driven past mid-on to a fuller ball, and that is that!
5.30pm So, from the 16 teams that made their way to South Africa hoping to walk away with the U-19 World Cup crown, just two remain in the running. Defending champions India were always tipped to be there, but their noisy neighbours Bangladesh have a fantastic shot at knocking them off the perch. Even if they don't, what a fabulous campaign this has been for Akbar Ali and his boys! Should be a final worth waiting these remaining three days for. Join us for Sunday for all the action from Potchefstroom. Hang around for reports, analyses and other meat from our man Sreshth Shah. This is Debayan Sen, bidding adieu on behalf of the two Andrews - Miller and Fidel Fernando. See you all on Sunday!
5.23pm Not long before we hear from the two captains now. Jesse Tashkoff: "Not enough runs. It was a tough toss to lose. There was some moisture on the pitch, but credit to them for the way they bowled. Once the sun came down, it got harder to bowl, but they batted really well. We had played them in the series at home and in a warm-up game before the World Cup, but this was also the first game where we were batting first in this World Cup. I'm really proud of my team. We won just a handful of games coming in, and to finish in the top four is something we can be proud of. (On Wheeler-Greenall) He showed real grit and gave us something to bowl at. We have to approach the third-place match to give our best, and just make sure we give everything we have." Akbar Ali: "Our bowlers did really well, and then our batsmen needed to have a big partnership up front. We were able to do that. Our three spinners are bowling really well. We had specific plans against New Zealand. We had played them away recently, and we needed to bowl to our plans. The way they (Joy and Hridoy) batted was exceptional. They work really hard, and it's commendable. (On facing India) We will play it as a normal game. We can't take the pressure of thinking that this is our first final. India is a very good side, and we have to play our 'A' game. We have to do the best in all three departments. Bangladeshi cricket fans are crazy, and I hope we will continue to get the same support that we've been getting. Keep supporting us."
Dr N K Chandras: "Your comments rightly predicted the outcome of this match. Good side on a given day wins. New nations like BD should replace the existing high ranked countries. Changes are to take place to maintain spectator interest. Congratulations BD Under 19!"
5.18pm Mahmudul Hasan Joy is the Player of the Match. Says: "I thought I will bat till the end and rotate the strike. My role is to rotate strike for the team and bat till the end, and that is what I tried to do. During the last New Zealand series, I got one score in the 90s and made a mistake and got out, but I wanted to set it right today. I feel good. Thanks to Allah, our support staff, and all the supporters for today."
Abdullah Al Mam: "So Bangladesh is going to play the first ever final of the U19 WC. Hoping that we will go beyond what we have acheive now. Brovo boys!! Thats the end. Congratulations!!!. " --- The young Tigers taking a walk around the ground to acknowledge their fans. There's a fair share of them around the ground too!
5.12pm February 6, 2020 will rank right up there in the annals of Bangladesh cricket. They continue their merry run at the ICC U-19 World Cup, with a fantastic chase against New Zealand. They haven't done much wrong on this day, beginning with the toss. Akbar Ali won the toss and put New Zealand in under murky overhead conditions, and his bowlers responded with a disciplined effort. Shoriful Islam was perhaps the pick of the bowlers, and the spinners complemented him perfectly. When chasing, they lost their openers early, but then Mahmudul Hasan Joy and Towhid Hridoy took the game away from New Zealand. The equation was skewed in their favour when Hridoy got out, and then Shahadat Hossain joined Joy as he waltzed his way to a splendid century. A win by six wickets, and a historic date with neighbours India in what is effectively a rematch of the Asia Cup final last year for these U-19 teams! All of the Bangladesh players and support staff out in the middle, and they are breaking out their best dance moves. This is a win that will be enjoyed and relished for a long time to come, and perhaps heralds the arrival of a few superstars of world cricket for the future.
All the fielders come in
Scores level! This will be a resounding victory by a very good Bangladesh team
length, and he plays this dead at his feet and sets off. Terrific response from the non-striker, as Sunde tries to kick the stumps down, but misses
Wahid: "Made 100 and out! He has pefectly done what needs to be. He is the man of the match today. Akbar Ali will finish the game "
length, plays this towards mid-on and gets an easy single with some hard running
length, swings further away from outside off, and he presses forward and then leaves
short, outside off, and left alone
oh, they're running away with it now! Strays down the leg side, and he just helps it along fine, and beats the man at long leg
snuck past Sunde! Dug in short, and he taps this deliberately past the keeper, to his right. He dives, but cannot keep this in check, as it runs away towards third man. Good shot, as he was weaving out of the way initially
drives this hard, but straight back to the bowler! Tashkoff takes a fantastic return catch, but it has come 100 runs too late. Gets plaudits from the opposition as he walks off too. It was there to be hit, and he did make a good connection, but failed to keep it down, though. He's done his bit, and taken Bangladesh on the precipice of a historic day in cricket
there it is! Breaks a sequence of five successive U-19 World Cup 100s in semis and finals by Indian batsmen, and how fitting that he does it with a sweep. Lofts a ball running down the leg side, and helps it along towards long leg. Terrific innings this from Mahmudul
Just seems a little rattled right now, in sight of his 100
drives a fuller ball to point
drives this hard towards mid-off
under-edge, but not on to the stumps! Tries a cute dab towards third man, but the ball carries on straight with the angle, and nearly leads to a dismissal
Sam Christian: "Congrats Bangla! Great show! West Indies 100% behind you to go all the way!"
presses forward to defend a length ball towards cover
full, down the leg side, and will be called wide. Goes for a big sweep, but misses
"Great going young tigers! I had been watching crincinfo commentary through 50 min drive on the way to office as I didnt want to miss the fun. Now in a meeting with all the directors, but I just joined from my desk citing as work needed on the side (actually following the game on cricinfo!). Keep it up, will see on Sunday, how all sub-continent final goes! FYI. Last ONE year not a single comment published by me. Dont you think its an injustice a die-hard fan who is watching cricinfo since 1998?" --- Doesn't your name literally mean 'wish', Arzoo? Anyway, congratulations :)
short, outside off, and he ducks under this
length, outside off, and he leaves this. A bit of late movement away, but he's not bothered with playing this
Subhasree Ghosh: "@Debayan, Espncricinfo should really put headline "Mahmudul Hasan brings ton of joy to Bangla fans" for today's match report, won't they? Joy signifying "win" in Bengali, it'll be a sweet pun!"
length, and he plays this towards short mid-wicket
short, and he swings this away towards deep square leg
Ujjal: "I'm dreaming by heart that this professional BD team will bring a big gift for the country one day. I wish if I could allow this U19 team to play against Pakistan in tomorrow's test match. " --- Ouch! A touch uncharitable on the seniors. You have to back them all the way, too!
short, and he goes back and plays this to the right of extra cover. Easy single again
starts with a back-of-a-length ball, just outside off. left alone
Clarke is back