Kolkata, Nov 26: Spinners Saleh Ahmed and Saeed Sarkar claimed three wickets each to rout Afghanistan Under-19s for 99, which Bangladesh Under-19s chased down in less than 25 overs. The win, Bangladesh's second of the tournament, sealed their passage to face India Under-19s in the final.
Having opted to bat, Afghanistan had a decent start with the openers Hazratullah and Ishanullah putting on 34 in 5.4 overs. Once Ishanullah was undone by Mehedi Hasan Miraz, the collapse began, Afghanistan losing three wickets in a space of five balls. The freefall stretched to the middle and lower order as well with only two batsmen, apart from the openers managing double-digit scores. Pervez Malakzai and Tariq offered a semblance of resistance, making 12 and 27 but it wasn't enough to push their side to three figures.
Afghanistan's pacers dismissed the Bangladesh openers quickly in the chase but Nazmul Hossain Shanto and Mehedi Hasan Miraz put on an unbroken 72 at a fairly brisk clip to steer their team home and hand Afghanistan the knockout punch. ?Cricinfo