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Afghan jnr pull off thrilling win

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 25th September, 2021 09:43:56 PM
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Opener Bilal Sayedi shone with the bat once again as Afghanistan U-19 team clinched a nervy three-wicket win over Bangladesh counterparts on the final day of the lone Youth Test series in Sylhet on Saturday.

Bilal, who struck a brilliant 114 runs in the first innings, played another vital innings of 54 off 108 balls in the second innings as the visitors reached home, 113-7, after they were set for a target of 110 runs at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium.

Earlier, Bangladesh, who resumed on 170-4 on the final day, could add only 58 runs to their overnight score before they were bowled out for 228 runs in their second innings.

However, Afghanistan lost their way in the small run chase as they were reduced to 70-5 but Bilal and Kamran Hotak (20 not out), as like the first innings, put up a crucial stand of 38 runs for the sixth wicket to take their side close to the victory.

Bangladeshi bowlers got rid of Bilal and Izharulhaq Naveed but it was too late for the hosts to make a turnaround in the match as Nangeyalia Kharote hit the winning boundary off Ripon Mondol to complete the series win.

For Bangladesh, Ripon, Mushfik Hasan and skipper Aich Mollah all bagged two wickets each.

Earlier, Bangladesh lost Aich (40) without adding any run on the final day.

SM Meherob scored 30 runs while Tahjibul Islam made 20 but the hosts lost wickets at regular intervals and were bowled out cheaply in their second innings.

Izharulhaq claimed 4-84 while Bilal Sami and Nangeyalia took three and two wickets for the visitors in the second innings.

Afghanistan earlier made 281 runs in their first innings, which helped them to take a mammoth 119-run lead over Bangladesh, who made 162 runs in their first innings of the four-day Youth Test.

Bangladesh U-19 team earlier won the preceding five-match YODI series 3-2 against the same opponents at the same venue.