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January 24, 2008
Bangladesh U-19s 302 for 4 (Mithun Ali 142, Nadimuddin 118) beat Nepal U-19s 191 for 8 (Mandal 48) by 111 runs
Wicketkeeper Mithun Ali and left-hand batsman Nadimuddin slammed centuries for Bangladesh Under-19s to set up a convincing 111-run win over Nepal Under-19s in the first one-dayer at the Khulna Divisional Stadium.
After being sent in, Bangladesh were in a spot of bother, losing two wickets to medium-pacer Paras Khadka. However, from that stage onwards Bangladesh were in control of the match with Mithun and Nadimuddin putting on a massive 261 runs for the third wicket. Mithun struck 14 fours and three sixes in his 137-ball 142 while Nadimuddin carted 13 boundaries in his 134-ball 118. Their superb partnership saw Bangladesh set a daunting target of 303 for Nepal, who did themselves no favours by bowling 18 wides. Of the seven bowlers Nepal employed, only their opening bowlers, Khadka and Amrit Bhattarai, managed to keep their economy-rates below six.
Nepal's chase got off to a poor start as Mahesh Chhetri was run out with only four runs on the board. A 65-run stand followed between Anil Mandal and Gyanendra Malla but their sedate pace of scoring stymied Nepal's chances of overhauling the target. Mandal and Khadka then stitched together another slow and steady partnership of 59 runs from 97 balls. A flurry of wickets saw the visitors stumble to 139 for 5 and despite being gifted 33 extras, Nepal fell well short of their target, mustering only 191. Barring wicketkeeper Mithun, all of Bangladesh's players bowled during Nepal's innings.
The next match of the three-game series is at the same venue on Saturday.
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