England 88/1 in 16 overs

Dhaka,  Sun,  24 September 2017
Published : 12 Oct 2016, 19:44:04 | Updated : 12 Oct 2016, 19:51:01

England 88/1 in 16 overs

England 88/1 in 16 overs
FE Online Report
Set 278 to win by Bangladesh, visiting England cricketers were chasing the target in the third and last one-day international (ODI) at the flood-lit Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong on Wednesday night.

England made 88 for the loss of one wicket off 16 overs when this report was posted at 7:50pm.

Brief scores: England 88/1 in 16 overs v Bangladesh 277/6 in 50 overs. James Vince was lbw, bowled by Nasir Hossain, scoring 32.

Earlier, a death-overs assault by Mushfiqur Rahim and Mosaddek Hossain steered the hosts to a fighting 277-6 against England in the series decider.

The two scored 85 off 11.5 overs, the highest 7th-wicket partnership at the the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium and against England, to set the tourists the record chase at the port city venue.

Wily legspinner Adil Rashid was brilliant for England, bowling with guile and improvising his line by reading the batsmen well.

His 4-43 helped England reduce the Tigers to 192 for six before Mushfiqur and Mosaddek slowly played themselves in and then made the late push.

England won the toss and asked the hosts to bat first as rain relented after two days of continuous drizzle that threatened to put the mouth-watering tie in doubt.

Fielding the same team that squared the series three days ago, Bangladesh began in confident style. Imrul Kayes went for the boundaries with Tamim Iqbal looking cautious at the other end.

The duo were harsh on short balls, cracking boundaries on both sides of the wicket to help Bangladesh get 50 from the powerplay - the 50th run coming from a huge Kayes six over cover off another short ball.

They scored 80 and surpassed their own record of 63 for Bangladesh's highest opening partnership against England. But Kayes went back for 46 in a soft dismissal when he flicked straight to square leg off Ben Stokes.

Tamim, who began 38 runs short of 5000 ODI runs, took charge and clubbed Chris Woakes for three boundaries in the 22nd over to reach the landmark run-tally in style.

Rashid's introduction in the next over hinted that Jos Buttler wanted to dry up the runs but Tamim, on 45, was undone by a short ball outside off-stump, tamely slapping it straight to cover .

Mahmudullah swung at another short ball outside off from Rashid and fell for just six, which was a blast over midwicket in the previous ball.

With the England bowlers often wayward, Sabbir Rahman and Mushfiqur batted maturely and kept the scoreboard ticking with singles and doubles, punctuated with boundaries, to lift the run rate to more than 5 per over.

Rashid took out Sabbir with a beauty - a perfect length legspinner that spun big and drew a thin edge to send the batsman back to the hutch one run shy of half-century.

Moeen Ali finished 1-42 without giving away any run on the offside and was a bit fortunate to see the back of Shakib Al Hasan, who was stumped after the ball popped out of Buttler's gloves and hit the stumps.

Nasir Hossain's stay at the crease was short as Bangladesh wobbled in dealing with spin but Mushfiqur and Mossaddek made amends down the order.

Mushfiqur (67 off 62) smashed four boundaries, hammered a six over deep square leg and stayed unbeaten with Mosaddek (38 off 39) to power his team to the big total. – bz

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