Bangladesh U-19 team made a winning start in the five-match youth ODI series as they beat their Afghan counterparts by 16 runs in the low-scoring opening encounter at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium on Friday.
Despite being bowled out for 154 runs in 38.3 overs, Bangladesh bowlers successfully defended their score as they bundled out the visitors for 138 runs in 48.2 overs to go 1-0 up in the series in Sylhet.
The visitors were very much in the game halfway through their innings as they reached 78-2 but they lost their remaining eight wickets for 60 runs to finish in the losing side. Afghan opener Suliman Safi made the highest 48 off 92 balls while Nangeyalia Kharote scored 26 runs for the visitors.
Earlier, Prantik Nawrose, who was part of Bangladesh’s last U-19 World Cup triumph squad, struck 42 runs while skipper Meherob Hasan made the highest 49 runs but others failed to deliver with the bat as the hosts were bowled out for a below-par total.
Afghan pacer Bilal Sami claimed 4-21 while left-arm spinner Shahidullah Hasani and leg-spinner Izharulhaq Naveed took three and two wickets respectively.
The second youth ODI between the two sides will take place on Sunday at the same venue.