Towhid Hridoy’s incredible run of form continued against the visiting Sri Lanka Under-19 team as he hit another hundred in the fifth and final youth ODI at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram yesterday.
It was the right-hander’s third consecutive century, a record for any Bangladeshi U-19 batsman, and helped the hosts sign off their last international match before the next year’s Under-19 World Cup with a 50-run victory.
The home side won the five-match series 4-0 after the first game was washed out.
Towhid punished the opposition bowlers and the batsman from Bogura smote three four and five sixes during his 102-ball 111. That effort was backed up by Prantik Nawrose Nabil’s 77-ball 65 as the hosts amassed 283 for seven in 50 overs.
In reply, Sri Lanka were bowled out for 233 runs in 44.4 overs. Ravindu Rasantha scored a team-high 84 off 92 balls, a knock that included nine fours and two sixes. Shahin Alom and Hasan Morad claimed two wickets each.
“I am enjoying my batting most at this moment. As a team we are in very good shape and have been playing good cricket for the past few months. We are now looking forward to the World Cup,” Towhid, who scored an unbeaten 82 in the first game before 123 in the second and 115 in the fourth match, told The Daily Star over phone yesterday.
“I don’t want to focus on the things which are far off and that’s why I am now only focusing on the upcoming World Cup,” he added when asked about his aspirations.
“He [Towhid] is our future cricketer. His cricketing sense is amazing; especially against spin bowling he is an outstanding batsman,” said former captain and BCB Development Committee Chairman Khaled Mahmud.
The Under-19s are scheduled to travel to South Africa on January 4 to play two practice matches against local sides before the World Cup, which will be held in the rainbow nation, begins on January 17.
“I think our recent 4-1 series victory in New Zealand and good performances in England will help us play good cricket in South African conditions,” hoped Towhid.
SCORES IN BRIEF
BANGLADESH: 283 for seven (Nabil 65, Towhid 111, Parvez 38; Rohan 2-57)
SRI LANKA: 233 all out in 44.4 overs (Samaaz 40, Ravindu 84; Shahin 2-46, Hasan 2-47)
Result: Bangladesh U-19s won by 50 runs.
Player-of-the-match: Towhid Hridoy.