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Craig Kieswetter ton sets up England series whitewash

Third one-day international, Chittagong:
England 284-5 beat Bangladesh 239-9 by 45 runs
Match scorecard

Craig Kieswetter and Eoin Morgan
Kieswetter's century was a big positive for England

By Oliver Brett

Craig Kieswetter's maiden one-day international century set up England for a 45-run victory and a 3-0 series whitewash in Bangladesh.

The South African-born opener, playing in his third one-day international since qualifying for England, hit three sixes in a mature 107 from 124 balls.

Eoin Morgan (36) and Luke Wright (32 not out) helped England reach 284-5.

Seamer Tim Bresnan (4-28) led England's attack superbly as the Tigers finished on 239-9 in Chittagong.

Kieswetter, 22, batted steadily to bring up his first 50 off 80 balls but then accelerated towards the end of the innings as England blasted 107 from the last 10 overs.

The Somerset batsman was bowled by left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak in the 47th over but his departure gave Wright the chance to hit a 13-ball 32, featuring two sixes.

Having lost the toss for the first time in the series, England faced the unfamiliar task of assessing a Bangladeshi wicket and trying to work out what would be a good total.

Alastair Cook has given every indication that captaincy suits his batting, and he dominated an opening stand of 59 in 12.4 overs with Kieswetter before edging a cut off Shakib Al Hasan.

Kevin Pietersen's joyless run with the bat in 50-over internationals continued, this his 10th innings in succession without a half-century as he contributed 22 from 36 balls before he was given out lbw well forward to Razzak.

Bangladesh celebrate the downfall of Kevin Pietersen
Pietersen's woes in 50-over cricket show little sign of ending

Pietersen, who had an extended net session on Thursday against a variety of young local spinners, gave umpire Enamul Haque a bit of a stare although replays suggested the official had made the correct decision.

For long periods England's run rate was sluggish as Bangladesh's spinners controlled the middle overs, and it looked like the hosts would only have to chase around 250.

England were keeping wickets in hand but with Paul Collingwood (36) far from his most fluent, it was important that the other batsmen found their feet.

Kieswetter and Morgan rose to the challenge when they took the batting power play after 41 overs.

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In all, 103 runs came in the final nine overs, with Morgan his usual inventive self and Kieswetter powering towards his century with the muscular ball-striking that has seduced the members at Taunton.

He appeared to favour the off-side with crisp drives and cuts, bar the really big lofted drives that flew over mid-on's head in a manner that was reminiscent of Pietersen in his 2005 vintage.

And when he and Morgan both departed, Wright hit four boundaries in 13 balls to get England to a decent total.

Bangladesh's chase ran out of steam after some promising signs in the middle overs and the disappointed fans began filing out before the finish.

It was symptomatic of Bangladesh's wider problems in international cricket that, despite possessing some really talented players, no batsman was able to record a half-century on a wicket that was considerably better than those in the previous matches.

With Stuart Broad and Ryan Sidebottom injured, England handed all-rounder Ajmal Shahzad his one-day debut and recalled Liam Plunkett for his first international appearance in nearly three years.

That meant there was no place for James Tredwell, the Kent spinner overlooked as the management chose to assess seam-bowling options ahead of the two Tests.

However, it seemed a surprising move to use just one specialist spinner in Graeme Swann given that this was England's last limited-overs match in the subcontinent before the World Cup in 12 months.

With Plunkett only asked to bowl two overs, and Pietersen sending down eight overs of his part-time spin, it looked as though Cook would not have minded having Tredwell at his disposal.

Ajmal Shahzad taking his first wicket in ODIs
Shahzad's first ODI wicket was tinged with some good fortune

The left-handed Iqbal Tamim, regarded as Bangladesh's main batsman, let down his fans when he played a big cut shot at a poor ball from Shahzad only for the fat edge to fly down to Bresnan at third man.

There was a bit of fortune attached to that dismissal, but Shahzad's Yorkshire team-mate Bresnan was always asking questions of the batsmen and deserved the wicket of Imrul Kayes, who edged a catch to wicketkeeper Matt Prior in the 10th over.

Bangladesh were in need of big innings and big partnerships but instead had to make do with promising, unfulfilled offerings.

Aftab Ahmed reached 46 with some high-class shots but was run out following a mix-up with Mushfiqur Rahim.

Mushfiqur did his best to atone for that but failed to get past the 40s, ending a fluent innings with a loose sweep shot off Swann that flew straight to deep midwicket.

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The last viable hope was the skipper Shakib, but he got a very poor lbw verdict from umpire Haque, given out as he attempted a sweep off Pietersen to a delivery that at no point threatened to hit the stumps.

Soon afterwards, the required rate hit eight runs an over and it quickly rocketed beyond that.

Swann (2-38) picked up a second wicket in another polished performance, and Bresnan chipped in with a couple more.

England remain the only Test opponents yet to be conquered by the Tigers in one-day internationals. Bangladesh have the opportunity for revenge, albeit in English conditions, in July.



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