Bangladesh U-23 257/9 (50 overs)
Saif 7, Azmir 0, Mominul 61, Mithun 0, Shanto 4, Nasir 109*, Afif 14, Saifuddin 13, Rahatul 4, Abul 29, Nasum 1*
Avinash Karn 3/46, Lamichhane 2/41
Nepal 174/10 (42.3 overs)
Dipendra Singh Airee 56, Dilip Nath 41, Bhandari 33
Mohammad Saifuddin 3/22, Abul Hasan 2/40, Rahatul 4/45
Bangladesh won the match by 83 runs.
After beating Hong Kong convincingly by 6 wickets on Moday, Bangladesh are now playing their 2nd match of the Emerging Teams Asia Cup 2017 against Nepal at the Sheikh Kamal International Cricket Stadium Academy Ground, Cox’s Bazar.
Captain of Nepal, Gavendra Malla won the toss and elected to field first on a gloomy weather. Nepal’s bowlers proved the decision of their captain right as they started brilliantly.
Star performer of domestic league in this season, Azmir and u-19 captain Saif Hasan came to bat for Bangladesh but both of them failed. Azmir couldn’t score any run while Saif got out on 7.
The captain Mominul Hauque then started to play sensibly but he didn’t get enough support from the top order as Mohammad Mithun and Nazmul Hasan Shanto also failed to perform.
Mominul and his vice-captain, Nasir Hossain built an important partnership of 78 runs in the 5th wicket stand then. The little master of Bangladesh then picked up his half-century but he couldn’t continue more as he went back to the dressing room while he was on 61.
After Mominul’s departure hard-hitting batsman, Afif Hasan joined Nasir Hossain in the middle. But, he was not able to perform well and got out while he was on 14.
Another star cricketer from u-19 team, Mohammad Saifuddin failed too and Rahatul couldn’t shine after him. On the other hand, Nasir was playing his own game and controlled the match single-handedly.
After fall of 8 wickets, Abul Hasan came to bat and he supported Nasir in a brilliant way. He was in aggressive mood while Nasir was playing a calm and classical innings. They made a huge partnership of 76 runs in the 9th wicket stand.
Abul Hasan lastly got out while he was on 29. But, before his departure, he supported Nasir Hossain brilliantly. The star all-rounder of Bangladesh, Nasir remained unbeaten on 109 run.
He single handedly controlled the match with his majestic batting. Nasir hit 12 fours and 2 sixes during his knock. At the end, Bangladesh managed to set a target of 258 runs for Nepal.
Nepal didn’t have a bright start while chasing the total. They lost 3 early wickets with in the first 7 overs of the match and for that Bangladeshi pacers, Abul Hasan and Mohammad Saifuddin should get the credit.
They started the bowling with accurate line and length. Nepal were having so much trouble facing them and they couldn’t score properly for their ferocious bowling.
After the quick fall of 3 wickets, Dipendra Singh Airee (56) and Dilip Nath (41) built an important partnership of 98 runs in the 4th wicket stand which made Bangladesh a bit tensed.
But, young prospect, Rahatul Ferdous came to the attack and thrashed Nepal with his slow left arm spin. He picked up 4 wickets in quick successions which literally broke the batting order of Nepal.
Nepal just prolonged the match then and they at last lost the match by 83 runs.
Bangladesh U-23: Saif Hassan, Azmir Ahmed, Mominul Haque(c), Abul Hasan, Afif Hossain, Mohammad Mithun(w), Nasir Hossain, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Mohammad Saifuddin, Rahatul Ferdous, Nasum Ahmed.
Nepal: Gyanendra Malla(c), Sharad Vesawkar, Binod Bhandari, Dipendra Singh Airee, Mahaboob Alam, Sandeep Lamichhane, Dilip Nath(w), Sunil Dhamala, Avinash Karn, Bhuvan Karki, Aasif Sheikh.