buttler b Mashrafe 25 (26)

Fall of wicket: 227/5 (40.4 overs)

9:25pm- Mushy…you beauty…brilliant catch to send the partisan home crowd dancing in the aisles…Shafiul strikes again, and gets the well-set Ben Duckett for 63.

The batsman scooped his shot to the keeper…went across his crease outside off but getting a little tickle.

BM Duckett c †Mushfiqur Rahim b Shafiul Islam 63 (68b 4×4 1×6)

Fall of wicket: 179/4 (33.2 overs)

9:04pm- Shafiul strikes…Tigers needed that wicket, and now they are back in the contest! The 45-run stand between Bairstow and Duckett is stopped in 6.5 overs. Will the wicket send the cat among the pigeons as far as the England dug-out is concerned?

Jonny Bairstow went for a pull to a back-of-a-length delivery, used his feet, made the ball fuller to start with, and sees his furniture disturbed.

JM Bairstow b Shafiul Islam 15 (18b 1×4 0x6)

8:55pm- England line up the slog overs as Ben Duckett reaches his second ODI 50. The visitors require 119 runs in the last 20 overs with eight wickets in hand.

Ben Duckett 50 off 56 balls

8:30pm- A bit of pressure tells on England as Sam Billings slog-sweeps off Mosaddek Hossain and finds Imrul Kayes waiting to gobble it up at deep square leg. Mashrafe Bin Mortaza brought Mosaddek back for the 25th over and it worked a charm.

Sam Billings c Imrul b Mosaddek 62 (69)

Fall of wicket 127/2 in 24.3 overs

8:16pm- 50-run partnership comes up in 60 balls in the 22nd over between Sam Billings and Ben Duckett.

8:02pm- Sam Billings scorees his first ODI 50 in his sixth match by running down Shakib Al Hasan to third man in the 19th over.

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