ICC Under-19 World Cup 2012

England eye fifth place, wins for Nepal, PNG and Afghanistan

ESPNcricinfo staff

August 21, 2012

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England's bowlers led by Reece Topley, restricted Bangladesh to 217 for 7, before their batsmen overcame a middle-order stutter to complete a four-wicket win in the 5th place play-off semi-final at Townsville.

Bangladesh's batting effort was anchored by opener Litton Das, who made a century. Das and captain Anamul Haque (56) put on 113 for the second wicket and at 122 for 1, Bangladesh looked set for a big score. However Topley ran through the middle order as Bangladesh lost five wickets for 25 runs and slumped from 187 for 2 to 212 for 7. England's chase followed a similar pattern to the Bangladesh innings: at 90 for 1, with Sam Wood (46) and Ben Foakes (47) looking set at the crease, they looked to have the chase well under control. However a quick flurry of wickets meant 90 for 1 soon became 158 for 6 and England's chase looked in trouble. However, Adam Ball and Aneesh Kapil stayed steady and their unbroken 60-run stand for the seventh wicket carried England home with 10 balls remaining.

Pradeep Airee narrowly missed out on becoming Nepal's first centurion of the tournament, but he did enough to set up victory over Namibia in their 13th place play-off semi-final at the Peter Burge Oval in Brisbane. Airee finished unbeaten on 98 from 76 deliveries as Nepal put together a total of 219 for 7 having chosen to bat, and the chase did not begin well for Namibia.

They were 22 for 2 in the ninth over and although half-centuries to the captain Stephan Baard (56) and Zhivago Groenewald (54) helped steady the ship, once they departed it was all but over for Namibia. Bhuvan Karki, the Nepal left-arm spinner, picked up 5 for 21, the equal second-best figures of the tournament, and Namibia were dismissed for 180, handing Nepal a 39-run victory.

It was a proud day for Papua New Guinea at the WEP Harris Oval in Brisbane, where they closed out a 12-run victory over Zimbabwe in the other 13th place play-off semi-final. It was their first win of the tournament and was a major turnaround after Zimbabwe beat them by 104 runs ten days ago. The win was set up by half-centuries to Charles Amini (63) and Lega Siaka (50), as PNG were dismissed for 235 from the last ball of their 50th over.

The Zimbabwean chased appeared to be well and truly on track as Kieran Geyle (42) and the captain Luke Masasire (68) put on a 108-run opening stand, but then things began to crumble for Zimbabwe. Kabua Vagi Morea collected three wickets in quick succession and Zimbabwe's middle order struggled. Still, they remained favourites with 37 needed from six overs with four wickets in hand, but a pair of run-outs and another wicket hurt them, and the tenth wicket fell from the first ball of the 50th over, with 13 runs still required for victory.

Javed Ahmadi recorded the highest individual score of this edition of the World Cup, with his 134 helping Afghanistan to a massive win over Scotland in the 9th place play-off semi-final at Allan Border Field. The captain Ahmadi smashed 17 fours and four sixes in his 111-knock before he was dismissed in the 38th over. Some power hitting by Najibullah Zadran (83 off 51) and Afsar Khan took the score to 336, the second-highest total so far. The total was well out of reach for Scotland, who managed only 210, to lose by 126 runs. Only two batsmen passed 30, with the highest score being Mathew Cross' 37.

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Posted by   on (August 24, 2012, 16:04 GMT)

