Bangladesh U-19 v Sri Lanka U-19, 3rd ODI, Bogra December 16, 2007

Nasir Hossain helps Bangladesh take series lead

Cricinfo staff

Bangladesh U-19 203 (Nadimuddin 66, Nasir Hossain 41, Pathiran 4-43) beat Sri Lanka U-19 159 (Perera 47, Mahmud 3-24) by 44 runs

Nasir Hossain turned in a fine all-round performance to help Bangladesh Under-19 beat their Sri Lankan counterparts by 44 runs in the third one-dayer at the Shaheed Chandu Stadium in Bogra. Hossain was named Man-of-the-Match for his 41 runs and two wickets as Bangladesh took a 2-1 lead in the five-match series.

Electing to bat, Bangladesh lost Mithun Ali in the second over, but two patient partnerships, 56 for the second wicket between Nadimuddin (66) and Ashraful Hossain, and 82 for the third between Nadimuddin and Nasir Hossain put the innings on course. Marshall Ayub, the No. 5 batsman who had made a defiant 90 in the previous match, scored a run-a-ball 24. Bangladesh were well-placed for a final assault at 163 for 3 in the 42nd over, but were unable to up the scoring as left-arm-spinner Sachith Pathirana snapped up four wickets.

The Sri Lankan reply was rocked by a triple-strike from Dolar Mahmud which left them at 26 for 3. Mathurage Perera made 47 but the visitors were unable to stitch together any substantial partnerships. They collapsed from a relatively secure 113 for 5 to 118 for 9, dashing hopes of a victory.

The next match is scheduled for Monday in Fatullah, with the final match in Mirpur on Wednesday.