Towhid Hridoy became the first batsman to hit three consecutive hundreds in youth one-day internationals to power Bangladesh Under-19 team to a 50-run win over their Sri Lankan counterparts in their fifth and final match to win the series 4-0 in Chattogram on Tuesday.
Hridoy made 111 off 102 balls, his fifth century in youth ODIs, and was supported by Prantik Nawrose’s 65 off 77 balls as the hosts’ posted 283-7 in their 50 overs after opting to bat first at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium.
Despite a valiant 84 off 92 balls from Ravindu Rashantha the visitors failed to earn a consolation win, getting bundled out for 233 in 44.4 overs.
Bangladesh lost both openers inside 13 overs to be reduced to 58-2, when Hridoy entered the crease and anchored the rest of their innings.
Hridoy formed a 69 and 100-run stands with Prantik and Parvez Hossain (38 off 57 balls) for the next two wickets to take their score to 227-4 in 42.3 overs.
Rohan Sanjaya, who took 2-57, dismissed Parvez in the 43rd over but Hridoy, who hit three fours and five sixes in his innings, remained undeterred and completed his century before perishing in the penultimate ball of the innings.
Sri Lanka had a rocky start to their reply, getting reduced to 7-2 in 1.4 overs, before Ravindu hit a fifty and was supported by Mohammad Samaaz (40) and Nipun Danajaya (21) to take their score to 173-4 in 31.2 overs.
Sri Lanka looked favourites to win the match, but lost their way after Hasan Murad dismissed Ravindu and Chamindu Piyumal (0) in the third and fourth delivery of the 32nd over to put Bangladesh on top.
Avishka Perera and Rohan Sanjaya then hit 30 and 29 runs respectively but failed to take their team near the target as the visitors lost their final four wickets for 21 runs.
Shahin Alam and Hasan claimed 2-46 and 2-47 respectively for the hosts.
Earlier, Bangladesh won the second and fourth match of the series by identical five wickets and won the third match by 161-run after the first match of the series was washed out.
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