Bangladesh emerge group champions

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Nov 19,2019


Bangladesh emerging team completed an eight-wicket win over their Nepalese counterparts to finish as unbeaten Group B champions of the ACC Emerging teams Asia Cup at the BKSP-4 ground in Savar on Monday.

Pacer Sumon Khan and leg-spinner Minhajul Abedin finished with identical 3-29 as the hosts bowled out Nepal for 138 in 44.3 overs.

Skipper Najmul Hossain scored an unbeaten 59 off 56 balls and was supported by Mohammad Naim’s 45 off 56 balls as Bangladesh raced to 140-2 in 24 overs.

Bangladesh, earlier, defeated Hong Kong and India by nine-wicket and six-wicket respectively to secure a semi-final berth.

Sent to bat, Nepal batsmen failed to stand their ground against the Bangladeshi attack, losing half of their side for just 61 runs inside 21 overs.

Minhajul then struck thrice in one spell to leave Nepal staring at a below hundred total but Sompal Kami (38) and Karan KC (18) added 50 runs for the ninth wicket to save them from the embarrassment.

Mahedi Hasan removed Karan to end their resistance and Sumon dismissed Sompal shortly to complete the rout.

Replying to a meagre total, the hosts lost Soumya Sarkar (11) early but a 79-run second wicket stand between Najmul and Naim put their chase back on track.

Sushan Bhari dismissed Naim in the 21st over but Najmul remained

unbeaten with Yasir Ali (18) to complete the comfortable win.

In the other Group B match, India thrashed Hong Kong by 120-run in Savar to qualify

for the semi-finals as group runners-up while Nepal and Hong Kong finished third and fourth respectively.

In the Group A matches in Cox’s Bazar, Pakistan emerged group champions after a dominating 147-run win over Oman while Afghanistan completed a seven-wicket win over Sri Lanka to finish as group runners-up.

Pakistan will now face India while Bangladesh will take on Afghanistan in their semi-final matches on November 20 and 21, with both matches taking place at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka.

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