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Horrible batting display costs Bangladesh U-19 crushing defeat


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Jannatul Naym Pieal

Poor batting and a magical figure of 4-4 by Avesh Khan sank Bangladesh U-19 as the visitors suffered a crushing 82-run defeat in the tri-series opener at the Jadavpur University Ground in Saltlake, Kolkata on Friday.

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Bowling first, the Young Tigers brought up a splendid start as they bundled out the hosts for a paltry 158. But defending this modest target, Avesh Khan, the six feet two inch pacer from Madhya Pradesh convincingly powered India to an emphatic victory. Bangladesh U-19 were bowled out on 72 in 22 overs.

It was quite a disappointing show from the Young Tigers as despite restricting the hosts within a chasable total, none of their top-order batsman looked to hold on as they played some casual shots and wickets kept falling at regular interval against a small target.

The Men In Blue now have five points, while the Mehedi Hasan Miraz led side are yet to open their account in the tri-series also involving Afghanistan as the third team. This series is being considered as the perfect platform for preparation ahead of the ICC U-19 World Cup to be held next year in Bangladesh. The hosts will take on Afghanistan tomorrow in their second match.

Brief Scores:

India U-19 158; 45.3 overs (Sunder Washington 34, Zeeshan Ansari 34; Mehedi Hasan Miraz 3/31, Mohammad Abdul Halim 2/24, Saleh Ahmed Shawon Gazi 2/26)

Bangladesh U-19 76; 22 overs (Avesh Khan 4/4, Kanishk Seth 2/45, Zeeshan Ansari 2/1)

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