ACC U-19 Asia Cup 2017 – Bangladesh Clinched A Hard-Fought Victory; Sri Lanka Earned A Convincing Victory
On the second day of ACC U-19 Asia Cup 2017, Bangladesh clinched a hard-fought victory against Nepal while Sri Lanka claimed a convincing victory against Afghanistan.
Bangladesh vs Nepal
Playing their opening encounter of this tournament, Bangladesh clinched a hard-fought victory against Nepal in the rain-marred contest at Kinrara Academy Oval (Kuala Lumpur).
The match got delayed due to rain, and as a result, the game reduced to 43-overs per side. Bangladesh decided to bowl first after winning the toss. Nepal played 40.1 overs before rain interrupted the match. At that time, Nepal was on 167/6.
After the few minutes of a delay, the match began with the second innings when Bangladesh had a 181 runs target in 40 overs (as per D/L method). Bangladesh successfully chased that target with the only ball left after losing 8 wickets (181/8 in 39.5 overs).
With the help of an important 79 runs partnership for the fifth-wicket by the middle-order duo Rohit Kumar (40 runs in 54 balls) and Bhim Sharki (44 runs in 40 balls), Nepal was able to put a fighting total on the board. Opener Aasif Sheikh was the only other Nepalese batsman to cross 20-run mark as he was dismissed on 30 runs.
Bangladesh off-spinner Nayeem Hasan (3/33) collected three wickets while medium-pacer Hasan Mahmud (1/30), left-arm medium pacer Qazi Onik (1/48) and off-spinner Afif Hossain (1/25) picked up one wicket each.
After the rain interruption, Bangladesh began their innings steadily. The openers Pinak Ghosh and Naim Sheikh put a 47 runs partnership for the first wicket before Pinak (24) was trapped in lbw by Kamal Singh. After that, regular wickets falling kept Bangladesh constantly under the serious pressure.
Opener Naim Sheikh (52 runs) scored an important half-century while middle-order batsmen Afif Hossain and wicketkeeper Mahidul Islam Ankon played some important knocks of 33 runs and 23 runs respectively.
At the end of the match, Bangladesh were on the shaky ground but avoided an embarrassing defeat thanks to the two lower-order batsmen’s efforts who were Robiul Haque (5*) and Nayeem Hasan (5*).
Among the Nepal bowlers, Kamal Singh (2/37) and leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane (2/35) took two wickets each while Anil Sah (1/31), skipper Dipendra Singh (1/38) and Kishore Mahato (1/16) each were able to pick up a piece of the wicket.
Nepal – 167/7 in 40.1 overs/43 overs (Bhim Sharki 44, Rohit Kumar 40, Nayeem Hasan 3/33)
Bangladesh (Target: 181 in 40 overs as per D/L method) – 181 in 39.5 overs/40 overs (Naim Sheikh 52, Afif Hossain 33, Sandeep Lamichhane 2/35)
Result – Bangladesh won by 2 wickets
Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan
In the Group B encounter at Bayuemas Oval (Kuala Lumpur), Sri Lanka clinched a convincing 61-run victory against Afghanistan.
Due to the early rain, the match was reduced to 42-overs per side. Afghanistan decided to bowl first after winning the toss. At the end of first 42 overs, Sri Lanka managed to score 196/8.
After that, Sri Lanka restricted Afghanistan for just 135 runs (135 in 33.5 overs) and clinched a victory by 61 runs.
Sri Lankan openers Dhananjaya Lakshan and Hasitha Boyagoda put a 50+ partnership (59 runs partnership) before their wickets started falling regularly. Dhananjaya was dismissed for 24 runs while Hashitha (53 runs) managed a half-century. Apart from them, middle-order batsman Jehan Daniel (36 runs) was the only other Sri Lankan batsman to cross the 20-run mark.
Among the Afghanistan bowlers, skipper Naveen-ul-Haq (2/57) and Ibrahim Zadran (2/24) picked up two wickets each. Mujeeb Zadran, who was the star against Pakistan youths on the last day as he had picked up 6 wickets, only managed to take one wicket after conceding 29 runs in his 9 overs (1/29). Qais Ahmad (1/25) was the other bowler to claim a wicket.
Chasing down that target, middle-order batsman Darwish Rasooli played an exact 50 runs knock while opener Ibrahim Zadran was the second highest scorer for the team with 27 runs knock. There had nothing to say about the other Afghanistan batsman as the result they were bundled out for just 135 runs.
Slow left-arm orthodox bowler Praveen Jayawickrama (5/17) claimed a 5-wicket haul while Jehan Daniel (2/20) and Kevin Koththigoda (1/29) picked up two and one wicket respectively.
Sri Lanka – 196/8 in 42 overs/42 overs (Hasitha Boyagoda 53, Jehan Daniel 36, Ibrahim Zadran 2/24)
Afghanistan – 135 in 33.5 overs/42 overs (Darwish Rasooli 50, Ibrahim Zadran 27, Praveen Jayawickrama 5/17)
Result – Sri Lanka won by 61 runs
(Note: NR = No Results; NRR = Net Run Rate)
(Note: NR = No Results; NRR = Net Run Rate)
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