Bangladesh Under-19s 89 for 6 (Hassan 32, Rehman 2-20) beat Afghanistan Under-19s 85 (Hazratullah 32, Gazi 6-10) by four wickets
Saleh Ahmed Shawon, the left-arm spinner, returned incredible figures of 6 for 10 off 7.4 overs to set up Bangladesh Under-19s' win over Afghanistan Under-19s in a tri-series fixture at the Jadavpur University grounds in Kolkata on Sunday.
Afghanistan, who opted to bat, were bundled out for 85 in 30.4 overs, with Hazratullah, the opener, top scoring with 32. There was little cheer for them apart from his 37-run opening stand with Ihsanullah (14). The rest of the batsmen couldn't get into double figures as Shawon bettered his previous Under-19 best of 5 for 25 against South Africa in Chittagong earlier this year.
Bangladesh lost Joyraz Sheik with just two runs on the board, but the second-wicket pair of Mohammed Saif Hassan and Najmul Hossain Shanto added 43 runs to wipe out a major portion of the target. But Afghanistan came storming back to pick up four quick wickets for just 15 runs, with Zia-ur-Rehman, the left-arm spinner, scalping two.
Saeed Sarkar then held his nerve to hit the winning runs as Bangladesh recorded their first win the tournament.
The second round of the league phase begins on Tuesday, with India locking horns with Bangladesh at the same venue.