Bangladesh A v England Lions, 1st one-dayer, Chittagong January 8, 2012

England Lions undone by Hossains

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • John on January 10, 2012, 10:53 GMT

    @M_Rakibul_Islam on (January 09 2012, 05:38 AM GMT) - Actually agree with you in that this is basically what England have chosen as their reserve squad so it was a bad performance. However they do say you can learn more from a loss than a win. In this case we must have learnt plenty over the years. To me these tours are to help the younger players learn their trade in different conditions etc so while this is a terrible result , hopefully it will serve them well in the long run

  • Dummy4 on January 10, 2012, 10:17 GMT

    how is it that every Bangladesh team except for the one that represents them at the senior most international level does well? The A-Team, the under 19, etc. seem to beat every one but the main national team is just pathetic :-O Its completely absurd and there seems to be no explanation to it! Maybe the wrong attitude where a win or two results in ordinary players like Tamim labeling other teams' players as ordinary ...

  • Dummy4 on January 9, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    @alvia, do agree with u. there is no point to play t-twenty with Eng.It would have been a lot better had there been two longer version matches.Hope BCB will think about it in future before confirming itinerary against strong teams as it will give our players some sort exposure.

  • Dar on January 9, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    Well done B'Desh. Regardless of a proper England A team, you still need to give your best shot. Get the habit of winnig, rather than pre-accepting the loss all the time. If you can WIN this series, this will give you guys more confident as well as experience. I do agree that B'Desh A team is not good as some of the County Cricket Teams. Hope that some BD players can join the England County Cricket in order to gain experience. Keep the good work and Best of Luck.

  • Shafin on January 9, 2012, 8:10 GMT

    Dont be so sure about destroying BD. BD beat ENG 2 out of last 4 ODI including one played in ENG and the other in WC. This team has been put togehter at the last minute and some players joinging as late as night before. This is a good performence by a good BD A team which were comprised mostly from Academy and ex U19 players. Please give credit where is due, instead of bashing BD every single time when an article published on BD. Thank god they won, otherwise we would see barrage of comments on revoking their Test Status!

  • Randolph on January 9, 2012, 6:20 GMT

    Probably a good reflection of where the English county system and their younger players are at. Time to start importing again poms!

  • Muhammad Rakibul on January 9, 2012, 5:38 GMT

    @ aewahid & OhhhMattyMatty : England Lions is actually new name of England A team. There's no England A team since 2007 & they r renamed to England Lions in summer of 2007. So it's all about ECB whether they'll send an experienced Lions squad or an U-23 side in disguise. Why haven't ECB sent 2/3 experienced player with this young squad to face tough conditions of sub-continent?

  • Andrew on January 9, 2012, 2:59 GMT

    @aewahid - Kayes is 24, but point taken.

  • John on January 9, 2012, 1:56 GMT

    Good for Bangladesh. It's nice to see them play well after the test team has been having a tough time. International cricket needs the enthusiasm and skill of the Bangladesh players and hopefully the next generation will use experiences like this to give them the confidence to win at a higher level.

  • zulfiquar on January 9, 2012, 0:35 GMT

    It is a good result for BD-A especially in light of the turmoil to get players from the League going on right now in Dhaka. Some of the detractors would only give reasons to depricate. Will they ever have anything good to say. For example I can say that: Al-Amin who was the MoM has had no National plays yet. He is truly a fresh face in International Cricket.

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