Lions tame Tigers
England Lions got their Twenty20 series against Bangladesh A off to a fine start with a 32-run victory in Dhaka.
Opening batsman Jason Roy smashed a 19-ball 40 to set a platform for James Vince, who made 32, and captain James Taylor to build on as the Lions compiled 143 for six off 20 overs.
In reply, Bangladesh A lost wickets at regular intervals and were eventually dismissed for 111, losing seven wickets for 49 runs, as Nathan Buck claimed 3-16 and Danny Briggs returned 2-16 to help the Lions move 1-0 ahead in the two-match series.
After Taylor won the toss, Surrey’s Roy overcame the early loss of Alex Hales for 11, bowled by Nazmul Hossain, to blaze seven fours and share in a second-wicket partnership of 54 with Vince.
Spinner Mosharraf Hossain halted the Lions’ progress with the wickets of Roy and Jonny Bairstow in the space of three balls as they slipped to 81 for three.
Vince hit two fours and a maximum in his 33-ball stay at the crease until he became Nasir Hossain’s sole victim before Suhrawadi Shuvo bowled Jos Buttler for 14 from 12 balls.
Taylor helped his side to a competitive total with a patient innings of 28, which included only two boundaries, but was run out on the final ball of the innings.
Bangladesh made a fine start, Imrul Kayes and Nazimuddin putting on 31 for the first wicket until the latter, in the fifth over, was stumped by Bairstow off Briggs.
Buck bowled Kayes for a 19-ball 21 and removed Nasir either side of Buttler running out Shuvagata Hom as Bangladesh A slipped to 62 for four.
Jack Brooks ran out Mithun Ali before having Shuvo caught behind by Bairstow, and Stuart Meaker returned to claim the wicket of top-scorer Jahurul Islam, who made 37.
The Lions wrapped up victory with a trio of quick wickets as Hossain became Borthwick’s only victim before Briggs and Bairstow combined again to remove Sohag Gazi.
Nazmul was Buck’s third scalp, leaving Alauddin Babu, one of only three players to make double figures, stranded on 17.
The second and final match in the series takes place tomorrow at the same venue.