SOME SILLY & FUNNY HATERS OF BD CRICKET ALWAYS TRY TO PROVE THAT TEAMS LIKE ZIMBABWE, KENYA, IRELAND, HOLLAND, AFGHANISTAN, NEPAL, ETC. ARE BETTER THAN BANGLADESH. WHERE ARE THOSE TEAMS AND WHERE ARE BD NOW? BD IS THE CURRENT RUNNERS UP OF ASIA CUP AND 7TH IN THE UNDER 19 WORLD CUP. BD WAS UNLUCKY TO FACE THE TOUGHEST TEAMS LIKE S. AFRICA, AUSSIES, ENGLAND IN THEIR WAY, OTHERWISE THEY MAY GO FURTHER, ALTHOUGH THEY FOUGHT VERY HARD TILL THE END OF EVERY MATCHES (ONLY EXCEPT S. AFRICA)! THE INEXPERIENCED BANGLADESHI YOUTHS HAS DONE WELL THAN ALL OTHER SUB CONTINENTAL TEAMS LIKE SRI LANKA, INDIA, PAKISTAN IN THE BOUNCY PITCHES OF AUSTRALIA, THOUGH INDIA HAS REACHED THE FINAL BUT WITH LUCK, NARROW WINS AND AS THEY HAD NOT TO FACE THE PACE ATTACKS OF THE TEAMS LIKE S. AFRICA, AUSSIES, ENGLAND BEFORE THE FINAL! BUT BD NEED 1/2 FINISHER (BATSMAN, BOWLER) TO CASH ON THESE FIGHTING WORK TO TRANSFORM INTO THE WINS! BUT WHAT I SEE IS THAT BRIGHT FUTURE IS AHEAD OF BD CRICKET! NO DOUBT!

Posted by   on (August 24, 2012, 15:29 GMT)

ANMAUL HAQUE (2 CENTURIES, 1 HALF CENTURY, 365 RUNS, TOP SCORER), LITON DAS (1 CENTURY, 2 HALF CENTURIES, 262 RUNS, 5TH TOP SCORER), TASKIN AHMED (6TH HIGHEST WICKET TAKER): THESE ARE THE FUTURE STARS OF BANGLADESH CRICKET AND AS WELL AS WORLD CRICKET!!! CAN U JUST IMAGINE HOW STRONG BD TEAM WOULD BE WHEN THESE ARE GOING TO JOIN THE SENIOR TEAM WITH WORLD CLASS PLAYERS LIKE SHAKIB, TAMIM, MUSHFIQ, NASIR, RAZZAQ, ASHRAFUL & MASHRAFI ?

Posted by   on (August 24, 2012, 12:23 GMT)

THESE ARE THE ROYAL BENGAL TIGERS! THEY REPLY WITH THE BAT & BALL, NOT WITH THE WORDS! CONGRATS BANGLADESH FOR THE EMPHATIC & VERY CONVINCING WIN! CONGRATS ANAMUL! IT'S A SWEET REVENGE OF THE ASIA CUP DEFEAT OF THE SENIOR COLLEAGUES AGAINST PAKISTAN BY THE BD JUNIOR TEAM!!! (CRIC INFO, WE NEED A COMPLETE & INDIVIDUAL REPORT ON THIS MATCH AND ON THE SUCCESS OF ANAMUL BEING THE TOP SCORER!)

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (August 24, 2012, 9:22 GMT)

@Anwar Chowdhury.So what was the aim of comparing BD batsmen and Indians in your earlier comments?? lol. So you think luck will bring the cup? And winning in boucy pitches is luck? PakU19 is a not good team? NZU19 is bad especially in a similar home condition?? huh... So your heaterd coming because of the 99% matches you lost to India? thats why I asked you to grow up!! You are coming up with games which played 2 years back! If your win over WI was not based on the situation of that team (it was a B team), why you were not able to beat them in the last home series or WC?? Runners up of Asiacup won 2/4 and India won 2/3!.Still I appreciate it as previous record is horrible for BD. BDfans (90%) claim before each and every series that your team will thrash everyone and will be out of the tournament first stage it self! That's the issue: first understand your team's strength and claim!

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (August 24, 2012, 7:58 GMT)

@Anwar Chowdhury: Your players in the place of greats like Kallis, Dravid, VVS, Lee etc?? ha ha ha...You must be joking! Do you know the batting/bowling average of your great players?? To be frank, other than Shakib, there is no players in BD who will be good enough for a national team! To replace those legends, your players have to win consistently from now onwards to reach that level when they retire. I donot mind if they can do so. Lets wait and see. And people can see the language and tone of your comments below and understand who told lie. May be you are not aware of it!

