SA Games Men's Cricket 2019
Boy's start with big win, still batting names a worry
Fresh blood Tanvir Islam's fifer and Soumya Sarkar's all-round performance brought massive 109-run victory for Bangladesh Emerging Cricket Team against Maldives in the 2nd match of the SA Games Men's Cricket event at Tribhuvan University International Cricket Ground, Kirtipur in Nepal on Wednesday.
Winning the toss Bangladesh decided to bat first and posted 174 runs losing four wickets against amateur Maldives bowling attack. Najmul Hossain Shanto was one short of half century with 128 strike rate. Soumya Sarkar missed a half century for four runs, who batted with 139 strike rate while Soumya's opening partner played a 134 strike rated innings of 38 runs. None of them could play a big innings and collect run maintaining 150 plus strike rate against ordinary bowling attack.
Sri Lanka in the other match of the day posted 248 on the board for four wickets against Bhutan. So, a national team like Bangladesh's average batting display might be a big obstacle to claim gold since they have to face strong Sri Lankan bowling attack and Sandip Lamichane-led Nepalese attack in next matches.
However, to defend healthy 174 runs capital, men in red and green wrapped Islanders at 65 to register an emphatic 109-run win. Youngman Tanvir Islam hurtled Maldives alone. The left arm orthodox had a five-for spending 19 runs delivering four overs and adjudged the Man of the Match. Afif Hossain and Minhajul Afridi claimed two wickets each while Soumya Sarkar wrapped-up the game bagging the last wicket of the game.
Emerging Tigers will face Bhutan on December 6, Nepal on the following day and Sri Lanka on December 8 for the next group stage matches. The final of the event is scheduled to be held on December 9.