After winning the toss and choosing to field, Bangladesh U-19 team made a good start in the first match of the World Cup. Bangladesh restricted current champions India to 251 runs.
Maruf Mridha struck twice with the new ball, just as the match was going out of reach and came back to take three more wickets. The left-handed pacer got 5 wickets for 43 runs after bowling 8 overs.
Due to this, India could not make more than two and a half runs despite raising the possibility. Although this run in this field of Bloemfontein has the potential to become big.
However, the coach of the Bangladesh team, Stuart Law, is happy, ‘There are many runs in this field. The ball moves very quickly. Very happy to restrict them to 250 runs. The bowlers have done very well.’
We have to talk about Maruf separately. He picked up two of India’s top order in the power play. But India took the blow. Opener Adarsh Singh and captain Uday Saharan added 116 runs for the third wicket partnership. India then looked likely to score 280/290.
But Rizwan sent back Adarsh (76) with the first ball of the 32nd over. India’s run was 147 then. India got only 22 runs in the next 7 overs as the Bangladeshi spinners squeezed. Saharan (64) went back under that pressure.
Priyanshu Mallya and Aravelli Abhinash scored 33 runs quickly. Abhinash in particular was quite aggressive. He hit Maroof for a six off the first ball of the 44 over, the first six of India’s innings. Next ball caught at extra cover by Abhinash (23). The umpire also had to go ahead after seeing Maruf’s visible joy.
After a while Maruf returned Mallya too.
But Sachin Das’ innings of 26 runs from 20 balls made India pass two and a half hundred. Apart from Maruf, only two of Bangladesh have seen wickets. Rizwan got 1 wicket for 23 runs. Mahfuzur Rahman Rabbi took the other wicket for 41 runs.