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Kent's Sam Billings scores 62 as opener for England to help secure four-wicket win and series victory in Bangladesh

By Alex Hoad

Kent star Sam Billings hit his highest international innings to help England secure victory in the series finale against Bangladesh in Chittagong on Wednesday afternoon.

Sam Billings. Picture: Chris Davey
Sam Billings. Picture: Chris Davey

In just his sixth ODI appearance, and his first since June 2015, the 25-year-old was named as opener in place of the injured Jason Roy as England sought victory to claim a 2-1 series win.

After the hosts were restricted to a total of 277-6 from their 50 overs with Adil Rashid claiming 4-43, Billings joined James Vince at the top of the order and put on 63 for the opening wicket in 11.4 overs before Vince was trapped LBW by Nasir Hossain.

Billings and Ben Duckett then put on 64 for the second wicket in 12.5 overs with the Kent man surpassing his previous highest ODI score of 42 and also his T20I best of 53.

He eventually departed for 62 from 69 balls with four fours and a six, though his teammates rallied to ensure a four-wicket win with 13 balls to spare.

Duckett top-scored with 63 while Ben Stokes smashed an unbeaten late 47 and Chris Woakes 27 not out from just 18 balls.

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