Riding on opener Soumya Sarkar’s unbeaten 74-ball 84, the Bangladesh Emerging Team romped to a nine-wicket win against their Hong Kongese counterparts during an ACC Emerging Teams Cup encounter at BKSP-4 in Savar yesterday.
Asked to bat on the opening day of the tournament, Hong Kong were restricted to a below-par 164 for nine in 50 overs before Bangladesh chased down the target in just 24.1 overs.
Bangladesh kept Hong Kong at bay from the beginning, picking up wickets at regular intervals and not allowing any partnership to grow. Hong Kong had lost half their squad by the 26th over with the score on just 76. A team-high 33-ball 35 from Haroon Arshad down the order helped Hong Kong reach 164 for nine. For Bangladesh, right-arm pacer Sumon Khan was the pick of the bowlers, returning figures of four for 33 in his 10 overs. Soumya, who would go on to play an incredible knock which steered Bangladesh to victory, also shone with the ball. Although the 26-year old remained wicketless, his economic spell of 36 runs in 10 overs, featuring two maidens, helped Bangladesh’s cause.
After the exchange, opener Mohammad Naim, who was impressive during Bangladesh’s last T20I against India, continued his good run of form, scoring a run-a-ball 52 before being dismissed in the 16th over. Meanwhile, Soumya laced his innings with nine boundaries and three sixes to see Bangladesh over the line with 155 balls to spare.
However, Bangladesh were suffered a blow in the form of the injury of leg-spinner Aminul Islam. Aminul left the field after being hit on his right hand following an attempt to stop the ball off his own delivery in the 19th over.
In the day’s other matches, India defeated Nepal by seven wickets at BKSP-3. Meanwhile in Cox’s Bazar, Oman won against Sri Lanka by four wickets and Pakistan defeated Afghanistan by eight wickets.