Lancashire v Bangladesh A, Aigburth, Liverpool August 1, 2005

Tushar guides Bangladesh A to easy win

Cricinfo staff

Lancashire 149 (Horton 46, Razzak 3 for 25) lost to Bangladesh A 155 for 3 (Tushar 93) by seven wickets

Tushar Imran struck an impressive 93 to guide Bangladesh A to a comfortable victory over Lancashire, by seven wickets, at Liverpool. He cracked 11 fours and a six in his 91-ball innings and only fell with the winning post in sight.

Bangladesh had won the toss and produced an impressive bowling display and fielded very tidily to run through Lancashire, who fielded a weakened XI following their Twenty20 defeat at the weekend. They were captained by Iain Sutcliffe, who opened the batting with Andrew Crook, but only the young Australian-born batsman Paul Horton offered any resistance, with a solid 46. Lancashire's tail were only able to provide 20 runs between them.

For Bangladesh, the left-arm spinner Abdur Razzaq ended with the impressive figures of 3 for 25 from seven overs, while Syed Rasel conceded just 16 runs from his 10 overs. The Bangladeshi senior side were widely criticised for their fielding mishaps during their tour of England earlier this season, so they would have been encouraged to see their A team fare better by achieving two run-outs.

In reply, Tushar - who has played three Tests - was quickly into his stride following the early loss of Shahriar Nafees, taking a particular liking to the former England Under-19 seamer Kyle Hogg, who conceded 41 runs in his six overs. Bangladesh were never in any serious trouble in pursuit of 150, reaching their target with more than 15 overs to spare.