Bangladesh Under-19 team made their way to the semi-finals of the ACC Under-19 Asia Cup after registering a massive eight-wicket win over defending champions India in their third Group A match in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday.
The torrential rain of Kuala Lumpur couldn’t interrupt the winning march of Junior Tigers as an unbeaten 81 of opener Pinak Ghosh carried them to 191-2 in 28 overs after they had restricted India to 187-8 in a 32-over per side match.
The third successive win in the tournament helped Bangladesh Under-19 team finished the group phase as champions to set up a semi-final clash against Pakistan on November 16.
Opting to bowl first, Bangladeshi spinners displayed some brilliant cricket as Robiul Haque picked up 3-43 while Nayeem Hasan and Afif Hossain chipped in with 2-38 in rain-soaked pitch at Royal Selangor Club.
An unbeaten 39 off 38 balls from Salman Khan and wicketkeeper Anuj Rawat’s 34 off 53 balls gave Indian innings a moderate shape.
In reply, an 82-run opening partnership between Pinak and Naim Sheikh (38) for set the platform of win before Bangladesh lost two quick wickets.
Last match’s centurion Towhid Hridoy joined Pinak to score 48 off 32 balls, taking Bangladesh home with four wickets in hand.
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