Captain Mehedi Hasan Miraz and wicketkeeper Zakir Hasan made 117 in the fifth-wicket as Bangladesh defeated a spirited Nepal side by six wickets in the quarterfinal of ICC U19 World Cup on Friday.It was a bumpy road for the hosts as they lost four wickets before reaching hundred, but Miraz and Zakir stood strong to make sure the young Tigers’ run does not end so early.It is the first time Bangladesh reached the last four of a major world event, thanks to Zakir, who was the top-scorer with 75 off 77 balls, and man-of-the-match Miraz, who scored 55 in 65 balls.
The hosts were also grateful to Pinak Ghosh’s 32 and Joyraz Sheik’s 38, which looks massive given Nepal posted 211 for 9 in 50 overs.Pinak was the victim of an infamous run out, which saw both he and Joyraz stranded at the same end and the TV umpire was needed to declare who should return to the pavillion.
But it was the Tigers who had the last laugh, as Zakir and Miraz stole the show at the expense of the Nepalese.
Sunil Dhamala took two wickets for the losers while Sandeep Lamichhane picked one.
Earlier, Nepal skipper Raju Rijal made 72 to help his team to a decent score after he himself won the toss at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium at Mirpur.The beginning was not an ideal one for the Himalayan nation as Mohammad Saifuddin and Mehedi Hasan Rana struck in consecutive overs before they could even reach 20.
Rijal then tried to repair the early damage, first with the help of Sunil Dhamala (25) and then with Aarif Sheikh (21)The Nepal skipper hit eight fours and a six in his 80-ball innings before becoming one of three Nepal batsmen to fall the victim of run out.Saifuddin grabbed a brace for Bangladesh while Rana, Miraz and Saleh Ahmed Shawon took one wicket each.