Jake Ball five-fer delivers England victory in a thriller
England 309-8 (Stokes 101) beat
Bangladesh 288 (Kayes 112) by 21 runs
First One-Day International, Mirpur
A five-wicket haul by Jake Ball and four wickets from Adil Rashid helped England defend a total of 309 runs and register a thrilling 21-run victory against Bangladesh in the first One-Day International in Mirpur.
England’s total of 309 runs was set up by a century from Ben Stokes and fifties from Ben Duckett and Jos Buttler while Imrul Kayes’ well-fought century for Bangladesh went in vain.
England won the toss and opted to bat first. After a 41-run stand in 7.2 overs, James Vince (16) holed out to mid-on off Shafiul Islam (2-59).
A short while later, Jason Roy (41) was caught at long off in an attempt to up the ante. In the next over, Jonny Bairstow (0) was run out, leaving England at 63 for three in 11.2 overs.
It was here that Duckett (60) and Stokes (101) got together to rebuild England’s innings. Stokes played the aggressive role while Duckett kept one end bottled up, pushing England to 138 for three at the half-way mark.
Stokes completed his fifty in 45 balls and quickly began to shift gears. Stokes was dropped twice in two overs while Duckett completed his fifty on debut from 63 balls.
After surviving a dropped chance in the 37th over, Duckett succumbed in the 39th to Islam. As England reached 220 for four in 40 overs, Stokes brought up his maiden ODI hundred but fell in the 42nd over.
Buttler, who scored 25 off 26 balls to get off to a start, broke the shackles and raced away to a 33-ball fifty and boosted England’s total past 300.
In the final over, Shakib Al Hasan (2-59) conceded just five runs and restricted England to 309 for eight.
Bangladesh began well in the chase with a 46-run stand in 9.5 overs. However, Ball (5-51) struck with quick wickets of Tamim Iqbal (17) and Sabbir Rahman (18).
Bangladesh went on to lose a few more wickets as Mahmudullah (25) and Mushfiqur Rahim (12) failed to convert their starts. However, Kayes (112) who went past his fifty earlier, continued to battle from one end and put on a 118-run stand for the fifth wicket.
Kayes brought up his century in the 37th over while Hasan quickly upped the ante and brought up his fifty from 39 balls.
In the 42nd over, Hasan and Mosaddek Hossain (0) were removed by Ball in successive deliveries, leaving Bangladesh at 271 for six.
With the scoreboard pressure climbing, Bangladesh failed to keep their nerves and lost three wickets in the next four overs with Rashid (4-49) picking two.
Ball ended the game with the wicket of Taskin Ahmed (1) and completed his five-wicket haul on debut, delivering a 21-run win for England.
Ball won the man of the match award and England took a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
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