Bangladesh falls short to England in a 3-match ODI series: Player ratings for the hosts
After losing the first two ODIs, a brilliant display from Shakib Al Hasan in the final ODI as Bangladesh prevent England’s clean sweep at home. The legendary Shakib scored a phenomenal 75 in the final encounter to help his side reach 246. His heroics helped him grab the player of the match award whereas England’s Adil Rashid took home the player of the series award.
England, on the other hand, were all-out for just 196 in the final battle due to Shakib’s tight spell of 4 for 35 in his 10 overs.
Let us take a look at the performances of Bangladesh players in the ODI series:
Tamim Iqbal (3.5/10): Star Bangladeshi batsman and current skipper of the team, Tamim Iqbal struggled in the recent ODI series. The southpaw just scored 69 runs in three games with no half-century to his name. He got starts in the first two matches but the experienced player couldn’t convert them into big scores.
Tamim Iqbal will be an important player for Bangladesh in the World Cup. Cricket fans are aware of his heroics in the past and being a big match player, he needs to come back in form at the earliest.
Litton Das (1/10): Two ducks in three matches is not what a player like Litton Das is known for. He has been brilliant for his side over the years but the left-hander flopped against England in the recent ODI series. With just 7 runs in three matches, Das can’t repeat this in the upcoming games, or else he could lose his spot soon.
Najmul Hossain Shanto (7/10): This series would be memorable for Shanto as he scored two half-centuries in three games. He scored his maiden fifty in the first ODI itself and then repeated the feat in the final match once again.
With 111 runs in three matches, Shanto would be glad about his performance. Now, with the kind of player he is, the maiden ODI century from his bat is not far.
Mushfiqur Rahim (6/10): It was not a very good series for Mushfiqur, still he showed promise with his wicket-keeping abilities and 70 runs in the last ODI. He alongside Shakib helped Bangladesh prevent a clean sweep on this tour.
Mushfiqur got out cheaply in the initial two matches but held his nerves in the last ODI to prove his worth. His innings of 70 was a responsible knock under pressure after the hosts lost two early wickets.
Shakib Al Hasan (9/10): A top effort from a world-class player in this ODI series as Shakib Al Hasan proved to be a magician with both bat and ball. He ended the series as the second-highest run-getter, also helping Bangladesh win the final match single-handedly.
The all-rounder also picked up 6 wickets with his golden arm with a decent economy of 4.80. Shakib’s next target is to win the T20I series against England where he is the skipper. Also, he would like to continue his decent touch.
Mahmudullah (4/10): All-rounder Mahmudullah built innings in the first two matches but the right-hander failed to make it big. He got 31 and 32 respectively in two games before getting out on 8 in the final ODI. No big contributions in the middle order cost Bangladesh this series and a player like Mahmudullah must learn from his mistakes in future.
Afif Hossain (3/10): With just 47 runs in three matches, Afif failed to live up to the expectations for his team. There were moments when he had opportunities to make it count in the series but the 23-year old failed in his attempt.
He needs to give himself some time and get himself ready for the upcoming matches as the much-awaited World Cup is around the corner.
Taijul Islam (7/10): The left-arm orthodox bowler was superb in the series with 6 wickets at an economy of around 5.50. He was a bit more expensive than other bowlers but the left-arm spinner got wickets at regular intervals. Taijul Islam is still new to the ODIs and would like to improve going forward.
Mehidy Hasan Miraz (6.5/10): With five wickets in three matches, Mehidy Hasan Miraz proved to be one of the better bowlers in the series. The right-arm off-break bowler has a rich experience in ODIs and has picked up 84 wickets so far.
Miraz was not economical in this series but getting wickets was the top most priority for the side, which he did. The wickets of Jos Buttler and Dawid Malan in the second ODI were the key moments of the series.
Taskin Ahmed (5/10): Taskin Ahmed picked up four wickets in two matches in this ODI series. He was economical with the rate of less than 5 but his team must have expected more wickets from him in the beginning.
Taskin is an experienced player and has played numerous games against all teams. His contribution would not only help his side win games but also prepare him for the 50-over World Cup coming later this year.
Mustafizur Rahman (1/10): Mustafizur Rahman is one of the deadliest bowlers in limited-overs cricket but his performance against England was a forgettable one for the left-arm seamer. Out of the three matches he played, Mustafizur just got one wicket and that too in the final ODI.
The pace bowler was expensive in the games and was nowhere near to his performances that established him as the spearhead of the Bangla attack. Still, he will be an automatic choice for Bangladesh after keeping in mind his magical spells over the years.
Ebadot Hossain (7/10): Surprisingly, Ebadot Hossain made full use of the opportunity which he got in the last ODI. He bowled well and picked up a couple of wickets for just 38 runs in his 9 overs.
The right-arm medium pacer sent Dawid Malan and Moeen Ali back to the pavilion and earned praise for his splendid spell. He will most likely be in the starting XI in the upcoming ODI series of Bangladesh.