Duckett anchors series-clincher to stake Test claim


Ben Duckett demonstrated his credentials with a second fifty of the one-day international series to lead England to a 2-1 victory over Bangladesh courtesy of a four-wicket triumph in Chittagong.

The international newcomer is a candidate for the vacant slots in England's Test line-up to take on the Tigers, and a carefully constructed ODI 63 on Wednesday could convince selectors he is the man for the job.

Bangladesh wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim led the home innings with a punchy 67 after their top three each fell just short of 50, with 277-6 representing an imposing total on a pitched slowed by pre-match downpours.

There was no return of the sour relations that had spoiled the previous match between the sides, save for a brief quarrel between Sam Billings and Mashrafe Mortaza after a collision as the England man sought a run, although it was quickly settled.

Jos Buttler (25) and Ben Stokes (47 not out) showed considerable calmness under pressure as they led the tourists to victory with 13 balls to spare.

The only minor disappointment for England will be James Vince's failure, yet again, to build on a start as he was trapped lbw by Nasir Hossain (1-53) for 32 in what is likely to be his final international outing for some time, having failed to pass 50 in all bar one of his 20 England knocks.

Vince's opening partner Billings certainly made the most of his opportunity, though, replacing the injured Jason Roy at the top of the order and making 62.

Duckett combined purposefully with both Billings and Jonny Bairstow (15) before a cheap leg-side wicket accounted for him, owing as much to the left-hander's poor shot selection as it did a stunning diving catch from Mushfiqur.

Buttler's dismissal was not met with the same vitriol as earlier in the week as he and Stokes had put victory within England's grasp, which was secured as Chris Woakes (27 no) capitalised on being dropped by Imrul Kayes at slip on 17 with a sweet maximum over long-off.

England had earlier been shown the way by their hosts, with openers Tamim Iqbal - who passed 5000 ODI runs as he made 45 - and Imrul (46) building a solid 80-run foundation, before Sabbir Rahman (49) and Mushfiqur stepped up the rate in the middle overs.

Adil Rashid's 4-43 was encouraging for England, before Mosaddek Hossain's 39-ball 38 alongside Mushfiqur added good late runs for Bangladesh, but their efforts were ultimately in vain.