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ICC U-19 World Cup
Bangladesh claim third place
Sports Reporter
Published :Sunday, 14 February, 2016,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 16
Bangladesh secured 3rd place for the first time in the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup after defeating Sri Lanka by three wickets at the Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium in Fatullah on Saturday.
Tiger's skipper Mehedi Hasan Miraz said that the run-outs worried him, but was delighted his team won in the end. He said, "We could have done without those run-outs. But now I am really happy. It is a good achievement for us to finish in the top three of a world event."
"We leave the tournament with very happy memories. There was obviously a lot of pressure on us because we were playing at home and our supporters expected us to go far. I am very proud of my team. I am sure the players have a very bright future ahead of them," he further added.
Chasing a moderate score of 215 runs of Lankans, the Young Tigers reached their winning milestone scoring 218 for seven with three balls in hand.
In the whole match Tiger's skipper Mehedi Hasan Miraz showed his all-round performance grabbing three wickets and scoring 53 runs as he was named the man of the match.
Mehedi and middle order batsman Nazmul Hossain Shanto spurred the host contributing 88 runs in 18 overs in the 3rd wicket partnership.
Sri Lankan's Shammu Ashan took two wickets for 39 runs in eight overs while Damitha Silva and Asitha Fernando took one wicket each.
Earlier, batting first, winning the toss, Sri Lanka scored 214 for all in 48.5 overs with skipper Charith Asalanka's 76 off 99 balls that included six fours and one six.
Sri Lanka started well as their opening duo Kamindu Mendis and Salindu Pereira contributed 60 runs in 12 overs. Miraz made the first break through dismissing Pereira who was stumped by Jaker Ali.
Skipper Asalanka blamed the defeat on yet another batting failure.
He said, "I am really disappointed because we came here to become champions and could only finish fourth. We have not batted well in several matches and today again we fell about 20 runs short."
"But we had some good wins in the tournament, especially the quarter-final against England where we won by six wickets. But overall, we should have played better," he added.
Earlier, the young Tigers started their journey of semi-final berth eliminating Nepal by 6-wicket in the quarter-final, but failed to get the final ticket conceding a 3-wicket defeat in the semi-final match against West Indies.

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