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Wisden Cricinfo staff
July 30, 2004
Bangladesh U-19 230 and 156 (Aftab Ahmed 54) lost to England U-19 269 and 118 for 5 by five wickets
Bangladesh's Under-19 team was left ruing a disastrous morning session on the third day of the first Test at Headingley, as England wrapped up a five-wicket victory with four full sessions to spare.
Bangladesh had been up against it at the start of play, after slipping to 126 for 4 on Thursday evening. But with Samit Patel weaving an impenetrable web with his left-arm spin, Bangladesh lost their last six wickets for 30 runs in 20 overs, and a finely balanced game had been tilted decisively towards England.
Patel finished with 3 for 31 from 17 overs, and with Ravinder Bopara providing (3 for 19) providing fine support, Bangladesh lost their way badly. Aftab Ahmed, 45 not out overnight, brought up his half-century but fell shortly afterwards for 54, and of the rest, only the wicketkeeper, Dhiman Ghosh, reached double figures.
England's target of 118 was briefly challenged when Joe Denly was bowled by Shadahat Hossain for a duck, and when Nadif Chowdhury and the captain, Enamul Haque jr, grabbed two wickets each, England were made to sweat just a touch. But Alistair Cook's 57 anchored the chase, and Luke Wright steered England to victory with 14 not out.
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