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Bangladesh take series

Bangladesh U-19 152 for 6 (Tasamul 50*, Saikat 46) beat England U-19 151 (Root 54, Briggs 41) by four wickets
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Bangladesh Under-19 coasted to yet another win over a winless England, thereby clinching the seven-match series 4-0. Set a target of 153 in the fourth match in Fatullah, Bangladesh were helped home by the opener Saikat Ali's 46 and an unbeaten 50 from Tasamul Haque.

England's innings was a disappointing one because they failed to bat out their stipulated overs. Apart from Joe Root's 54 from 119 balls, batting at No.3, and a brisk 41 from Danny Briggs down the order there was little to speak of for the visitors. Shaker Ahmed did the most damage with 3 for 26 in the middle order, strikes that crippled England's line-up.

In reply, despite two early wickets, Saikat and Tasamul steadied the chase. Bangladesh's middle order also suffered a bit of a wobble after Saikat's dismissal but Tasamul finished the chase comfortably.

England Under-19 coach Mick Newell conceded his side had been "outplayed" on their unsuccessful tour of Bangladesh, but he believed there would be a collective benefit ahead of the World Cup scheduled in New Zealand from January 15-30. "We played pretty good cricket in the Test and we were disappointed to lose that game on the last day when we deserved better," he told ecb.co.uk. "It's a huge learning curve for all of us. Cricket over here is very different - the pitches are quite slow and they turn a lot.

"We have been facing 35 overs of spin in the 50-over matches and starting well against the quicker bowlers, but as soon as the spin bowlers come on we have had a problem knocking the ball around. That builds pressure which has led to mistakes being made.

"There are positives to take from this tour and I would single out the likes of Joe Root, Danny Briggs and Nathan Buck as people who have stood out so far for me."

B'desh U19 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
7Shykat AliAnamul Haque
30Shykat AliNurul Hasan
62Shykat AliTasamul Haque
9Mominul HaqueTasamul Haque
27Mahmudul HasanTasamul Haque
10Sabbir RahmanTasamul Haque
7Tasamul HaqueAlauddin Babu