Mahmudul and Saikat help Bangladesh sign off on high
Bangladesh Under-19 206 (Saikat 52, Dunn 3-42, Buck 3-43) beat England Under-19 198 (Buttler 42, Mahmudul 3-45) by eight runs
Three wickets from captain Mahmudul Hasan coupled with a fluent fifty from opener Saikat Ali helped Bangladesh cap off a successful series against England, with a narrow eight-run win at the Shere Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka.
Having lost back-to-back games, Bangladesh were hoping to sign off on a high note and Saikat, who was recalled after sitting out the last game, justified Mahmudul's decision to bat first. He hit six fours during his 72-ball stay and put on 77 for the second wicket with Amit Majumder as the hosts looked to take the upper hand. But repeated strikes from Matt Dunn and Nathan Buck, both of whom finished with three wickets apiece, meant Bangladesh were limited to 206.
England were off on the wrong foot during the chase, as the openers departed with the score on 13. But fighting forties from Charlie Roebuck and Jos Buttler revived the innings, and the 64-run fourth-wicket partnership looked to have got the visitors back on track. But once Roebuck was sent back by offspinner Mahmudul, Buttler soon followed. Ben Stokes and Azeem Rafiq looked to make it a nervy end, but Mahmudul and Shaker Ahmed ensured the 5-2 scoreline in favour of Bangladesh with five balls to spare.