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Wednesday, November 3, 1999 Published at 09:34 GMT

Habib helps himself to half century

It was a timely innings for Aftab Habib, who was overlooked for the senior tour

Aftab Habib claimed a morale-boosting half century in Dhaka, but England A showed little inclination to lift their scoring rate against Bangladesh.

Mark Alleyne's side added just 87 runs during the rain-hit second day.

The tourists resumed on 192 for three and by the close had advanced the total to 279 for six as the four-day clash appeared destined for a draw.

Only three-and-a-half overs were bowled at the start before heavy showers caused a series of interruptions.

It took time to get going again when the extensive covering was finally removed, but in the next nine over spell there was time for Alleyne to lose his wicket for 32 when judged not to have played a stroke to an inswinging delivery from Hasibul Hussain that hit his pad outside the line of off stump.

When the innings resumed England discard Habib was understandably set on completing his half-century while Ronnie Irani was having his first innings of any length on the tour.

These considerations did not contribute to a rapid run rate, although Habib did at least reach his goal.

But he was out immediately afterwards for 51, run out after a mix-up with Irani.

Irani opened up after this, lifting off-spinner Shabbir Khan back over the top for a straight six.

But the search for quick runs was never easy and straight after the new ball was taken Irani drove at a wide one from Hasibul and edged behind for 22.

Chris Schofield went in to join Rob Turner in indifferent light and the pair added an unbroken 18 before the close.


England A First Innings
A Habib run out 51
M W Alleyne lbw b Hasibul 32
R C Irani c Mashud b Hasibul 22
R J Turner not out 10
C P Schofield not out 12
Extras 15
Total (for 6 wickets, 109 overs) 279

Fall: 1-47 2-139 3-150 4-208 5-244 6-261

To Bat: P J Franks, M K Davies, R J Kirtley.

Bowling: Hasibul 24 3 60 3
Bikash Ranjan 11 3 34 0
Rahman 4 0 18 0
Enamul 37 15 61 0
Shabbir 14 3 49 0
Habibul 18 3 38 2
Al Shahriar 1 0 7 0

Umpires: Syed Mahbub Ullah and Afther Uddin

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