Bangladesh ‘A’ team finally win a match on their England tour. A stunning century by Naeem Islam helped Bangladesh ‘A’ hunt down 320 to secure a consolation victory over England Lions at Taunton in their final game of the three match ODI series.
On winning the toss, England Lions have decided to bat. For the third successive time, the Lions’ batsmen were able to collect a 300-plus score in the series. Gary Ballace, who played brilliant in the whole series, struck 87 runs off 102 balls, while Vince played a 63 runs inning off 70 balls.
Although Ballance made the most significant impact in the Lions’ innings, every member of the top eight reached double figures and there were particularly useful contribution. They set another massive target of 320 runs.
Bangladesh’s reply started poorly when Ben Stokes bowled Jahurul for six in the second over. The second wicket partnership of 58 runs was brought to an end when Jamie had Imrun Kayes caught and bowled. Raqibul was stumped off Danny Briggs for 72 and wicketkeeper Anamul Haque fell cheaply to Chris Jordan.
However, Naeem responded in style. Naeem’s unbeaten 121 came off just 100 balls, consisting of 15 boundaries and two sixes. AnamulHaque fell for only four runs, but a partnership between Naeem and Shamsur added 76 runs to the team’s score. Shamsur and Ziaur both fell to Stokes. By that stage Bangladesh had seized control and Farhad Reza’s big six marked their victory in the 49th over.
The Lions bowlers couldn’t hold back the tourists in this match. They conceded 35 extra runs, which included 12 no-balls. Stokes was their most successful, taking 3 wickets for 74 runs.
Toss: England Lions won the toss and elected to bat first
England Lions 319/7 (50 ov)
Ballance 87, Vince 63, Taylor 44, Al-Amin 70/3, Robiul 60/2
Bangladesh A 324/6 (49.0 ov)
Naeem Islam 121*(100), Raqibul Hasan 72(107), Shamsur Rahman 35(20), Stokes 74/3
Result Bangladesh A won by 4 wickets with 6 balls to spare
Staff Reporter: Taslim Mahbub