Monday, November 1, 1999 Published at 16:03 GMT
England 'A' off at a trot
Vikram Solanki: Early half-century has given England a fine start
England A have started well in their four-day match against Bangladesh in Dhaka, ending the day at 192-3.
After skipper Mark Alleyne had opted to bat, openers Ian Ward and David Sales moved quickly off the mark.
Ward, who looked to be hitting his peak, was the first to depart, caught behind by Khaled Mashud, off Hasibul Hussain.
That brought in-form Vikram Solanki to the crease and he was quick to make an impact, reaching 36 before being put down by left-armer Enamul Hoque.
Solanki joined Sales in reaching his 50 but had made only five more when he glanced a ball from Bashar down the leg side where wicket-keeper Khaled Mashud moved smartly to take the catch.
But Alleyne and Aftab Habib played out the rest of the day, albeit with spinner Hoque proving very difficult to score against.
His 29 overs cost just 34 runs but with Alleyne and Habib unbeaten on 26 and 18 respectively, England A will be looking to post a big total on the second day.
England A First Innings Close
I J Ward c Mashud b Hasibul 19
Extras b8 w1 nb2 11
Fall: 1-47 2-139 3-150
Bowling: Hasibul 12.3 1 41 1, Bikash Ranjan 5 1 25 0, Rahman 4 0 18 0 Enamul 29 14 34 0, Shabbir 9 2 33 0 Habibul 13 3 26 2, Al Shahriar 1 0 7 0.