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Debutants help England to ODI victory

England secured a 21-run win over Bangladesh thanks to a five-wicket haul from debutant Jake Ball.
Debutants help England to ODI victory
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Jake Ball became the first England bowler to take five wickets on one-day international debut as the tourists secured a 21-run win over Bangladesh in the series opener in Dhaka.

The hosts appeared firm favourites to draw first blood after reaching 4-271 in pursuit of 310 for victory, largely thanks to Imrul Kayes' century and Shakib Al Hasan's quickfire fifty.

But Ball, who was a late replacement for the injured Liam Plunkett, took the wickets of Shakib and then Mosaddek Hossain in successive deliveries to precipitate a stunning collapse.

Ball claimed 5-51, while Adil Rashid finished with career-best figures of 4-49, adding a run-out for good measure, as England claimed the initiative in this three-match series.

The tourists had set what looked to be an imposing total of 8-309 following Ben Stokes' 101, his maiden ODI ton, allied to contrasting half-centuries from international debutant Ben Duckett and captain Jos Buttler.

But Kayes' 112 at the top of the order and Shakib (79 from 55 balls) put on a 118-run stand to lead Bangladesh to the brink of victory, only for them to lose their last six wickets for 17 runs.

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