The U-19 World Cup has been formatted in such a way that the teams have to come up with some equation in every match. As Bangladesh had to go down in the first match of Super Six today. And that is, Nepal is not going to lose, the run rate should also be increased.
The bowlers continued that task by restricting Nepal to 169 runs. The batsmen also did a good job. Bangladesh won by 5 wickets with 148 balls to chase. Bangladesh’s run rate has become much better than before. It also gave rise to an acceptable equation for the Super Six match with Pakistan.
But this victory also gave birth to a little regret. The team aimed to win as quickly as possible. Zeeshan Alam was hitting from the start. However, fifty runs without a wicket had to wait for the eighth over. Because on the other side Ashiqur Rahman Shibli was playing in a test mood. When Shibli got out in the 12th over, the team’s run-rate was still under six, and 16 off 34 to his name!
The following batsmen tried to make up for this deficit. Whoever came down tried to be the aggressor. This is why the team lost wickets at regular intervals. Rizwan returned with 15 runs off 11 balls with a run rate of 6. A little later, Zeeshan departed after making 55 off 43 balls with 6 fours and 2 sixes.
Victory was still 78 runs away. Ariful Islam brought it to 68 balls. The all-rounder was unbeaten on 59 runs off just 38 balls with 7 fours and 2 sixes. Earlier, Barshan’s 4 wickets for 19 runs and 3 wickets for his life had given hope of wrapping up Nepal a century and a half ago. As the last wicket pair added 27 runs, Bangladesh slipped back in the run-rate race.