ICC Under-19 World Cup 2012

Haque leads Bangladesh to victory

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August 11, 2012

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Zia-ul-Haq is embraced by team-mates, Pakistan v Afghanistan, ICC U-19 World Cup 2012, Buderim, August 11, 2012
Zia-ul-Haq bagged four wickets in Pakistan's crushing win over Afghanistan © ICC/Getty
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Bangladesh's captain Anamul Haque led his side to victory over Sri Lanka with a century in their opening Under-19 World Cup match at Allan Border Field in Brisbane. Haque's 101 was augmented by 84 from Asif Ahmed as Bangladesh notched a tally of 249 for 7, and it would prove too steep a task for the Sri Lankans, who fell 25 runs short in the afternoon.

Sri Lanka had sent Bangladesh in to exploit what early morning moisture could be found, and when Soumya Sarkar fell to the second ball of the match it looked a wise call.

But Haque counter-attacked effectively, and though he lost Liton Das with the score at 42, carried on in the company of Asif until his side had reached 183 in the 41st over. This was a platform on which the middle order capitalised with a handful of big hits to nudge 250. Sanitha de Mel added two more wickets to that of Sarkar's to be Sri Lanka's most incisive bowler.

Their chase of the target was off to a sound enough start, before the loss of Sebastian Perera heralded a collapse of 4 for 16. From 58 for 4 the Sri Lankans were always likely to struggle, and they were rounded up comfortably short of Bangladesh despite a determined 83 from Angelo Jayasinghe and Lahiru Madushanka's 48. Bangladesh's bowlers shared the spoils, Sarkar nabbing Jayasinghe as one of two wickets in an over with his part-time mediums to snuff out Sri Lanka's resistance.

Papua New Guinea were beaten comprehensively by Zimbabwe at Endeavour Park. A five-wicket haul from Christopher Kent, the captain who also bowls leg-spin, kept Zimbabwe to 249 but it proved too much for PNG. They were bowled out for 145 with Sese Bau managing a highest of 34 at a run a ball. Kent made 24 but PNG kept losing wickets too frequently. Each of Zimbabwe's six bowlers managed at least a wicket; offspinner Matthew Bentley, legspinner Peacemore Zimwa and seamer Luke Jongwe bagged two each.

Zimbabwe, presumably, would have hoped for much more than what they managed, since they got an excellent start from their openers Kevin Kasuza (97) and Luke Masasire (47) who added 109. That was followed by a 66-run stand between Kasuza and Ryan Burl. But Zimbabwe lost their way when the score was 196; four wickets fell with no run added, and the last eight wickets fell for just 53. However, their final score was more than sufficient to defend.

Afghanistan crashed to a 109-run defeat at the hands of Pakistan at John Blanck Oval. Afghanistan chose to field and were able to keep Pakistan to 253 for 6. Pakistan captain Babar Azam top-scored with 75 but his effort at the top of the order was almost undermined by a middle-order wobble as a result of which the team slipped to 5 for 148 in the 37th over. But Mohammad Nawaz stepped up amid the pressure, smashing 66 off just 50 balls, including seven fours and a six, to take the score past 250. He added 103 with No.5 batsman Umar Waheed, who was unbeaten on 43 off 44 balls.

Left-arm seamer Zia-ul-Haq starred with the ball, taking four wickets including the openers who added 36. The only bright spots in an otherwise poor scorecard for Afghanistan were a half-century from Hashmatullah Shaidi at No.3 and a knock of 30 from Mohibullah Paak in the middle order. The rest of the line-up didn't contribute much and Afghanistan were bowled out for 144 in 45.1 overs.

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Posted by   on (August 13, 2012, 18:28 GMT)

we can beat teams like srilanka & we can beat the else

Posted by Meety on (August 13, 2012, 2:53 GMT)

@Freddy001 - not sure that prediction will come close! @TRIN999 - so India started playing cricket in 1974? Interesting! @Ahmed Hussain -Bangladesh have a good record in the U19s, so I would suggest they could do well here. I also think this is proof that their domestic structure needs to be looked at to ensure the best possible success for when the U19s start playing in Tests & ODIs etc.

Posted by praveen4honestremark on (August 12, 2012, 16:54 GMT)

@Ahmed Hussain on (August 11 2012, 21:48 PM GMT)..Well said! You made some valid points. I would also like to put to your notice that sometimes Bangladeshi fans also insulted us too much when we lost .There might be many reasons for this. But let's not dig the tunnel too much. Let's now move on. We need to appreciate each other and also criticize but in a systemic fashion. And also respect each other. We do like quality of your players so only taken into IPL, if not why Shakib is taken?? We also need to be sensible to take criticism. We have to ignore few comments from critics from either side which lack any basis ;because all it it matters is mutual respect for each other and not humiliating and understand the truth.

Posted by fanacric on (August 12, 2012, 3:25 GMT)

@Abhishek Dey ........oh, really? Then, why so many of you have to comment everytime BD lose? So, you are not jealous then, its hatred, I guess! Are you people on a mission or something how to undermine BD's achievement everytime?! Cool down guys ........so much anger will make you sick!

Posted by fanacric on (August 12, 2012, 3:12 GMT)

@Afridynamite .........what non-sense! Unlike you we cheer and celebrate each and every game we win and its just because of the passion we have for the game! So, whatever you people say we just don't care. And stop writing any stupid comments.

Posted by Afridynamite on (August 11, 2012, 23:50 GMT)

Pak is looking very good, should win the Cup !!! Funny to see BD supporters celebrating like they have won the Cup. Grow up! Remember Asia cup?

Posted by   on (August 11, 2012, 22:48 GMT)

@praveen4honestremark...Appreciate the kind and sensible comments! We know that not all Indian fans are harsh or whatever and just respond to minority on their criticism with our proofs and logic. In fact me personally admitted in the previous articles just how great it is to see a top player like Yuvraj coming back into the side, always admired Indian players like him but your fellow fans just need to show respect to our players even if they aren't so great they're only young. In fact it was the Bangladeshi players and supporters at the Asia Cup which praised Sachin 100 and shaked his hands and welcomed him so really we're not at fault here, its just some of your Indian fans need to get their act together and just accept Bangladesh's Cricket rise which should be good anyway as a whole because there will be competition in Cricket something which the Cricketing World needs.

Posted by   on (August 11, 2012, 22:34 GMT)

@ExplicitPlatinum...I agree with you! we're not saying Bangladesh Cricket is better than teams like Pakistan, England or whatever no of course not because there's not much evidence to back that up but what I can say about Bangladesh's Cricket is that there has been a lot of improvement, talent, support, passion etc which is good to see from any lower ranked nation because it shows a weaker team is on the rise. Yes Afridi probably one of the best limited overs player in recent times long term wise has achieved more things than Shakib but that's understandable since Afridi has been playing professional Cricket for over 10 years but nevertheless both of them are top class even today. The problem with Bangladesh's Cricket is that the top teams are not willing to play Bangladesh so Shakib really cannot do much about it, it has more to do with Politics unfortunately.

Posted by   on (August 11, 2012, 22:25 GMT)

@WickyRoy.paklover...Its also a bit premature to be predicting a success especially in the top 2 lol just shows immaturity from your side no case as usual :)

Posted by   on (August 11, 2012, 22:22 GMT)

@WickyRoy.paklover...Mate I wasn't even talking about the Pakistan team in this article infact I'm not really interested in them so please read my comments carefully I was only talking about the win of the Bangladesh team and some great player. Yes Pakistan are talented and great side but so are others, each team has its advantages and disadvantages so learn to appreciate it instead of THIS :)

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