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Azeem Rafiq

Skipper Azeem Rafiq was among the wickets as England Under-19s eased to a five-wicket victory over Bangladesh

England Under-19s bounced back from their one-day series defeat to Bangladesh with an impressive five-wicket triumph in the first youth Twenty20 international at Sleaford.

After captain Azeem Rafiq had won the toss and elected to field, England produced a disciplined performance to restrict the tourists to 154 for eight.

Rafiq and fellow spinner Danny Briggs claimed two scalps apiece as Bangladesh lost six wickets for 34 runs in the closing stages of their innings.

The Tigers’ collapse was triggered by the departure of Amit Majumder, who top-scored with a sensational 74 from 45 balls.

England’s reply got off to a sticky start as opener James Vince departed in the first over.

But a quickfire partnership of 65 between Jack Manuel (36 from 23 balls) and Jos Buttler (33 from 17) put the hosts back on track and from then on the result never looked in doubt.

Shabbir Rahman (2-30) accounted for Manuel and Buttler, while James Goodman and Ateeq Javid also departed, but wicketkeeper Adam Wheater (43 not out) steered England over the line with two overs to spare.

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