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Daniel Bell-Drummond

Opener Daniel Bell-Drummond's third fifty of the series was not enough to prevent England Under-19s suffering a six-wicket loss at Sylhet

England Under-19s surrendered the one-day series with their Bangladesh counterparts, who eased to a six-wicket win at Sylhet today.

The hosts chased 207 with more than seven overs to spare, sealing the seven-match rubber 4-2 ahead of Saturday's finale at Fatullah.

Opener Daniel Bell-Drummond hit his third fifty of the series, but was the first of four victims for left-arm spinner Nasum Ahmed as the tourists stumbled.

Though Adam Ball and Brett Hutton shared an unbroken half-century stand, 206 for eight proved insufficient.

Soumya Sarkar underpinned Bangladesh’s pursuit with 86 from the top of the order and Mosaddek Hossain, who made an unbeaten fifty, completed victory with a six off Mohammad Abid.

As in yesterday’s fixture at the same venue, England were inserted. Bell-Drummond and Sam Kelsall responded impressively, adding 72 inside 17 overs until Al-Amin bowled the latter for 31.

Nasum trapped Bell-Drummond in front for 51, featuring nine fours, the first of four wickets in as many overs: He bowled Ben Foakes before Asif Ahmed had Jack Leaning stumped and the same player ran Kishen Velani out.

Rammy Singh dug in, but Nasum - who took 4-34 from 10 overs - had Sam Wood caught for 14 and Craig Overton lbw. Six balls later Asif snared Singh for 28.

However, Ball and Hutton countered - putting on 55 in 9.1 overs to finish on 25 and 26 respectively.

Overton found the early breakthrough England required, pinning Anamul Haque in front for 14, but Sarkar dominated a partnership of 97 with Salman Hossain - who fell to the economical Ball for 30.

Overton returned to bowl Sarkar, who struck 10 fours and a maximum from his 98 balls, and Hutton gave the tourists hope by removing Asif for 12.

Mosaddek, though, hurried to 51 from 40 deliveries - including nine fours besides the winning six, struck in the company of Al-Amin.