Bangladesh v Scotland, Under-19 World Cup 2016 January 31, 2016

Fun to bat under pressure - Shanto

Nazmul Hossain Shanto: "I haven't been able to finish the innings in the past. But today I could, and that was a good sign." © ICC

Bangladesh Under-19s batsman Nazmul Hossain Shanto said his unbeaten 113 against Scotland Under-19s was special and stated that he had planned to rely more on singles than boundaries on a slow track in Cox's Bazar. Shanto's hundred took Bangladesh to 256 for 6 and they dismissed Scotland for 142 to make it to the quarter-final stage.

"This is a special day," Shanto said. "We have made it through to the second round. I got a century and the team won. There was a bit of pressure because we lost two early wickets. The pitch wasn't great, the ball not coming on to the bat. I just wanted to rotate the strike."

Coming in to bat in the eighth over with the score at 17 for 2, Shanto scored a boundary through cover in his first ten deliveries but then held back his shots. His next boundary came after seven overs and he hit three more fours on his way to 50 off 71 balls

His next fifty, however, came off only as 40 balls as he reached his second Youth ODI century off 111 balls, with a whipped four of Scotland's best bowler Mohammad Ghaffar, in the 48th over. Shanto was pleased that he could finish the innings, something he said he has struggled with previously. The knock also helped him surpass Pakistan's Sami Aslam as the batsman with most runs in Youth ODIs. Shanto's tally in Youth ODIs is at 1747, with two centuries in the format.

"It is fun to bat in these situations which don't come every day," he said. "I tried to take my team to a better position. I haven't been able to finish the innings in the past. But today I could, and that was a good sign. It will help me in the future."

Bangladesh will play their last league game against Namibia Under-19s on February 2.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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  • LEFTHANDEDOPENER on February 1, 2016, 10:48 GMT

    Nepal will crush bangla young over hyped tiger (avarage players) in quarter final. Then everybody will see the reality of bangla cricket.

  • SammySoSo on January 31, 2016, 19:53 GMT

    I will rejoice when the little Tigers start beating the bigger teams. Winning the series against SA lately was great . Hope they can repeat that and beat the other big names in this tournament. The senior side needs fresh blood and this is where they will draw new players from. The little tiger cubs give me hope that the talent pool will still be there, 5 to 10 years from now. BCB is doing a great job nurturing future cricketers.

  • Aminul Islam on January 31, 2016, 18:08 GMT

    The knock also helped him surpass Pakistan's Sami Aslam as the batsman with most runs in Youth ODIs. Shanto's tally in Youth ODIs is at 1747, with two centuries in the format.

  •   Rubayet Ahmed Pias on January 31, 2016, 17:53 GMT

    Shanto scored maximum runns against South africa u'19 team 15 matchs, and west indies u'19 14 matches, If Mr. LEFTHANDOPENER ( who has 0 % cricket knowledge) thinks South Africa and West indies teams r minnows then i think indians understand cricket as much as a goat....

  • bdsmaruf on January 31, 2016, 17:06 GMT

    well done santo, wish you goodluck.

  • Lakpj on January 31, 2016, 16:01 GMT

    the biggest issue i see with Bangladesh players is that they get carried away after little success. after that they try to emulate things and then gets in to trouble. during the last few years there were lot of such cases. traditionally Bangladesh have had very strong u19 teams but that haven't reflected on their national team yet. hope these young players can take that extra step. unlike Aus and SA, countries in the SC do not have a strong first class structure hence most talented players fail to maintain their performances.

  • android_user on January 31, 2016, 14:48 GMT

    keep it up tigers

  • Khsaiful on January 31, 2016, 13:49 GMT

    Congratulation bd team. Win against Namibia and just defeat Nepal in the quarter, you are easily through the semies.

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