Bangladesh kicked-off their ICC Under-19 World Cup campaign in style when they thrashed Namibia by 87 runs in a rain-shortened match at the Bert Sutcliffe Oval in Lincoln, New Zealand on Saturday.
Captain Saif Hasan struck a blistering 84 off 48 balls while Mohammad Naim’s 60 off 43 balls helped Bangladesh reach a formidable 190-4 after rain reduced the game into 20-over-a-side.
In reply, Namibia could only score 103-6.
Asked to bat first, Bangladesh made a steady start while their openers added 33 runs before Pinak Ghosh was dismissed for 26.
But Pinak’s departure didn’t harm the rhythm of Bangladeshi batsmen as a 97-run second wicket partnership between Naim and Saif took them to 130-2 in 15.3 overs.
Saif, the youngest double-centurion for Bangladesh in domestic cricket, completed his half-century with a huge six and took Namibian pacer Ben Shikongo to his sword hitting him for three sixes in the last over.
Before giving his wicket in the final ball of the innings, he struck three fours and five sixes over all.
Chasing 191, Namibia’s top order crumbled as they were 4-12 in 4.5 overs.
But a 69-run fifth wicket partnership between E Van Wyk and Loftie-Eaton helped Namibia to cross three figure mark.
E Van Wyk made 55 off 52 balls while E Van Wyk scored 24.
For Bangladesh pacer Quazi Onik claimed 2-14 while his partner Hasan Mahmud finished with 2-12.
In another game of the tournament, Afghanistan shocked Pakistan by five wickets. Bangladesh will face Canada in their next match on January 15.
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