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January 8, 2012
Bangladesh A 141 for 4 (Kayes 53, Buck 2-0) beat England Lions 139 (Buttler 45, Al-Amin Hossain 3-18, Noor Hossain 3-32) by six wickets
Bangladesh A took the opening honours in their one-day series against England Lions by securing an impressive six-wicket victory in Chittagong. As with the senior side, the Lions middle order struggled against spin, after the early damage had been done by Al-Amin Hossain's three-wicket burst. The home side were never in trouble chasing 140 as Imrul Kayes anchored the reply with 53.
The visitors had chosen to bat first but lost a wicket in the first over when Jason Roy was caught behind off Alauddin Babu. Al-Amin Hossain then removed the rest of the top order, including captain James Taylor for a second-ball duck, to leave the Lions on 38 for 4.
A couple of hardworking partnerships followed but Bangladesh kept chipping away. Jonny Bairstow and Jos Buttler added 46 and Buttler, who ended as the top-scorer with 45, put on 38 alongside Scott Borthwick. Borthwick was the first of three quick wickets for Noor Hossain as the Lions were bowled out with 11 overs unused.
Bangladesh moved along at a steady pace during their chase and a couple of wickets for Danny Briggs were nothing more than a minor blip. The margin of victory would have been even more emphatic but for two late strikes by Nathan Buck and Bangladesh were home in 33 overs.
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