Bangladesh Under-19s v England Under-19s, 3rd Youth ODI January 24, 2012

Foakes century underpins England win

ESPNcricinfo staff

England Under-19s 253-7 (Foakes 111, Ahmed 2-25) beat Bangladesh Under-19s 252 for 9 (Ahmed 67, Ball 4-44) by 3 wickets

Essex wicketkeeper Ben Foakes struck a century as England Under-19s claimed victory in the third youth ODI in Chittagong by three wickets. Bangladesh Under-19s, who lead the seven-match series 2-1, posted 252 for 9 in their 50 overs but England chased down the target with six balls to spare.

No.3 Foakes anchored the England innings with 111 off 118 balls as the rest of the top order failed - opener Daniel Bell-Drummond was second-top scorer with a quickfire 30. When Foakes was out at the end of the 44th over, the tourists still needed 35 to win, but Adam Ball, who also took four wickets in the match, and Kishen Velani combined to knock off the required runs.

The Bangladesh innings was built around Asif Ahmed's 67, alongside 40s from opener Soumya Sarkar and Mosaddek Hossain. Offspinner Sam Wood took three wickets as England kept a tight rein on the run-rate, before Kent left-armer Ball ran through the middle order, including Ahmed, on his way to 4 for 44.

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  • John on January 26, 2012, 17:17 GMT

    @Sami A. Hasan on (January 26 2012, 08:12 AM GMT) Pleasure . I can imagine why the Bangladesh youngsters do better than the seniors as I guess it is a growing sport over there and more youngsters are taking up the game. I can kind of understand why the BCB are putting all their effort into the shorter forms of the game as it's probably the money spinner. India are probably similar in that respect. All the best

  • Dummy4 on January 26, 2012, 8:12 GMT

    Thanks JG2704 for your wishes: but we local fans are having same wish but getting worried the path BCB is rushing: putting all effort on money-glamour oriented T-20 leagues (BPL) rather than encouraging longer format structure, the real backbone of cricket and our and our weakness as well.

    BTW: Bangladesh's youngsters performances are always better than the seniors: U-19 World Cups are evident. Even Recently BD-A did well against ENG-Lions and SA-A.

  • Bryn on January 25, 2012, 10:35 GMT

    england won? wow! well done to englands youngsters eh??! my 11 year old cousin's team could probably beat england 19s though

  • John on January 25, 2012, 10:11 GMT

    @Meety on (January 25 2012, 00:50 AM GMT) - To be honest , if it helps our youngsters learn to play in different conditions it's worthwhile. As I put before , I wouldn't be surprised if Bangladesh become an established nation in the upcoming years especially in this format and if so some of these players will be a major part of that. Let's not forget a much rawer team than the one who beat England in the world cup beat Australia in this format several years before. They have the talent already , just they need to get the discipline which will come with experience.

  • Andrew on January 25, 2012, 0:50 GMT

    @JG2704 - still.... lost the T20s & behind in this series!

  • John on January 24, 2012, 22:04 GMT

    Agree , that it's good experience. Folk from other countries were ridiculing the lion performance but even in the senior level , Bangladesh , on their day can beat an established cricketing nation in the OD or T20 format. Eng weren't the 1st major team Bang beat in the OD format and they won't be the last. I wouldn't be surprised if over the next 10 years they become an established cricketing nation themseleves

  • stuart on January 24, 2012, 20:01 GMT

    good to see England players playing in sub continent.The more experience they get the better

  • Dummy4 on January 24, 2012, 19:17 GMT

    Nice to see both Kent boys having an impact.

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