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (August 24, 2012, 6:10 GMT)

@ r0ketman. No worries mate.The whole world know what happened to no:1 team after that. At least India hold it for 20 months!. Also, some others(other than Aus, Ind, Eng, SA) yet to touch no:1. So, you donot have a voice unless you are an Ausis fan who hold it for years. The rankings will reflect only the efforts made by the team in the past. You can celebrate no:1 rank, but that will not guarantee a victory. That doesn't mean they are strong now. Even a top ranked SA will lost the game to BD if they do not have the right combinations (see the unofficial T20 @ zimbabwe)

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (August 24, 2012, 5:59 GMT)

@Anwar Chowdhury. Funny to see that you are analysis a team not by a series but by its past performances! (Earlier it was based on senior team rankings!) In that case, WI must be the best team in the world as they have a better record because of that old golden days! Look at the position which they stand in the series or wins they got. And for the years you mention, BD was a part of India before 1947 and was a part of Pakistan after that. That means you too have played cricket from that time itself! So, no point in that! And wikipedia says that some Cricket Stadiums in BD built at that time. May be they are wrong!

Posted by   on (August 24, 2012, 5:13 GMT)

@ Fast_Track_Bully: It's a complete lie that I gave any threats for making any comments on BD cricket. I just told u to make constructive comment and not to make negative, illogical, silly and foolish comments, which some Indian fans (not all) like you are doing continuously after we had beaten u in the World cup & Asia Cup & knocked out from the tournaments. Is that the hatred coming from that? Why don't u people accept those results sportingly? Why not support BD cricket as it is good for Asian & World cricket to bring the competitiveness in the game? You are telling that "BD don't have a good senior team or a junior team either", oh really? U silly people always say that WI, Ireland, Afghanistan, Netherlands, Nepal, etc are better than BD. Really? The fact is that recently we are the runners up of Asia cup, whitewashed New Zealand, W. Indies (in W. Indies), Ireland (in Ireland) in recent years and now the youth team is fighting for the 7-8thin the under 19 world cup.

Posted by   on (August 24, 2012, 5:13 GMT)

@ Fast_Track_Bully: How can I show the under 19 rankings when there is no ranking exists? The ranking is only exists for the senior team and I had refereed to that. I think the team's ability & strength are mostly reflected on the rankings, coz that was made by the results. But sometimes the results might not be as per the ranking which is called the upsets. I admitted that WI & BD made good performance above of their rankings in this specific tournament (check my comment and don't tell lie). Of course India is in the final now and that is the fact but you should also admit that they were very lucky in quarterfinal and semifinal as they very narrowly escaped the defeats. And with the luck if even India become champion, you can't erase the fact that they played very poor cricket throughout the tournament specially the batting. Also there is a fact that India didn't have to face the team like Aussies, S. Africa & England before the final. So you grow up dude! Try to accept the facts.

Posted by   on (August 24, 2012, 5:12 GMT)

@ Fast_Track_Bully: No Bangladeshi fan has given any statement like u mentioned; "as their batsmen got lot of runs and they got century so their team is better than all other teams which qualified for the Quarter and Semis and Finals!!!" Then why are you lying in a public forum like this? Every Bangladeshi fan admits that BD still is the bottom ranked team (I also admitted that in my earlier comments, u read that carefully). What we BD fan try to make this point every time (with the current facts, figures, stats & rankings) is that BD is improving in all formats and levels.

Posted by   on (August 23, 2012, 22:10 GMT)

@Fast_Track...One last thing you said "Even WI have a better U19 team than yours!"? - loool How can West Indies have a better record than Bangladesh Under- 19 when Bangladesh is leading them at that level 4-2? Yes India is better than Bangladesh but so what man? India have had full membership for 86 years whereas Bangladesh a mere 12 big difference so that's proof enough but anyway like I said always mate, times are changing but best of luck for team India Under-19 in the final against Australia :)

Posted by   on (August 23, 2012, 16:39 GMT)

@Fast_Track...Also I don't understand why you can't accept the fact that Bangladesh Cricket has improved since they first started out and continuing to improve even further. In their Under-19 Cricket where most future stars are born, they have good records at that level for example an 17-8 win ration over a mighty team like England not bad for a minnow isn't it? a 5-5 win-loss ration against Pakistan, 1-1 v Australia, 5-0 v Ireland, 14-8 win ratio over Sri Lanka what more can you expect from a team like Bangladesh? These figures is remarkable for a weak team common sense really. But once these older players all retire like SRT, Misbah, Ponting, Kallis etc along with the most recently Dravid, Lee, KP, Laxman etc then you will see the big changes happening in the World of Cricket again common sense because our Bangladeshi players are not only very young as a whole but the very experienced youngsters compared to the youngsters of the other team so I don't understand why you cannot see it.

