Bolstered by some solid batting, the Bangladesh Under-19s looked set to post a big total after reaching 266 for five at the close of the second day in their first Youth Test against their English counterparts in Chattogram.
The visitors could add only 19 runs to their overnight score of 261 before losing their final two wickets.
Bangladesh's reply began in unfortunate fashion as opener Tanzid Hossain departed for just four runs. However, the hosts recovered from that hiccup in fine fashion with Amit Hasan and Parvez Hossain stitching together a 93-run stand in 31.1 overs. The loss of Amit and Parvez left the home side on 173 for four.
However, Towhid and Akbar Ali reacted strongly, both reaching their half-centuries during the course of a much-needed 89-run partnership before the former was disappointingly caught off left-armer Lewis Goldsworthy with the penultimate ball of the day. Akbar, unbeaten on 56, will resume with Shahadat Hossain today.
SCORES IN BRIEF
ENGLAND U-19S: 280 all out
BANGLADESH U-19S: 266 for 5 (Amit 49, Parvez 62, Hridoy 61, Akbar 56 not out; Goldsworthy 1-3, Finch 1-22)