U-19 WC: Bangladesh thrash Bermuda by 178 runs

Published: Tuesday, February 19, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Kuala Lumpur: Bangladesh enhansed their chances of advancing to the next level with a 178-run victory over Bermuda in the ICC U-19 World Cup Group D match at Bayuemas Oval here on Monday.

With rousing support for both sides right from the start, the Bayuemas Oval looked all set to be both loud and fun-filled from the spectators" point of view.

Debutants Bermuda won the toss and elected to field first and it was only a matter of time before the excitement unfolded. It all started in the fourth delivery when Bangladesh batsman Mohammad Mithun clubbed a Malachi Jones delivery sky-high and Kyle Hodsoll, at mid-off, scrambled backwards in an effort to take the difficult catch. Hodsoll held onto the ball for a fraction of a second until he lost his balance, hit the ground and the ball slipped away, giving Mithun a second chance.

However, Mithun"s life div at the crease was cut short in the fourth over, caught by Regino Smith off Jordan De Silva (1-37).

Ashraful Hossain (51) played anchor from then on and together with Nadimuddin Mintu (11), the pair put on 62-run partnership. A stylish right-hander, Hossain saw out the initial pace attack all the while playing smart right up to his 50. The very next delivery had him snick the ball into the keeper's gloves.

Relieved at Hossain's dismissal and two quick wickets later, Bermuda felt they were back in it – that is until Hossain Nasir (84) and Ashiqul Islam (69 not out) clicked into gear. The batsmen picked up where Hossain left off and Bangladesh soon wore Bermuda down with their knack of being able to find the gaps in the field.

Bermuda battled hard and were in it for most of the innings but the last 10 overs saw them concede 96 runs as Bangladesh finished on 260-8.

In reply, Bermuda got off to cautious start and were troubled coping with the pace of Dollar Mahmud (1-31) and Rubel Hossain (1-16). Two wickets in quick succession in the third and fourth overs saw the qualifiers from the Americas region on the back foot.

There was, however, stern resistance from captain Rodney Trott and vice-captain Christopher Douglas. The duo targeted the loose deliveries for the runs and the plan seemed to be working; also with the extras coming in thick and fast, Bermuda were still within a shot at 52-2 after 11 overs.

Smart captaincy was what eventually won Bangladesh the game and as the slower bowlers and spinners came on Bermuda crumbled and were soon six more down in the space of 12 overs with just 30 runs added; Shubhushis Roy (1-9), captain Mohammad Sohrawardi (4-9) and Mahmudul Limon (2-12) doing the damage.

For Bermuda, it soon became a case of staying rather than playing but it only lasted so long as the 27th over saw the Bermuda innings come to an end - 178 runs short of the target.

Bangladesh coach Nazmul Abedeen said there still is lots of work to be done by the bowlers, particularly the seamers.

"The spinners have been performing well but the team needs to clamp down on the extras," said Abedeen.


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