U-23 cricketers level series

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Sep 22,2019


Bangladesh Under-23 team bounced back against their Indian counterparts with a narrow five-run win in Duckworth Lewis method in the rain-hit second match to square up the five one-dayer series 1-1 in Lucknow on Saturday.

Bangladesh posted 149-2 in 36 overs in a rain interrupted innings with skipper Saif Hasan top-scoring with 64 and Fardeen Hasan making an unbeaten 47 after they chose to bat first.

Chasing a revised target of 218 in 36 overs, the hosts reached 212-7 with fifties from Belur Ravi Sharath (55) and skipper Priyam Garg (53) while Sumon Khan and Abu Hider claimed two-wicket each for the visitors.

Saif formed two fifty plus stands for the first two wickets, a 52-run stand with Mahedi Hasan (25) and a 75-run stand with Fardeen respectively before getting dismissed off Hrithik with the score on 127-2 in 30.4 overs.

Bangladesh reached 141-2 in 34.3 overs before rain stopped play.

The match was shortened to a 36-over a side game after resumption and Bangladesh managed to add eight runs in their remaining nine balls.

In reply, Indian openers Yashasvi Jaiswal and Madhav Kaushik made identical 34 before falling in quick succession to leave their side on 80-2 in 17.1 overs.

Sharath and Garg then added 79 off 62 balls for the third wicket to take their score across 150.

Sumon dismissed Sharath to break the stand but Garg kept one end up to keep India in the contest.

Sumon again tilted the match in Bangladesh’s favour by dismissing Garg in the penultimate over of the match to reduce India to 208-5 in 34.5 overs.

Hider defended 10 runs in the last over and claimed two wickets in the process and secured a last-over win for the Under-23 team.

Bangladesh earlier lost the first one-dayer by 34 runs.

The next match of the series will take place on Monday at the same venue.

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