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Last Updated: Thursday, 12 May, 2005, 16:18 GMT 17:18 UK
Tourists settle for Fenner's draw
Tour match, Fenner's, day three: Bangladesh 381 & 246-4 dec drew with British Universities 238

Shahadat Hossain: In the wickets at Fenner's
Shahadat Hossain was in the wickets at Fenner's

Shahadat Hossain staked a claim for a place in Bangladesh's Test side by taking 4-33 in their draw against a British Universities XI in Cambridge.

The 18-year-old seamer picked up three wickets on the final morning as the students were bowled out for 238.

Bangladesh led by 143, but opted for batting practice rather than try to force a victory.

Habibul Bashar (75) and Shariar Nafees (50) played some good shots before the game ended when they declared on 246-4.

The home side's last five wickets went down for 22 runs early in the day after Mashrafe bin Mortaza ended a stand of 134 between Luke Parker (65) and Josh Knappett (73).

Parker edged a simple catch to keeper Khaled Mashud and Shahadat then took over, tempting Knappett into hooking his second delivery of the morning, which resulted in a top edge to Javed Omar at fine leg.

The youngster then knocked out Amit Suman's middle stump and Monty Panesar also went for nought when a leg-cutter had him caught behind.

"It is healthy not to have preconceived conclusions on these guys and what Shahadat has shown here is that he really wants to play [against England].

"I had only seen video footage of him playing for the A team before, but what he has done might mean he has leapfrogged everyone," said Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore.

The final wicket went to left-arm spinner Mohammad Rafique, who tempted last man Glen Read into a sweep shot and trapped him lbw for four, leaving Tony Palladino unbeaten on 13.

In the Bangladesh second innings, Javed Omar (39) and Nafis Iqbal (46) put on 66 for the first wicket before both were dismissed by slow left-armer Panesar.

The stage was then set for Habibul Bashar and Shahriar Nafees to put right their failures in the first innings and they did not waste the opportunity against bowling which was rarely threatening.

They added 80 before Nafees, having just reached his half century, was run out after a mix-up with his captain.

Bashar hit 10 fours before he edged Will Smith to keeper Knappett, leaving Rajin Saleh (30) and Mohammad Ashraful (five) to play out the final few overs before a halt was called.

Whatmore was well satisfied with his team's performance, saying: "They have approached these conditions better than Sri Lanka did when I was with them.

"There has not been too much complaining about the cold."

He added: "We are very pleased with what we have got out of this game as the main objective is to get as much play in as possible in our three warm-ups."







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