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Moeen Ali confident of series victory against Bangladesh

Moeen Ali (right) will hope to contribute to England's series win on Wednesday.
Moeen Ali (right) will hope to contribute to England's series win on Wednesday.
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England all-rounder Moeen Ali asserted that his team will come hard in the third and deciding One-Day International against Bangladesh in Chittagong on Wednesday.

After winning the first game in Dhaka, England succumbed to a 34-run defeat in the second ODI as Mashrafe Mortaza came up with a special all-round performance and Mahmudullah contributed with a crucial 75.

Ali, who had an ordinary game with both the bat and ball, admitted that the safe approach of the England players on Sunday had costed them the game.

Nevertheless, the 29-year-old urged the team to play with a positive mindset when they lock horns with the home team at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium on Wednesday.

"I think if we are going to lose we would rather lose playing the way we do normally, and that was the biggest disappointment. Jos played really well but nobody else did really," Ali said Sky Sports News HQ.

"We were like the old England a bit. That's something we have highlighted. Sometimes it's going to happen but that's the first time in a couple of years we have done it so I'm sure it's just a one-off.

"We are pretty confident still. We know we let ourselves down the last game but we have put that to bed now and won't be taking a backward step. The best way for us to play is with aggressive cricket and keep attacking."

The second ODI was marred with a controversial incident when England captain Jos Buttler was given an aggressive send-off following his dismissal.

The International Cricket Council sanctioned a 20 per cent match fees on Bangladesh pair of Mashrafe Mortaza and Sabbir Rahman while Buttler was reprimanded for reacting back to the provocation. Backing his captain on the incident, Ali stated that the Lancashire wicket-keeper batsman plays the game with a lot of passion and pride.

"(Jos) has a lot of fire in his belly. You should see the warm-ups, like the football, he's probably the most fiery out of all of us.

"He's probably not as calm as people think he is. He looks it, but he is very fiery in terms of his cricket, and is very passionate and gets fired up."

If Bangladesh, manage to register a win on Wednesday, it will be the first time in the history of the game, they will seal a bilateral-series victory against England in the ODIs.

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