U19 CWC: Bangladesh can qualify quarterfinals early

U19 CWC: Bangladesh can qualify quarterfinals early

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Dhaka – Bangladesh will take on Canada in their Group C match of the 16-team ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup at Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln, New Zealand on Monday.Saif Hassan-led Bangladesh started the tournament campaign crushing Namibia by 87 runs in their rain-marred match on Saturday (January 13), while Canada will be seen desperate in action in the 8th match of the tournament to make a winning start.The rivalry of the future star cricketers will begin at 3:30am (Bangladesh time, Sunday night).With the tournament only into its third day, Bangladesh have a chance to become the first team to book a berth in the knockouts with victory over Canada; if they do so, and England fail to beat Namibia, they’ll be sure of a top-two finish in Group C.Saif Hassan exploded during Bangladesh’s opening victory against Namibia, which will have come as something of a relief, considering they’d lost their warm-up game against Afghanistan, and in the semifinal of the U19 Asia Cup.Canada eased past Kenya in their warm-up by eight wickets, having qualified for this tournament ahead of Bermuda and USA, separated from the latter by net run rate.Bangladesh’s opener Pinak Ghosh was the only member of their top three not to pass fifty during their opening game against Namibia, but he looked in excellent touch, and his 26 gave his side vital early momentum. He will want much more than a start against Canada, especially considering the match is unlikely to be shortened by rain.Canada had to overcome USA to in the final game of the ICC Americas U19 WC Qualifier to top the group and make it to this tournament.This is the 11th appearance at the ICC U19 CWC for Bangladesh, who made their tournament debut 20 years ago in South Africa, while sixth appearance for Canada.Bangladesh and Canada have faced off three times at the U19 CWC, with the gap between the teams widening each time. Their most recent game, in 2014, was won convincingly by Bangladesh, as they chased down 76 within 14 overs with nine wickets in hand. Before that in 2004 Canada succumbed by 4 wickets. Their first World Cup clash in 2002 was a thrilling tie, Canada’s captain dragging his side to 213/9 with 82 not out.Squads Bangladesh: Saif Hassan (captain), Afif Hossain, Aminul Islam, Hasan Mahmud, Mahidul Islam Ankon, Mohammad Naim, Mohammad Rakib, Nayeem Hasan, Pinak Ghosh, Qazi Onik, Robiul Hoque, Roni Hossen, Shakil Hossain, Tipu Sultan and Towhid HridoyCanada: Arslan Khan (captain), Akash Gill, Ashtan Deosammy, Emanuel Khokhar, Kavian Naress, Kevin Singh, Pranav Sharma, Randhir Sandhu, Krishen Samuel, Faisal Jamkhandi, Arshdeep Dhaliwal, Rishiv Joshi, Aran Pathmanathan, Pieter Pretorius and Rommel Shazad.UNB news agency

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