Jake Ball enjoyed a one-day international debut to remember on Friday (7 October) as his superb bowling performance helped England secure a dramatic late triumph and get their controversial tour of Bangladesh off to a winning start in hot and humid conditions. The Nottinghamshire paceman, featuring alongside fellow newcomer Ben Duckett – after Liam Plunkett was ruled out with a toe injury – finished with hugely impressive figures of five for 51 as his side snatched an extraordinary 21-run comeback victory from the jaws of defeat in Dhaka.
Man of the match Ball, who made his Test bow against Pakistan at Lord's in July, is the first England player in history to mark his maiden ODI appearance with a five-fer. Having already accounted for Tamim Iqbal and Sabbir Rahman, the 25-year-old's key contribution, in which he removed Shakib Al Hasan, Mosaddek Hossain and Taskin Ahmed, was the unmistakable driving force behind a costly late Bangladesh collapse in which they lost six wickets for 17 runs in a period of just 39 deliveries.
Before that regrettable finish, the hosts looked on course for a potentially comfortable victory after a brilliant unbeaten 112 from Imrul Kayes and Shakib's 79 gave them an excellent chance of successfully chasing down a daunting target of 310.
However, Ball's excellent performance, which included a momentum-busting sequence of two wickets in as many balls to crucially end Shakib's innings and send Mosaddek packing for a duck – coupled with Adil Rashid's excellent four for 49 saw The Tigers throw away the chance to take a 1-0 lead in this three-match series.
England initially did well to reach 309 from their innings on a slow pitch, bouncing back nicely from an early wobble in which they were reduced to 63-3 after the dismissals of opening pair Jason Roy and James Vince were followed by the hapless run out of Jonny Bairstow. Duckett and Ben Stokes successfully steadied the ship, however, putting on a defiant third-wicket stand of 153.
Duckett eventually fell for 60 after missing a low full toss from Shafiul Islam, while Stokes, dropped twice as Bangladesh committed numerous costly errors in the field, notched his first ODI century and reached 101 before being caught on the boundary by Sabbir. Jos Buttler, who was named as temporary captain of the one-day team after usual skipper Eoin Morgan's decision to stay at home amid safety concerns following the July terror attack in Dhaka, further enhanced his credentials with a swashbuckling 63 off 38.