Stokes, Duckett steer England to 2-1 series victory
England 278-6 (Duckett 63) beat
Bangladesh 277-6 (Rahim 67no) by four wickets
Third One-Day International in Chittagong
After a four-wicket haul from Adil Rashid restricted Bangladesh to 277 for six, fifties from Sam Billings and Ben Duckett followed by a crucial knock from Ben Stokes helped England chase down the target in 47.5 overs with four wickets in hand in the third and final One-Day International in Chittagong to claim the series 2-1.
England won the toss and elected to field first with Sam Billings and Liam Plunkett replacing Jason Roy and David Willey while Bangladesh went unchanged.
Tamim Iqbal (45) and Imrul Kayes (46) provided Bangladesh with a steady start of 42 for naught in the first powerplay. Kayes scored the first six of the game with the 11th over which also brought the 50-run opening stand.
Moeen Ali (1-42) conceded just 15 runs in his first five overs exerting a lot of pressure on the Bangladesh openers which led to the dismissal of Kayes, who was caught at square leg off Stokes (1-24).
Sabbir Rahman (49) and Tamim smashed three boundaries in the 22nd over to bring the 100 for Bangladesh but the latter became Rashid's (4-43) first victim after he chipped one to the covers. In his next over, Rashid also accounted for the wicket of Mahmudullah (6) leaving Bangladesh at 122 for three.
Rahman and Musfiqur Rahim (67) stabilised the innings with a 54-run stand but Rashid and Ali struck in tandem leaving Bangladesh precariously placed at 192 for six.
However, Rahim and Mosaddek Hossain (38 not out) added 79 runs in the final 10 overs to take Bangladesh to 277 for six in the 50 overs.
In the chase, Billings (62) and James Vince (32) provided England the perfect start with their 63-run opening stand which came in 70 deliveries. The pair scored nine boundaries and a six between them but Nasir Hossain (1-43) provided the breakthrough for Bangladesh with the wicket of Vince.
Duckett (63) announced his arrival with a six in the 16th over and by the 20-over mark, England reached 108 for one. Soon after reaching his fifty, Billings survived a review from Bangladesh for LBW and in the next over he brought the 50-run stand with Duckett.
Just when England looked comfortable, Mosaddek (1-22) had Billings caught at deep square leg. Duckett on the other hand went on to reach his second fifty in the series.
Shafiul Islam (2-61) brought Bangladesh back into the game by dismissing Jonny Bairstow (15) and Duckett in quick succession.
England needed 86 runs from the final 15 overs with six wickets in hand. Another 48-run stand between Stokes (47 not out) and Jos Buttler (25) brought England back on track but once again they lost wickets in pair.
Mashrafe Mortaza (2-51) removed Buttler and Moeen Ali (1) to peg England back but Stokes and Chris Woakes (27 not out) held their nerve to complete the chase in the 48th over with four wickets in hand, thereby completing a 2-1 series victory.
Rashid was awarded the man of the match for his four-wicket haul while Stokes bagged the man of the series.
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