Bangladeshis slump to 149-run defeat
Sussex 253 (Brown 58, Thornely 56) beat Bangladeshis 104 (Panesar 3-21, Anyon 3-27) by 149 runs
Bangladesh made an inauspicious start to the one-day leg of their tour of the British Isles, as a second-string Sussex side hammered them by 149 runs at Hove. Chasing 254 for victory following fifties for Michael Thornely and Ben Brown, Bangladesh stumbled to 85 for 7 in the 22nd over, before being bowled out for 104.
With a busy schedule looming - including three ODIs against England, two against Ireland and a one-off match against Scotland - Bangladesh will need to improve on this performance if they are to trouble any of their international opponents on this trip. Raqibul Hasan, back in favour after his "retirement" during England's recent visit, top-scored with 23 from 45 balls.
In the absence of the recently deposed captain, Shakib Al Hasan, and with their star batsman, Tamim Iqbal, making just 17, Bangladesh lacked direction for much of the game, although the new man at the helm, Mashrafe Mortaza, did lead from the front with 2 for 32 in his nine overs. He struck early in his spell to remove Matt Machin for 10, and when Abdur Razzak made it 42 for 2 after 10 overs, there was the prospect of an evenly fought contest.
But Thornely - captain for the day in the absence of Michael Yardy - joined forces with the wicketkeeper, Brown, to add 83 for the third wicket in 12.5 overs. Brown provided the impetus with 58 from 52 balls before falling lbw to Faisal Hossain, while Thornely's contribution was a solid 56 from 73. Ollie Rayner and Will Adkin kept up the momentum with 20 and 30 respectively, although Bangladesh did at least have the satisfaction of bowling Sussex out inside their allotted 50 overs.
In reply, however, the Bangladesh innings never really got started. Tamim made 17 from 21 balls before being caught behind off James Thorpe, and then it was over to James Anyon, who ripped out the middle order with three wickets in as many overs. Monty Panesar then got in on the act to mop up the tail, claiming 3 for 21 in 7.4 overs, to put the seal on a thumping victory.