England enjoy late momentum in series
England Under-19 225 for 7 (Javid 63) beat Bangladesh Under-19 224 for 9 (Anamul 74, Sabbir 53) by three wickets
England Under-19 continued to impress late on their tour of Bangladesh with a three-wicket win against the Under-19 home team at the Shere Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka. It was their second win on the trot, with Bangladesh already having sealed the seven-match series, by winning the first four encounters.
Put in by England, Bangladesh looked to be in trouble at 66 for 4, before opener Anamul Haque led the fightback with a fluent 74 off 121 balls, comprising three fours. He starred in the fifth-wicket partnership of 92 with Sabbir Rahman, who scored a quick 53. Both batsmen were sent back by Calum Haggett (3 for 21) before Alauddin Babu and Abul Hasan added 59 for the seventh wicket, courtesy their breezy cameos.
The opening stand of 52 between Joe Root and Michael Bates put England in control during the reply. While Bates played the aggressor with 35 off 39 balls, Root worked hard for his 96-ball 48. But it was Ateeq Javid who stole the show with 63 off 85 balls, comprising six boundaries and a six. It was his knock that effectively sealed the match for the visitors, even as Mahmudul Hasan struck three crucial blows. Paul Best and Haggett completed formalities with eight balls to spare to better England's series scoreline at 2-4.