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Junior Tigers concede defeat in last game

Clinch the series 3-2 against Afghan counterparts

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 20 September, 2021 12:00 AM
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Junior Tigers concede defeat in last game
Players and officials of Bangladesh U-19 team pose for a photo after winning the five-match YODI series against Afghanistan counterparts at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium in Sylhet on Sunday. – BCB PHOTO

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.

Bangladesh batters, who struggled in the entire series, again failed to demonstrate a decent batting performance as they were bowled out for 155 runs in 47.4 overs after electing to bat first.

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.