The Bangladesh Under-23 team bounced back from their 34-run defeat in the first game by registering a five-run win (D/L method) against their Indian counterparts in the rain-interrupted second one-dayer at the Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow yesterday.
Bangladesh captain Saif Hassan and teammate Mahedi Hasan made a good start after the visitors decided to bat first, adding 52 runs for the opening wicket before the later was dismissed for 25 runs.
Fardeen Hasan joined Saif to contribute a 75-run second wicket stand. Saif returned to the dressing room on a 92-ball 64, featuring four boundaries and a six.
After 34 overs of Bangladesh’s innings, rain stooped the match and when it resumed, it was reduced a 36-over affair. Bangladesh posted 149 for two in 36 overs and as per the D/L method, the target was set at 218 for the home team.
In reply, India made a solid start through a 72-run opening stand between Yashasvi Bhupendra and Madhav Kaushik. Br Sharath and Priyam Garg then hit half centuries but their efforts were not enough for the home side to achieve the target as they finished their 36-over quota for 212 runs with three wickets in hand.
Abu Hider and Sumon Khan claimed two wickets each but it was skipper Saif who was more economical, giving away just 22 runs in seven overs, to help his side level the series after contributing with the bat.
The third match of the five-match series will take place at the same venue tomorrow.
SCORES IN BRIEF
Bangladesh U-23s: 149 for 2 in 36 overs (Saif 64, Fardeen 47 not out, Mahedi 25, Yasir 7 not out; Shokeen 2-39)
India U-23s: 212 for 7 in 36 overs (Sharath 55, Priyan 53, Yashasvi 34, Madhav 34; Sumon 2-44, Hider 2-45, Tanvir 1-49)
Result: Bangladesh U-23s won by five runs (D/L).