Bangladesh thrash SA to claim semi-finals spot

Inspiring all-round performance by the Young Tigers have led them to a thumping 104-run victory over hosts South Africa U19s at Senwes Park, Potchefstroom.

Bangladesh U19s put on 261/5 on board after being sent into bat by oppositon captain Bryce Parsons. Bangladesh had a steady start to the innings with Tanzid Hasan Tamim and Parvez Hossain Emon adding 60 runs for the first wicket. Parvez was relatively slower, scoring 17 runs off 40 balls.

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Tamim continued to show off his class as he brought up his first fifty of the tournament. He went on to make 84-ball 80 runs innings that included 12 boundaries.

Towhid Hridoy and Shahadat Hossain’s 102-run partnership for the fourth-wicket gave Bangladesh the platform they needed. Hridoy made 51 form 73 while Shahadat stayed unbeaten on 74 runs from 76 balls (7 fours and a six). Pheko Moletsane took two wickets for the host side.

South Africa made a watchful start to the run chase. Opener Jonathan Bird made 35 runs at the top. Spinners came into play that led to quick fall of wickets including the captain Parsons, who was bowled by Rakibul Hasan for 7.

The asking rate for the Proteas kept rising. Luke Beaufort was the standout for his 60 runs from 91 deliveries. South Africa collapsed from 143/6 to 157 allout in 42.3 overs to give Bangladesh a comprehensive win.

Left-arm spinner Rakibul bagged 5 wickets for 19 runs in 9.3 overs. Tanzim Hasan Sakib took 2 for 41 in 7 overs.

This the second time Bangladesh have reached semi-finals of ICC U19 World Cup. The previous occasion was in 2016 when Bangladesh hosted the event. Bangladesh U19s will face New Zealand U19s.

Brief scores:

Bangladesh U19s 261/5 in 50 overs (Tamim 80, Shahadat 74*, Towhid 51; Moletsane 2/41)

South Africa U19s 157/10 in 42.3 overs (Beaufort 60, Bird 35; Rakibul 5/19, Sakib 2/41)

Bangladesh U19s won by 104 runs

Man of the Match: Rakibul Hasan

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