Bangladesh A v England A, Bogra, 2nd day March 2, 2007

Broad makes up for lost time

Cricinfo staff

Bangladesh A 121 for 8 (Broad 3-54) v England A

Stuart Broad put England A in a strong position as the second Test against Bangladesh A finally got underway at Bogra following the first-day washout. He claimed 3 for 54 as the home side struggled to 121 for 8 after being asked to bat in bowler-friendly conditions.

When play started after lunch Broad struck without a run on the board when Jahirul Islam was bowled. Graham Onions continued his impressive form with two wickets and Tim Bresnan also chipped in with a brace.

Bangladesh managed a small recovery late in the day with wicketkeeper Sahagir Hossain Pavel holding firm with an unbeaten 30.

England's captain Michael Yardy said his decision at the toss had been a simple one. "I had no hesitation in asking Bangladesh to bat," he told ecb.co.uk. "The wicket had been under cover for two days and looked as near an English bowling wicket as we're likely to get here."

Despite the loss of the entire first day, Yardy is still thinking in terms of a victory and a 2-0 series win. "If we could accelerate the game and make-up for the lost day, then we can win this match - and again we want to play positively, as in the first Test.

"We've put ourselves in the driving seat now, especially if we can get the remaining wickets in the morning and look to bat through day three. It was a tremendous performance by our seamers to get us into that position."

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