Bangladesh Under-19 team began their ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup campaign with a comprehensive nine-wicket victory against their Zimbabwean counterparts in their rain-hit Group C match in Potchefstroom, South Africa on Saturday.
Five Bangladesh bowlers took one-wicket each to reduce Zimbabwe to 137-6 in 28.1 overs before rain abruptly ended their innings.
The Bangladeshi boys were set a revised target of 130 in 22 overs and blazing knocks from Mohammad Parvez Hossain (58 off 33 balls not out) and Tanzid Hasan (32 off 10 balls) took them to 132-1 in just 11.2 overs.
Asked to bat first, Zimbabwe reached 68-1 inside 12 overs before losing their next four wickets for just 20 runs to be reduced to 88-5 in 18.3 overs.
Tadiwanashe Marumani (31 off 33 balls) and Dane Schadendorf (22 off 28 balls not out) then added 39-run for the sixth wicket before Rakibul Hasan removed the former in the 26th over and rain soon ended the innings just 15 balls later.
In reply, Bangladesh raced to 41-0 in two overs with Tanzid hitting three fours and three sixes before getting dismissed in the first ball of the third over.
Parvez and Mahmudula Hasan (38 off 26 balls not out) then formed an unbeaten 91-run stand to seal the win.
Bangladesh will face Scotland in their next match in Potchefstroom on January 21.
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