Posted by r0ketman on (August 23, 2012, 13:59 GMT)

@Fast_Track_Bully: For once I found your statements correct. First, you are correct, there is no ranking system in U19. However, BD U19 team has one of the highest W/L ration amongst test playing nations, only Aus and IND has better W/L ration if I am not mistaken. So BD does not have good junior team either is not a correct statement. Second, you asked "Do you think rating can bring victory?" I do not. And apparatnly ratings do not bring victory in real life, as we saw the World's former no.1 team India got thrashed in not one, but 2 overseas series right after getting the top ranking. I don't think as an India fan you really want to bring up issues of ranking, as other fans will rub the 8-0 drubbings your team received in England and Australia back in your face!:-)

Posted by   on (August 23, 2012, 11:05 GMT)

Fast_Track_Bully: You & some other fan like u (not all) are always of double standard. When India & Sachin was is in the top in the rankings, then that ranking is ok for you. When u need to criticize BD, then u go to the rankings too. But when we refer, then those rankings are useless to u. I can still remember when BD became 5th in the T20 ranking after they whitewashed Ireland, then thousands of fans like you spoiled your words against that ranking position (just go through that article, that is documented in cricifo) and the amount of post there was a record by the people like you. Now the question is if the ranking is useless then why u bothered for that then? So you are nothing but the double standard people & quite funny too!

Posted by   on (August 23, 2012, 10:45 GMT)

@Fast_Track_Bully...I actually agree with you that everyone is entitled to their opinion but you do almost every-time act kind of silly on Bangladesh's Cricket regardless of the result or even things that has nothing to do with Cricket but the important thing is that this is moderated which is great to see good luck :)

Posted by   on (August 23, 2012, 10:42 GMT)

@cool2cool yeah?India poor against BD?BD win against strong teams once in a while.That's nothing but a fluke.India got lucky in tests you say?You can't say that for tests even if you say it for one days.You can't win a test match just with luck.If you belive you can,then you're an idiot.Test matches are really a test for the players both physically and mentally.You can never keep up your performance for 5 days just with luck

Posted by   on (August 23, 2012, 10:02 GMT)

@Anwar Chowdhury - I really respect your views very sensible analyses from you....@Fast_Track_Bully....please behave sensibly you as well make some decent points but your group passage was obviously the easiest passage because neither England, South Africa or Australia was in your way till the final but no worries, us Australians will show who are the real kings :D

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (August 23, 2012, 9:57 GMT)

@Anwar Chowdhury. How silly and arrogant you are to threaten others on a public forum not to comment on your team! Truth will hurt, admit it. you do not have a good senior team or a junior team either. Even WI have a better U19 team than yours!

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (August 23, 2012, 9:48 GMT)

@Anwar Chowdhury. It is clear that who is illogical and funny!. Can you please show me the U19 rankings? Also, do you think rankings are a huge factor over the teams ability? and 5th position is not great compared to 7th? And funny to see that you agreed about the performance of WI in this post. Read your last posts again!Adjusting to alian condition as soon as possible is a must for international teams. So, thats not an excuse for the loss of other teams. Admit that Indian boys played well. (They are at the finals now.) You know it is bowling pitches and still talking about low scores of India! and the hundreds about your batsmen!. It seems like BD got all the talent and rest of the world is useless!! grow up dude! You are not the authority to prevent others from commenting of pathetic performance of BD. mind it.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (August 23, 2012, 9:38 GMT)

@ Anwar Chowdhury . Do you think rating can bring victory? Study the U19 teams and their performances and comment.Also, I do not know about the U19 team rankings. Where is it?

