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Essex wrap up win over Bangladesh

Tour game, Chelmsford (final day of three):
Essex 313 & 130-5 beat Bangladesh 231 & 211 by five wickets
Match scorecard

Shahadat Hossain
Bangladesh were generally outclassed in the match at Chelmsford

Essex completed a five-wicket victory over Bangladesh - but not before they suffered some anxious moments.

Left with a target of only 130 after bowling out the tourists for 211 in their second innings, Essex lost half their side for only 78.

But then skipper Grant Flower and Adam Wheater shared in an unbroken half-century partnership to see them home.

Meanwhile, coach Jamie Siddons is banking on the return of Tamim Iqbal to boost Bangladesh's top order.

The 21-year-old is expected to make a comeback for the Tigers' next warm-up game against England Lions at Derby on Wednesday after recovering from a cracked bone in his hand.

Siddons said: "They certainly need Tamim's experience and ability in the top order. The conditions and pitch were much more demanding than we had faced at The Oval in our previous game and it was obvious all the batsmen are struggling to come to terms with a swinging and seaming ball.

"But it is something they will have to learn to come to terms with if they are to succeed at the top level."

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