Cubs redempt for the senior Tigers
In a day when the Bangladesh senior side had a lacklauster start to their home series, the Under 19 Tigers enjoyed a much better outing in their away series against the young Proteas, winning the first match of the ODI series quite comfortably by 8 wickets(with 32 balls remaining).
Winning the toss, Bangladesh skipper Mehedi Hassan Miraz opted to field first and the decision worked in Bangladesh’s favour as South Africa could only manage to score 184/9 off their 50 overs. The Proteas’ woes started early in the innings when opener Liam Smith was bowled by medium pacer Abdul Halim with the score reading only 3.After that, there was a 39 run partnership between Rivaldo Moonsany and Dean Foxcroft. However, after that partnership was also broken by Abdul Halim in the 12th over, South Africa kept losing wickets regularly and failed to reach a significant score.
Had it not been for a 48 run 7th wicket partnership between Wiaan Mulder and Aaqil Ebrahim, the South Africans would have struggled to reach 150. The only significant contributions with the bat in their innings came from Wiaan Mulder who scored 62 and Rivaldo Moonsany who scored 27.
For Bangladesh, the pick of the bowlers was Abdul Halim who finished with figures of 3 for 22 off his 7 overs at an economy of 3.14. Skipper Mehedi Hassan Miraz also bowled well picking up 2 wickets for 27 off his 8 overs at an economy of 3.37 with his off spin bowling.Mehedi Hassan Rana, Mosabbek Hossain and Saleh Ahmed also picked up one wicket each.
In reply, the Tiger Cubs had a wonderful opening partnership of 135 runs between Joyraz Sheikh and Pinak Ghosh . Both of them scored fifties. Sheikh hitting 6 fours in his score of 50 while Ghosh hit 5 fours and a six to reach his 60.
By the time both openers were dismissed, the scoreboard read 157 for 2 and Bangladesh was already on their way to victory. Nazmul Hassan Shanto(23) and Mehedi Hassan Miraz(15) then finished proceedings for the Tiger Cubs to take them to their 5th straight ODI win.For South Africa, Dayyan Galiem and Dean Foxcroft took one wicket each.
Pinak Ghosh was awarded man of the match for his 60. The young Tigers will be looking to carry this performance throughout the 7 match series with an eye on the Under 19 World Cup at home next year.