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U23s into SAG final after beating Nepal

  • Published at 08:26 pm December 7th, 2019
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Bangladesh U-23's Nazmul Hossain Shanto and Afif Hossain react during their South Asian Games match against host Nepal Saturday Courtesy

The second string Bangladesh side will lock horns with the Lankans Monday in the gold-medal decider at the same venue while third placed Nepal and fourth positioned Maldives will face off against each other in the third-place playoff on the same day

Bangladesh U-23 cricket team set up a gold-medal deciding match against their Sri Lankan counterparts after beating Nepal by 44 runs in the South Asian Games in Kirtipur, Nepal Saturday.

The second string Bangladesh side will lock horns with the Lankans Monday in the gold-medal decider at the same venue while third placed Nepal and fourth positioned Maldives will face off against each other in the third-place playoff on the same day.

Before that though, the two finalists will take on each other in the dress rehearsal for the gold-medal decider Sunday.

Although Bangladesh U-23 have already qualified for the final, they will no doubt eye top spot in the five-nation round-robin league standing with a win against Sri Lanka U-23 Sunday.

Both the two teams have six points each from three matches, while Nepal and Maldives have four and two respectively.

Bhutan are at the bottom with zero points from four games.

Asked to bat first, Bangladesh U-23 posted a competitive 155 losing six wickets in their stipulated 20 overs, captain Nazmul Hossain Shanto top-scoring with 75 off 60 balls featuring four fours and as many sixes.

The visiting side were in a spot of bother after losing three wickets for 16 runs, openers Mohammad Naim (six) and Soumya Sarkar (six) and No 4 batsman Saif Hasan (nought) all departing in quick succession.

And after the departure of middle-order batsman Yasir Ali (14), player of the match Shanto and left-handed batsman Afif Hossain (52) took matter upon themselves.

The fifth wicket pair added 94 to take Bangladesh U-23 to 155.

Nepal’s Paras Khadka and Dipendra Singh Airee bagged three and two wickets respectively.

In reply, only three batters reached double digit as Nepal ended their reply on 111 for the loss of nine wickets in their allotted 20 overs.

Captain Gyannendra Malla scored the highest 43 for his side.

Right-arm seamer Sumon Khan, left-arm spinner Tanvir Islam, medium pacer Soumya and off-spinner Mahedi Hasan took two wickets apiece.