Bangladesh U-19s into quarters as group champions
Youth Tigers have confirmed their spot in the quarter-finals of ICC U-19 World Cup 2020 as table-toppers of Group C. Their final group stage match against Pakistan has been abandoned due to rain.
Rain delayed the start of 18th match of the tournament at Senwes Park, Potchefstroom. The match was reduced to 39 overs per side as Pakistan U-19s sent Bangladesh U-19s into bat. Youth ODI debutant Mohammad Amir Khan led out early burst in Bangladesh’s innings.
Amir sent back four Bangladeshi top-orders – Parvez Hossain Emon (5), Mahmudul Hasan Joy (0), Towhid Hridoy (4) and Tanzid Hasan Tamim (34) inside first 12 overs. The play was again hit by rain and the game was reduced to 37 overs a side.
Bangladesh’s late order could not stand against Pakistan as they were 106/9 in 25 overs before another rain interval that finally led into calling off the match. Alongside Amir’s 4/30, Abbas Afridi took 3 for 20. Tanzid was the only Bangladeshi batsman who looked to be in touch during his 35-ball knock that had 3 fours and a maximum.
Akbar Ali’s boys started the World Cup campaign with comprehensive wins over Zimbabwe and Scotland by nine wickets and seven wickets respectively. They ended over Pakistan with a higher Net Run Rate (+5.008).
Bangladesh will play in the third Super League Quarter Final against the runners-up of Group D. The winner of hosts South Africa U-19s and UAE U-19s will face Bangladesh U-19s in the knockouts. Other teams to have confirmed quarter-finals: Afghanistan, Pakistan, West Indies, Australia, India and New Zealand.
Bangladesh U-19s 106/9 in 25 overs (Tanzid 34, Avishek 20; Amir 4/30, Abbas 3/20)