England show depth, Kayes shows prowess

Staff correspondent | Published: 15:07, Oct 04,2016 | Updated: 01:41, Oct 05,2016

 
 

Visiting England showed their batting strength and depth as they chased down BCB XI’s 309 runs successfully by sparing four wickets and 23 balls in the practice match at Fatullah on Monday.
English skipper Jos Buttler scored 80 not out and added 139 off just 101 balls with Moeen Ali, who made 70 runs, to give his side a confidence-boosting win.
Despite losing the match, BCB XI players also had some solace as their opening batsman Imrul Kayes made a flamboyant 121 and Mushfiqur Rahim scored a fifty.
Bangladeshi pacer Ebadat Hossain, who came into the limelight through a pacer hunt programme, got rid of both English openers Jason Roy (28) and James Vince (48) to reduce them to 99-2.
The dup put 72 runs in their opening stand in just 50 balls before Roy was caught behind by Nurul Hasan and Vince’s mistimed pull was held by Kamrul Islam at square leg.
Nurul made his second dismissal when Johnny Bairstow (11) nicked off Kamrul and 21-year old while Shuvagat Hom bowled Duckett soon for 29.
Al- Amin Hossain, who was re-called in Bangladesh side after being dropped from Afghanistan series, bowled hard-hitting Ben Stokes for 28 in the 29th over to reduce the visiting side to a precarious 170-5.
But skipper Buttler and Moeen showed the positivity, a pivotal thing that helped this England side play an exciting brand of cricket over the last 12 months as the duo kept the onslaught going.
Unbeaten Buttler struck three boundaries and four sixes in his 64-ball innings and Moeen hit eight boundaries and two sixes in his 51-ball innings before he was dismissed by Sanzamul Islam when the score was tied.
Ebadat was the pick of the bowlers for BCB XI with 2-26.
Earlier, Imrul and Soumya Sarkar got off to a quick start scoring 35 off five overs before Soumya was dismissed for seven.
Soumya, who struggled in the Afghanistan series, failed to get back his form but his partner Imrul showed his batting prowess.
Imrul, who was dropped from the Bangladesh side for the second and third ODI, made his claim stronger by scoring a century and adding two half century partnerships with Nazmul Hossain Shanto and Mushfiq.
Shanto was dismissed for 36 after adding 85 runs with Imrul before the left-handed opener added another 71 runs with Mushfiq.
Imrul ,who has made three half centuries in eight matches against England in his ODI career so far, took just 91 balls to play his blazing innings that consisted 11 boundaries and six sixes.
The left hander stuck a four off Chris Woakes in the very first delivery of the innings and continued to bat with the same kind of aggression until it was ended by left-arm pace bowler David Willey.
Mushfiq, the late inclusion in the Xi, whose wicket-keeping came under question during Afghanistan series, made 51 runs off 57 balls with four boundaries and a six.
Nasir Hossain chipped in well with 46 as the BCB XI had appeared on course for a much higher total but only managed 49 runs in their last 10 overs as England’s seamers took six wickets.
Chris Woakes picked up three wickets for 52 runs while David Willey and Ben Stokes grabbed two apiece.

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