Bangladesh Under-23 suffered a 34-run defeat at the hands of their Indian counterparts in the first of their five-match one-day series at the Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow today on the allocated reserve day for the game after the scheduled match day was washed out on Thursday.
In chase of India’s total of 192 for nine, Bangladesh could only manage 158 for nine in 48.4 overs. However, things could have been different for the visitors had Zakir Hasan not retired hurt due to a muscle cramp after scoring a team high of a 67-ball 48. BCB selector Habibul Bashar -- on tour with the U-23s -- informed that Zakir, who was taken to hospital shortly after the incident, is fine.
Earlier, Aryan Juyal’s 86-ball 69 and BR Sharath’s 57-ball 42 helped India’s cause. Off-spinner Mahedi Hasan was the pick of the bowlers for the visitors, returning figures of three for 29. Meanwhile, left-arm pacer Abu Hider, who was not in the initial list of players for the squad, featured for Bangladesh and returned figures of two for 37.