Under-19 World Cup
Young Tigers trash Namibia in opener
Young Tigers got off to a winning start in the opening day's third match of ICC Under-19 World Cup as they registered a massive 87 runs victory over Namibia U-19 held on Saturday at Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln.
Two quick firing half centuries by Mohammad Naim and Saif Hassan, helped to pile up a massive total of 190 runs for four wickets after put to bat first by Namibia. The match was stopped due to rain and overs are curtailed to 20 overs for each side.
Skipper Saif Hassan struck a blistering 84 off 48 balls whacking three fours and five sixes while Naim cracked eight boundaries and one over boundary. The duo Saif and Naim also shared a 97-run second wicket stand to take the team's total to a commanding position.
This is Saif's second Youth World Cup. In January 2017, he became the youngest double-centurion in Bangladesh domestic cricket when he made 204. However, Saif's usual tendency is to attack the ball. So he grabbed the chance after the match was decided to play for 20 overs. He came in with the score on 33 for one after four overs, then added 97 off 69 balls with Mohammad Naim.
Opener Pinak Ghosh (26) and Afif Hossain (11) were the other notable scorers for Bangladesh.
Dewald Nell, Petrus Burger, Shaun Fouche and Ben Shikongo shared one wicket each conceding 22, 31, 35 and 36 runs respectively.
Chasing the gigantic target set by Bangladesh; Namibia found the chase very stiff as they lost their four batsmen putting only 12 runs on board and eventually restricted at 103 runs for six wickets in 20 overs in the face of tight bowling display by the junior Tigers' bowlers.
The highlights of Namibia's innings was Eben van Wyk's 52-ball 55 runs that studded with six fours and two sixes while Loftie-Eaton (24) and Petrus Burger (11 n.o) were the other two Namibian batsmen who able to reach the double figure.
Hasan Mahmud and Kazi Anik shared two wickets each conceding 12 and 14 runs respectively.
Bangladesh 190/4 in 20 overs (Saif Hassan 84, Mohammad Naim 60; Dewald Nell 1-22) beat Namibia 103/6 in 20 overs (Eben van Wyk 55; Hasan Mahmud 2-12, Qazi Onik 2-14) by 87 runs (Game reduced to 20 overs per side due to rain).