Bangladesh beat India to reach semis

Staff Correspondent | Published: 22:55, Nov 16,2019


Nazmul Hossain

Bangladesh beat India by six wickets in their second Group B match to qualify for the semi-finals of ACC Emerging Teams Asia Cup at BKSP-3 venue on Saturday.

Pacer Sumon Khan claimed 4-64, his second four-wicket haul in the tournament in as many matches, helping Bangladesh bowl out India for 246 runs in 50 overs before Bangladesh raced to 250-4 in 42.1 overs. 

Skipper Nazmul Hossain struck 94 off 88 balls while opener Soumya Sarkar made 73 off 68 balls to seal the second successive wins for Bangladesh in the tournament after nine-wicket win over Hong Kong in the tournament opener.

Chasing a modest target, Bangladesh lost opener Mohammad Naim (14) in the second over but Nazmul and Soumya added 144-run stand for the second wicket to put them in control. 

Soumya, who hit seven fours and three sixes, was dismissed by left-arm spinner Siddharth Desai but Nazmul continued to punish Indian bowlers and struck 14 fours and two sixes before getting dismissed.

Afif Hossain made unbeaten 34 off 46 balls while Yasir Ali also contributed 21 runs as Bangladesh raced towards victory with 47 balls to spare.

Earlier, Bangladeshi bowlers reduced India to 88- 4 in the 21st over before Armaan Jaffer and Vinayak Gupta added a 125-run stand for the fifth wicket to steady their innings.

Soumya (2-53) dismissed Gupta (40) to break the partnership but Jaffer continued his good work with bat and completed his hundred.

Sumon ended Jaffer’s 105-run innings off 98 balls with eight fours and three sixes and but India batted until the last ball of the innings to ensure they have a decent score.

Nepal beat Hong Kong by 40 runs in the other Group B match of the tournament at BKSP-4 venue.

Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by 90 runs to knock the reigning champions out of the tournament while Afghanistan beat Oman by nine wickets in Group A matches in Cox’s Bazar.

Sri Lanka had lost their opening match against Oman.

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