31 January 2016
Nazmul pilots Bangladesh U19 to quarter-final
Host brushes Scotland U19 aside by 114 runs for second straight win in Group A
Put in, Bangladesh rode on Nazmul Hossain Shanto's unbeaten century to post 256 for 6 at the Sheikh Kamal International Cricket Stadium in Cox's Bazar. The bowlers then came up with a collective effort to bundle Scotland out for 142.
Mohammad Ghaffar, the right-arm medium-pacer who was Scotland's best bowler with figures of 4 for 60 in 10 overs, struck early twice to reduce Bangladesh to 17 for 2. First, he trapped Pinak Ghosh leg before for a duck with his third delivery before having Joyraz Sheikh caught by Ryan Brown. Thereafter, it was the Nazmul show.
Nazmul began the recovery through a 101-run third-wicket stand with Saif Hassan. Hassan contributed 49 but ate up 108 balls in doing so.
Mehedi Hassan Miraz, the captain, joined Nazmul on Hassan’s dismissal and the duo added a further 100 runs for the fourth wicket off just 88 balls. Miraz contributed a handy 51 off 48 balls before falling in the 48th over when he top-edged to square-leg. Off the very next ball, Nazmul got to his hundred with a boundary through mid-wicket.
Scotland's bowlers struck twice in the last two overs but Nazmul had ensured a decent total. While Ghaffar was the pick of the Scottish bowlers, Ryan Brown, the off-spinner, and Mitchell Rao picked up a wicket apiece.
Scotland made a steady start to its chase but lost wickets in a flurry after that. Neil Flack, the captain, and Rory Johnston put on 48 for the opening wicket off 12.4 overs. Flack was the first to fall when Miraz had him caught by Nazmul for 28. Two balls later, Owais Shah departed, Nazmul’s sharp throw from point catching him short of his ground.
Johnston, who had taken 52 balls for his 20, was the next to go as he was trapped leg before by Ariful Islam, the left-arm spinner. Thereafter, Scotland was always playing catch-up as Bangladesh kept striking at regular intervals. Azeem Dar, who walked in at No. 4, resisted with 50 off 89 balls, while Jack Waller got off to a start, making 24. But apart from that, there was no major contribution as the bowlers ensured a comfortable win for the host nation.
Mohammad Saifuddin, the right-arm medium-pacer, took 3 for 17 in 7.2 overs, while Saleh Ahmed Shawon, the left-arm spinner, took 3 for 27 off 10 overs. Ariful Islam, the other left-arm spinner, was also impressive, returning 2 for 28 in 10 overs.
Bangladesh faces Namibia in the final league tie to decide the group topper, while Scotland will meet South Africa in a battle of winless teams. Both matches take place on Tuesday in Cox’s Bazar.
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