Hello and Welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of the quarter-final game between Bangladesh and Nepal in the ICC Under-19 World Cup at Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka on Friday. Nepal made a terrific start to the competition, winning against New Zealand in the first match and then won the crucial battle against Ireland which chiselled their path in the quarter-finals. But they lost the final game of their group fixture against the formidable Indian side. Bangladesh kick started their tournament with a bang as they won their opening match against South Africa followed by couple of scintillating victories against Scotland and Namibia. ingle win in the tournament so far and hence find themselves in this situation at the moment. Live Cricket Scorecard: Bangladesh vs Nepal, ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup 2016, quarter-final

Bangladesh win by 6 wickets!

Live Cricket Score Bangladesh 215/4 | Overs 48.2 | Batting: Zakir Hasan 65(75), Mehedi Hasan Miraz 55(65): বাংলাদেশ জিতে গেল! সাব্বাস বাংলাদেশ! বাংলাদেশ সেমি-ফাইনাল এ পৌঁছে গেল! 7 needed off 12 and they can end it in this over itself. Boundary from the first ball.  Zakir goes for it. And a sixer from Zakir takes Bangladesh to victory. Bangladesh through to the semi-finals!

Live Cricket Score Bangladesh 205/4 | Overs 48 | Batting: Zakir Hasan 56(70), Mehedi Hasan Miraz 44(52): ম্যাচ কাঁটায় কাঁটায়! It’s still a run a ball affair and a boundary can change it. Nepal skipper brings in more player inside the ring. A well placed shot by Zakir as he scores a boundary. 100 run partnership comes up for the two.

Live Cricket Score Bangladesh 195/4 | Overs 47 | Batting: Zakir Hasan 56(70), Mehedi Hasan Miraz 44(52):  Brilliant running to get a couple of runs!And Raju Rijal has hurt himself. The ball hit him on thumb. Taking singles and have kept the scoreboard ticking.

Live Cricket Score Bangladesh 190/4 | Overs 46 | Batting: Zakir Hasan 56(70), Mehedi Hasan Miraz 44(52): A lot of things happening there! Try for a runout, active fielders. No boundaries. Just singles and doubles but 5 runs came off the over. Good over for the batting side at run a ball condition.

Live Cricket Score Bangladesh 185/4 | Overs 45 | Batting: Zakir Hasan 57(71), Mehedi Hasan Miraz 48(57): ক্যাচ মিস করল নেপাল! What an effort by the fielder there but it’s a wasted chance. had it been a successful catch, it could have changed the result. Yet another beautiful shot by Zakir Hosain as he gives himself room and sends the ball over extra cover for four.

Live Cricket Score Bangladesh 175/4 | Overs 44 | Batting: Zakir Hasan 47(65), Mehedi Hasan Miraz 43(51):কি সুন্দর চার! Beautiful shot to start over as it goes aerial over cover. Miraz picks a gap there and it lands safe and races for four. 12 runs come from the over and this over can be the turning point of the match.

Live Cricket Score Bangladesh 163/4 | Overs 43 | Batting: Zakir Hasan 42(62), Mehedi Hasan Miraz 361(48): চার মেরেছে হাসান! A much needed boundary to reduce pressure and to decrease the required runrate. The batsmen are doing well, while the bowlers are not far behind with their performance as the match is very close.

Live Cricket Score Bangladesh 149/4 | Overs 41 | Batting: Zakir Hasan 33(57), Mehedi Hasan Miraz 31(41): রান আসছে কিন্তু বাউন্ডারি নেই! No boundaries for long but runs are coming! U-19 home team knows losing a wicket at this point can create a lot of pressure so they are playing safe cricket.

Live Cricket Score Bangladesh 119/4 | Overs 37 | Batting: Zakir Hasan 26(43), Mehedi Hasan Miraz 25(31): বাংলাদেশ সাবধানে খেলছে! Just one boundary in the past few overs but runs are coming. Airee had started his over off with a boundary but then he did a great job not giving more than a couple of runs. The match is very tight and up for grab for both the teams. The bowlers are doing great not giving away any extra runs. Not a single wide ball bowled so far.

Live Cricket Score Bangladesh 119/4 | Overs 33 | Batting: Zakir Hasan 22(34), Mehedi Hasan Miraz 14(16): চার এল মিরাজের হাত ধরে। And  a boundary to reduce the pressure. Miraz used the pace of the ball to sent it for four runs through point. The next few overs just got singles. The runrate going down. Required runrate going up.

Live Cricket Score Bangladesh 100/4 | Overs 29 | Batting: Zakir Hasan 16(24), Mehedi Hasan Miraz 1(2): আবার উইকেট! মুশকিল বাড়ছে! Pressure building on Bangladesh. They are frequently losing wickets. Shanto is one of the key players for the side and he has been dismissed for a mere 8 while well-set Joyraz Sheik departed for 38.

OUT! Joyraz Sheik lbw b Dhamala 38 (67)

Live Cricket Score Bangladesh 82/3 | Overs 25 | Batting: Joyraz Sheik 32(60), Mehedi Hasan Miraz 5(9): Pressure building on Bangladesh as they lost two big wickets back to back. Pinak Ghosh went for a terrible miscommunication while Shanto got outwitted by Lmaichhane. Lamichhane is one of the ace bowlers for Nepal and he has done it for his team.

OUT! Nazmul Hossain Shanto c & b Lamichhane 8 (6)

OUT! Pinak Ghosh run out 32 (54)

Live Cricket Score Bangladesh 61/1 | Overs 19 | Batting: Joyraz Sheik 25(40), Pinak Ghosh 31(53): Sheik is playing like a matured cricketer giving himself time going on backfoot and sending the ball to boundary. There is not a single maiden over and even if not with a boundary the cricketers have kept the scorecard ticking with singles.

