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Tigers clean sweep the World Champions

Staff Correspondent
14 Mar 2023 14:48:25 | Update: 14 Mar 2023 18:58:20
Tigers clean sweep the World Champions
— Shamsul Haque Ripon

Bangladesh completed a historic clean sweep against the World Champions, England, as the Tigers won the third and final Twenty20 international by 16 runs to seal the series 3-0 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka on Tuesday.

England won the toss and decided to field first.

Coming to bat first, Bangladeshi openers Liton Das and Rony Talukdar gave them a good start.

After Rony was out in the eighth over putting 24 runs on the board, Liton and Najmul Hossain Shanto built an 84-run partnership to take the hosts to a decent total of 158.

Liton was the highest scorer for the Tigers as he scored 73 off just 57 balls. Shanto scored 47.

England stumbled in the first over coming to chase 158 as Bangladeshi leg spinner Tanvir Islam tricked Phil Salt to pick his wicket.

Skipper Jos Buttler then partnered with Dawid Malan to take his side to the front foot. But in the fourteenth over, Mustafizur Rahman brought the breakthrough, and the later English batters could not fight back.

Malan scored 53 off 47 balls and Buttler scored 40 for the English.

With the ball, Bangladesh’s Taskin Ahmed bagged two wickets, and skipper Shakib, Mustafiz and Tanvir picked one wicket each.

Mustafiz reaches 100 T20I wickets

Pacer Mustafizur Rahman has become the second Bangladeshi bowler to reach 100 wickets in Twenty20 internationals.

His 100th scalp in his 81st match of the format came in the Tigers’ third T20I against England on Tuesday when the Fizz removed Dawid Malan, who gave a simple catch to wicketkeeper Liton Das.

Mustafiz is the sixth bowler to achieve this feat in international cricket, second for Bangladesh behind Shakib Al Hasan, who currently has 130 wickets.

Mustafiz made his debut against Pakistan in 2015, where he had picked up two wickets for 20 runs.