Leicestershire v Bangladesh A, Leicester, 3rd day July 19, 2008

Mushfiqur fights in tame draw

Cricinfo staff

Leicestershire 354 for 4 dec (Allenby 138*, Taylor 51) and 63 for 0 (New 44*) drew with Bangladesh A 330 (Iqbal 78, Nazimuddin 75, Mushfiqur 60*, Naik 3-70)

Like their previous encounters, Bangladesh A's third match on their England tour ended in a draw. However, unlike the narrow escape against Warwickshire, the match at Leicester saw a much-improved batting display from the visitors. Bangladesh were dismissed for 330 in reply to Leicestershire's 354 for 4 declared, and the hosts reached 63 for no loss in their second innings before close on the third day.

Overnight on 215 for 3, Bangladesh lost four wickets for 50 runs, and it was left to wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim to hold the innings alongside the tail. Mushfiqur scored a brisk 60 not out off 82 deliveries, as Bangladesh played out a further 35.1 overs to the 62.4 they faced on Thursday. Nazmul Hossain hung around for 43 deliveries to score 11 in a 43-run stand for the eighth wicket. Jigar Naik took 3 for 70 for Leicestershire, while medium-pacers Tom Smith, Daniel Rowe and Sam Cliff scalped two wickets apiece.

Tom New and Boeta Dippenaar then put on an unbroken 63 in 16 overs, New scoring 44 of those.

Bangladesh head to Derby next for a three-day game starting July 21, before they face the South Africans at New Road, Worcester.