Bangladesh Under-23 storm ACC Emerging Teams Cup semifinals
All-rounder Nasir Hossain hit unbeaten 109 in Bangladesh Under-23s’ 83-run win against Nepal in their 2nd Group B match of the ACC Emerging Teams Cup at Sheikh Kamal International Cricket Stadium Academy Ground in Cox’s Bazar on Tuesday.
With the 2nd successive win, the Young Tigers have secured a place in the semifinals of the eight-team tournament.
Bangladesh U23s restricted Nepal to 174 for all in 42.3 overs after posting 257 for 9 in 50 overs spurred by Nasir’s century and skipper Mominul Haque’s half century of 61 runs.
Starting the innings being sent in to bat first, Bangladesh U23s suffered a batting collapse losing four wickets for 33 runs in 10 overs.
Nasir came and paired with Mominul in the 5th wicket for 78 in 15.1 overs that recovered the early damage as they took the team collection to 111/5 in 25.1 overs before Mominul was caught by Gyanendra Malla off Sandeep Lamichhane bowling. Mominul faced 78 balls to fire seven boundaries.
Nasir continued till the end facing 115 balls firing 12 boundaries and two over boundaries.
Abul Hasan scored 23 runs while Afif Hossain and Mohammad Saifuddin added 14 and 13 runs respectively.
Avinash Karn captured three wickets for 46 runs and Lamichhane took two for 41 runs for Nepal. Mahaboob Alam, Dipendra Singh Airee and Gyanendra Malla took one wicket each for 25, 41 and 51 runs respectively.
For Nepal, Dipendra Singh Airee top-scored 56 off 85 balls, including six boundaries, while wicketkeeper batsman Dilip Nath and Binod Bhandari were the other notable scorers with 41 and 33 runs.
Rahatul Ferdous and Mohammad Saifuddin ran through the Nepalese batting line capturing four and three wickets conceding 22 and 45 runs respectively in 7 and 8.3 overs. Abul Hasan took two for 40 runs in eight overs.
With this result Bangladesh U23s maintained their winning note in as they started their group campaign crushing Hong Kong by eight wickets on Monday.
Collecting four points from two matches, Bangladesh secured the top slot in the group by virtue of more net run rate followed by Pakistan Under-23s with identical four points.
In the day’s other Group B match, Pakistan Under-23s (327/4 in 50 overs) secured an emphatic 248-run win against Hong Kong (79/10 in 31.2 overs) at Sheikh Kamal International Cricket Stadium (SKICS) in Cox’s Bazar.
In the last Group match on Thursday (March 30), Bangladesh Under-23s will face Pakistan Under-23s at SKICS.