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Bangladesh U-16 clinch one-day series

Bangladesh U-16 clinch one-day series

Bangladesh under-16 team beat Pakistan U-16 counterparts by 17 runs in the second one-dayer to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series at the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium in Khulna on Monday (May 13).

Fifties from Sazzad Hossain (69) and Aich Mollah (52) propelled the hosts to 259-7 in 50 overs before Mahfuzur Rahman took 3-50 to help them restrict their South Asian neighbours to 242-9.

Opting to bat first, Bangladesh lost their first three wickets for 71 runs before a 97-run fourth wicket stand between Sazzad and Aich took the side to 167-3 inside 39 overs.

After the pair was dismissed in space of five deliveries, Mahfuzur (44 not out) and Rihad Khan (32) added 69 runs for the sixth wicket to take the score past 250.

Aseer Mughal and Aaliyan Mehmood took 2-43 and 2-50 respectively for the visitors.

Pakistan seemed to be on their way to a series levelling win after reaching 193-3 in 41 overs thanks to Sameer Saqib’s 55 and decent contributions from Mohammad Waqas (38) and Umeer Eman (34).

But Umeer’s dismissal in the 42nd over off Mahfuzur initiated a collapse in their batting line-up, as they lost their next three wickets for just eight runs to be reduced to 200-7 in 43.4 overs.

Aaliyan then struck a late 19-ball 20, but his efforts only lessened the margin of defeat.

Team Bangladesh won the first one-dayer by 89 runs.

The third and the final one-day of the series will be played at the same venue on Wednesday. 

Bangladesh U-16 had earlier won the two-match four-day cricket series 1-0. The second game of the series had ended as a draw.