Fifties from Shadman Islam and Litton Das, and a four-wicket haul from Mosaddek Hossain helped Bangladesh lift the ICC Under-19 World Cup Plate Championship against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi, yesterday. Bangladesh were all out for 223 in 47 overs but they restricted New Zealand to 147 as only one of their batsmen scored more than 25.
Put in to bat, Shadman and Das put on 124 for the second wicket in 20.4 overs before Das was caught behind for a 75-ball 79. That started the fall of wickets for Bangladesh even though Shadman neared a hundred. He fell short by three runs.
The Bangladesh bowlers did not allow the New Zealand batsmen to score freely, with their first three bowlers conceding 73 runs in 21 overs together. New Zealand lost early wickets and could not get any partnerships going. Mosaddek’s four wickets added to their agony as they were brought down to 66 for 5 in the 22nd over, and then 112 for 9 in the 44th. An unbeaten fifty from No. 9 Brett Randell took them close to 150 but it only delayed their heavy loss.
India Under-19s ended the tournament on a high, winning the fifth place play-off against West Indies Under-19s by 46 runs in Sharjah. (See Page 46)
An incisive performance from Afghanistan Under-19s’ bowlers, spearheaded by Sayed Shirzad and Usman Ghani, helped the team seal a five-wicket win against Sri Lanka Under-19s in the seventh place play-off in Dubai.
And Luke Jongwe’s half-century helped Zimbabwe Under-19s defeat United Arab Emirates Under-19s by 84 runs in the 11th place play-off in Abu Dhabi.