ICC Under 19 World Cup 2016 January 27, 2016

Nazmul, spinners lift Bangladesh to comfortable win

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Mehedi Hasan Miraz struck 23 runs and picked up three wickets with his offspin © ICC

Group A

A half-century from Nazmul Hossain Shanto steered Bangladesh U19 to a total of 240, which their bowlers defended with ease despite a hundred from the South Africa U19 opener Liam Smith. Smith was sedate at the start of his innings, and South Africa lost wickets at regular intervals, with seamer Mohammad Saifuddin firing in pinpoint yorkers and Bangladesh's impressive assortment of spinners strangling the run rate expertly. Smith picked up the pace as he approached his hundred, but South Africa's challenge effectively ended when he was caught brilliantly in the covers by the Bangladesh captain Mehedi Hasan Miraz in the 45th over of the innings. Bangladesh eventually won by 43 runs, with Saifuddin and offspinner Mehedi picking up three wickets each.

Having opted to bat first, Bangladesh made steady progress, with Pinak Ghosh and Joyraz Sheikh scoring 40s before the left-handed Nazmul guided them through the middle and late overs with an 82-ball 73. South Africa chipped away at the wickets, with seamer Wiaan Mulder picking up three, but there were useful contributions right through the Bangladesh order, ensuring they reached what proved an amply defendable total.

Group C

Dan Lawrence and Jack Burnham's centuries led England U19 to a massive win over Fiji U19 in their Group C game in Chittagong. After opting to bat, England piled up 371 for 3 and then bowled out Fiji for 72 to complete a 299-run win.

Cakacaka Tikoisuva removed Max Holden early, but Lawrence (174 off 150) and Burnham (148 off 137) combined for a 303-run second-wicket stand in 265 balls. Callum Taylor struck a brisk 21 and the last six overs yielded 89 runs as England raced to 371.

Fiji were never in the chase from the start, losing five wickets within the first six overs, with Sam Curran and Saqib Mahmood doing much of the damage. Both picked up three wickets apiece, with Mahmood's figures reading 5-4-2-3. Peni Vuniwaqa provided brief resistance with a 74-ball 36, but it was nowhere near enough. He was the last man out in the 28th over.

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  • Mehdi hasan on January 31, 2016, 8:36 GMT

    Yesterday there was a report on Pinak ghosh and today he got a pack, that is called pressure . this young boys could ruin their carrier if they distract from their focus. just take one game at a time and enjoy the game.

  • Mehdi hasan on January 31, 2016, 8:33 GMT

    i think BD newspapers and media is creating too much buzz over our u19 team, history says BD U19 team broke down with pressure , as always we had pressure at home as well even seniors struggle in ICC events, so just let boys play and enjoy the game, BCB should give an attention in this ,

  • Mehdi hasan on January 30, 2016, 5:40 GMT

    BD needs to be serious about associates , it looks Afghanistan and Nepal is looking good in BD pitches , absolutely serious about any teams.

  • Jonathan on January 29, 2016, 15:53 GMT

    Mohammed Saifuddin should have been sighted for his Virat Kohli like disrepect for his opposition when sending Mulder off. I hope he reads this and understands that he is only a kid and that overly aggresive behaviour on the cricket field is not the spirit that this game should be played in. Best of luck to the proteas!

  •   Showkat Khan on January 29, 2016, 12:41 GMT

    This Bangladesh U19 Team look good, in fact very, very good. All the best!

  • Kontkop on January 28, 2016, 17:41 GMT

    Right....A, B or C.... A: Is this a really good Bangla team? B: Do we have a weak team? C: Bit of both?

    I'm asking cause I have no idea how we performed. I only know know about Galiem and Whitehead being prospects for us. Congrats to Bangla, love how their cricket has grown,,,new competition is always great!

  •   Rubayet Ahmed Pias on January 28, 2016, 9:30 GMT

    Ban u19 team has meet the expectation of the all of the supporters. Captain Mehedi hasanMiraz is now the 2nd highest wicket taker in Youth#ODI history.His total Youth#ODI wicket is 71. Our next target is become the group champion and later on qualify for the semi final for the 1st time. If Almighty Allah wants we will play the final (In Sha Allah)

  • Asifami on January 28, 2016, 6:26 GMT

    1. Bangladesh is already in track. and a very good , expected start. This team working good for long time and now this is probably our best team ever in U-19. Last time when we have played in 2006 where we got 5th place and players like Mushfiq, Shakib, Tamim, Shuvo who are now big part of our national team.

    2. My guess is South Africa and Bangladesh possibly will play in the final. As South Africa made good changes , as they last played 7 match series here and very clear about the condition.

    3. Saqib Mahmood , an emerging player for England in the world cricket. best wishes to him.

  • love on January 28, 2016, 4:19 GMT

    Congrats BD on dominating SA throughout the last year and this World Cup. BD literally owned them in this match. Being an Indian I am very proud of their achievement and damn sure that coming years are going to be great for Asia. Afgan and Nepal are also seem to be on track.

  • ratul on January 28, 2016, 2:40 GMT

    yes.. AshikJC, keeping aside the rivalries.... we also want to see a good fighting match between The juniors..

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