Bangladesh A v England Lions, 2nd one-dayer, Chittagong January 10, 2012

Meaker leads Lions to series leveller

ESPNcricinfo staff

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.

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  • Dummy4 on January 11, 2012, 15:58 GMT

    Seems a but churlish not to mention Buttler's contribution in the article.

  • david on January 10, 2012, 23:22 GMT

    another haha it must be true. dpk

  • Randolph on January 10, 2012, 22:06 GMT

    Haha Meaker, keep the tradition going!

  • Ben on January 10, 2012, 20:33 GMT

    Jos Buttler has once again shown what class he has and is easily the most consistent batsman in the Lions set up. I can not understand why he is not played higher up the order. If England want to create high scores in limited overs cricket then they should allow their stroke players (Buttler) the chance to bat with other batsmen and not the tail enders.

  • Mainuddin on January 10, 2012, 19:10 GMT

    A great victory for the young Lions. The Lions team is far better than the Australian test team at the moment.

  • tarik imam on January 10, 2012, 18:17 GMT

    BD team management must stop this rotation system selection.Its hamper team spirit

  • Alan on January 10, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    Some relief for England, the result being an exact reversal of that in the first match. The first match was a very good result for Bangladesh A. I can't help thinking that because the England team contains players who've played full representative cricket for England, they really ought to be taking charge of this series.

  • Michael on January 10, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    The future is very good for England given the age of most of these Lions players. I hope they do not go up to the full side before they have the proper grounding though to succeed. Bairstow was one who was maybe too built up after his Cardiff brilliance and I hope he is ok from it. The international stage is for men not boys, and there is no hiding there.

  • Ross on January 10, 2012, 14:17 GMT

    A big part of England's recent success is a result of the excellent organisational structure that has been established. England take the 'A' Team concept more seriously than other nations, and it has been set-up to mirror the senior side in every detail. So young players (and this is a very young squad in Bangladesh) get a good idea of what is expected of them and if they are called up to the senior squad they are well prepared for that higher level of intensity. This also extends beyond the Lions to the development squads and even to some extent down through the age-groups. So there is a single coherent structure that is deigned to funnel the best players up ultimately to the Test and ODI squads. The ECB deserve much praise for implementing this strategy. What's more, Lions tours are planned strategically. Last year they were in Australia, this year in the sub-continent so if injuries hit the senior side an already acclimatised Lions player can come in as a replacement.

  • Muhammad Rakibul on January 10, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    Is it Bangladesh A performance or a junior development team performance? Today this team had 9 players with International Caps but hardly made any impact with their Batting & Bowling except Nazimuddin. Well done Lions with a collective performance specially by Fast bowlers. But Nazimuddin showed his skill by scoring an Unbeaten 99. Unlucky not to get his 2nd One-day Ton.

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