Opener Tanzid Hasan played a blistering 46-ball 70 knock as Bangladesh Under-19s continued their impressive run against their English counterparts by clinching the one-day series with one match in hand at the Sheikh Kamal International Cricket Stadium in Cox's Bazar yesterday. The left-hander bagged the player-of-the-match award for his stroke-filled innings that contained 12 fours and a six but the home side orchestrated a brilliant team effort to win the second one-dayer by five wickets.
The young Tigers, who started the series by winning the lone T20 match against the same opposition on January 27, also won the first game by the same margin, chasing down a modest total of 209, but in the second game the visitors set a challenging target for the home team when they made 256 for seven despite pacer Mritunjoy Chowdhury's four-wicket haul.
Tanzid and Prantik Nawrose gave the hosts a solid start with 88 runs before the later was bowled for 31 runs. Parvez Hossain and Tanzid's dismissals within two overs saw the young Tigers lose three wickets for 119 runs. Mahmudul Hasan and captain Akbar Ali however made sure that they would not spoil Tanzid's scintillating effort and reached the target with 13 balls remaining. Akbar hit a 75-ball 57 that included three fours and a six while Mahmudul finished the chase with an unbeaten 58 off 92 deliveries, laced with five boundaries.
“The boys really showed character in the match. Bowlers did a good job to comeback from a poor start as they initially struggled with their line and length while it was a really sensible batting effort. They showed signs of maturity in chase of a challenging target. Tanzid was fantastic and he has the potential to represent the national side and what was most encouraging is that all three batsmen played according to the merit of the ball,” informed former national pacer turned junior team selector Hasibul Hossain.
The third and final one-day match will take place at the same venue tomorrow.
SCORES IN BRIEF
ENGLAND U-19S: 256 for 7 in 50 overs (Charlesworth 39, Smeed 43, Smith 48, Goldsworthy 73, Balderson 29 not out, Tanzim 1-51, Mritunjoy 4-50, Ashraful 1-41, Rishad 1-36)
BANGLADESH U-19S: 258 for 5 in 47.5 overs (Tanzid 70, Prantik 31, Mahmudul 58 not out, Akbar 57; Balderson 1-49, Hill 1-40, Qadri 3-48)
Result: Bangladesh Under-19s won by five wickets.
Player-of-the-match: Tanzid Hasan.