BCB Academy v SA Academy, Chittagong, 3rd day April 24, 2010

Exciting final day in the offing

Cricinfo staff

Bangladesh Cricket Board Academy 251 and 145 for 3 (Talukder 58) need another 250 runs to beat South Africa Academy 371 and 274 (Vallie 82, Sajib 4-91, Haider 3-43)

The fixture between South Africa Academy and Bangladesh Cricket Board Academy is evenly poised heading into the final day in Chittagong. South Africa had led by 195 for the loss of just two wickets at the end of the second day, but Bangladesh hit back on the third, bowling out their opponents for 274, leaving them to chase a target of 395.

Saqlain Sajib captured four wickets for 91, but South Africa had done well to recover with help from their middle and lower orders. Yaseen Vallie scored 82 and the batsmen who followed chipped in with useful contributions to extend South Africa's lead. Bangladesh were dealt an early blow in their chase, losing their first wicket for 5, but Rony Talukder, who scored a century in the first innings, followed up with 58 in the second. However, by the end of the day, Bangladesh had lost three wickets to reach 145. They need a further 250 with seven wickets in hand on the final day.