England v Bangladesh, Under-19 Test, Headingley, 2nd day July 29, 2004

Wright and Harrison to the rescue for England

Wisden Cricinfo staff

Bangladesh U-19 230 and 126 for 4 (Aftab Ahmed 45*) lead England U-19 269 (Bopara 59, Wright 78, Nadif Chowdhury 5-89) by 87 runs

After a day of fluctuating fortunes for each side, the match ended up poised just about evenly at the end of the second day of England Under-19's first Test against Bangladesh at Headingley. After Luke Wright rescued England to 269 with an accomplished 78, Bangladesh closed at 126 for 4, with a lead of 87.

The remainder of England's innings was a stop-start affair, with handy stands interspersed with mini-collapses. First Ravi Bopara and James Hildreth added another 50 runs in the morning with Bopara reaching his half-century. However, then Nadif Chowdhury, the left-arm spinner, struck four times in quick succession to peg back England's progress.

Hildreth was the first to go, caught by Dhiman Ghosh for 27, then Samit Patel was also caught for a nine-ball duck. Bopara went shortly after for 59, and Tom New didn't last long, becoming Chowdhury's fifth victim of the innings for nought. England had lost four wickets for only three runs and Bangladesh had the momentum.

Mark Lawson was shortly caught and bowled by Enamul Haque jnr for 3, but Wright and Adam Harrison resuscitated the innings and gave England a lead with a stand of 114. Wright, from Leicestershire, scored 78, including 15 fours. Harrison, on the other hand, was more watchful, grounding out 33 from 103 balls. In keeping with the nature of the innings, though, after Harrison was finally dislodged, the remaining two wickets did not add any more runs, with last man David Stiff run out for nought.

England had a slender lead of 39, and Simon Cusden struck early on with the scalp of Shahriar Nafees, lbw for 3. Nafis Iqbal raced to 44 before Stiff had him caught by Patel, and Bopara removed Shamsur Rahman for a handy 23. Patel then trapped Mushfiqur Rahim leg-before for 1 towards the close, but Aftab Ahmed kept his cool to be 45 not out at the end of play with the match finely balanced going into tomorrow.