Posted by   on (August 23, 2012, 8:53 GMT)

@ Fast_Track_Bully: You are funny & silly! I told that as India got the chance to play their all matches in Townsvile from their very 1st match, so they got the scope to suit with the bouncy condition well than other visiting teams! And just check the ICC rankings here at Cricinfo and you will find the West Indies & Bangladesh are the bottom ranked teams in all formats. I know very well that WI & BD are playing for the 5th & 7th position. Both these two teams did very well above of their rankings in this specific tournament but it doesn't mean that the ICC rankings will be changed for them on these results! I think u got the points now. So you should try to understand & conceive the points before commenting on others. Don't react emotionally, illogically & funnily ! You and some other silly fans should mind on your own business leaving behind the negative comments on BD cricket.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (August 23, 2012, 8:24 GMT)

BD fan points that their batsmen got lot of runs and they got century so their team is better than all other teams which qualified for the Quarter and Semis and Finals!!! What a logic! lol@BD fans

Posted by   on (August 23, 2012, 7:40 GMT)

@ cool2cool: Time has changed for Bangladesh, so forget those past win -loss ratio. India has 100 years of history playing cricket & has billion billion dollar sponsorship money for development, whereas BD started playing irregular international matches not very long ago with scarcity of money & infrastructures. But even with these things, now Bengal Tigers are roaring everywhere ( in both bouncy & spin pitches) like in Bangladesh (Asia cup, BPL), in India (IPL), in Ireland (T20 series), in Australia (under19 world cup), in Sr Lanka (SLPL). Shakib is the number 1 in both test & 1 day for long and 7th in T20 (even he could play very few matches) all-rounder rankings, Tamim was made Wisden cricketer of the year and now in the 3rd position amongst the top scorers of SLPL, Anamul & Liton are at the 4th & 7th position amongst top run scorers at under 19 world cup. So you see, Bengal tigers are roaring everywhere! So don't try to fool people with your silly comparison,face the present!

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (August 23, 2012, 5:46 GMT)

@Anwar Chowdhury . Funny! you mentioned India got lucky by playing boucy tracks! ha ha ha...and guess what will be the score if it was a flat track! And you rated WIU19 as bottom team!!!For your info, they are playing for the 5th place in this tournament! No more comments and arguments required!

Posted by   on (August 22, 2012, 20:53 GMT)

@ cool2cool: You needn't to be shocked on BD's failure, we have crores of people to be shocked! And no Bangladeshi fans claimed that BD is the title contender. Again saying u r just a fool & a complete liar. Being the 9th ranked team to proceed in the 2nd round was the target for BD and they achieved that very handsomely. Moreover in the knock out matches they fought very strongly against the top teams like Aussies & England. So, BD has done their jobs all ready. But being the top team, India has to prove more than reaching in just the semi final. And with the luck if even India become Champion, you cant erase the fact that they played very poor cricket throughout the tournament. So just mind on your own business & try to read carefully & conceive all my comments here and act & make comment accordingly.

Posted by cool2cool on (August 22, 2012, 17:45 GMT)

@Ridwan Siddique: I totally agree with you. India always are very poor against BD. May be that is the reason why they have not yet invited BD to play a bilateral ODI/Test series in India. In ODI, India have won only 23 matches and lost 3 against BD. Not much different in tests either, they have won only 6 matches (India being very lucky, 1 was drawn because of the rain) out of 7 played against BD (all tests played in BD).

Posted by cool2cool on (August 22, 2012, 17:34 GMT)

@Anwar Chowdhury : No one claimed that India is the best team in the tournament or best on bouncy pitches. It doesn't matter whether they were all-out against PNG or just escaped against Pak or no Indian will finish in tops in batting/bowling (in the end it is a team game). They are in the semi-final and that is what matters.

And for BD, after reading the comments from BD supporters after their win against SL, I started to believe the BD is a title contenders and the best team on the bouncy pitches. Therefore I was shocked to see BD loose back-to-back matches.

Posted by   on (August 22, 2012, 14:50 GMT)

@ Arun Nayar, serious-am-i,Legaleagle: You & some other indian fans (not all) people are always funny, arrogant, illogical and are the haters of BD cricket for no reason, u don't talk with facts & figures. u just come here to give negative comments on BD cricket. I dont know why u are spoiling your time on the news of BD cricket rather than on your own cricket news (surprisingly i didn't find u people commenting, criticizing, giving suggestion on Indian cr news pages). We BD fans will not be found insulting & giving negative comments on specifically on the pages of Indian cricket news. So why you? Is that the reason, we beat u in the World cup & Asia Cup & knocked out from the tournaments? Is that the hatred coming from that? Why don't u people accept those results sportingly? Why not support BD cricket as it is good for Asian & World cricket for the competitiveness of the game?

