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DHAKA: Liton Das smashed a career-best 73 from twenty 20s as Bangladesh stunned world champions England to sweep the series 3-0 and score a massive upset in front of an ecstatic home crowd.
In a major embarrassment to England’s normally clinical white-ball unit ahead of the 50-over World Cup in India later this year, Bangladesh won the third and final T20 in Dhaka by 16 runs.
The home side have already won the first match by six wickets and the second by four wickets to give Bangladesh their first series win over England in any format.
Having set 159 to win after winning the toss and choosing to bowl, England managed to win only 142 for the loss of six wickets despite Dawid Malan making 53 and captain Jos Buttler 40 as Taskin Ahmed took 2-26.
Opener Liton gave Bangladesh a positive start, putting on 55 runs with Rony Talukdar in the opening stand.
England’s first success came after Adil Rashid dismissed Rony for 24 but Najmul Hossain and Liton added 84 runs for the second wicket to maintain momentum.
Bangladesh have stunned England to seal the T20 series
England missed an opportunity to dismiss Liton shortly after the right-hander completed his ninth T20I half-century when Ben Duckett dropped him on 51 for the deep wicket of Jofra Archer.
Chris Jordan ended Liton’s 57-ball innings, forcing him to give a catch to Phil Salt at deep mid-wicket.
England did well to stop the Bangladeshi batsmen after Liton’s dismissal with only one boundary hit in the death overs.
But Najmul, who survived on 40 after being lbw off Jordan, ensured that Bangladesh still got a decent score with his third 40-over innings in the series.
Jordan and Rashid finished with 1-21 and 1-23 for England respectively.
England’s response started poorly as debutant Tanvir Islam dismissed Phil Salt for a duck in the first over.
But Malan, who survived a review after being given out lbw for six, and Buttler put England back in control with a second wicket of 95.
Mustafizur Rahman added the first over of the match by removing Malan, which brought him his 100th T20I wicket.
Buttler was soon run out for 40 with a direct hit from Mehidy Hasan which allowed Bangladesh firmly back into the contest.
Taskin returned to claim the wickets of Moeen Ali (nine) and Ben Duckett (11) before Shakib Al Hasan removed Sam Curran (four) to complete the rout.
“It’s very disappointing,” Buttler said afterwards. “I thought it was a good score to limit them to.
England won the previous three-match one-day international series 2-1.