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Bangladesh failed to touch final: WI beats them


Newsworldbd.com -11.02.2016

U19Bangladesh Under-19’s dream of contesting the final of the U-19 World Cup was crushed by the West Indies yesterday in Mirpur. The junior Tigers lost the second semi-final by three wickets and the Windies youngsters will now prepare for the grand finale against India, scheduled for this Sunday at the home of cricket.

Given that Bangladesh came ever so close to an ICC event final, the defeat has hurt millions of fans. But what is to be cherished in the upcoming days is the fighting spirit and determination exhibited by the youngsters in red and green. Bangladesh U-19 still have one game left in the tournament – the third-place playoff against Sri Lanka which is to be played in Fatullah tomorrow.

The hosts started the tournament with small ambitions. The team management divided the tournament into two segments – three group-stage matches and the three knockout matches. The strategy worked wonders as the nation produced its best ever result in the competition – finishing among the top four teams. The journey completed by the Bangladesh U-19 cricketers has now set the standard for the future generations.

However, in spite of all the positives, Bangladesh’s decision to bat first raised a few eyebrows. The condition in the early morning favoured the pacemen, much to the delight of the West Indies. The first wicket, that of Pinak Ghosh, was initiated as early as the second over and from thereon in, the home side kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Joyraj Sheik put up some resistance but was dismissed soon after and it was up to captain Mehedi Hasan and Mohammad Saifuddin to rebuild the innings.

The duo did just that, guiding the hosts to a fighting total of 226. Mehedi’s 74-ball 60 was yet another display of the youngster’s growing maturity while Saifuddin, who scored a 55-ball 36, showed that he has the ability to become a genuine all-rounder.

However, following the end of the game, Mehedi said they fell 20-30 runs short and it was evident during West Indies’ chase as the visitors comfortably reached their target despite brief moments of confusion.

Windies captain Shimron Hetmyer and Shamar Springer were the architects behind the victory while dropped catches hardly helped Bangladesh U-19’s cause.




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