Posted by   on (August 22, 2012, 14:26 GMT)

The only things that I would be critical of the Bangladeshi U19 team is that they should learn to bat to the full allocated 50 overs and the key to that is not to give away their wickets.Learn when to be attacking and when to be defensive during the duration of the innings when circumstances merits and just pick certain individual opposition bowlers to attack rather than all of the opposition bowlers.One thing that I am highly critical of the U19 and senior players is that they do not know how to pace an innings when circumstances and certain criteria demands.These things are the main factor between winning and losing a game.

Posted by   on (August 22, 2012, 14:03 GMT)

@ Fast_Track_Bully: I didn't rated SL team, but ICC rated above of WI in all formats, just check rankings. India was quite lucky to play all their matches in the bouncy pitches of Townsvile to suit the condition better than others, but still they manages to score poorly like 204/8 against the bottom ranked non test playing country PNG & lost 9 wickets, took 48 overs to chase only 135 against Pakistan (as they luckily went to the semi final) and was all out in 166 against WI ( bottom ranked team of all formats) in the group match. So far @ the list of top scorers, a Indian player will be found in only @ the 24th position and probably there are no Indian players who scored a century yet. Its not the comparison but giving u the stats that BD scored 171 against the top team like Aussies, scored 218 runs against top team England in their very 1st & 2nd matches in Townsvile. Two BD players in 4th & 7th position in the top run scorers and both made century. So plz poke at you, not to us!

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (August 22, 2012, 12:47 GMT)

@Naseem Ali. Good comment. BD can be placed with WI and NZ. Because they can't ensure win over other teams. But in the case of Ind,Pak,SL,Eng they are another group which always have a chance of 50% against all teams (even if SL and Pak are not in form now). And Aussis and SA are the only 2 teams who can ensure 60% chance over other teams. We cannot see any hype from NZ and WI (even if WI has a better probability to beat Aussis/SA than BD against Aussis/SA) fans. But BD fans are talking too much but we cannot see anything in their team performance! @Anwar Chowdhury look at WI vs Pak result and do you think WI U19 team is not good? dude, first analyze the match and teams and then comment!

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

@Legaleagle - HA HA HA Do you even know what you're talking about? because Pakistan a team that is declining got knocked out by a team like West Indies you're very amusing love the jokes :P :D

Posted by   on (August 22, 2012, 9:20 GMT)

@ Arun Nayar, serious-am-i,Legaleagle: where were u all hiding when India all out against the non test playing country PNG in cheap runs, when all out in only 167 runs against W indies, even u lost 9 wickets & very luckily got over Pakistan just to score only 135 runs. Whereas Bangladesh has to face the strong pace attacks in bouncy pitches against the top teams like South Africa, Australia, England, Sri Lanka and BD fought strongly against all these strong teams,(except South Africa), moreover BD had beaten the strong Sri Lanka! And the batting performance (and sometimes bowling performance, coz every strong team had to struggle against BD to get even the tiny total) of BD is better than all other South Asian teams, just check the facts and the scores of all matches. Now what BD is needed, is to develop 2/3 finishers in both batting & bowling, so they can cash on this fighting & bring the positive results in their pocket. Time is coming soon for BD, I strongly hope that!

Posted by   on (August 22, 2012, 8:43 GMT)

Bangladesh fans need to get a hold of them selves. Being a Bangladeshi, Im sick of the better then thou attitude of some of the public here. Our teams aren't as good as the Indians or the Pakistanis, and not at all anywhere near the Australians and South Africans on these pitches. Yes we have one or two players that are genuine talents, but most of our guys are pretty useless against the quicker fellows. Bangladesh fans need to start being humble, as some of us are acting as if we are Australia, when our performances are well, those of Bangladesh. Get it through your head, be gracious in victory and in defeat and for God's sake, stop being an embarrassment to the nation.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (August 22, 2012, 8:38 GMT)

@Ridwan Siddique. It seems like BD has won 23 out of 26 games played against India...ha ha ha...OMG!

