Bangladesh A ease back in front
Bangladesh A reclaimed the lead in the one-day series with England Lions thanks to a convincing 75-run win at Chittagong.
Opener Nasiruddin Faruque top-scored with 53 of 218 for nine, of which left-arm spinner Danny Briggs returned a creditable 3-31 from 10 overs.
Despite an opening stand of 48 between Alex Hales and James Vince, the Lions slumped to 143 all out in 34.4 overs with another left-arm slow bowler, Suhrawadi Shuvo, claiming 4-25 inside eight overs.
The result leaves the tourists 2-1 down with two games to play as the series moves to Sylhet for matches on Monday and Wednesday.
Stuart Meaker initially rewarded James Taylor’s correct call by bowling Rony Talukder and having Nafees Iqbal caught behind to leave Bangladesh A 29 for two.
However, Faruque and Shuvagata Hom added 70 until Briggs trapped the latter in front for 45. The opener was the next to go, stumped off Scott Borthwick and Briggs soon added Mehrab Hossain.
Mahmudul Hasan, who ended unbeaten on 47, and Dhiman Ghosh put on 67 for the sixth wicket, a stand broken when Jonny Bairstow ran out Ghosh for 25.
That sparked a late slide as Briggs snared Shuvo first ball before Enamul Haque and Shafiul Islam were run out by Simon Kerrigan and Scott Borthwick respectively.
Hales dominated his partnership with Vince, who was bowled by Shuvo for 16, before Haque had the other opener caught and bowled for 39.
Shuvo then had Tom Maynard and Bairstow lbw, either side of Haque accounting for Taylor in the same fashion as Hales, to leave the tourists 77 for five.
Following a brief recovery led by Borthwick, Hasan trapped Jos Buttler in front and Hom ran out Meaker.
Borthwick held his side’s hopes, which effectively ended when he was lbw to Taskin Ahmed for 44. Hom subsequently dismissed Boyd Rankin and Shuvo completed victory with a return catch from Briggs.
Taylor said: “We failed to soak up the pressure and lacked composure to build a score slowly across the full course of the overs available.”
ECB performance director David Parsons added: “The Lions will need an improvement in the batting, and particularly the tempo of the batting, if we’re to secure the series by winning the next two matches.”