Jamie Smith hit a scintillating hundred as England Under-19s tightened their grip on the second and final four-day match against Bangladesh Under-19s by the end of the third day's play at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram yesterday.
Riding on right-hander Smith's 106-ball 104, featuring nine fours and four sixes, the visitors declared their second innings at 223 for eight to set a huge 333-run win target for the home team; which finished the day with 34 for one, requiring another 299 runs on the final day.
Left-arm spinner Minhazur Rahman picked up four wickets for 74 runs.
Earlier, Bangladesh added 34 more runs to their overnight score of 194 for six before being bundled out in the first innings to concede a 109-run lead. Resuming the day on 62, Mahmudul Hasan ended his five hour vigil at the middle on 74.
England pacer Kasey Aldridge, who claimed four wickets in the first innings, gave his side a perfect finish by trapping Amite Hasan in front for six runs.
If England do succeed today, they would at least have some good news to take home from the nearly month long tour after having lost the solitary T20 match, three-match ODI series and the first youth Test against the hosts.
SCORES IN BRIEF
ENGLAND U-19s: First innings 337 and second innings 223 for 8 decl in 54 overs (Smith 104, Cox 30; Mujakkir 2-50, Galib 2-58, Minhazur 4-74)
BANGLADESH U-19s: First innings 228 and second innings 34 for one in 7.3 overs (Tanzid 28 not out; Aldridge 1-16)