Bangladesh U-19 team suffered a three-wicket defeat against their Afghan counterparts during the fifth and last youth one-day international at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium in Sylhet on Sunday.
Despite the defeat, the hosts clinched the series 3-2 after winning the opening three matches of the series at the same venue. Afghanistan won the fourth game by 19 runs.
Abdullah Al Mamun made the highest 37 runs for the hosts while opener Iftikher Hossain scored 26 runs. Afghan pacer Bilal Sami and left-arm spinner Nangeyalia Kharote claimed three wickets each in the innings.
In reply, wicketkeeper-batsman Ishaq Zazai made 52 off 79 balls but pacer Ashikur Zaman (3-37) and other bowlers kept Bangladesh’s hopes alive in the match by reducing the visitors to 106-6 in 35.1 overs.
Afghan skipper Ijaz Ahmad (32) then put up a 43-run stand for the seventh wicket with Izharulhaq Naveed (29 not out) to take their side close to the victory before he was removed by Mushfik Hasan in the penultimate over.
Needing seven runs to win the encounter in the final over, Naveed smashed a six off Ashikur in the first ball and took the required single in the third ball to help his side reach home, 156-7, with three balls to spare.
Both the teams will now play a four-day match, scheduled on September 22-25, at the same venue.