Tigers inflict historic whitewash on world champions England

Mehedi Hasan Miraz jumps in the air after effecting the run-out of England captain Jos Buttler. Photo: Reuters

Bangladesh enjoyed a first T20I series whitewash in a three-match series after 11 years, inflicting a rare clean sweep on world champions England after winning the third and final T20I against the visitors by 16 runs in Mirpur on Tuesday.

The last time the current world champions suffered a series whitewash in this format were in 2014 when they lost 3-0 against Australia. Bangladesh, on the other hand, enjoyed a first three-match series sweep in this format for the first time since doing the same against Ireland in 2012. 


The bowling department came out with all guns blazing to restrict England to 142 for six after Liton Das's 57-ball 73 propelled the hosts to 158 for two at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.

Mustafizur Rahman got his 100th T20I wicket in his 81st match -- the fastest for a Bangladeshi -- when removing Dawid Malan for 53 as England lost control midway through their chase after seemingly getting to a comfortable position. Mustafizur eclipsed Shakib Al Hasan who reached the milestone in his 84th match. Shakib, playing his 112th match today, has 131 T20I wickets to his name.

Then they lost skipper Jos Buttler for 40 to a run-out the next delivery before a double-wicket over from Taskin Ahmed swung the fate of the match decisively in Bangladesh's favour. 

Earlier, Tanvir took out Salt in the first over of England's chase . After being hit for a boundary off the first ball, Tanvir came back and had Salt stumped for a duck as England were in early trouble, before Buttler and Malan came to their rescue.