Under-19 Asia Cup 2012 June 23, 2012

Bangladesh win after Sarkar double-ton, Haider nine

ESPNcricinfo staff

A double-century from opener Soumya Sarkar, followed by a nine-wicket haul from left-arm seamer Abu Haider, helped Bangladesh Under-19s flatten Qatar Under-19s by 328 runs on day one of the Asia Cup in Kuala Lumpur.

Qatar put Bangladesh in to bat and had early success, dismissing Aslam Hossain for 2. From there on, though, Bangladesh dominated. Sarkar, who is a student at Bangladesh's renowned sports school, Bangladesh Krira Shiksha Protishthan, and has opened the innings with Tamim Iqbal in the Dhaka Premier League, batted until the 44th over. He scored 209 off 135 balls, with 27 fours and eight sixes, and was supported by captain Asif Ahmed, who made 87.

Chasing a mammoth 364, none of the Qatar batsmen made it to double digits. Haider ripped through the line-up, taking just 5.4 overs to pick up nine wickets. He was denied the opportunity to take a tenth, with Omar Ishtiaq absent hurt. Qatar were routed for 35, the innings lasting all of 70 balls. Sarkar and Haider shared the Man of the Match award.

Sri Lanka Under-19s put in a less than convincing show, losing six wickets while chasing down 130 to beat Afghanistan Under-19s. None of Afghanistan's batsmen could make more than Shabir Noori's 25, after they had chosen to bat. Most of the damage was done by Sri Lanka's slow bowlers: offspinner Tharindu Kaushal and left-armer Amila Aponso claimed six wickets between them, while conceding just over two runs an over.

Sri Lanka's chase was off to a very slow beginning - Vidura Adikari and Nimantha Fernando made 8 off 27 balls, before Adikari sliced to gully. Afghanistan kept the pressure on the batsmen, keeping the scoring-rate down and striking at regular intervals. Sri Lanka had lost half their side with only 77 on the board, before the pair of Sandun Weerakkody and Lahiru Madushanka knocked 43 off the remaining 53 runs they required to seal the game.

A team performance from India Under-19s got them past hosts Malaysia Under-19s rather comfortably, winning by eight wickets with 19 overs to spare. India chose to bowl, and struck at regular intervals, to dismiss Malaysia for 126 in 40 overs. While the bowlers shared the wickets, left-arm spinner Vikas Mishra finished with the best figures: 8.3-4-18-4. India's top order did not dominate, but then with the target not being an imposing one, cameos were enough to carry them to a win.

In a match that followed a similar course, Pakistan Under-19s beat Nepal Under-19s by eight wickets. After choosing to field, Pakistan kept Nepal to 156. Nepal were not helped by the fact that three wickets were lost to run-outs. Pakistan's openers, Sami Aslam and Babar Azam, all but closed out the game with a stand of 98. Man-of-the-Match Aslam batted through the chase, finishing unbeaten on 82 as Pakistan won in the 38th over.

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  • Amit on June 26, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    BD out of this WC also .... AFGAN beat them very eaisly ha ha ha

  • Andy on June 24, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    @arshadalimkt: Malaysia have been playing cricket for a long time now. If I remember correctly they played at the senior level as well even in HK sixes I think. And for the Bd fans, check what hppd to your team against SL ? India and Pak is always going to be a tight contest, similarly India lost by 1 run, congrats to both teams for playing such a fine match, hope we get to see Ind v Pak at the senior level played soon at least India A v Pak A if Ind v Pak is not possible soon. Bangladeshi friends, look at the Afghan v Qatar match, it shows how good the Qatar's current cricketing skills are at.

  • Dummy4 on June 24, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    where are Bangladesh fans who were ranting after their team defeated minnows Qatar..Sri lanka have shown them their place and so will the Afghans.at least Qatar scored 35 but Bangla were allout for 34 in 2004 Asia u 19 Cup

  • Ebenesh on June 24, 2012, 11:37 GMT

    Fast bowlers can be directly blooded in to the national team from U19. Batsmen need first class experience and spinners need even more first class cricket. But, still talented batsmen can get a go straight away as it was with Ashraful, Shakib & Tamim.

  • Arshad on June 24, 2012, 3:11 GMT

    @ Lord_Dravid I also didn't know Malaysia played cricket.But what did India do against Malyesia? Compare the performances of India Vs Malyesia with performances of Bangladesh Vs Qatar.

  • Dummy4 on June 24, 2012, 3:05 GMT

    I hope the Bd Selectors dont put Haider and Sarkar into the national side right away after this outgoing with Qatar. They sud get the time to fine tune their skills b4 they are throw in the oven. They are good but not matured enough in cricket. They sud be nurtured and groomed and taken care of and that's how they will be world class player. Lets not forget the Ashraful experiment. There are two very good prospect and only time will tell how right we are.

  • JOYNAL on June 24, 2012, 2:51 GMT

    Congrats to BD team. Go ahead & reply to those people who are muttering regarding your quality.

  • RAHUL on June 24, 2012, 2:35 GMT


  • Dummy4 on June 23, 2012, 21:08 GMT

    congratz bro..kip it up..just try to play better dan yesterday..

  • Dummy4 on June 23, 2012, 19:56 GMT

    Chances are Bangladesh will lift the cup. They seem to be far better than any other teams here. Hopefully we will see a Ban v Pak final :)

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