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Afif, Tawhid pull Bangladesh over the line

England thrash Namibia to launch campaign in U19 World Cup

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Afif’s and Hridoy’s century partnership was crucial Bangladesh defend 264 with ease against Canada.
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Dubai: Tawhid Hridoy hit a century and Afif Hossain produced a fine all-round performance as Bangladesh defeated Canada by 66 runs to notch up their second victory in the ICC Under-19 World Cup 2018 to press their chances of advancing to the Super League stage from Group C.

Tawhid scored 122 and Afif backed up his half-century with figures of five for 43 as Bangladesh successfully defended 264 for eight by dismissing Canada for 198 with three balls to spare. Bangladesh, who had finished third in the home event in 2016, had earlier beaten Namibia by 87 runs on the opening day of the tournament on Saturday.

In another Group C match, England launched their campaign with an emphatic eight-wicket victory over Namibia after Will Jacks (73 not out) and Harry Brook (59 not out) added 130 runs for the unbroken third wicket in just under 15 overs as the 1998 champions achieved the 197-run target with more than half the quota of overs remaining.

Bangladesh lost a couple of early wickets, after being put in to bat at the Bert Sutcliffe Oval in Lincoln, but Tawhid took the mantle on himself to see the team to a competitive score of 264 for eight in 50 overs.

He slammed nine fours and one six in a 126-ball 122 and also stitched two useful partnerships in the process. He added 62 for the second wicket with Mohammad Naim Shaikh (47, 67b, 5x4) and 111 for the third with Afif Hossain (50, 59b, 5x4, 1x6).

Canada fast bowler Faisal Jamkhandi was the pick of the bowlers, effective with both the new ball and the old. He finished with figures of 8-0-48-5 that included the important scalps of Pinak Ghosh (0) and Tawhid.

In reply, Canada were bowled out for 198 in 49.3 overs with captain Arslan Khan getting 63 off 108 balls and opener Pranav Sharma 34 off 58 balls.


Brief scores

Group C

England beat Namibia by eight wickets. Namibia 196-9 in 50 overs (Shaun Fouche 44, Nicol Loftie-Eaton 36; Luke Hollman 3-41, Tom Sciver 2-30, Harry Brook 2-32) England 198-2 in 24.1 overs (Will Jacks 73 not out, Harry Brook 59 not out; Gerhard Lottering 2-33). Player of the match: Will Jacks (England)

Bangladesh beat Canada by 66 runs. Bangladesh 264-8 in 50 overs (Tawhid Hridoy 122, Afif Hossain 50, Mohammad Naim Shaikh 47; Faisal Jamkhandi 5-48) Canada 198 all out in 49.3 overs (Arslan Khan 63, Pranav Sharma 34 Asif Hossain). Player of the match: Afif Hossain (Bangladesh).


Tuesday’s matches:

India vs Papua New Guinea, Bay Oval, Tauranga (Group B)

Ireland vs Pakistan, Cobham Oval, Whangarei (Group D)