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Pakistan A 214 England A 281-2

Jason Gallian and Ian Salisbury showed the England selectors what they are capable of during a 197-run partnership in Rawalpindi yesterday. Their captain, Nasser Hussain, then hurried things along in the final session with an unbeaten 40 off 48 balls to put England A 67 runs ahead at the end of the fourth day of the second "Test" as they pushed for the victory that would give them a winning 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

Gallian, who played two Tests against the West Indies last summer, compiled his 146 not out in conditions that were not ideal for fast scoring. His 306-ball innings, including two sixes and 12 fours, was a triumph of stamina and skill, while Salisbury's 86 was a career- best after coming in as a nightwatchman.

(Fourth day of five; England A won toss)

PAKISTAN A - First Innings 214 (Shakeel Ahmed 62; D W Headley 6-73).

ENGLAND A - First Innings

(Overnight: 8 for 1)

N V Knight lbw b Athar 0

J E R Gallian not out 146

I D K Salisbury c Shahid b Mohammad 86

*N Hussain not out 40

Extras (b3, lb4, nb2) 9

Total (for 2, 94.2 overs) 281

Fall: 1-2, 2-199.

To bat: J C Pooley, R C Irani, C White, K J Piper, D W Headley, T A Munton, R D Stemp.

Bowling: Athar Laiq 22-4-55-1; Mohammad Zahid 17.2-3-69-1; Anwar Ali 11-0-55-0; Salman Fazal 23-7-37-0; Asif Mujtaba 3-0-9-0; Manzoor Akhtar 18-3-49-0.

Umpires: Mahboo Shah and Saddiq Khan.