Sri Lanka falls short by 25 runs against Bangladesh in opening game
Bangladesh skipper Anamul Haque hit a well composed century to lead his side to a thrilling 25-run win against Sri Lanka in their opening ICC Under-19 World Cup Group D match played at Allan Border Field in Brisbane yesterday. Haque’s 127-ball 101, further powered by an instrumental 84 from Asif Ahmed helped Bangladesh post 249-7 after being put into bat by Sri Lanka skipper Sanitha de Mel. Sri Lanka gave a fine chase and was well set towards a victory but eventually fell short by 25 runs after being bowled out for 224 with eight deliveries to spare.
The Bangladeshis were probably in a bit of distress when they lost both openers soon after reaching 42 on the board. But Haque played an effective role to help Bangladesh consolidate and shift pressure on the Sri Lankans who were desperate for wickets, after his 141-run partnership for the third wicket with Ahmed. Both paired up at 42 and carried on until Bangladesh reached 183 in the 41st over, overcoming a huge challenge with the early morning moisture on the turf. Haque landed nine boundaries and a six while Ahmed steered six hits towards the rope while laying the platform to give Sri Lanka a target of 250 runs. Sri Lanka skipper de Mel who did the initial damage by capturing both Bangladesh openers finished with figures of 3 for 46. Lahiru Madushanka, Amila Aponso and Tharindu Kaushal took a wicket each.
Sri Lanka got off to a fine start in their run chase before losing opener Jason Perera at 42. Soon after his departure Sri Lanka lost three more wickets within 16 runs and was badly placed at 58-4 in the 16th over. The Sri Lankans then were salvaged by a useful 85-run partnership for the fifth wicket from all-rounder Lashiru Madushanka and deputy skipper Angelo Jayasinghe who top scored with 83 off 121 balls. After Madushanka departed making 48 off 59 balls with a couple of fours and a six, Jayasinghe found another partner in skipper de Mel who made a run-a-ball 21. Both added 53 runs for the sixth wicket and when de Mel departed Sri Lanka still had to get 54 runs off 38 balls. But all-rounder Soumya Sarkar who was sent back for a duck as the opening batsman returned to grab three quick wickets to bundle out Sri Lanka to 224 after finishing with figures of 3 for 10 off 1.4 overs. Sri Lanka will meet Namibia in their Group D match tomorrow at the same venue.
Pakistan handed Afghanistan a heavy 109-run defeat in their Group B match played at the John Blanck Oval. Afghanistan who won the toss and chose to field kept Pakistan to 253-6. Pakistan skipper Babar Azam top-scored with 75 but their middle-order failed to keep up the momentum as they slid to 148-5 in the 37th over before Mohammad Nawaz III clobbered a 50-ball 66 to take the score past 250. Left-arm fast bowler Zia-ul-Haq took four wickets as Afghanistan collapsed to 144.
From the Group C, Zimbabwe recorded an easy win 104-run win against Papua New Guinea at Endeavour Park. PNG skipper and leg-spinner Christopher Kent took a five wicket haul but failed to stop Zimbabwe from reaching 249. PNG were bowled out for 145 runs with 71 deliveries to spare.
In a low-scoring Group A game, Australia took advantage of home conditions to thrash England by 6 wickets at Tony Ireland Stadium. Australia chose to field after winning the toss and restricted England to 143 with wickets being shared among Gurinder Sandhu, Ashton Turner, Mark Steketee and Joel Paris. Australia were in early trouble when they lost four wickets at 54 but an unbroken 93-run partnership for the fifth wicket from William Bosisto (35) and Travis Head (57) helped them hop to an easy win.
At Allan Border Field: Bangladesh beat Sri Lanka by 25 runs
Bangladesh 249 for 7 wickets (50) (Anamul Haque 101, Asif Ahmed 84, Al-Amin 21, Sanitha de Mel 3/46)
Sri Lanka 224 all out (48.4) (Jason Perera 25, Angelo Jayasinghe 83, Lahiru Madushanka 48, Sanitha de Mel 21, Soumya Sarkar 3/10, Taskin Ahmed 2/44)
At John Blanck Oval: Pakistan beat Afghanistan by 109 runs
Pakistan 253 for 6 wickets (50) (Sami Aslam 21, Babar Azam 75, Imam-ul-Haq 25, Umar Waheed 43n.o, Mohammad Nawaz III 66, Sayed Shirzad 2/43, Yamin Ahmadzai 2/54)
Afghanistan 144 all out (45.1) (Javed Ahmadi 20, Hashmatullah 50, Mohibullah Paak 30, Zia-ul-Haq 4/30, Zafar Gohar 2/25)
At Endeavour Park: Zimbabwe beat Papua New Guinea by 104 runs
Zimbabwe 249 all out (50) (Kevin Kasuza 97, Luke Masasire 47, Ryan Burl 29, Christopher Kent 5/45, Raymond Haoda 3/43, Chad Soper 2/27)
Papua New Guinea 145 all out (38.1) (Christopher Kent 24, Sese Bau 34, Matthew Bentley 2/20, Luke Jongwe 2/36, Peacemore Zimwa 2/50)
At Tony Ireland Stadium: Australia beat England by 6 wickets
England 143 all out (38.3) (Craig Overton 35, Adam Bell 20n.o., Gurinder Sandhu 3/27, Ashton Turner 3/30, Mark Steketee 2/35, Joel Paris 2/35)
Australia 147 for 4 wickets (35.1) (William Bosisto 35n.o., Travis Head 57n.o., Reece Topley 2/33, Jamie Overton 2/34)
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