Bangladesh under-19 team’s English campaign has been yielding more success as the young Tigers beat India by two wickets in the Tri-nation under-19 tournament on Tuesday.
Bangladesh, who have already beat hosts England twice in the tournament, chased a stiff target of 218 in 36 overs and they prevailed thanks to a brilliant captain’s knock of Akbar Ali in the rain interrupted match at Toby Howe Cricket Ground, Billericay.
Akbar, who remained not out on 49 off just 36 balls, finished the match with a boundary to make the score 219/8 with three balls to spare and put his team on top of the points table with seven points from five matches.
Earlier on the day, he invited India to bat first after winning the toss. Akbar’s counterpart Dhruv Jurel made highest 70 from 66 balls while one-down Pragnesh Durgesh Kanpillewar made a useful 53 to help their side post 221-5 in 36 overs.
Shoriful Islam bagged two wickets for young Tigers.
Bangladesh were given a target of 218 and despite losing opener Tamzid Hossain for just four his partner Parvez Hossain Emon made 51 and got some help from Mahmudul Hasan Joy and Towhid Hridoy who struck 20 and 30 respectively batting at number three and four.
But the young Tigers lost few quick wickets and it seemed Akbar was running out of partners. At a stage the equation looked tough as the boys in red and green needed 64 off 42. But the 17-year old BKSP student Akbar, who is hailed from Rangpur, kept his composure and navigated his side home with composure. He struck five fours and two sixes in his match winning innings.
Bangladesh team will face England on Thursday at the same venue and a win will secure them a spot in the final that will take place on 11th August at Brighton after all three teams face each other four times.