Published: January 12, 2010
While the national team bowed out of the Idea Cup with their fourth defeat in the triangular tournament, the Bangladesh Under-19 team got their pre-World Cup campaign off to the best possible start, winning the first practice match against hosts New Zealand at Lincoln Green Park in Christchurch yesterday.
The young Tigers beat the hosts by 36 runs on Duckworth-Lewis method.
Bangladesh skipper Mahmudul Hasan won the toss and sent the opposition in. And three of the top four Kiwi batsmen got fifties but no one could covert those into big ones as Bangladesh got wickets at the right times.
Paceman Kamrul Islam was the most impressive with figures of 2 for 31 in nine overs. The run out of Corey Anderson proved to be a vital blow as he was going great guns. Corey scored 62 runs off just 49 balls including two sixes and seven boundaries, but Saikat Ali effected the run out to stem the run flow of New Zealand innings. In the end the hosts reached 242 for six in their stipulated 45 overs.
Bangladesh got off to the worst possible start in their chase when they lost opener Anamul Haque off the very first delivery of the innings. New Zealand pacer Jimmy Neesham’s ball got through the defences of Anamul. The other opener Amit Majumder and next man Saikat Ali weathered the storm and laid the foundation.
The two put on 99 runs before Amit was dismissed on 47 with three massive sixes. Saikat played an aggressive knock of 72 off just 61 deliveries that included 11 boundaries and one maximum. It was easy work since then as Mominul Haque added 66 valuable runs and skipper Mahmudul Hasan remained unbeaten on 37 as they looked to be on course for an easy chase. With the score on 229 for 4 in 39.1 overs, set in rain. And it didn’t cease taking the game to be decided by the Duckworth-Lewis method which resulted in Bangladesh’s victory by 36 runs.
Bangladesh play their second and last warm-up game today against Australia at Elmwood Park in Christchurch before the tournament kicks off on Friday.