In a top of the table-clash in Group C, England crushed table-toppers Bangladesh by seven wickets at the Queenstown Events Centre, Queenstown to register their second consecutive win in Under-19 World Cup. It was a clinical performance from the English colts right from end to start as after restringing Bangladesh to 175; they chased down the total in 30 overs.
Captain Harry Brook led England’s chase with an unbeaten ton, becoming only the second English player after Alastair Cook to score a century in the Under-19 World Cup, as the European country moved to the top of the table. Brook scored 102 off just 84 balls with the help of 13 fours and three sixes.
England began their chase on a dismal note, losing both their openers for just nineteen runs. Savin Perera was the first to depart after being dismissed by Hasan Mahmud for seven before Qazi Onik removed Tom Banton for just 7. A 30-run stand between Brook and Will Jacks steadied the ship, but just when it seemed the duo is set for a big stand, the latter was dismissed by Nayeem.
However, Brook and Euan Woods did not let Bangladesh make further inroads in the game as they stitched together an unbeaten stand of 128 runs to help their side chase down the total with utmost ease in the end.
Earlier in the day, England rode on Ethan Bamber and Woods’ respective 3-wicket hauls to bowl out the last editions’ semifinalists for a modest 175.
That Bangladesh would struggle to post big was very much clear after they were reduced to 27 for 4. However, a 94-run stand between Afif Hossain and Aminul Islam revived their hopes for a while. But once both the batsmen were sent back in the space of three balls by Woods, Bangladesh’ innings was derailed, and they were eventually folded up for 175.
England 177 for 3 (Brook 102*, Woods 48*, Mahmud 1-27) beat Bangladesh 175 for 10 (Atif Hossain 63, Bamber 3-19, Woods 3 -26) by seven wickets.
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