U-19s brought crashing down
Bangladesh Under-19s were brought crashing down to earth when they were handed a 43-run defeat by Sri Lanka in their second game of the Asian Cricket Council Under-19s Asia Cup at the Bayuemas Oval in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.
It was a reversal of their performance on the previous day when they toyed with minnows Qatar with Soumya Sarker hammering 209 and Abu Haider Rony taking nine wickets.
On Sunday, the Lankan Under-19s took charge despite being bowled out for 183 in 43.2 overs. Bangla-desh replied poorly, losing the double-hundred hero Soumya for 24 runs and slipping to 85 for eight in the 28th over. Mosaddek Hossain (47) and tail-ender Dewan Sabbir (29 not out) added 55 runs for the ninth wicket but they were soon bowled out for 140 runs in 38 overs.
Earlier however it looked as if they could keep dominating as leggie Noor Hossain Munna took four wickets including a hattirck in the 43rd over after pacer Sabbir removed three out of the top four batsmen cheaply.
In yesterday's other matches, Pakistan (287-7) prevailed by just a single run in a high-scoring game against India (286-7), Nepal (247-8) crushed hosts Malaysia (140 all out) by 107 runs and Afghanistan (308 all out) continued the annihilation of Qatar (117 all out) by handing them a 191-run defeat.