SA U-19 v Bang U-19, Only Test, Potchefstroom, 3rd day December 29, 2007

Mithun Ali, Nadimuddin shine in tame draw

Cricinfo staff

Bangladesh U-19 294 and 208 for 2 (Mithun Ali 80, Nadimuddin 72*) drew with South Africa U-19 434 (Hendricks 156, Vandiar 103, Jon-Jon Smuts 77, Mahmud 5-75)

Bangladesh Under-19 helped themselves to some batting practice as their three-day match against South Africa Under-19 meandered to a draw at Sedgars Park in Potchefstroom. After conceding a 140-run first-innings lead, the Bangladeshis reached 208 for 2, courtesy half-centuries from Mithun Ali and Nadimuddin, before the match was called off.

Opener Rony Talukder hit a couple of boundaries before falling to medium-pacer Dwaine Pretorius. Nadimuddin then joined Ali and the two added 105 runs for the second wicket. Ali was the more aggressive one in the partnership, picking off eleven boundaries as he top scored with 80. After Ali's dismissal, Nadimuddin and Nasir Hossain added an unbroken 73 runs as the South African bowlers were made to toil. Nadimuddin, who had fallen for nought in the first innings, redeemed himself with a sedate unbeaten 72.

Earlier, the hosts resuming on 393 for 4, crumbled to 434 all out. Reeza Hendricks moved to 156 before being bowled by Dolar Mahmud, who was Bangladesh's most successful bowler. Mahmud ended with five while Rubel Hossain took three as the last six South African wickets fell for 23.

The three-day match is followed by a triangular one-day tournament, scheduled to start on Tuesday, that also features India U-19.