Stokes, Buttler take England to 309


Skipper Jos Buttler hammered 63 off 38 balls after a Ben Stokes century as England set Bangladesh a target of 310 in the first of a three-game ODI series at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka on Friday.

Buttler hit three fours and four sixes after coming to the crease in the 40th over, as the visitors plundered 89 runs in the last 10 overs.

Winning the toss, Buttler had opted to bat first and his openers made a decent start. After they made 41 in the first wicket, Shafiul Islam gave the Tigers the much-needed break through when he made James Vince (16) give a catch to his skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza. Shakib Al Hasan then put an end to Vince’s fellow opener Jason Roy’s innings, the English World Cup hero making 41 off 40 with five fours and a six. Jonny Bairstow fell victim to a run out soon afterwards, without adding a single run as England were soon down to 63 for 3.

Up stepped Stokes and Ben Duckett, who made 153 in the fourth wicket partnership to steady the ship. Duckett returned to the pavillion hitting 60 off 78 balls, but Stokes notched his maiden ODI ton courtesy of eight fours and four sixes. But soon after reaching the century, he was undone by Mashrafe, as Sabbir Rahman took an easy catch. Stokes’ 101 runs came in just 100 balls.

Mashrafe, Shafiul and Shakib grabbed two wickets each for Bangladesh, who have not lost to the visitors in ODIs in the last six years.


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