U19 Asia Cup 2018: Day 4- Round-up
The first semi-final is scheduled to be played between India and Bangladesh in Dhaka on October 4.
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On the fourth day of the 2018 U19 Asia Cup in Bangladesh, the four semi-finalists got decided. India and Sri Lanka ended the Group matches with three consecutive. On the other hand, Afghanistan and Bangladesh progressed to the next round on the backs of two victories out of three matches. The first semi-final is scheduled to be played between India and Bangladesh in Dhaka on October 4.
Bangladesh U19 vs Hong Kong U19 Group B
Bangladesh had to win the contest to go into the next round and they did it courtesy a thumping five-wicket victory against Hong Kong in Chittagong. The Tigers won the toss and elected to bowl after which they shot their opponents out for a paltry 91. Kalhan Challu and Adit Gorawara scored 16 runs each, but they didn’t get any semblance of support from the other batsmen.
During the run chase, Towhid Hridoy, Shamim Hossain, Sajid Hossain, and Tanzid Hasan perished early, however, Akbar Ali and Mahmudul Hasan Joy’s stand of 58 runs in 37 balls took the sting out of Hong Kong’s bowlers. The Tigers traced the target down with 232 deliveries to spare. Meanwhile, Nasrulla Rana’s four-wicket haul wasn’t enough to take Hong Kong home.
Hong Kong U19: 91 all out in 46.5 overs; (Kalhan Challu 16, Adit Gorawara 16; Rishad Hossain 3/11, Mrittunjoy Chowdhury 2/16)
Bangladesh U19: 92/5 in 11.2 overs; (Mahmudul Hasan Joy 32*, Akbar Ali 25; Nasrulla Rana 4/39, Hasan Khan Mohammad 1/5)
Bangladesh U19 won by five wickets.
Pakistan U19 vs Sri Lanka U19 Group B
Pakistan crashed out of the event owing to a 23-run drubbing at the hands of Sri Lanka in Chittagong. After winning the toss and electing to field first, the Sri Lankan openers frustrated them with a stand of 63 runs in 74 balls. Kalana Perera also chipped in with a half-century. It eventually needed seamer Arshad Iqbal’s six-wicket-haul for restricting the Lankans to 200 runs.
Pakistan lost the early wicket of Saim Ayub after which Jahanzaib Sultan and Saad Khan steadied the ship. Unfortunately, both were removed in quick succession after which Rohail Nazar’s team were reduced to 95/5 in the 27th over. Awaiz Zafar and Arshad Iqbal tried to bring their team into contention with gutsy knocks of 43 and 26 runs. but their efforts went in vain.
Sri Lanka U19: 200 all out in 49.4 overs; (Kalana Perera 51, Nipun Dananjaya 33; Arshad Iqbal 6/34, Bilal Javed 2/25)
Pakistan U19: 177/8 in 50 overs; (Awaiz Zafar 43, Arshad Iqbal 26*; Navod Paranavithana 2/27, Dulith Wellage 2/28)
Sri Lanka U19 won by 23 runs.
Afghanistan U19 vs India U19 Group A
In their last Group match, India beat Afghanistan by 51 runs in Savar. The Colts won the toss and had no hesitation to bat first following which Yashasvi Jaiswal’s knock of 92 runs guided them. Nevertheless, wickets at regular intervals pegged them back and they were bowled out for 221. From the Afghan’s viewpoint, Qais Ahmed and Azmatullah Omarzai picked up three wickets each.
The Afghans began well courtesy of a resounding opening stand of 56 runs from 77 balls between Riaz Hussan and skipper Rahmanullah Gurbaz. Thereafter, the spinners- Harsh Tyagi and Siddharth Desai wrecked havoc with seven wickets in pretty quick time. Gurbaz’s men were shot out for 170 in the 46th overs. Sameer Choudhary also nipped out a couple of wickets.
India U19: 221/10 in 45.3 overs; (Yashasvi Jaiswal 92, Ayush Badoni 65: Qais Ahmed 3/33, Azmatullah Omarzai 3/46)
Afghanistan U19: 170 all out in 45.4 overs; (Riaz Hussan 47, Rahmanullah Gurbaz 37; Siddharth Desai 4/37, Harsh Tyagi 3/40)
India U19 won by 51 runs.
Nepal U19 vs United Arab Emirates (UAE) U19 Group A
In the dead rubber in Savar, Nepal and UAE crossed swords and the former bowed out of the event with a three-wicket triumph in the closely-fought encounter. Fahad Nawaz’s team won the toss and put on 268 runs on the board. Nawaz and Ansh Tandon’s 159-run stand set the tone after which consistent wickets restricted them from converting the stupendous start.
The run-chase turned out to be a roller coaster ride. After losing Trit Raj Das and Rit Gautam early, skipper Aasif Sheikh and Sundeep Jora’s stand of 59 runs, injected momentum in their innings. In the end, it was right-hander Rohit Paudel’s incredible knock of 91 runs coupled with a 14-ball 27 blitz from Rashid Khan that took Nepal over the line with five balls to spare.
UAE U19: 268/8 in 50 overs; (Fahad Nawaz 83, Ansh Tandon 67; Pawan Sarraf 2/43, Rashid Khan 2/51)
Nepal U19: 274/7 in 49.1 overs; (Rohit Paudel 91, Sundeep Jora 67; Aaron Benjamin 2/23, Aryan Lakra 2/37)
Nepal U19 won by three wickets.