Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, Under-19 World Cup, 3rd place playoff February 13, 2016

Bangladesh ace tense chase to secure third place

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Bangladesh Under-19s 218 for 7 (Miraz 53, Nazmul 40, Jaker 31*) beat Sri Lanka Under-19s 214 (Asalanka 76, Miraz 3-28, Halim 2-26) by three wickets
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File photo - Mehedi Hasan Miraz led Bangladesh Under-19s from the front with three top-order wickets and a steady 53 © Getty Images

A knock of 53 from captain Mehedi Hasan Miraz and an unbeaten 31 from Jaker Ali helped Bangladesh Under-19s seal a tense chase of 215 against Sri Lanka Under-19s to secure a third-place finish at the Under-19 World Cup.

Having dismissed Sri Lanka for 214, Bangladesh were progressing steadily during the course of an 88-run third-wicket partnership between Miraz and Nazmul Hossain Shanto. Sri Lanka bowlers had tied down the big shots early in the chase - Bangladesh went 105 balls without a boundary between 8th and 25th over - but the low target meant that the batsmen could rely on singles and keep the equation in check.

Sri Lanka, however, began turning the match around in the 36th over when Miraz was run-out for a 66-ball 53, his fourth successive half-century in the tournament. Two overs later, they lost a well-set Nazmul for 40 in the same fashion. Shafiul Hayet and Mosabbek Hossain consumed 8.1 overs for a partnership of 28 for the sixth wicket and once they fell quickly, Bangladesh were left needing 15 runs off the last two overs.

With the score at 200 for 6, Jaker, who had retired earlier in the innings due to cramps, returned to the crease and hit a crucial four in the penultimate over, playing a lap-scoop off Asitha Fernando to ease some pressure. Bangladesh went into the final over needing four runs and sealed the win off the third ball, through another four from Jaker, this time over midwicket.

Earlier, Sri Lanka lost their way in the middle overs after a promising start and were held together by captain Charith Asalanka's 76. Openers Kamindu Mendis and Salindu Ushan, got starts in their 60-run stand, but Miraz dismissed the top three batsmen with his offspin to leave Sri Lanka in trouble at 70 for 3 in the 18th over.

That score turned to 131 for 5 before Asalanka rebuilt in the company of Wanidu Hasaranga; the pair adding 55 runs for the sixth wicket. Once the latter was dismissed however, another collapse ensued and it was only Asalanka's third fifty of the tournament that pushed the score to 214. Miraz had returns of 3 for 28 and won the Man-of-the-Match award for his all-round performance.

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  • nickexplore on February 17, 2016, 3:26 GMT

    Congratulations to Charith Asalanka on being selected in the Future Stars best eleven of the U1 World Cup. Asalanka and fast bowler Asitha Fernando the two standouts for Sri Lanka, with all-rounder Kamindu Mendis not far behind. While Shanmuganathan Sanogeeth, the batting prodigy from Trinity College, who bats like a young Brian Lara, will be one of the Future Stars come the next U19 World Cup.

  • Abdullah on February 14, 2016, 19:29 GMT

    mehedi hassan and saifuddin are most likely the first to get a national team call up. well done boys

  • Sammy on February 14, 2016, 17:58 GMT

    What a guy this Miraj fellow is. He scores runs; he takes wickets. Does all the heavy lifting, always. Its amazing considering how young he is. Can't wait to see him in the senior side. This young man has iron will and should shine for many many years in the future.

  • Htc-Android on February 14, 2016, 8:02 GMT

    In the Current U19 team only Asalanka would get to play at the top level. He is the only player who is able to bat under pressure. KAvindu mendis also a good prospect with his ability to ball with arms. Ashan and Avishka need to work on their temperament during pressure situations.

  • hasib9 on February 14, 2016, 4:51 GMT

    Just checking in to see what the fans of the neighboring teams have to say. Oh yes, happy with the 3rd place. And yes, do not care for suggestions on how I should support my team.

  • Bangla_Shuhab on February 14, 2016, 4:35 GMT

    Come on, are you guys serious ? These guys are kids ... you should encourage them. Good finish to both Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

  • Tiger_The_Hunter on February 14, 2016, 4:10 GMT

    Though we hoped BD in the final, it happens in cricket and we are accepting the third place as a good achievement. Miraz (decent allrounder) will knock National team soon considering vulnerable position of Nasir. Shanto, Shawon, Saifuddin need to wait in search of vacant place, which are currently absent in national team.

    Some fans are really disappointed to see Bangladesh's win. Everytime BD loses to any team, some fans begins to bash on BD and their fans. Fans should always hope high about their teams irrespective of the opponents. So, there is no offense in considering BD as a winner before any matches. BD fans only shows this attitude and that might be irritating for someone (especially neighbors). Even Afganishtan or Nepal should hope for the wins while facing India or Australia.

    I would prefer to say BD will win the asia cup by winning all the matches, even though, BD is not favorite. Please be sporting in attitude.

  • Lakpj on February 14, 2016, 3:06 GMT

    SL need a serious coach for U19 level, the current bunch doesn't have much credibility. fitness of some players seems an issue too. players were not thought to handle pressure situations properly. undoubtedly there is talent in this squad. the two Fernandos, Asalanka and Ashan to name a few. they should be given proper chances and groom for more senior roles. Unless WI can spring a surprise India are well on course to the title.

  • Anubhav-the-Experience on February 13, 2016, 21:26 GMT

    How lucky are Indian U19 player to have a coach like Dravid...

  • Ammo666 on February 13, 2016, 19:59 GMT

    Congrats BD where they should have been in the final...& ofcourse well played SL...

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