Hosts Bangladesh registered their second win in the ACC Emerging Teams Asia Cup by beating India by six wickets in a Group-A encounter at the BKSP-3 ground in Savar yesterday.
A century from India’s Armaan Jaffer went in vain as Bangladesh comfortably chased down the modest 247-run target with 47 balls to spare.
Bangladesh skipper Najmul Hossain Shanto led from the front with 14 fours and two sixes but fell just six runs short of a century while opener Soumya Sarkar continued his fine form, scoring a 68-ball 73 laced with three sixes as the pair added 144 for the second wicket and laid the foundation for a win.
Earlier, after being asked to bat India were all-out for 246 as middle-order batsman Armaan fought the lone battle, scoring 105 runs off 98 balls, featuring eight fours and three sixes.
Bangladesh right-arm seamer Sumon Khan, who picked up four wickets against Hong Kong in their previous fixture, bagged the same number of wickets once again while Tanvir Islam and Soumya scalped two wickets each.
In the other Group-A match at Cox’s Bazar, Pakistan successfully defended their small 183-run total against Sri Lanka to clinch a 90-run win.
Pakistan were all out for 183 with Amad Butt scoring a team-high 44 while pacer Asitha Fernando picked up three wickets for the Lankans.
In reply, Sri Lanka lost their way from the start. Opener Pathum Nissanka could only add a team-high 34 as the Lankans were bundled out for 93. Mohammad Hasnain ended with figures of six for 19 from his seven overs while Umer Khan and Khushdil Shah took two wickets each.
In Group-B, Afghanistan and Nepal both registered their first wins of the tournament by beating Oman and Hong Kong respectively.
Following a brilliant win against Sri Lanka, Oman fell to a crushing nine-wicket loss to Afghanistan in Cox’s Bazar.
Opener Jatinder Sharma top-scored for Oman with a 84-ball 72 as his side were bundled out for 153. Afghanistan left-arm spinner Tariq Stanikzai picked up four wickets for 29 runs.
Afghanistan, riding on an unbeaten 102-ball 91-run knock featuring 12 fours and two sixes from opener Abdul Malik, easily clinched the win.
At the BKSP-4 ground, Nepal successfully defended a small total of 217 against Hong Kong to register a 40-run win. Hong Kong were all out for 177 runs with pacers Karan KC and Abinash Bohara picking up three wickets each.