England held at bay by captain

England A 199 Pakistan A 207-6

Asif Mujtaba, the Pakistan A captain, hit an unbeaten 103 at Peshawar yesterday as his side fought back on an interrupted third day in the third "Test" against England A.

On a day when bad light restricted play to just three hours, Mujtaba dominated, despite Dean Headley striking twice in the 25 minutes of action before lunch reducing Pakistan to 112 for 6.

Asif was then joined by the stubborn Akram Raza in an unbeaten stand worth 95 that took his side to 207 for 6, a lead of eight.

(Third day of five; Pakistan A won toss)

ENGLAND A - First Innings 199 (D P Ostler 68; Shahid Nazir 6-64).

PAKISTAN A - First Innings

(Overnight: 94 for 4)

*Asif Mujtaba not out 103

Shahid Javed c Piper b Headley 40

Wasim Yousufi c Piper b Headley 5

Akram Raza not out 25

Extras (b4, lb10, nb13) 27

Total (for 6, 80.3 overs) 207

Fall: 1-1, 2-1, 3-1, 4-22, 5-97, 6-112.

To bat: Athar Laig, Shahid Nazir, Salman Fazal.

Bowling: Headley 29.3-5-63-4; Giddins 24-4-60-2; Salisbury 6-0-28-0; Udal 12-2-31-0; Gallian 9-5-11-0.

Umpires: Iftikhar Malik and Feroz Butt.

n Clare Taylor took 4 for 38 as England's women dismissed India for 184 on the first day of the third and final Test in Hyderabad yesterday. Jan Brittin and Helen Plimmer then successfully negotiated four overs, taking England to five without loss at close.