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (August 22, 2012, 8:35 GMT)

@Anwar Chowdhury. You rated SL team which were not able to qualify for the per-quarter above the WI which qualified for it!!! great logic! And first go and watch the India/Pakistan match and comment. Do you expect 300+ score in a bowling pitch?? then why BD not able to do it?? to be frank, BD fans like you are forcing others to poke at your team!

Posted by   on (August 22, 2012, 8:00 GMT)

@Showkat Khan: I agree wid u mate..infact not only BAN but the future look very bright for Cricket in general and sub continent in particular with very exciting young bunch of players are on the radar..

Posted by Chris_P on (August 22, 2012, 2:30 GMT)

Well done to PNG. Andy Bichel, take a bow, you have been the major influence taking these guys form a non cricketing culture to this measure of success. And they scored their runs without a contribution from Chris Kent. I am really enthusiastic about this guy. He has got to be one of the classiest batsmen in this tournament across all teams. As far as BD us concerned, I know their supporters got a little carried away after their first win, & I like to see enthusiastic support, but they really did come across some classy teams & were far from disgraced. I would add, probably the toughest draw of any of the teams. Not sure if other teams, in the same boat, would have fared better.

Posted by Meety on (August 22, 2012, 1:45 GMT)

Big cheer for PNG! Well done boys, I was hoping you'd win at least ONE match before this was over!

Posted by Meety on (August 22, 2012, 1:45 GMT)

@BrisVegan - I followed it online & thought that was excellent! == == == I find it appalling, that the usual border-line Trolls, keep coming on these sites & bagging Bangladesh cricket the first chance they get. What a miserable existence they must have. Here is a fledgling nation, that statistically @ U19s level has performed admirably. In this Cup, they were on the tough side of the draw & competed well thru-out. Anyways to Banga fans, hopefully there are a few Test prospects that will deliver in a few years time!

Posted by   on (August 22, 2012, 1:29 GMT)

I thought Bangladesh U19 played quiet well in this tournament and certainly have not disgraced themselves apart from the game against South Africa.We were in the toughest of all groups and played against the best of teams in this tournament and came very close to beating them.It is an experience that the youngsters will greatly benefit from and has exposed few very good players for the future.They will be a great addition to the senior team and the prospect for Bangladeshi cricket looks fantastic.All we need to do is find few more fast bowlers and we would be more than capable in giving any opposition run for their money.

Posted by SapnerJadukar on (August 21, 2012, 23:42 GMT)

@Legaleagle; why discarding? We support more teams in the major tournaments that will enrich cricket itself. Such a beautiful game should not be controlled by an organisation that is controlled itself by few countries. BD is not wasting anybody's space but holding it's ground on it's own merits and will keep doing it as long as cricket exist. BD has a generous criketing structure and improving strongly day by day. Most beautiful thing is it has a 170 million strong fan base all over the world and they don't really care what other people think about them... War torn Afnanistan, Nepal, Ireland, Netherlands, png can't even dream of above strong attributes in 50 years to come even though I wish more countries playing top level cricket. I am not arrogant but these are the facts that BD will keep improving until it becomes a criketing excellence in near future....you like it or not !! Just giving you an example, it has the biggest fan base next to India in the world and we are proud of it!!!

Posted by   on (August 21, 2012, 23:38 GMT)

@Legaleagle...haha...I'm glad to see you back mate but Bangladesh Under-19 did what they had to do and that was to reach the quarter-finals and though we lost to England, we didn't lose to them embarrassingly which is great to see and besides overall in Under-19, Bangladesh Under-19 have a better head to head record over England Under-19 in which Bangladesh is leading 17-8 so that claim of yours that Bangladesh is this and Bangladesh is that is nonsense. Besides, a even stronger team well not according to me lol also got knocked out to in the quarter finals so again as usual double standards no case lol but like it or not my friend Bangladesh are here to stay so good luck lets see what happens hope I'm surprised cheers! Yeap Bangladesh Cricket looks great based on some of these evidences :)

Posted by   on (August 21, 2012, 21:26 GMT)

All the indians do not like BD cricket. Is that becasue you guyz keep loosing to our senior team? I know it hurts...lolz

Posted by Legaleagle on (August 21, 2012, 20:02 GMT)

This tournament exposes another abject and pathetic show by Bangladesh team even at junior level. Bangladesh should accept its failures and launch a massive introspection. Hopefully they will know why they are still lagging behind whereas newer countries are doing rather well in comparison.

