England BEATEN by 50 runs in third ODI vs Bangladesh

England are BEATEN by 50 runs in the third ODI against Bangladesh in Chittagong… with Jos Buttler’s experimental side coming up short against the hosts, who saw Shakib Al Hasan bag his 300th ODI wicket

  • England have lost the third and final one-day international against Bangladesh 
  • Jos Buttler’s visiting side were defeated by 50 runs in Chattogram on Monday
  • Rehan Ahmed became the country’s youngest one-day international cricketer 

History was made as Rehan Ahmed became England’s youngest one-day international cricketer on Monday – but unlike his Test debut, it did not come in a winning cause.

Back in Karachi in December, the 18-year-old celebrated taking similar junior status as a Test player with a five-wicket haul amongst seven in the match against Pakistan.

Here, replacing the injured Will Jacks, he had to settle for one – from his final delivery – and a defeat after England squandered the chance to seal a first series whitewash in Asia in 13 years against Bangladesh. 

Their previous one was by virtue of a 3-0 scoreline here against the same opponents in 2010, but after going 2-0 up in this series, they ended up winning 2-1.

Ahmed was the penultimate dismissal – and the 300th ODI victim of Shakib Al Hasan – as England imploded from a position of 54 without loss.

History was made as Rehan Ahmed became England’s youngest one-day international cricketer on Monday – but it came in a 50-run defeat against Bangladesh in Chittagong

The 18-year-old leg-spinner was congratulated by team-mates after taking his first ODI wicket

England were beaten in the third and final ODI, but ended up winning the bilateral series 2-1

The pitches at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium tend to yield higher totals than their counterparts in Dhaka, as emphasised by the most recent one-day international here – another dead rubber – when India scored 409 for eight.

But this one had the life sucked out of it by the sun, its slowness by nightfall highlighted by the fact there was just one boundary struck in 19 overs in mid-innings.

After England bowled out Bangladesh for the third time in a week, there appeared little danger in the initial chase but a reckless spell of three wickets for one run in eight balls altered the contest’s complexion completely.

Phil Salt had provided the lion’s share of an opening stand but lamely slapped to cover to start the rot.

There is an all-or-nothing aspect to Malan’s one-day international career. Twice this year, including in the first match here, his runs have proved match-defining but there is also a tendency to get out cheaply. 

A miscue to mid-on on Monday took his duck to hundred ratio to 5-4 in 18 innings.

Having watched two cross-batted strokes account for the demise of two colleagues, Jason Roy inexplicably played back and was bowled by a Shakib Al Hasan skidder.

It was a challenging situation for Sam Curran to walk into, having been promoted to number five in the order as part of a pre-conceived plan to provide batting experience to those guaranteed to be at this autumn’s World Cup in neighbouring India.

The home side Bangladesh restricted England well with constant wickets after scoring 246

Star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan (centre) scored 75 off 71 before taking 4-35 in his 10 overs

It meant his natural counter-attacking instincts were put away until, after crawling to four off 21 balls, he lofted Mehidy Hasan Miraz over long-on for six.

Fourth-wicket partner James Vince, making up for a torrid time in the field earlier, was the aggressor in their 49-run stand but its conclusion – Curran bunting straight to long-off – signalled another spell of three quick wickets.

Vince was sent back by a pearler from Shakib that dipped one way, spun the other and took the outside edge while Moeen Ali was bowled off his pads by recalled seamer Ebadot Hossain.

The game was effectively settled when Buttler failed to get low enough on an attempted reverse sweep, to be leg before to slow left-armer Taijul Islam.

In the following over, the asking rate at a run a ball and in conditions that must have felt like batting against a cannon ball on quicksand, that was too much to ask of the tail.

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