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Anamul's lone hand scuppers England

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Danny Briggs

Five second-innings wickets for Danny Briggs gave him match figures of 8-96, but he was to finish on the losing side

Anamul Haque overcame a brave attempt by England Under-19s' bowlers to snatch victory in the one-off Test match, securing a two-wicket win for Bangladesh on the final evening in Chittagong.

A second-innings batting collapse by England set the hosts just 157 to win early on the fourth afternoon at the Jahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium.

Bangladesh were eight wickets down when they achieved their target from 47.1 overs, with wicketkeeper-batsman Anamul unbeaten on a defiant 58, in the face of incisive spin bowling by Hampshire left-armer Danny Briggs, who took 5-50 from 20 overs.

England began the day in the ascendancy at 38 for two, a second-innings lead of 87. Captain Azeem Rafiq would have hoped to push for a decent advantage on a pitch offering assistance for spinners.

But the overnight Yorkshire pair of Joe Root and Charlie Roebuck went without adding to their scores, and the remaining five wickets went down for 69 as England were dismissed for 107. James Goodman did not bat.

A flicker of resistance came in a seventh-wicket partnership of 39 between Michael Bates (27) and Calum Haggett (18), as England took lunch at 90 for seven.

But the Tigers spinners ran through the remaining resistance and in 50.2 overs' play England had subsided.

That left Bangladesh a tricky target of 157, but the game looked as good as over when Amit Mojumder (20) and Saikat Ali (29) raced to a 50-run opening stand inside 13 overs of the reply.

But Briggs removed both to leave Bangladesh 55 for two at tea. And when the Tigers slipped alarmingly to 128 for seven, still 29 adrift, Rafiq must have scented a win.

Anamul received little support from his colleagues - his highest partnership was 34 with Imamul Hossain - and hit only two fours and a six.

But he and number 10 Abul Hasan knocked off the 19 needed to secure Bangladesh the win, and the bragging rights ahead of the seven-match one-day international series that follows.

In all, Anamul faced 89 balls in 132 minutes in his man-of-the-match performance. Briggs' five wickets gave him figures of 8-96 in the match.

A one-day warm-up match is scheduled for Wednesday, with the first youth ODI also taking place in Chittagong on Friday.

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