The cubs make it 2-0

Shuddha Kibria


In a repeat of Sunday’s events, the Bangladesh under 19 side emerged victorious once again against the current world champions- the young Proteas- to take a 2-0 lead in the 7 match series. This also meant that the young Tigers have now remained unbeaten in six straight ODIs.

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Bangladesh won by a margin of 29 runs in the match (which was reduced to 30 overs per side due to rain) thanks to an all-round performance from Captain Mehedi Hassan Miraz to lead his side from the front.

Winning the toss, South Africa’s captain Kyle Verreynne elected to field first. His bowlers then had a good start, dismissing both the Bangladeshi openers early. This was followed by the run out of Nazmul Hassan Shanto with the scorecard reading only 49.However, Captain Mehedi Hassan Miraz came to the team’s rescue. He had a useful partnership of 32 runs with Saif Hassan (27) for the 4th wicket followed by a 60 run partnership with wicketkeeper batsman Zakir Hassan.

Miraz hit 8 fours in his innings of 57 which came off only 50 balls at a strike rate of 114.0 before he was dismissed off the bowling of Dayyan Galiem. Zakir Hassan remained not out and scored a useful 33 runs off just 30 balls ( hitting 2 fours and 1 six) at a strike rate of 110.0 to make sure the Tigers reached a competitive total of 157 for 5 off their allotted 30 overs.

For South Africa Dayyan Galiem picked up 2 wickets for 28 off his 6 and Brandon Glover picked up a single wicket for 27 runs. Despite going wicket less, slow left arm bowler Sean Whitehead bowled exceptionally well giving only 13 runs in his 6 overs at an economy rate off 2.16

In reply, South Africa never really threatened to chase down the target and could only gather 128 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in their 30 overs. They kept losing wickets at regular intervals and could not build significant partnerships to take the match away from the Tiger cubs. Wiaan Mulder
(25) and Aaqil Ebrahim(35) produced the only two noteworthy scores in the Proteas’ innings.

Mehedi Hassan Miraz followed up his good performance with the bat by picking up 3 wickets for 33 off his 6 overs with his off spin bowling. Mosabbek Hossain also picked up 3 wickets for 19 off his 5 overs at an economy of 3.80. Medium pacer Rifat Pradhan also bowled beautifully taking 2 wickets for 13 runs off his 6 overs at an economy of 2.16 with Saleh Ahmed also picking up a wicket.

Mehedi Hassan Miraz was named Man of the match for his contribution with both bat and ball.

The two teams will meet again on 10th July for 3rd ODI of the 7 match series. A confident Bangladesh side will look to win that match as well as the series to start off preparations for the Under 19 World Cup at home next year.

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