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AFP, Dhaka: Paceman Jake Ball claimed five wickets on debut after Ben Stokes scored his maiden century as
England came from behind to snatch a 21-run win over Bangladesh in the first one-day international in Dhaka on Friday.
Stokes hit 101 off 100 balls to guide England to 309-8 but it seemed not good enough as opener Imrul Kayes struck a century and shared a 118-run partnership with Shakib Al Hasan to take Bangladesh tantalisingly close to a heroic win.
With Bangladesh needing 39 off 51 balls, Ball, who finished with figures of five wickets for 51 runs, removed Shakib for 79 and then bowled young Mosaddek Hossain off the next ball to help England claw their way back.
Bangladesh lost all hope when leg-spinner Adil Rashid, who also played a big part in the visitors’ win with 4-49, dragged Kayes out of his crease off a wide ball for England skipper Jos Buttler to complete the stumping.
Kayes departed for 112 after facing 119 balls with Bangladesh still needing 30 runs from six overs.
Bangladesh lost their last six wickets for just 17 runs to be dismissed for 288 in 47.5 overs, handing England a 1-0 lead in three-match series.
Kayes struck 11 fours and two sixes and batted with muscle cramp since he was on 81.
He paired with Shakib after Ball and Rashid landed some early blows to leave Bangladesh on 153-4.
“Incredible. I just thought I had to come in and hit it hard. No chance of me coming off, great chance for the five-for,” said man-of-the-match Ball, who claimed the final wicket to wrap up the win.
“There was a bit of variable bounce. (I) hit the pitch hard, it skidded hard and changed the pace.”Stokes and Buttler, who scored 63 off 38 balls, earlier set up England’s total as the visitors recovered from 63-4 to post a competitive score after electing to bat first at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.Stokes,