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Buttler, Ali star with the bat as England win tour match

Jos Buttler led from the front with an unbeaten 80
Jos Buttler led from the front with an unbeaten 80
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England XI 313-6 (Buttler 80no) beat
BCB Select XI 309-9 (Kayes 121) by four wickets
Tour Match, Fatullah

Jos Buttler and Moeen Ali shared a match-winning stand of 139 runs as England recovered from a top order wobble while chasing a target of 310 runs to register a four-wicket win in the tour game in Fatullah against Bangladesh Cricket Board Select XI.

Earlier in the day, a fluent century from Imrul Kayes and a fifty from Mushfiqur Rahim helped BCB XI to a total of 309 for nine in 50 overs.

BCB Select XI won the toss and opted to bat first. Soumya Sarkar (7) was dismissed early in the game by Chris Woakes (3-52) but Kayes (121) and Nazmul Hossain Shanto (36) rallied together in a solid 85-run stand for the second wicket.

As Kayes kept the scoreboard ticking from one end, Rahim (51) gave him good support and scored a well-paced fifty. A little while after completing his century, Kayes was castled by David Willey (2-63) in the 29th over.

Rahim and Nasir Hossain (46) played good knocks to keep the innings on track but Bangladesh lost a flurry of wickets towards the end and ended up with a total of 309 for nine in 50 overs. Willey and Woakes shared five wickets.

In the chase, England had a decent start as Jason Roy (28) and James Vince (48) put on a 72-run opening stand in 8.4 overs. However, Ebadat Hossain (2-26) removed both the openers in the space of five overs.

From here on, the England middle order got off to starts but no batsman was able to convert. BCB Select XI also struck at regular intervals, reducing the team to 170 for five in 28.3 overs.

When it looked like England were in a bothersome position, Buttler (80 not out) and Ali (70) counter-attacked and brought the chase back on track.

Hitting five fours and two sixes in quick time, Ali brought up his fifty off 40-balls while Buttler hit a run-a-ball half-century. The pair took England past the 300-run mark in the 45th over and sealed the fate of the match.

Ali fell when the scores were tied, but England romped home to a four-wicket win in 46.1 overs with Buttler giving the finishing touches with a boundary.

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