Jos Buttler 'loses cool' as Bangladesh level series
Match marred by ugly confrontation between England skipper and home side
Bangladesh levelled the one day series with England on Sunday but the match was marred by an ugly confrontation between Jos Buttler and some of the home side.
The tourists had won the first of the three-match rubber on Friday and Bangladesh were clearly fired up as they strode out to bat first in a 50-over contest they had to win to keep the series alive. But they managed to post only a modest 238 for eight in their innings, with Chris Woakes the pick of the England bowlers taking 2 wickets for 40 runs in his nine overs. Only Mohammad Mahmudullah of the Bangladesh batsmen made a significant score, compiling a patient 75 in two and a quarter hours.
England, however, failed to cope with the gloomy conditions in Dhaka, slumping to 26 for four and then 120 for six as Bangladeshi seamers Mashrafe Mortaza and Taskin Ahmed ripped through their top order.
Buttler stood firm but when the England captain was trapped by Taskin on 57 Bangladesh knew victory was all but theirs. Their celebrations turned to taunting, which provoked a sharp reaction from Buttler, who had to be restrained by umpire Aleem Dar from confronting his opponents.
The animosity lingered after Bangladesh had clinched victory by 34 runs with accusations that Tamim Iqbal had shoulder-barged some of the England players during handshakes. Ben Stokes exchanged strong words with Iqbal at one moment and the England all-rounder subsequently tweeted: "Congrats to Bangladesh on the win tonight, outplayed us. What I won't stand for is someone putting a shoulder to my team-mate at handshakes."
Buttler also voiced his concerns at the behaviour of the opposition, telling journalists. "I was just disappointed in the way they celebrated. Rightly they are happy to get a wicket but there is no need to run in someone's face and give me a send-off. But feelings were running high."Bangladesh captain Mortaza, who took the man-of-the-match award for his bowling figures of 4-29, admitted that some of the scenes had been unsightly. "Sometimes, a lot of things happen in the heat of the moment," he said. "But players from both sides should control themselves."According to the Daily Mail Buttler and Stokes "could face disciplinary action from referee Javagal Srinath", while the official is also likely to examine the conduct of several Bangladesh players ahead of Wednesday's deciding match in Chittagong.