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Three Lions are afraid of whitewash

Published : 13 Mar 2023 09:29 PM

Bangladesh are keen to put up yet another determined performance to sweep the three-match T20 International series as they face off England in the third and final game on Tuesday at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.

The match which starts at 3 PM will be aired live on T Sports Channel.

The Three Lions are afraid of whitewash, as the opportunity to whitewash came at Bangladesh's doorstep following their six-wicket and four-wicket win in the first two matches, which saw them winning any series in any format for the first time against England.

While the victory in the first match was dominating one, Bangladesh struggled badly to win the second game. Nonetheless, they showed the character, something what skipper Shakib Al Hasan pointed out time and again in a bid to build up a team for the 2024 T20 World Cup.

Despite yet another good start, which saw them piling up 50 runs in the first powerplay for just one wicket, England were bundled out for just 117 in 20 overs, their lowest total after playing the allocated overs.

Bangladesh then hunted it down with seven balls to spare with Najmul Hossain Shanto, the architect of Bangladesh's victory in the first game, hitting more restrained 46 not out.

"They had a very good start, but we kept our nerve, a very good team effort. In a tricky game like this it was important to keep our nerve," Shakib said, underlining the importance of showing character when it mattered most.

England which won the three-match ODI series by 2-1, looked out-of-sort and jaded in the T20 series. They knew well what to expect from the pitch but they couldn't respond the way they did in the ODI series.

Most of their batters fumbled after good start and on most of the occasion they played forced shot to be out against Bangladeshi spinners.

They even didn't call the replacement of Will Jacks who was injured in the midst of the series. Also they didn't add any players to the squad, which now has only 13 players.

England media directly questioned whether the Three Lions take Bangladesh lightly despite knowing the Tigers strength at home.

England skipper Jos Buttler though denied the allegation, saying that it was rather Bangladesh players who put up a spirited show in the middle of the ground.

But Buttler knew if they couldn't lift their morale, there is no way to prevent them from being whitewashed ignominiously in a format in which they are World Champions currently.

Reece Topley is yet to get a game, so it is highly likely he could make a way in the tour ending game for England. Bangladesh also are likely to tinker with the first XI after confirming the series.