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February 22, 2008
Bangladesh U-19s 149 (Shuvo 56*, Harris 5-29) beat England U-19s 136 (Hasan 2-16, Nasir Hossain 2-20) by 13 runs
Bangladesh, who were 49 for 7 at one stage, launched an amazing rearguard-act to clinch a 13-run scrap over England at the Royal Selangor Club in Kuala Lumpur to finish at the top of Group D. Both teams had already qualified for the quarter-finals, where Bangladesh will take on South Africa and England will face India.
After Bangladesh had managed 149, James Taylor started off England's reply in aggressive fashion, striking two fours in his 24 before he nicked Rubel Hossain to wicketkeeper Ashiqul Islam. It got worse for England with two run-outs on either side of Greg Wood's dismissal by Nasir Hossain - Ben Godleman and captain Alex Wakely returning to the pavilion after scoring 8 and 10 respectively. England had been reduced to 69 for 4, but Tom Westley (21) and Daniel Redfern (26) stemmed the rot by adding 44 runs for the fifth wicket. However, they failed to take their team to victory, and were bowled within the space of five balls by Suhrawadi Shuvo and Mahmudul Hasan. The two wickets sparked England's collapse, and they ended up losing their last six wickets for the addition of only 23 runs.
Earlier, Taylor, who dismissed Ashraful Hossain off the second ball of the day, took five to send Bangladesh crashing to 27 for 6. Nadimuddin was caught by Godleman, Nasir Hossain and Rony Talukder were bowled, while Mahmudul Hasan was trapped lbw. Bangladesh's captain, Shuvo, knuckled down to score a patient 100-ball 56 and added a vital 81 for the eighth wicket with Dolar Mahmud (36 off 77 balls). The end of Bangladesh's innings was brought about once Mahmud was caught and bowled by Westley, after which Rubel and Subashis Roy were run out by Godleman. Bangladesh may have been disappointed after consuming only 42 of their allotted 50 overs, but their total of 149 proved to be enough in the end.
Pakistan U-19s 173 for 8 (Asad 76*, Jarvis 3-40) beat Zimbabwe U-19s 86 (Rameez 3-26) by 87 runs
After being restricted to 173, Pakistan knocked over Zimbabwe for 86 to finish the league phase with an unbeaten record. Pakistan next face Australia in the quarter-finals while Zimbabwe, having lost all their three matches, will have to fight it out for the Plate Championship.
Zimbabwe's opening bowlers, Kyle Jarvis and Prince Masvaure, wrecked the Pakistan top order to leave them at a perilous 21 for 4. Umair Mir and wicketkeeper Ali Asad salvaged the situation with a patient 64-run stand. Asad top scored with an unbeaten 76 off 124 balls; he was the only batsman to score more than 25 in the match. Jarvis was Zimbabwe's most successful bowler with three wickets, while Stewart Matsika chipped in with an economical 10-1-27-2.
Zimbabwe never looked likely to chase down the target. Pakistan's quicks Adil Raza and Mohammad Rameez shared five wickets to reduce Zimbabwe to 49 for 5 by the 14th over. Justin Gainsford hung around for a 53-ball 18 and Edzai Jaure made 17, but the formalities were completed in 29 overs with Pakistan securing an 87-run victory.
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