Bangladesh U-19 team registered a massive 227 runs victory over Kuwait to confirm their place in the semifinals of the ongoing ACC U-19 Asia Cup at Sharjah Cricket Stadium in UAE on Saturday.
The junior Tigers, who outclassed Nepal in their opening match on Friday, showcased yet another dominating performance both with the bat and ball against Kuwait to complete their second successive victory in the Group B fixtures.
Bangladeshi bowlers then wreaked havoc with the ball as they bowled Kuwait all out for just 64 runs in 25.3 overs to complete their biggest ever win by runs in U-19 cricket.
Pacer Ripon Mondol finished with 3-10 in eight overs while Meherob and Rakibul Hasan claimed two wickets each for Bangladesh.
Despite losing opener Iftakher Hossain in the third over, Mahfijul and Aich Mollah (20) steadied Bangladesh innings with an 84-run stand for the second wicket.
Mahfijul then put up two crucial stands of 53 and 44 runs respectively with Ariful Islam (23) and Tahjibul Islam (25) to take Bangladesh score close to the 200-run mark and he also completed his hundred by the time.
Mahfijul, who struck 12 fours and four sixes in his innings, lost his wicket to Muhammad Umar (2-45) but Meherob along with other batsmen made decent contributions after that to help their side post a big total on board. Abdul Sadiq claimed 3-40 for Kuwait.
Skipper Meet Bhavsar top scored with 43 runs while Mirza Ahmed (11) was the only other batsman to reach the double figure in the innings.
Bangladesh will face Sri Lanka in their last Group B match at the same venue on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, in the day’s other matches, Pakistan defeated arch-rivals India by two wickets in a last-ball thriller while Afghanistan beat UAE by 141 runs in the other fixture of Group A.