Jr Tigers fall agonisingly short in Asia Cup final

Staff Correspondent | Published: 13:51, Sep 14,2019 | Updated: 22:39, Sep 14,2019


Bangladesh players celebrate a wicket during their ACC Under-19 Asia Cup final against India at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Saturday. — ACC photo

Bangladesh Under-19 team on Saturday suffered a heart-breaking five-run defeat against their Indian counterparts in the final of the ACC Under-19 Asia Cup at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Atharva Ankolekar claimed 5-28 after Akash Singh took 3-12 as Bangladesh were shot out for 101 runs in 33 overs after they dismissed India for 106 runs.

Chasing a meagre target, the junior Tigers stumbled in the initial part of their innings, losing their first four wickets for just 16 runs inside five overs with pacer Akash claiming three of them.

Skipper Akbar Ali and Mrittunjoy Chowdhury then made 23 and 21 respectively to keep their side in the contest before both of them perished in space of three deliveries and they were reduced to 78-8 in 21.1 overs.

Tanzim Hasan (12) and Rakibul Hasan (11 not out) then put 23 runs for the ninth wicket to take Bangladesh close to the target but Ankolekar dismissed the former to break the stand and three balls later bowled the 11th batsman Shahin Alam for a duck to deny Bangladesh their maiden title.

Earlier, left-arm pacer Mrittunjoy and off-spinner Shamim Hossain claimed three wickets each as Bangladesh Under-19 team folded their Indian counterparts to a gettable score in 32.4 overs.

Opting to bat first, six-time champions India lost their first three wickets for just eight runs before skipper Dhruv Jurel (33) and Shashwat Rawat (19) steadied the innings.

All-rounder Shamim then struck thrice in quick succession to reduce India to 62-7 before Karan Lal made 37 off 43 balls to help India go past the 100-run mark.

Shamim claimed 3-8 and Mrittunjoy finished with 3-18 while Tanzim and Shahin Alam claimed one wicket each.

This was the maiden appearance for Bangladesh Under-19 team in the final in eight editions of the tournament.

The junior Tigers beat Afghanistan in the semi-final to reach the final after topping their group B with wins over UAE, Nepal and Sri Lanka respectively.

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