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December 7, 2007
Bangladesh U-19 191 for 8 (Nasir Hossain 40, Adil Raza 4-38) beat Pakistan U-19 187 (Usman Salahuddin 43, Shuvo 3-40) by 2 wickets
All-round heroics from captain Suhrawadi Shuvo and Dolar Mahmud saw Bangladesh Under-19 edge their Pakistani counterparts by two wickets in Karachi and clinch the five-ODI series 3-2, one that Pakistan were leading 2-0.
After choosing to bat, Pakistan were rocked by some early blows from the Bangladesh opening bowlers. Mahmud removed the dangerous Ahmed Shehzad for 10 and also took the wicket of Umar Amin, who struggled throughout this series. Rubel Hossain chipped in with two more and when Ali Asad fell to Subashis Roy, Pakistan were tottering at 54 for 5.
Umair Mir and Usman Salahuddin added 63 for the sixth wicket but three strikes from Shuvo, Bangladesh's most effective bowler in the series, saw the Pakistan innings fold for 187. Even that modest total was reached courtesy of a whirlwind cameo from Mohammad Rameez, who made 34 off 21, including two boundaries and a six.
Bangladesh stumbled in what seemed a straightforward chase, losing their first three wickets for only 33. Nadimuddin and Nasir Hossain did the rebuilding job, which was quickly undone as Bangladesh lost four wickets in a heap to slump to 125 for 7.
It was left to Shuvo and Mahmud to salvage the situation as they added 59 runs to take their side to the brink of victory. Though Shuvo perished on 36, Mahmud stayed unbeaten on 31 to ensure Bangladesh completed a thrilling comeback after being 2-0 down in the series.
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