Meaker leads Lions to series leveller
England Lions 177 for 4 (Bairstow 50*) beat Bangladesh A 176 (Nazimuddin 99*, Meaker 4 for 47) by six wickets Scorecard
Stuart Meaker took four wickets as England Lions coasted to victory in the second one-dayer to square the series against Bangladesh A. Meaker helped bowl the hosts out cheaply before Jonny Bairstow's half-century saw the Lions home with 12 overs to spare.
Bairstow's 50 not out from 65 balls was the mainstay of the chase in an unbroken partnership of 70 with Jos Buttler, who made 41 not out.
The chase began badly with the Lions slipping to 23 for 2. Jason Roy was bowled first ball of the innings and Joe Root fell for 5 in the sixth over. James Vince and captain James Taylor got the Lions' reply moving with a stand of 48 before Bairstow completed the win.
The Lions' bowlers set up the victory with an early burst that saw only one of Bangladesh's top seven make double figures. Stuart Meaker bowled Rony Talukder with the fourth ball of the match and also cleaned up captain Raqibul Hasan for 2. Danny Briggs also picked up two cheap wickets as Bangladesh A were reduced to 59 for 6.
Nazimuddin held things together and reached 50 of 96 balls with five fours. He added eight more boundaries, including four sixes in an unbeaten 99. Suhrawadi Shuvo made the second top score with 20 from 27 balls.
Dolar Mahmud's 17 contributed to the only meaningful partnership of the innings, dominated by Nazimuddin. The pair added 81 in 16 overs to prevent the innings from complete destruction. But Simon Kerrigan had Mahmud caught by Roy and Meaker returned to take the last two wickets.