Bangladesh youngsters began their 2017 Hong Kong World Sixes campaign on a brilliant note, defeating the experienced Sri Lanka and Australia on the opening day of the tournament at Kowloon Cricket Club Saturday.
In their opening Group B match, Bangladesh, comprising members of the national U-19 squad, beat the Lankans by seven runs.
Asked to bat first, the youngsters in red and green posted 93 runs for the loss of four wickets in their allotted five overs, captain Saif Hasan top-scoring with a brisk 15-ball 52, featuring five fours and as many sixes.
In reply, the island nation were restricted to 86/3 in five overs, spinners Afif Hossain and Monirul Islam and Saif all picking up a wicket each.
In their second game, the junior Tigers suffered a setback, losing to New Zealand by three wickets.
Batting first, Bangladesh registered 82/3 in five overs, opener Mahidul Islam Ankon scoring the highest nine-ball 32, including four boundaries and a couple of sixers.
In pursuit of 83, the Kiwis reached their destination with an over to spare.
Afif was the most successful Bangladesh bowler with two wickets.
Bangladesh came back strong in their third and final group stage match, defeating Australia by six runs.
Taking first guard, Bangladesh put up 88/2 in five overs, Afif retiring after blasting an 11-ball 34, with half a dozen fours and a six.
The junior Tigers then managed to restrict the Aussies to 82/1 in five overs.
The youngsters in red and green will take on Sri Lanka in the third quarter-final Sunday at 8:15am, Bangladesh standard time.
If they win, they’ll make it to the last four.
If they lose, they’ll enter the plate semi-finals.
Following the cup and plate semis, the cup grand finale will be held, along with the cup third-place playoff.
There will be no plate third-place playoff.
86/3 (Rajapaksa 31*, Saif 1/14) lost to Bangladesh
93/4 (Saif 52*, Afif 22) by seven runs
83/3 in four overs (Cachopa 31*, Afif 2/23) beat Bangladesh
82/3 (Ankon 32*, Afif 21) by three wickets
82/1 (Hastings 32*, Reardon 26*) lost to Bangladesh
88/2 (Afif 34*, Ankon 22*) by six runs