Bangladesh under-19s lost their second and final official warm-up fixture ahead of the ICC Under-19 World Cup by four wickets against their New Zealand counterparts in Johannesburg yesterday.
The young Tigers, who forced a tie against Australia in their first warm-up match on Monday, would have hoped to end their preparation for the mega event in a better way after having done exceedingly well in their recent overseas tours.
Bangladesh were bowled out for a meagre 112 in 29 overs after being asked to bat first. The young Tigers, who had beaten New Zealand 4-1 in their recent tour to the country, suffered a batting collapse as the top order was dismantled by pacer Joey Field. The right-arm pacer removed three of the top four batsmen, leaving Bangladesh reeling at 11 for four after three overs. Field, who later took another wicket, finished with impressive figures of four for 35 in seven overs.
However, thanks to a 46-ball 36 from Towhid Hridoy in the middle-order and contributions from skipper Akbar Ali (23 off 45) and Shamim Hossain (20 off 25) towards the end, Bangladesh were able to cross the hundred-run mark.
Then despite Tanzid Hasan’s excellent display with the ball, New Zealand under-19s were able to get over the line with four wickets in hand and 123 balls to spare. Tanzid, who is not a regular bowler in the side, was the most impressive yesterday. He returned figures of three for 30 in 8.3 overs including a maiden. But his efforts were undone by opener Rhys Mariu, who provided his side a decent start, scoring 32 off 41 balls. Later, an unbeaten 42-ball 41 from skipper Jesse Tashkoff helped New Zealand romp to victory.
Bangladesh will play their first World Cup group stage game against Zimbabwe in Potchefstroom on Saturday.