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Ben Foakes underpinned England Under-19s' successful pursuit of 253, with an over to spare, courtesy of 111 from 118 deliveries

Ben Foakes’ century helped England Under-19s halve the deficit in the one-day series with their Bangladesh counterparts.

Chasing 253, the wicketkeeper-batsman - who was run out while backing up at the non-striker's end by home captain Asif Ahmed in yesterday’s 19-run defeat - struck 14 fours and a six in his 111 from 118 balls to put the tourists on course for victory at Chittagong.

England’s seven-wicket win with an over to spare also owed much to the seven wickets shared by left-arm seamer Adam Ball and off-spinner Sam Wood, who took 4-44 and 3-44 respectively.

Ball inserted Bangladesh, but it was Wood, fresh from taking three wickets in each of the first two ODIs, who claimed three of the first four scalps.

Once Craig Overton snared Liton Das, Wood accounted for opener Soumya Sarkar on 40 before having Salman Hossain caught and bowled for 34.

Skipper Ahmed and Mosaddek Hossain batted through the middle overs, but Wood ended a fourth-wicket stand worth 90 by having the latter caught behind on 40.

Ball soon removed his opposite number for 67, including three maximums and as many fours, the first of four wickets in as many overs for the skipper. Al-Amin was stumped for 23 before Dewan Sabbir and Nuruzzaman Rubel followed either side of Nasum Ahmed being run out.

Daniel Bell-Drummond, who hit 92 yesterday, began positively but was trapped in front for 30 by off-spinner Asif shortly after opening partner Wood fell likewise.

Debutant Jack Leaning and Aneesh Kapil also departed lbw, to Nasum and Naeem Islam junior respectively, but Foakes held the innings together.

Rammy Singh offered support until being bowled by Mosaddek for 20 and, although Overton and Foakes were run out, Ball and Kishen Velani saw England to victory with 24 and 12 respectively.

The sides next meet on Saturday for the first of two games in three days at Sylhet.