Live Cricket Score Bangladesh 38/1 | Overs 14 | Batting: Joyraz Sheik 14(25), Pinak Ghosh 19(38): Bangladesh is playing very carefully. A boundary after a long time from Sheik as he found a gap and pulled it through deep square. For the next boundary, he gave himself time coming at backfoot and cut it through cover.

OUT! Saif Hassan lbw b Dhamala 5 (21)

Live Cricket Score Bangladesh 16/0 | Overs 6 | Batting: Saif Hassan 5(20), Pinak Ghosh 11(16): Bangladesh have started off slow. They are taking their time to settle down. The target is not massive. Meanwhile, Aarif Sheikh bowled a maiden over and the Nepal bowlers are trying to build pressure on the Bangladesh side.

*Bangladesh innings starts*

Nepal final score: 211/8 after 50 overs.

Live Cricket Score Nepal 201/7 | Overs 48 | Batting: Prem Tamang 2(6): And a wicket off the last ball. Just one boundary from Tamang and Nepal manage to go past 210. 230 would have been a good total. The best performance came from captain Raju Rijal who scored 72, other batsmen contributed their bit.

OUT! Sushil Kandel run out 2 (4)

OUT! Dipendra Singh Airee b Mehedi Hasan Miraz 22 (45)

Live Cricket Score Nepal 201/7 | Overs 48 | Batting: Prem Tamang 2(6), Dipendra Singh Airee 9(24): Tamang is doing the right thing here. Nepal need to take risks at this point of time. Just a few overs to go and they need to score as much as they can. A good shot from Tamang through short fine leg and that adds four runs to Nepal scorecard.

Live Cricket Score Nepal 178/7 | Overs 43 | Batting: Kushal Bhurtel 2(6), Dipendra Singh Airee 9(24): And a wicket off the last ball of 43rd over and that’s not a good news. They need to make the most of the final few overs not losing wickets and scoring as much runs as they can. There was no run at all off that delivery and the confusioon resulted in a wicket.

OUT! Kushal Bhurtel run out 14 (17)

Live Cricket Score Nepal 156/6 | Overs 38 | Batting: Kushal Bhurtel 2(6), Dipendra Singh Airee 9(24): And the two set batsmen are out. Nepal needs to build up yet another brief partnership that can bring more runs using less deliveries to go past 230. They have more than 10 overs in hand and 230 will be a score the bowlers will be able to defend.

OUT! Rajbir Singh lbw b Saleh Ahmed Shawon 9 (22)

OUT! Raju Rijal run out 72 (80)

Live Cricket Score Nepal 140/4 | Overs 33 | Batting: Raju Rijal 66(60), Rajbir Singh 7(15): And the skipper is hitting back to back boundaries here. Rijal is leading from the front and some beautiful shots and runs coming Nepal’s way. Some well-placed shots and singles are coming as well to keep the scorecard moving. Intelligent cricket there by the two.

Live Cricket Score Nepal 115/3 | Overs 28 | Batting: Raju Rijal 51(60), Rajbir Singh 0(0): Excellent half-century for the Nepal’s skipper. His innings is inclusive of five fours and one six so far in the match. Zakir Hasan dropped Rijal earlier in the innings and Rijal has made full use of that life. Saeed Sarkar to Rijal on the last delivery of the 26th over, while the batsman tried to drive, he just maanged a thick inside edge but the keeper stumbled and dropped him. Saifuddin strikes in the 28th over, removes Aarif Sheikh, leaving Nepal at 114 for 4. OUT! Dhamala run out 25(62), OUT! Aarif Sheikh c Joyraz Sheik b Mohammad Saifuddin 21(32)

Live Cricket Score Nepal 33/2 | Overs 10 | Batting: Raju Rijal 9(10), Sunil Dhamala 13(36): Mohammad Saifuddin and Mehedi Hasan Rana strike for Bangladesh. Nepal’s Sandeep Sunar and Yogendra Singh Karki departed early. Saifuddin made the first breakthorugh for the hosts removing Sunar in the 6th over. That was followed by Karki’s dismissal in the very next over, leaving Nepal at 19 for 2. OUT! Sandeep Sunar b Mohammad Saifuddin 7 (12), OUT! Yogendra Karki c Saif Hassan b Mehedi Hasan Rana 1(2)

Both the teams will be high on confidence and will be looking to seal this decisive game and sculpt a spot into the semi-finals. Hosts Bangladesh will have a massive home support and are a budding team. Nepal on the other hand   have done well to evolve as one of the good sides in cricket. This will definitely be one of the most enthralling encounters of the tournament as the winner will advance one step closer towards the coveted trophy.

Squads:

Bangladesh Under-19s Team: Abdul Halim, Ariful Islam, Jaker Ali, Joyraz Sheik, Mehedi Hasan Miraz*, Mehedi Hasan Rana, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mosabbek Hossain, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Pinak Ghosh, Saeed Sarkar, Saif Hassan, Saleh Ahmed Shawon, Shafiul Hayet, Zakir Hasan†

Nepal Under-19s Team: Aarif Sheikh, DS Airee, K Bhurtel, S Dhamala, H Dutta, S Kandel, YS Karki, S Lamichhane, I Pandey, Rajbir Singh, S Rana, R Rijal*†, D Shrestha, S Sunar, P Tamang.

Live Cricket Scorecard & ball-by-ball commentary: New Bangladesh vs Nepal, ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup 2016, quarter-final