Bangladesh defeated Nepal by six wickets in the first quarter-final match up in the Under-19 Cricket World Cup at the Shere Bangla National Stadium on Friday. The host nation was the favourite going into the match but outsiders Nepal, having already defied the odds in reaching the quarter-finals and proved to be tough contenders. The Nepalese batted first, but got off to a bad start as they lost two wickets in the first seven overs and were siting on 19/2.
The Bangladeshi bowlers kept things very tight and offered very little scoring chances for the men from the mountain state. Raju Rijal was the batsmen who took the attack to the young Tigers’ bowling line up with a great knock of 72 runs of 80 balls, while wickets were falling around him. Rijal’s knock along with some cameos down the order saw Nepal finish on 211/9 in their 50 overs.
The Bangladesh bowlers shared the wickets among themselves as they all looked to be economical to restrict the score they would be chasing. The Tigers’ reply got off to a decent start despite losing an early wicket. The Nepalese bowling attack looked to create pressure by not allowing many scoring opportunities for the Bangladesh batsmen.
The pressure paid off as the game was tightly poised after 28 overs with Bangladesh siting at 98/4. Zakir Hasan and Mehedi Hassan then combined for a match wining partnership of 117. Zakir constructed a remarkable innings of 75 off 77 with his captain Mehedi playing the supporting role with 55 off 65.
The batsmen chased down the total in 48.2 overs. Bangladesh is through to the semi final on home soil while Nepal can be very proud of their World Cup.
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