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Mahfijul’s hundred takes jnr Tigers to semis

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 26 December, 2021 12:00 AM
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Mahfijul’s hundred takes jnr Tigers to semis
Bangladesh U-19 team batsman Mahfijul Islam celebrates after scoring a century against Kuwait during their ACC U-19 Asia Cup match at Sharjah Cricket Stadium in UAE on Saturday. – BCB PHOTO

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.

Opener Mahfijul Islam struck 112 off 119 balls to become the second Bangladeshi batsman after Prantik Nawrose Nabil to score a hundred in the ongoing meet while SM Meherob made quick-fire 42 off 24 balls as Bangladesh scored 291 in 49.2 overs after being asked to bat first.

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.

In reply, Kuwait batters had no clue against Bangladeshi bowlers as they lost wickets at regular intervals to get bundled out cheaply in their innings.

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.