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September 29, 2009
Bangladesh A's three-day tour opener against the Maharashtra Under-22s ended in a draw in Nasik.
Maharashtra were bowled out for 215 in 74.4 overs in their first innings, with Mohammed Sohrawordi taking 5 for 46. Viral Shah (50) and Kaustabh Patel (43) were the main contributors to Maharashtra's total.
In reply, Bangladesh were kept to 147 in 52.2 overs. Kishor Bhikane's 5 for 54 in 17 overs did the damage; only Faisal Hossain (45 not out) and Hannan Sarkar (21) managed decent scores. Banglades had begun the second day on 29 for 2 but their hopes of taking a lead vanished as Bhikane secured Maharashtra a 68-run lead. Bangladesh did well to take five wickets before stumps - Talha Jubair and Ziaur Rahman took two each - and Maharashtra closed day three with a lead of 155.
A declaration at 179 for 9 gave Bangladesh some more batting practice, and they reached 207 for 8 in 65 overs when the game ended. Imrul Kayes hit 40 from 48 balls, Sarkar made a brisk 31, Imran Ahmed displayed good resistance in scoring a patient 41 from 127 balls, and Rahman swatted 31 from 19 balls.
Bangladesh will now play a four-day game, two one-day games, and two Twenty20 matches against Maharashtra.
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