U-19 WORLD CUP: Bangladesh beat SA to make semi-final

SUMMARY: Bangladesh Under-19s 261-5 (Tanzid 80, Shahadat 74, Hridoy 51, Moletsane 2-41) beat South Africa Under-19s 157 (Beaufort 60, Rakibul 5-19) by 104 runs


South Africa were caught napping by spin again in the quarter-final, as left-arm spinner Rakibul Hasan took a five-wicket haul to knock the hosts out of the 2020 U-19 World Cup. Bangladesh will now face New Zealand in the semi-final, on February 6 in Potchefstroom.

Before Rakibul took 5 for 19 in 9.3 overs, it was opener Tanzid Hasan‘s 84-ball 80 and No. 5 batsman Shahadat Hossain‘s 76-ball 74 that set South Africa a challenging target of 262. Towhid Hridoy chipped in with 51.

South Africa’s No. 4 Luke Beaufort, who made 60 and was the ninth wicket to fall, was the only half-centurion for the hosts. He looked to take the game as deep as possible but found little support from the other end. Opener Jonathan Bird’s 35 was the second-highest score from South Africa.

It was Bird’s dismissal, the second South Africa wicket, that got Rakibul on the wickets column in the 14th over. After that, he bowled the captain Bryce Parsons for 7. In his second spell, Rakibul had Pheko Moletsane stumped in the 35th over, trapped Tiaan van Vuuren lbw four overs later and finally dismissed Beaufort in the 43rd over to end South Africa’s hopes. Rakibul’s five wickets were claimed at an economy of only 2.00.

After their win, the Bangladesh players walked around the ground thanking their supporters who had come from nearby cities to watch the game. Chants of “Bangladesh, Bangladesh” resonated through certain sections of the ground after the final wicket – a run-out – closed South Africa’s innings out for 157.

The day had begun with a measured 60-run opening stand between opener Tanzid and Parvez Hossain Emon. Emon’s dismissal for 17 was soon followed by No. 3 Mahmudul Hasan Joy’s and they were 73 for 2 after 16.4 overs. However, a 57-run partnership between Tanzid and Hridoy brought Bangladesh back on track. In that partnership, they found the boundaries often, with Tanzid being the aggressor.

Then came the 102-run stand between Hridoy and Shahadat that kept South Africa’s bowlers quiet in the middle overs, and a combined late charge from their captain Akbar Ali – who made an 11-ball 16 – and Shahadat helped them finish on 261 for 5. (ESPNCricinfo)

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