Bangladesh move into U-19 WC semis

New Age Online
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Bangladesh moved into the semi-final of the ICC Under-19 World Cup for the first time in their history after they defeated Nepal by six wickets at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Friday.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Zakir Hasan and skipper Mehedi Hasan guided Bangladesh home with an unbroken 117-run fifth wicket partnership as they cruised to 215-4 after restricting Nepal to 211-9.
Zakir finished the game with a four and six in the penultimate over to stay unbeaten on 75 off 77 balls while Mehedi played the role of an anchor to make 55 not out.
They duo paired together after Bangladesh their first four wickets for 98 runs. With the asking run rate getting high after every passing over, they batted carefully avoiding any risks to finally seal the game in 48.2 overs.
Bangladesh will now face either of West Indies or Pakistan in the first semi-final at the same venue on February 9.
Skipper Raju Rijal set up the Nepal total with 72 runs after he won the toss and elected to bat first.
Nepal began cautiously putting 17 runs in 5.2 overs before pace bowler Mohammad Saifuddin broke the partnership by removing Sandeep Sundar (7).
Mehedi Rana, who replaced Abdul Halim in the playing XI, added further blow by picking Yogendara Singh Garki in the following over with a unplayable bouncer that got the outside edge of the bat.
Raju put aside the controversy regarding his age to steady the innings along with Sunil Dhamala(21).
The Nepal skipper, who hit eight fours and one six, was one of four victims of Bangladesh’s brilliant field as Nazmul Hossain ended his innings with a direct throw.

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