Bangladesh Under-19 National Cricket Team Skipper Akbar Ali struck an unbeaten 98-run knock to lead the side from the front as they recorded their second straight victory in the ACC U-19 Asia Cup, securing a six-wicket win over Nepal in Colombo on Sunday.
Nepal piled up a respectable total of 261 runs for 8 wickets in their allocated 50 overs after being sent to bat first as Bangladesh reached the winning mark with four balls to spare.Nepal opener Pawan Sarraf led the charge with 81 runs. Snadeep Jhora was the other notable scorer with 56 runs while another opener Rit Gautam chipped-in-with 32 runs.
Tanzim Hasan Sakib and Shahin Alam claimed two wickets apiece for Bangladesh U19.
In pursuit of 262 runs, the young Tigers were precariously placed at 19 runs for 2 wickets, losing two openers Tanzid Hasan and Anik Sarker Shatu inside five overs.
Mahmudul Hasan Joy and Towhid Hridoy helped the side recover from the shaky start, sharing 79 runs for the third wicket stand before Joy was dismissed for 40.
Akbar then took the charge and saw Hriody departing for 60 runs off 88 balls.
However the captain got support in Shamim Hossain and together they shared a 130-run partnership for an unbroken fifth wicket stand to take the side home with four balls to spare.Akabar smashed 14 fours in his 82 ball-98 runs while Shamim’s 42-run knock was studded with 4 fours.
Bangladesh will take on Sri Lanka on September 10, the match which will decide the group champions.