Bangladesh beat England in 3rd T20I, complete historic whitewash
Bangladesh beat England in the 3rd T20I in Dhaka to complete a historic whitewash on Tuesday. The hosts prevailed over England by 16 runs. The Bangla Tigers showed great intent and aggression with the bat and ball as they outplayed the visitors, all three times. This was their first T20I series whitewash against a Full Member (minimum three matches).
How did the match pan out?
After winning the toss, Jos Buttler invited Bangladesh to bat first and they posted 158/2. Litton Das (73) and Najmul Shanto (47*) were the top contributors. Chris Jordan and Adil Rashid picked up one wicket each. In reply, England could only manage 142/6 as Dawid Malan (53) and Jos Buttler (40) were the only notable performers.
Litton Das impresses with blazing 73
The aggressive Bangladeshi opener finally found some form as he struck 10 fours and a six, helping the hosts reach a competitive 158/2. This was Litton's first half-century in this series as he got out cheaply in the first two games. After a 55-run opening stand with Rony Talukdar, he stitched another 84-run partnership with Shanto to take the hosts to a competitive total.
Dawid Malan smokes his 15th T20I fifty
England batter Malan finally turned up in the T20I series as he scored a watchful 47-ball 53 against Bangladesh. This was his 15th T20I fifty but his first against Bangladesh. Courtesy of this fifty, he has raced to 1,810 runs in T20Is. Malan was batting with great control until Mustafizur Rahman deceived him with a slower one.
A death bowling masterclass from Mustafizur Rahman
Bangladesh's premier pacer Mustafizur has been sensational throughout the T20I series, especially in the slog overs. He picked up the crucial wicket of Malan and gave away only 14 runs from his quota of four overs. Mustafizur may have picked only three wickets in the entire series, but his 5.58 economy in the slog overs speaks volumes about his impact.
Mustafizur races to 100 T20I wickets
Mustafizur's solitary wicket in the 3rd T20I helped him reach 100 T20I wickets in 88 matches. He is only the sixth bowler in T20Is to pick 100 wickets and also the sixth-highest wicket-taker in this format. He is the second-highest Bangladeshi wicket-taker in this format, only behind Shakib Al Hasan (131 wickets). Mustafizur's closest bowler in the wicket-taking charts is Lasith Malinga (107).
Litton Das's career-high T20I score
Litton finished with a Player of the Match award for his stunning 57-ball 73 on a tricky pitch in the 3rd T20I in Dhaka. This was his career-best score in the shortest format for Bangladesh. The Bangladesh opener also brought up his first T20I fifty against England. He has now scored 103 runs against them in four T20Is, striking at 122.61.
Shanto adjudged Player of the Series for his brilliant batting
Shanto was Bangladesh's main man with the bat as he stepped up in this series against England. He smashed a 30-ball 51 in the first T20I and followed it up with a couple of 40-plus knocks in the remaining two matches. Shanto slammed 144 runs, finishing as the highest run-scorer in this series. He was dismissed only once in the entire series.
Bangladesh create history against England
England suffered their first whitewash in T20Is (minimum three matches), and it came against Bangladesh. This was also the hosts' first T20I whitewash against a Full Member. Before this series, England had played Bangladesh only once in T20Is. It is a historic win in all senses for Bangladesh as they dominated proceedings against the reigning World Champions (T20I format).