Stokes ton sets it up for Ball and Rashid to strike

Bangladesh 288 lost to Eng­land 309-8 by 21 runs

The Cricket Paper - - ENGLAND TOUR OF BANGLADESH - By Seth Fran­cis

DEBU­TANT Jake Ball and Adil Rashid bowled Eng­land to vic­tory de­spite Bangladesh look­ing well set to take the opener.

The hosts slipped from 271-4 to 288 all out when chas­ing 309-8 with Ball tak­ing five wick­ets and Rashid chip­ping in with four.

Ben Stokes’ maiden ODI cen­tury was key in Eng­land post­ing a score over 300 while Ben Duck­ett, another debu­tant, and cap­tain Jos But­tler both also im­pressed with the bat.

But­tler said:“They were cruis­ing at one stage, but with new bat­ters com­ing in, it was fan­tas­tic bowl­ing from Ball on de­but. It’s great to con­tinue that win­ning habit.

“Adil has been su­perb for us for a long time and he was in­valu­able to­day. Duck­ett looked like a seasoned pro out there and he and Stokes showed what we want to be about. I prob­a­bly got the toss wrong in those con­di­tions so it was a fan­tas­tic part­ner­ship.”

While Stokes’ in­nings was more con­sid­ered, his 101 com­ing off 100 balls, But­tler’s was more de­struc­tive. Just 38 balls needed for his 63.

Even so, Bangladesh looked to be cruis­ing, need­ing 45 off the fi­nal nine overs with six wick­ets in hand.

Ball took two in two though, in­clud­ing Shakib Al Hasan for 79 be­fore Rashid claimed the key wicket of cen­tu­rion Im­rul Kayes. By then the Tigers were eight down and a typ­i­cal tail-en­ders run out left Eng­land need­ing one.

Jake Ball grabbed it for fig­ures of 5-51 as Bangladesh lost 6-17 in 39 balls.

On his way: Ben Stokes made his maiden ODI cen­tury

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