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T20 series: Bangladesh beat England to complete clean sweep



Bangladesh beat England

England crashed to a 3-0 series defeat against Bangladesh in their T20 series as a half-century by Litton Das and some tight bowling helped the hosts secure a 16-run victory in the final match in Mirpur on Tuesday.

Chasing 159 to win thanks to a 57-ball 73 by Das and an unbeaten 47 by Najmul Hossain Shanto, England lost Phil Salt for a first-ball duck in debutant Tanvir Islam’s opening over before Dawid Malan (53) and Jos Buttler (40) steadied the ship.

Malan then top-edged one to Das behind the wickets to become Mustafizur Rahman’s 100th victim in the 14th over before Buttler was run out next ball attempting a risky single as the hosts heaped pressure on England.

Moeen Ali and Ben Duckett also perished attempting big shots against Taskin Ahmed and the visitors never recovered, finishing on 142/6 from their 20 overs. It is only the third time that England have been blanked in a bilateral T20I series featuring at least two matches.

“We were really good in this series. I thought we fielded exceptionally,” said Bangladesh captain Shakib-al Hasan. “That has been one of the major changes. If we look at the World Cup next year, we can build from here.”

Bangladesh had denied England a clean sweep in the preceding three-match ODI series by winning the final game, and they produced some commanding displays against the world champions in the shortest format.

“Extremely disappointed but congratulations to Bangladesh,” England captain Buttler said.

Brief scores: Bangladesh 158/2 in 20 ovs (Litton Das 73, Najmul Hossain Shanto 47 n.o.). England 142/6 in 20 ovs (Dawid Malan 53; Taskin Ahmed 2/26). Bangladesh won by 16 run

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