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Imrul Kayes

Opener Imrul Kayes underpinned an imposing 166 for six with 68 from 52 deliveries. England Lions managed 155 for seven in reply

England Lions had to settle for a share of the Twenty20 series with Bangladesh A, who won the second and last match by 11 runs in Dhaka.

Having lost the one-day rubber 3-2, the tourists yesterday impressed with a 32-run victory - also at the Shere Bangla National Stadium.

Then, they restricted Bangladesh A to 111 all out but today the hosts, who won the toss, posted an imposing 166 for six thanks principally to opener Imrul Kayes’ 62.

Tom Maynard’s 68 and 43 from James Taylor aided a Lions recovery from 14 for three but they came up short on 155 for seven.

Lions seamer Nathan Buck was the game’s outstanding bowler, returning 3-22 from four overs. After Kayes and Nazimuddin flayed 30 from the first three overs, Buck was introduced and uprooted the latter’s off stump.

Kayes and Jahurul Islam maintained the momentum, manoeuvring the ball effectively in the middle overs. Jahurul, attempting a scoop, was caught behind by Jos Buttler off Jack Brooks for 27 and, following some lusty blows from Kayes including 18 from a Scott Borthwick over, Buck bowled Shuvagoto Hom.

The Lions regained some control and the pressure told when Alex Hales ran out Kayes, who had struck three sixes and four fours from the 47 balls he faced. Later that over, Jonny Bairstow took a smart catch in the deep off Borthwick to dismiss Mithun Ali.

Buck snared Alok Kapali in the last over but Sabbir Rahman added late impetus with an unbeaten 24 from 11 deliveries, including two fours and a maximum.

The Lions’ chase began horrendously when yesterday’s man of the match Jason Roy advanced to Mosharraf Hossain only to be bowled from the first ball and, five deliveries later, opening partner Hales ran himself out. Bairstow soon lofted Alauddin Babu into the off side.

Maynard and Taylor rebuilt with an alliance worth 87 in 11.3 overs but Hom struck a crucial blow by bowling the former, whose 52-ball innings yielded nine fours and a six.

Needing 66 from 5.1 overs, Taylor and Buttler briefly offered hope before falling to Suhrawadi Shuvo and Mosharraf respectively. Babu then snared Danny Briggs and 20 from the final over proved beyond Borthwick and Brooks.