Nazmul Hossain Shanto scored a brilliant century saw Bangladesh under-19 team posted a massive 114-run victory over Scotland to advance to the quarter-finals of ICC U-19 World Cup in the group A match held on Sunday at the Sheikh Kamal International Cricket Stadium.Chasing a winning target of 257 runs, set by Bangladesh, Scotland found the chase very stiff and dismissed at a paltry total of 142 in 47.2 overs with Azeem Dar scored 50-runs off 89-ball.
The two Scottish openers– Neil Flack (28) and Rory Johnston (20) — started well but in face of a disciplined Tiger bowling attack they lost wickets at regular interval.
Scotland batsmen could built only four double digit partnership.For the hosts, Mohammad Saifuddin and Saleh Ahmed Shawon bagged three wickets each, while Ariful Islam got two and skipper Miraz secured one wicket to finish the Scottish innings. Earlier, Dew on the pitch gave Scotland a good start maiden over at the beginning and a wicket in the second over.However, Bangladesh opener Saif Hassan built a timely 101-run partnership with Nazmul Hossain Shanto. Saif played a patient innings to keep Bangladesh in the match, but he narrowly deprived from deserving 50 runs as he went back to the pavilion just one run short in the last ball of 33rd over. His 49 runs came from 108 balls.On the other hand, Shanto maintained a better strike rate and built another brilliant 100-run partnership with Captain Mehedi Hasan Miraz.Shanto remained unbeaten on 113 from 117 balls laced with 10 delightful boundaries. Miraz supported him with a useful knock of 51-run off 48 balls before going back to the pavilion.After that, a late surge from Saeed Sarkar (16r off 6b) took the junior Tigers to 256 for 6 in their allotted 50 overs.Nazmul Hossain Shanto was adjudged the match for his brilliant batting performance.In the day’s other matches of the fixtures , England crushed Zimbabwe by 129 runs at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong, West Indies dumped Fiji by 262 runs at the MA Aziz Stadium in Chittagong and Namibia stun defending champion South Africa by two wickets at the Sheikh Kamal International Cricket Stadium Academy ground in Cox’s Bazar. (BSS)