Bangladesh A v England A, Dhaka, 3rd day February 24, 2007

Bangladesh fight back after Loudon's allround display

Cricinfo staff

Bangladesh 209 and 137 for 1 (Jahurul 86, Mehrab 41*, Mosharraf 1*) trail England 359 (Loudon 71) by 13 runs

Alex Loudon's 71 gave England A a sizeable 150-run lead on the third day of the first Test against Bangladesh A at Mirpur before the home side's openers fought back.

Loudon lost his overnight partner, Tim Bresnan, for 32 when he was caught by Mosharraf Hossain off Dolar Mahmud. But Tom Smith hung around for nearly an hour, helping Loudon salvage the entrails of England's innings who smacked seven fours and a six and was last man out for 71.

Bangladesh fought back valiantly though, with Jahurul Islam and Mehrab Hossain jnr putting on 131 for their opening stand, albeit without the aggression England marked their innings with. Loudon ended a fine day by removing Jahurul Islam who was caught behind for 87 shortly before stumps.