Under-19 World Cup 2016 February 5, 2016

Zakir, Mehedi fifties guide Bangladesh U-19s to semi-finals

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Captain Mehedi Hasan struck three fours in his unbeaten 55, and added 113 with Zakir Hasan © ICC

A splendid 113-run fifth-wicket stand between captain Mehedi Hasan and Zakir Hasan steered Bangladesh Under-19s to the semi-finals after completing a six-wicket win against Nepal Under-19s in Dhaka. The pressure steadily built on the pair after Joyraz Sheikh was dismissed for a patient 38. However, they found the boundary, rotated the strike and compiled fifties in the process as Bangladesh reached the target with 10 balls to spare.

Earlier in the chase, Nepal had chipped away at the wickets and gained a slight edge despite contributions from Joyraz and Pinak Ghosh (32). Offspinner Sunil Dhamala was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 2 for 33 from his 10 overs.

Raju Rijal had set up Nepal's score of 211 with a fluent 80-ball 72, which featured eight fours and a six. He strung handy stands of 44, 51 and 32 with Dhamala (25), Arif Sheikh (21) and Rajbir Singh. Some useful cameos lower down the order helped eke out 51 from the last 10 overs. Fast bowler Mohammad Saifuddin picked up 2 for 38.

Karim Janat smashed a 132-ball 156 to propel Afghanistan Under-19s to a massive 226-run victory against Fiji Under-19s in the ninth-place playoff in Cox's Bazar. After being inserted to bat, Afghanistan piled on 340 for 9 and then bowled out Fiji for 114 in the 32nd over. Perwez Malakzai (74 off 69) combined with Janat to add 130 in a fourth-wicket stand to rescue Afghanistan from 47 for 3.

The middle and lower order all contributed with handy cameos to help add 73 in the last 44 balls. Peni Wuniwaqa picked up three 3 for 41 and T Veitacini claimed two scalps.

Fiji were never really in the chase after losing Delaimatuku Maraiwai off the first ball of the innings. They were soon reduced to 18 for 5 before Malakai Cokovaki (25) and Josaia Baleicikoibia (29) shared a 50-run stand. Another clump of wickets soon fell and Fiji were bundled out. Nijat Masood returned figures of 6-1-6-3, while Rashid Khan claimed 3 for 16.

A collective bowling effort, led by Jeremy Ives, followed by a fifty from opener Shaun Snyder helped Zimbabwe Under-19s seal a comfortable win against Canada Under-19s in the ninth pace play-off quarter-final.

After having opted to bat, Canada were quickly reduced to 21 for 2 and then 56 for 3. Harsh Thaker (23), Amish Taploo (37), Abraash Khan (32), Arslan Khan (31) all got starts in the middle order, but gave it away. Slow left-arm spinning allrounder Ives was the pick of the bowlers for Zimbabwe with figures of 3 for 30. The lower order also struggled for momentum as Canada crawled to 186 for 8.

Ives starred with the bat as well, making an unbeaten 43 off 55 balls to steer his side home. It came after a strong opening partnership of 89 between Snyder and Wesley Madhevere. While Madhevere was dismissed for 31, Snyder went onto stroke his second successive half-century. Ives and William Mashinge added 46 together to ensure that the chase was completed in 31.4 overs with six wickets in hand.

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  •   Mehdi Rahi on February 8, 2016, 9:58 GMT

    BD should be careful , what you did before with w indies , do not take them light , it is semifinal , take present situation and match in concern .

  • Bishad on February 8, 2016, 0:45 GMT

    This was the worst performance of the BD U19 team so far. The young players were nervous for the first time. Perhaps because they are not used to noisy spectators. But I was encouraged to see how they played the last 11 overs at more than 7 runs per over without playing any risky shots. I was also impressed to see captain Mehedy's fighting spirit and hunger to win. On the 39 over over I said to myself that if the BD U19 team can play the 11 overs right this will be a big learning lesson for them and it will be useful in the future games with tougher opposition. They passed the test. So, I am hopeful for BD U19 team to go further even though nobody can tell how the next 2 games will pan out.

  • mforhad15 on February 7, 2016, 10:30 GMT

    Seems that People are overwhelmed with the performance of Bangladesh U-19 Team. Saif, Mehedy, Pinak, Zakir, Halim are not real prospect for Bangladesh. I was highly disappointed with the dismissal of Shanto in the last match against Nepal. It's really over-expectation to be champion this time.

  •   Showkat Khan on February 7, 2016, 6:46 GMT

    NVIJAYG - you pointed out that WORLDWIDECRICKET spoke ill of the Indian senior team then please state out what that was? Believe me I couldn't find any.

  • nvijayg on February 6, 2016, 18:43 GMT

    @TRENDULKAR2 - While we should be happy and proud of the performance of India U19 team, there is no reason to diss other teams. Stating that our U19 team can beat Bangladesh Senior team when our full strength Senior team could not do it last time they toured Bangladesh is laughable.

    @WORLDWIDECRICKET - There is no reason for you to speak ill about Indian Senior team as well. After all, India is currently world number 1 team in Tests & T20I, while world number 2 team in ODIs. So currently they are a much better team than Bangladesh though they had lost miserably in the last tour.

    That said, Bangla team has the potential to improve and become a strong team in future, and Wish your team all the very best.

  •   Mehdi Rahi on February 6, 2016, 14:30 GMT

    Sangakara and Jayawardena two great batsman of modern game, how they play , every great and most consistent batsman play with calmness, staying more time at crease, rotate the strike, watch the ball ,in t20 if run rate is under 10 and wicket is there than there is a more chance to win in every situations. but most of the batsman in BD except Mushfiq , Nasir like to play shots and carried away. Tamim is a different batsman , he is also sometime working more on his patience as well.

  • Nithor on February 6, 2016, 13:39 GMT

    Mehdi is a born leader and a future star for BD , these crop of player will change BD cricket future , the main strength is mentality , fighting spirit and calmness , secret to reach a goal. but do not experiment like Bijoy , you will loose a jewel . do not hear the criticism of some fools who only think those play big shots are great batsman , i still will not give soumya a full marks otherwise he calm his batting style and work more on his singles as well. play similar pace attack with pressing cricket, pace bowlers should bowl regular good length than variations , slower , yurker , lower fulltos and other type of balls.

  • Nithor on February 6, 2016, 13:33 GMT

    Look at Mehdi and Zakir batting, who ever the opponent does not matter, what was the situation and pitch condition, how calm they were , that is the way to give you more chance to close the gap, these crop of players knows how to reach a target , just rotate the strike and have patience , play according to ball merit , this is the best learning a player can learn from group age, otherwise it is difficult for any highly talented batsman to change his batting style or view, many of the BD national team players just carrier way with shorts and give their wicket cheaply, look at Bijoy he also likes to stay at crease long time , but many think tank of BD believe that he is slow and playing for himself but that is the way , if you have wickets and you per with run rate even at the end overs you can give you more chance to win matches. in T20 BD batsman main problem their this mentality is not there , they panic , carried way, loose their wickets, but whatever the target have patience

  • warneneverchuck on February 6, 2016, 10:51 GMT

    India will win this wc..they r by far the best team in this wc..

  • fairfan70 on February 6, 2016, 8:45 GMT

    U19 cricket is proving interesting too. ICC has plenty of money in its coffers. So they should organize more tournaments so associate nations can develop their teams, and in course of time their senior teams will be much better to compete reasonably with test playing nations.

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