Young Lions alive and kicking
England Under-19s kept the one-day series with their Bangladesh counterparts alive courtesy of a 28-run win at Sylhet in the fifth game of seven.
After the hosts won the toss for the first time in the rubber, Adam Ball’s side posted 195 for eight from 50 overs. Opener Sam Kelsall top-scored with 43 before Rammy Singh and Sam Wood made 38 and 32 respectively.
Seamer Brett Hutton took three wickets in the mandatory powerplay and, despite Zakaria Masud’s unbeaten 38, Bangladesh were dismissed for 167 in 45.1 overs to reduce their series lead to 3-2.
The tourists can draw level tomorrow at Dhaka, setting up a decider on Saturday at Fatullah.
Daniel Bell-Drummond and Kelsall were solid in the first 10 overs, but Naeem Islam jnr had the former stumped for 11 and trapped Jack Leaning in front in consecutive overs. Following a period of consolidation, Al-Amin bowled Kelsall and Kishen Velani was run out for 13.
Singh and Wood shared a stand of 54 in 14 overs until Naeem, who claimed 3-31 from 10 overs, bowled the former. Aneesh Kapil went cheaply, but Craig Overton struck a valuable 22 not out from 21 balls while Wood was run out and Ball departed in the last over for 12.
The hosts began their reply steadily but Hutton, who picked up 3-34 from 10, soon had them 39 for three by snaring Aslam Hossain for 15 plus pinning both Jashimuddin and Salman Hossain lbw.
Soumya Sarkar was the first of two wickets for Ball, who also trapped opposite number Al-Amin in front after Mohammad Abid had taken a return catch off Mosaddek Hossain.
Masud rallied, but Abid had Naeem short of his ground on 19 before Wood caught and bowled Dewan Sabbir for a 10-ball 13 and Kapil had Nasum Ahmed held by wicketkeeper Kelsall in quick succession.
Last man Abu Jayed added 35 with Masud, but Overton had him caught behind for 14 to complete victory.