Riding on Mosaddek Hossain's century, the Bangladesh Under-23 team bounced back from their humiliating opening match defeat to the UAE with a 28-run win against Hong Kong at the Southend Club Cricket Stadium in Karachi yesterday.
After winning the toss and electing to bat, Bangladesh put on 286 for eight with 22-year-old Mosaddek, who was out for a duck in the last match, hitting an 86-ball 100 with eight fours and three sixes.
Hong Kong looked to be making some headway in their chase after a 101-run stand between opener Nizakat Khan and Babar Hayat took them to 177 for three inside 36 overs before the former was bowled by Nayeem Hasan's off-spin for a 95-ball 92.
Hayat went for a slog in the penultimate over that resulted in him being caught for a measured 95-ball 91.
Bangladesh will take on Pakistan in their final group game on Sunday, a must-win encounter.
SCORES IN BRIEF
BANGLADESH: 286 for 8 (Zakir 49, Nazmul Hossain 36, Mosaddek 100, Yasir 45; Aizaz 3-62, Nawaz 2-48)
HONG KONG: 258 for 7 (Nizakat 92, Hayat 91; Khaled 2-69, Mosaddek 2-23)
Result: Bangladesh won by 28 runs.