It feels like a waste of space to allow Bangladesh to continue to play in major tournaments. I think Afghanistan, Ireland, and Netherlands are more capable teams, and should be given more exposure.

Bangladesh should stop spending little money that they have on BPL, which turned out to be a disaster. It will be worth their while to nurture the young talent at School and District levels.

Posted by serious-am-i on (August 21, 2012, 19:38 GMT)

@SapnerJadukar: Really glad and u proved not all BD fans are arrogant. Its true BD is improving but some of the BD fans over here have made a big fuss of assuming themselves to be the top team than others who have won a consistent basis.

Posted by   on (August 21, 2012, 18:40 GMT)

@ Fast_Track_Bully & cool2cool ( NOT ALL) : Stop commenting foolishly. Just oil in your own machine. How u forget, u were all out against the non test playing country PNG, all out in only 167 against W indies, even u lost 9 wickets & very luckily got over Pakistan just to score only 135 runs. Whereas Bangladesh has to face the strong pace attacks in bouncy pitches against the top teams like South Africa, Australia, England, Sri Lanka and BD fought strongly against all these strong teams, except South Africa, moreover had beaten the strong Sri Lanka! And the batting performance of BD is better than all other South Asian teams, just check the scores. What else would u expect from BD being the bottom ranked team? Im happy that BD is maintaining the fighting even they are loosing and hope that they will develop 2/3 finishers in both batting & bowling, then they will be in the top very soon. So u the haters of BD cricket, try to come into the sporting spirit and its a game of cricket!

Posted by   on (August 21, 2012, 18:27 GMT)

I think in the next couple of years Afghanistan will pass Bangladesh as the 4th best team in Asia. And it is admirable!

Posted by SapnerJadukar on (August 21, 2012, 15:11 GMT)

I was furious while following the game on espncricinfo. Another 20-30 runs could do the job for BD. What a poor show and selfish batting by Liton Das and other players. Even after solid base they could not take it to a respectable 250 !! At the end of 40 overs it is 169/2 and the centurians run was 90...in the next 5 overs he played 16 balls to make 10 more runs to reach his century, no boundarys at all !!! Sign of utter selfishness. In fact last 10 overs there wasn't a single boundary from the team...And poor balling from Taskin aswell....looks like they haven't got any target to set, and double W were bowling to them. Even though I am a bangladeshi fan..we need to admit the truth that still a long way to go before any comparison to the top 5 teams. But we are improving.

Posted by Afridynamite on (August 21, 2012, 14:45 GMT)

Afghan / PNG / Nepal are all on the way up!

Posted by BrisVegan on (August 21, 2012, 12:43 GMT)

Witnessed PNG triumph over Zim today at WEP Harris Oval - great athleticism and communication in the field, your guys never gave up and it paid off, an upset win for sure and well deserved (and what a victory celebration)! Great show and you can return home with pride.

Posted by cool2cool on (August 21, 2012, 12:40 GMT)

Shocks after shocks. Now BD (as per their fans, the best young team in the world) has lost to England also...

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (August 21, 2012, 11:05 GMT)

Well done Afgan and poor show by BD. As per their claims, they should have beat England!

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Tournament Results
Aust U19 v India U19 at Townsville - Aug 26, 2012
India U19 won by 6 wickets (with 14 balls remaining)
NZ U19 v S Africa U19 at Townsville - Aug 25, 2012
S Africa U19 won by 8 wickets (with 212 balls remaining)
Afghan U19 v S Lanka U19 at Brisbane - Aug 24, 2012
S Lanka U19 won by 7 wickets (with 66 balls remaining)
B'desh U19 v Pakistan U19 at Townsville - Aug 24, 2012
B'desh U19 won by 5 wickets (with 22 balls remaining)
England U19 v W Indies U19 at Townsville - Aug 24, 2012
England U19 won by 13 runs
Ireland U19 v Scot U19 at Brisbane - Aug 24, 2012
Scot U19 won by 5 wickets (with 50 balls remaining)
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