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England start Bangladesh tour with warm-up victory

England claimed a four-wicket triumph over a Bangladesh Cricket Board XI on Tuesday, with half centuries from Jos Buttler and Moeen Ali.

England start Bangladesh tour with warm-up victory

Jos Buttler and Moeen Ali scored half centuries as England began their tour of Bangladesh on Tuesday with a comfortable four-wicket warm-up victory over a Bangladesh Cricket Board XI.

Skipper Buttler scored an unbeaten 80 while Ali added a quickfire 70 off 51 balls as England reached 313 for 6 in 46.1 overs, having restricted a their opponents to 309 for 9 in the 50-over match.

Opener Imrul Kayes scored 121 off 91 balls for the hosts while Bangladesh's Test captain Mushfiqur Rahim, who was a late call-up, made 51 to ensure the the BCB XI posted a competitive score at Dhaka's Fatullah Stadium.

The BCB 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.

Imrul Kayes (centre) hit a century for the BCB XI.

Chris Woakes picked up three wickets for 52 runs while David Willey and Ben Stokes grabbed two apiece.

Openers Jason Roy and James Vince gave England a positive start by putting on 72 for the first wicket but the innings then lost momentum.

Ali joined Buttler at the crease after the fifth wicket fell with the score on 170 and the duo gradually regained control and stitched together a 139-run partnership.

Ali was dismissed as the scores were level but Buttler, who hit three fours and four sixes in his 64-ball innings, polished off proceedings by striking a boundary off the first ball of the 47th over.

Jos Buttler plays a shot plays a shot during the warm-up cricket match between a BCB XI and England.

The uncapped Ebadat Hossain was the pick of the Bangladeshi bowlers, taking 2-26.

Bangladesh and England's three-match one-day series gets underway on Friday, and is followed by two Tests starting on 20 October.

Brief Scores: BCB XI 309-9 in 50 overs (Imrul Kayes 121, Mushfiqur Rahim 51, C. Woakes 3-52) and England 313-6 in 46.1 overs (J. Buttler 80 not out, Moeen Ali 70)