Published: May 8, 2009
Lower-order bats Abul Hasan and Shaker Ahmed kept their cool to take Bangladesh Under-19s home by two wickets against Sri Lanka Under-19s in the fourth one-dayer at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday. The victory meant that the home side have won the series 3-1 with a game in hand.
Hasan swept left-armer Mathusha Perera’s second ball of the final over to the square leg boundary before squeezing a couple and a single to reach the victory target of 198 runs with two balls to spare.
Hasan, who scored an unbeaten 30 off 51 balls, added 55 with Shaker (26*) when victory looked improbable.
All-rounder Sabbir Rahman (28) departed in the 35th over to leave the home side at 143 for eight but Hasan and number ten Shaker calmly collected ones and twos to keep the scoreboard moving. There were a couple of anxious moments when Hasan survived a caught and bowled chance and then a run out when a better throw from long-off would have got him as he was almost stranded in mid-pitch with his partner slipping at the batting end. As the Bangladesh side edged closer the tension got to the Sri Lankan fielders who became erratic with their throws in the final PowerPlay.
Earlier, Kusal Perera held the visitors’ innings together with 68 after the home bowlers stuck to a good line and length. He struck five boundaries and a six in his 85-ball knock.
Hasan, who was later adjudged man-of-the-match, took two wickets and so did legspinners Noor Hossain and Sabbir Rahman.
The last one-day match will take place at the same venue tomorrow.