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England slump to defeat as Bangladesh clinch 3-0 sweep in T20 international series | Cricket News


England suffered a late-innings batting collapse as Bangladesh clinched a 3-0 T20 international series sweep with a 16-run victory in Mirpur.

England’s batting had stuttered as they lost the first two matches by six and four wickets respectively and they faltered again on Tuesday chasing 159, slipping from 100-1 after 13 overs to 123-5 after 17 and finishing on 142-6 once a 95-run stand between Dawid Malan (53) and Jos Buttler (40) for the second wicket came to an end.

Malan, who overturned an lbw dismissal on six before being dropped on 42, and skipper Buttler departed from successive balls in a two-run 14th over – Malan caught behind, Buttler run out – before Moeen Ali (9), Ben Duckett (11) and Sam Curran (4) came and went.

England required 27 from the final over and gave themselves a glimmer of hope when Chris Woakes (13no) smoked Hasun Mahmud for successive fours but the tourists managed just two byes and two dots after that as Bangladesh celebrated a whitewash against the reigning T20 world champions.

England were sloppy in the field as Bangladesh reached 131-1 from 15 overs after being inserted, with the litany of errors including dreadful dropped catches from Rehan Ahmed and Duckett.

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Rehan Ahmed and Ben Duckett dropped simple catches in Mirpur as Jofra Archer went wicketless

Duckett shelled Bangladesh top-scorer Litton Das (73 off 57) at deep midwicket after Ahmed had grassed Das’ opening partner Rony Talakdar (24) on 17 at short third, with Jofra Archer the unfortunate bowler on both occasions as he went wicketless.

The tourists limited the Tigers to only 27 runs from the final five overs as Archer (0-33), Sam Curran (0-28) and Chris Jordan (1-21) bowled superbly and with variety – but Bangladesh’s bowlers were then equally impressive at the death later on.

England are not in white-ball action again until August 30, when they begin a four-match T20 international series at home to New Zealand, with four ODIs against the Black Caps and then three ODIs versus Ireland to follow ahead of their 50-over World Cup title defence in India in October and November.

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