Bangladesh U-19 team won the World Cup in South Africa four years ago. This time, the youth of Bangladesh could not even reach the last four in South Africa. Mahfuzur Rahman’s team missed out on repeating Akbar Ali’s feat by losing to Pakistan in Benoni today.
Bangladesh’s bowlers bowled out Pakistan for 155 runs in the fight for the number one group of Super Six. Pacer Rohnat Daullah and off-spinner Sheikh Parvez took 4 wickets each with great bowling.
A 50 over match, but at the end of Pakistan’s innings, it became 38.1 overs for Bangladesh. Bangladesh U-19 team had to reach the target of 156 runs in 38.1 overs to reach the semi-finals. Only then will Bangladesh become the second team in the group after India to top Pakistan and reach the last four. But not! Bangladesh youth lost by 5 runs after being all out for 150 runs in 35.5 overs. And with this win, Pakistan, who reached the semi-finals as group runners-up, will play against Australia in the last four. India will face hosts South Africa in the other semi-final.
Bangladesh had a good start to the run chase. Two openers Ashiqur Rahman and Zeeshan Alam gave the team 26 runs in the first 15 balls. Pakistani pacer Ubaid Shah’s slightly bounced ball kissed Zeeshan’s bat and deposited in wicketkeeper Saad Baig’s gloves, the beginning of the collapse. Two balls earlier, Zeeshan survived by taking another catch behind the wicket. Although it hit the edge of his bat, the ball crossed the boundary between the wicketkeeper and the slip fielder. In the next ball, however, Zeeshan, who scored 19 runs from 12 balls, got an eye-catching four through cover.
It was Ubayed who returned Zeeshan who returned another opener Ashiqur Rahman in his next over. The wicketkeeper batsman who scored 4 runs off 11 balls also caught the wicketkeeper.
Chowdhury Mohammad Rizwan is also back with the gloves of Pakistan’s wicketkeeper Saad. After scoring 20 runs off 29 balls, the batsman was forced to take a brilliant catch from another pacer Ali Raja.
Even after the return of Rizwan as the third batsman leaving the team at 47 runs, the pace of runs of the youth of Bangladesh did not decrease. Ariful Islam and Ahrar Amin added 29 runs off 33 balls for the fourth wicket. In the 16th over, Naseem Shah’s brother Ubayed’s third victim, Ahrar, scored 11 runs off 23 balls. Harun Arshad took a great catch by jumping to the left at slip. In the next over, Ariful (14 off 20 balls) was the victim of another great catch off Raja. Backward point Shamil Hussain jumped to the left and stunned the Bangladeshi fans present in the gallery.
Losing 2 wickets in 5 balls and 1 run, Bangladesh U-19 lost the sixth wicket in the 20th over. Sheikh Parvez returned as Ubaid’s fourth victim. Losing 6 wickets for 83 runs in the semi-final, the dream was gray.
After that, captain Mahfuzur Rahman started painting with Shihab James in that dream. The duo added 40 runs for the seventh wicket. In the first ball of the 29th over, when Shihab survived courtesy of Ubaid despite taking an easy catch, it seemed that the day was going to the youth of Bangladesh at the end of the play!
But Shihab, who got life for 24 runs, added 2 more runs, because of that Ubaid, Saad became the fourth victim. And in his last over, Ubayed got the fifth wicket. Only South African left-arm pacer Kwena Mafaka (18) has taken more wickets in this World Cup than Nasim Bhaider’s younger brother who took 17 wickets in 5 matches.
After 4 balls of Shihab’s return, captain Mahfuzur is also dismissed. Saad Beg’s fifth victim, Mahfuzur, returns for 13 runs. Iqbal Hossain run out in the next over. Then Rohnat Daullah started dreaming about the number 11 batsman Maruf Mridha. But in the 36th over, Mohammad Zeeshan Maruf bowled the dream. Rohanat was unbeaten on 21 runs.
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