BAN vs ENG: Bangladesh defeats England by 50 runs as Shakib al Hasan prevents clean-sweep

Bangladesh won the final ODI by 50 runs thanks to Shakib Al Hasan’s all-round performance, which prevented England from sweeping the ODI series. Following half-centuries from Mushfiqur Rahim and Najmul Hossain, Shakib struck a 71-ball 75 to help Bangladesh reach 246 despite wickets falling at the other end. The left-handed all-rounder then made crucial incisions with the ball, picking up his 300th ODI wicket en route to figures of 4 for 35 as England were dismissed for 196.

England got off to a flying start in the chase, with Phil Salt and Jason Roy both hitting boundaries in a half-century partnership for the first wicket. Salt’s innings, however, came to an end when he cut a Shakib delivery to cover-point, and Dawid Malan was caught at mid-on by Ebadot Hossain.

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England were in even more trouble when Roy was bowled by Shakib in the 11th over while attempting a cut.

Sam Curran, who batted at 5, took a while to get going before hitting Mehidy Hasan for a six over long on. James Vince got things going with boundaries off Taijul Islam and Mehidy in consecutive overs.

Then came Jos Buttler’s big wicket, who had moved to 26 before attempting a reverse sweep off Taijul, which led to his demise as he was trapped in front. Chris Woakes tried to keep England in the game, but Adil Rashid was bowled by Taijul after missing a pull. Shakib returned to the field and picked up his fourth wicket by dismissing debutant Rehan Ahmed. Woakes fought hard to stay in the game, but he was bowled out for 34 by Mustafizur Rahman in the 44th over.

Earlier, England staged a strong comeback with the ball, reducing Bangladesh from 153/3 to be bowled out within 250. Sam Curran dismissed both openers, while Jofra Archer and Chris Woakes kept things tight, allowing only 34 runs in the first 10 overs. Mushfiqur and Najmul put on a 98-run stand, with the latter scoring 69 off 69 balls. However, Najmul was run out against the run of play. Mushfiqur then hit fifty and added 38 with Shakib to push Bangladesh over the 150-point mark. However, the hosts continued to lose wickets, with Rashid dismissing Mushfiqur and Mahmudullah in quick succession, and were unable to fully capitalise on the death overs.

Shakib scored regular boundaries and reached a 55-ball half-century, but he was losing partners at the other end. Afif Hossain added 49 with Shakib before being caught by Woakes, while Mehidy was caught by Rehan off the last ball of his spell.