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Bangladesh U-19 clinch youth ODI series against South Africa

Bangladesh needed to win both the 4th and 5th match to win the series and they did exactly that, showing unwavering resolve

Update : 17 Jul 2023, 10:06 PM

Bangladesh Under-19 team clinched the five-match youth One Day International series against South Africa 3-2 after their thrilling three-wicket win in the fifth and final game Monday at Shaheed Kamruzzaman Stadium in Rajshahi.

South Africa youngsters won the first match by 10 runs on Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method before Bangladesh leveled the series with 14-run victory.

But South Africa again led the series, winning the third game by four wickets on DLS method.

At that time, Bangladesh needed to win both the fourth and fifth match to win the series and they did exactly that, showing unwavering resolve.

In the fourth game, the young Tigers beat South Africa by four wickets to level the series again.

Following the template of the last four matches, the series deciding game also had a nerve-wrecking finish with Bangladesh landing the final punch.

After being sent to bat first, the South African youngsters were bowled out for 210 with David Teeger making the team-high 63.

Captain Juan James was the other notable scorer with 32.

For Bangladesh, Mahfuzur Rahman Rabby scalped 3/43 to rip through South African batting while Rohanat Doullah Barshan, Rizan Hossain and captain Rafi Uzzaman Rafi took two wickets apiece.

Ariful Islam hit 68 and opener Adil Bin Siddik struck 58 to play a crucial role in Bangladesh's victory.

They added 87 runs for the third wicket after Bangladesh were reduced to 48/2.

The partnership was key in edging the side closer before South Africa closed the game with a flurry of wickets.

However, Bangladesh held their nerve with Rafi ensuring the victory, making 15 not out.

Bangladesh finally reached winning target of 211/7 in 47.1 overs.

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