Taskin Ahmed spell key: Mashrafe Mortaza
Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza believes Taskin Ahmed’s burst through the England middle-order was crucial in the 34-run win in the second ODI. Bangladesh beat England to level ODI series with 34-run win. The win on Sunday set up a mouth-watering decider in Chittagong with the series evenly poised 1-1.
Taskin, who leaked 19 runs in his first two overs, returned for his second spell and took both the batsmen out. His 3-47 virtually ended England’s hopes of sealing the series with a match to spare. “Taskin Ahmed bowled brilliantly. Although he could not begin well, he was extraordinary in his next four-five overs. We may not have won had he not taken those wickets at that time,” Mashrafe said after the match.
The 21-year old began decently giving away four runs from his first over but was wayward in his next going for 15, with 12 of those runs coming in boundaries. The expensive over forced Mashrafe to take Taskin Ahmed off the attack. The skipper brought him back at the other end in the 24th over and the youngster found extra bounce and movement.
Taskin Ahmed broke the 79-run stand inducing an outside edge from Bairstow back to the keeper. He then landed a crucial blow by trapping Buttler, who topscored for England with 57, in front. The fast bowler then topped it off with the wicket of Chris Woakes in his next over.