Lions restore pride
England Lions salvaged some pride at the end of their one-day series versus Bangladesh A with an emphatic six-wicket win in Sylhet.
Today’s result leaves the hosts with a 3-2 margin of victory and gives the Lions a confidence boost ahead of the two Twenty20 internationals at Dhaka on Sunday and Monday.
The tourists’ victory came courtesy of a strong all-round bowling display, which limited Bangladesh A to 152 all out in 44.1 overs, and an unbeaten 65 off 110 balls from captain James Taylor, who made his first significant contribution with the bat on this trip.
Taylor earlier won the toss and was soon justified in his decision to bowl first on an overcast morning when seamer Jack Brooks struck three times in the opening eight overs. Brooks had Imrul Kayes caught behind and Nasiruddin Faruque lbw either side of snaring Junaid Siddique to leave the hosts 13 for three. He had 3-4 at that point and ended with 3-35.
Naeem Islam and Alok Kapali added 30 until left-arm spinner Simon Kerrigan had the latter caught behind for 15. That was the first of three wickets in as many overs as Tymal Mills, on Lions debut, had Mithun Ali caught behind for nought and Kerrigan trapped Naeem in front for 16.
Number seven Farhad Reza dug in but lost Mosharraf Hossain for 13 to Joe Root’s off-spin. From 75 for seven, Noor Hossain attacked with three fours and two sixes in a 28-ball 38 that ended when Scott Borthwick ran him out.
Reza, the junior partner in a 55-run stand with Noor, was stumped off Root for 23 in the next over. Sohag Gazi and Al-Amin Hossain put on 22 for the last wicket before Borthwick had the former stumped for 14, including one maximum.
The Lions suffered an early setback when Reza bowled Root for a duck with one that cut back but Alex Hales and Taylor responded with an alliance worth 52. That ended when Hales cut left-arm spinner Mosharraf to point on 26.
Tom Maynard edged off-spinner Gazi to slip without scoring but Jonny Bairstow supported Taylor in a partnership of 68 until Noor had him stumped for 33. Jos Buttler then struck a breezy 27 from 21 balls, including two sixes - the second completing victory with 12.1 overs to spare.