Bangladesh survive Rafiq spell

BANGLADESH: A fine spell from Azeem Rafiq wasn't quite enough for England as a delayed start to the final day against Bangladesh ultimately cost them victory although they still took the series 1-0.

Rafiq, the Yorkshire offspinner, took 5 for 77 but time ran out for England, who set a target of 375 after declaring on their overnight total, as the Bangladesh lower order battled hard. A gutsy, unbeaten 51 from Shabbir Rahman, which included six boundaries, played a key role in keeping his team afloat after they had slipped to 103 for 6.

Rafiq's threatened to run through the Bangladesh line up after removing Anamul Haque and Mahmudul Hasan for ducks and his performance capped off an impressive series after he took seven wickets in the opening Test

The two teams now prepare to face each other in a five-match ODI series which starts at Grace on Saturday.