6 years ago, Bangladesh got defeated in the last ODI series at their home and then this work was done by England under the captaincy of Butler. Now this time also Butler’s English team has repeated this work.
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India failed, Sri Lanka- West Indies and Zimbabwe also did not get success. After all, once again England had to complete the challenge. Challenge- To defeat Bangladesh in the ODI series at their own home. For the last 6 years, the Bangladeshi team had not lost any ODI series on their land and this series, which started from 2016-17, ended on Friday, March 3, 2023. England, captained by Jos Buttler, ended the series, which had earlier won the last series in Bangladesh. The number of runs scored by Jason Roy (132) alone proved to be the difference between victory and defeat between the two teams.
The second ODI match played in Mirpur proved completely one-sided. Two days back, England had registered a hard-fought victory in a low-scoring match. Then David Malan scored an excellent century. This time Malan was dismissed early but Jason Roy (132 runs, 124 balls, 18 fours, 1 six) hit a blistering century. Roy, who has been going through a fluctuating phase for a long time, scored his second century in ODIs within about 5 weeks.
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Roy’s blistering century, Butler-Karan also rained
Despite winning the toss, Bangladesh surprised by deciding to bowl. Although he had already taken 3 wickets before 100 runs. Still the path was not easy for him. Jason Roy, who has been dealing with either a century or a cheap one for some time, decided to score a century this time and succeeded. The English opener completed his 12th century in 104 balls. Roy made a fast-paced partnership of 109 runs for the fourth wicket with team captain Butler.
Butler (76) also hit some boundaries after Roy’s dismissal, while in the end Moeen Ali (42) and Sam Karan (33 not out) increased the pace of runs with a barrage of boundaries and took the team to 326 for 7. delivered.
Fast bowler Taskin Ahmed proved to be the most successful for Bangladesh. He only got 3 wickets.
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All the work done by Karan
Sam Karan (4/29), who hit sixes in the last over, laid the foundation for Bangladesh’s defeat by taking 3 wickets in the first 3 overs itself. In the very first over, Karan dealt with Litton Das and Nazmul Hasan Shanto, while in the third over Mushfiqur Rahim was also piled up. In such a situation, the responsibility fell on ODI captain Tamim Iqbal and Test-T20 captain Shakib Al Hasan.
Recently, the President of Bangladesh Cricket Board had revealed the rift between the two and in the midst of such controversy, both the batsmen had a big responsibility. Shakib (58) and Tamim (35) also tried to rescue the team by sharing a 79-run partnership.
However, after the dismissal of first Tamim and then Shakib, the Bangladeshi innings slowly started faltering and the entire team was bundled out for just 196 runs in the 45th over and lost by 132 runs. Karan, who took the wicket in the first over of the innings, also took the last wicket in the 45th over. Along with this, Butler, who won the ODI series in Bangladesh as a stand-in captain in 2016-17, won his first ODI series after becoming the full-time captain last year.
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