Tamim elates to avoid ODI series whitewash


Bangladesh captain Tamim Iqbal was particularly happy to avoid an ODI series whitewash, winning the third and final game by 50 runs even though his side couldn't put up their best game at Zahur Ahmed Chowhdury Stadium today.

England won the first match by three wickets and second one by 132 runs to threaten to give Bangladesh a bitter taste of whitewash on home soil for the first time since 2012.

"We were really looking forward to this game. We wanted to finish on a high. Still disappointed because we lost the series," Tamim said after the match.

"The first game was a killer. Praise must go to England and the way they played. Adil Rashid was brilliant throughout the series. Today was still not the best, we should have scored 270-280. But the bowling effort was fantastic."

Shakib Al Hasan was instrumental in the victory as he followed up his 71 ball-75 with 4-35 with cherry, becoming the first Bangladeshi bowler to reach the milestone of 300 wickets haul.

Mushfiqur Rahim contributed with 70 while Najmul Hossain Shanto made 53, his second fifty in the series. Shakib's 71 was also his second half-century in the series.

"We've been very good in the last five to seven years at home. We showed a lot of character. We could have rolled over and lost three-nil but we fought to the end and luckily we got the win," Shakib said.

"We thought we were 20-30 runs short but having said that, our bowlers talked about stepping up and doing a job for the team. We expect our top-order players to score hundreds, not fifties."

Despite losing the match, England skipper Jos Buttler was happy that their desire to put them in hardest condition fetched a series victory indeed.

"We wanted desperately to win the game today but of course we're still delighted to win the series. We got off to a fantastic start but Bangladesh fought back really well," Buttler said.

"We got out of this tour exactly what we wanted. We wanted to play on wickets like that. It's great for us to challenge ourselves in these conditions, the conditions that we find the hardest."

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)