Bangladesh Under-19 team became Group C champions in the ongoing ICC Under-19 World Cup after their last group match against Pakistan was abandoned due to rain at Senwes Park, Potchefstroom on Friday.
The junior Tigers could feel themselves lucky in a sense that they were reduced to 106-9 in 25 overs in a rain-interrupted match which saw an over-reduction twice before the umpires finally called off the match.
Both Bangladesh and Pakistan had qualified for the quarter-final stage before the game having won their previous two matches against Zimbabwe and Scotland respectively.
Pakistan will face Group D champions Afghanistan in the fourth quarter-final on January 31 while Bangladesh will face the winners between South Africa and United Arab Emirates on January 30 in Potchefstroom.
Sent into bat first in a 37-over par side match, Bangladesh faced the wrath of debutant pacer Mohammad Amir Khan’s bowling as he claimed all top four wickets to reduce the junior Tigers to 58-4 in the 12th over.
Bangladesh failed to overcome the situation as they lost wickets at regular intervals and could go past 100-run mark only just before rain once again halted the proceedings.
The match could not start again and both the teams were awarded one point each which helped Bangladesh finish the group on top thanks to their superior run-rate over Pakistan.
Amir finished with 4-30 while pacer Abbas Afridi claimed 3-20 for Pakistan.
For Bangladesh, opener Tanzid Hasan top-scored with 34 runs while Avishek Das (20) and Shahadat Hossain (16 not out) were the only other batsmen to cross the double-digit.
GROUP-C POINTS TABLE
TEAM M W L N/R PT RR
Bangladesh 3 2 0 1 5 5.008
Pakistan 3 2 0 1 5 2.706
Zimbabwe 2 0 2 0 0 -1.598
Scotland 2 0 2 0 0 -4.36
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