Bangladesh vs England - 3rd ODI: Four wicket win hands visitors a 2-1 series win

Bangladesh vs England - 3rd ODI: Four wicket win hands visitors a 2-1 series win

Youngsters Sam Billings and Ben Duckett played a crucial role in seeing England over the line.

Chris Lincoln

England's youngsters found a pocket of inspired form as they recovered from a disappointing second ODI defeat to win the series with 13 balls to spare. Half centuries from Sam Billings and Ben Duckett laid the foundations, before Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes saw the tourists nurdle their way to victory.

Rashid applies the breaks

With Bangladesh chasing a sixth consecutive ODI series win, their experienced side set about their desired outcome with an explosive start. Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes looked dominant as they made 80 off the opening 19 overs, before the latter was dismissed by Stokes just four short of his half century. That was to be the only wicket for England's quartet of seamers as they found no change on foreign soil.

It was the introduction of spin, particularly Adil Rashid, that kept the hosts in check. Iqbal had already become the first player of his nation to pass 5,000 ODI runs and was just five runs short of another half century when Rashid had him caught by James Vince.

Not only were England now beginning to pick up regular wickets but they were also slowing the run rate down. Rashid and Moeen Ali were despatched for just 85 runs from their 20 overs, picking up five wickets in the process. The former was to finish with an ODI career best 4-43. Sabbir Rahman added some resistance as he built a half century partnership with Mushfiqur Rahim, before becoming the third Bangladesh batman to fall agonisingly short of 50, this time by just one run.

Rahim, who did pass the magical figure on his way to 67, and Mosaddek Hossain added 50 in the last five overs to post a competitive total, though England made relative light work of the 278 target.

Rashid has reaped the benefits of working with Shane Warne (photo: Getty Images)
Rashid has reaped the benefits of working with Shane Warne (photo: Getty Images)

A young England side show their resilience

Although England's top three hold 236 appearances less than their Bangladesh counterparts, they were just as effective on their way to laying the foundations for a successful run chase. Vince looked solid on his way to 32 but will be disappointed that he could not take his start further.

Fellow opener Sam Billings was in even better form, along with Northamptonshire Steelbacks sensation Ben Duckett. Whilst Billings scored all round the pitch, Duckett looked to go back past the bowler, as they made 62 and 63 respectively. 

England still required 99 when Duckett departed, though Stokes and captain Jos Buttler added 48 from seven overs to draw the tourists closer. Stokes continued to play his shots as Chris Woakes joined him at the crease, with the duo playing some excellent shots on their way to victory with 13 balls to spare.

England will now be looking to continue this form in the two game Test series that begins next week.