ICC U-19 World Cup: Captain Saif Hassan Lead Bangladesh To Thumping Win Over Namibia
Bangladesh sent out a statement of intent with a clinical performance in their World Cup-opener, dismantling Namibia by 87 runs in a rain-curtailed tie that was reduced to 20 overs per side.
As expected, Namibia decided to field first after winning the toss. The decision, however, was not backed by the bowlers as Bangladesh rode on their skipper Saif Hassan’s whirlwind knock to post 190 in the allotted 20 overs before reducing Namibia to 103 for 6.
Opening batsman Pinak Ghosh gave the Asian side the perfect start by scoring a quickfire 26 with the help of four boundaries. And if Namibia was hoping that Ghosh’s departure would bring them any respite, they were proven wrong a Saif Hassan blew them away with a 48-ball 84 runs knock before falling on the last ball of the innings. Hassan was well supported by opening batsman Mohammad Naim who scored 60 off just 44 balls with the help of eight fours and a six.
Hassan and Naim added 97 runs for the second wicket that allowed Saif to go all out. The right-handed batsman hit all five of his sixes in the four and a half overs which followed Naim’s dismissal, including three in the last over alone, as Bangladesh plundered 55 runs from the last four overs to post 190 for 4.
Any hope of seeing Namibia making a match out of it was then soon ended when they were reduced to 12/4. The damage was mainly inflicted by Qazi Onik who finished the game with stunning figures of 2 for 14 off his four overs.
But just when it looked Namibia were set for an embarrassing total, Eben van Wyk and Nicol Loftie-Eaton added 69 runs for the fifth wicket to help the African side post a respectable 103 for 6.
Bangladesh 190 for 4 ( Saif Hassan 84, Mohammad Naim 60, Dewald Nell 1-33) beat Namibia 103 for 6 (Eben van Wyk, Qazi Onik 2-14) by 87 runs.
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