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Gale, Kirby, Bopara Ensure Lions Take The Honours

Gale, Kirby, Bopara Ensure Lions Take The Honours
Gale, Kirby, Bopara Ensure Lions Take The Honours
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Bangladesh 220 (Bopara 3-9, Kirby 3-49) v
England Lions 124-3 (Gale 63no)
Tour game, Derby, day one

Andrew Gale stroked an unbeaten half-century after Ravi Bopara and Steve Kirby had both taken three wickets to ensure that the England Lions shaded day one of their tour game against Bangladesh in Derby.

Gale's knock of 63 helped England's reserves to reach 124 for three having earlier bowled Bangladesh out for 220.

After being put in to bat by Lions captain Alastair Cook, Bangladesh made a strong start, Tamim Iqbal hitting 36 in quick time and top order batsmen Imrul Kayes (42), Zunaed Siddique (30) and Jahurul Islam (21) all making starts.

None could go on and make a telling score, however, as the England bowlers hit back with wickets, Kirby striking to dismiss Siddique, Mohammad Ashraful (1) and Mushfiqur Rahim (1) in quick succession while Bopara wrapped up the innings by having Mahmudullah (40) caught by Monty Panesar, Robiul Islam caught by Liam Plunkett for nought and Rubel Hossain bowled for five.

Chris Woakes and Liam Plunkett both picked up two wickets as Bangladesh collapsed from 109 for one to be all out inside 58 overs.

Robiul then struck twice in as many balls to have both Ravi Bopara (12) and Moeen Ali (0) caught at slip by Kayes as the Lions slipped to 16 for two in reply.

A partnership of 58 between Gale and Cook steadied the ship but Cook was dismissed when he pulled Rubel to Tamim at mid-on having scored 31 in 55 balls.

Gale hit eight fours and a six in his 90-ball knock and he was joined at the crease by James Taylor, who was on eight when stumps were drawn.

Bangladesh play England in the first of two Tests at Lord's from 27th May.

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