Jake heroics snatch improbable England win

Dhaka—Jake Ball defied cramp and sapping humidity to mark his one-day debut with record figures of 5 for 51, as England snatched an extraordinary 21-run victory in the first ODI against Bangladesh at Mirpur.
Powered by a brilliant century from Imrul Kayes, and with Shakib Al Hasan providing experienced support in a fifth-wicket stand of 118, Bangladesh appeared to be marching up a mountainous run-chase of 310, and living up to their newly minted reputation in one-day cricket.
But then, with victory in sight, Bangladesh suffered a throwback to their fragile old days to squander their last six wickets for 17 runs in 39 balls in front of a stunned and silent home crowd.
Victory was sealed from the penultimate ball of Ball’s spell, as Taskin Ahmed grazed an edge through to Jos Buttler, England’s stand-in captain, whose typically powerful 63 from 38 balls had earlier lifted his side to an imposing total of 309 for 8.
The foundations of England’s victory were laid by Ben Stokes, who anchored their innings with his maiden ODI hundred, and their second debutant Ben Duckett, made 60 from 78 balls.
Earlier, Ben Stokes produced his maiden ODI century, a hugely mature performance in sapping conditions, as he and the debutant Ben Duckett overcame a dicey start to the first ODI against Bangladesh at Dhaka to set the stage for another flying finish from England’s stand-in captain, Jos Buttler.
Faced with opponents who have not lost a series on home soil for two years, and in front of a typically fervent crowd who made light of a one-kilometre exclusion zone to pack the stands at Mirpur.—AFP

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