Bangladesh Under-19 team won their first match © Getty Images
Bangladesh Under-19 team won their first match © Getty Images

After Towhid Hridoy’s 122-run knock, Atif Hossain’s 5-for backed Bangladesh to win their Under-19 World Cup 2018 opener against Canada on Monday. At the Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln, Canada put Bangladesh to bat first. Faisal Jamkhandi bowled a brilliant spell, reducing Bangladesh to 29 for 2 single-handedly. Towhid Hridoy then built a 62-run innings with Mohammad Naim to revive his side. Naim missed on his half-century by 3 wickets but Hridoy got to the milestone. Atif was the next man to walk out and built another partnership that put Bangladesh back in the game.

Their partnership added 111 runs to the team’s scorecard, taking the score past 200. Atif departed for 50, but Hridoy stayed at the crease to bat with the tail. Jamkhandi bowled another impressive spell, removing two tail-enders as well as Hridoy off the last ball of the last ball of Bangladesh’s innings, restricting them at 264 for 8. Jamkhandi finished with 5 for 48.

However, Canada’s batting remained ordinary. Though few partnerships were stitched here and there, Canada kept losing wickets in regular intervals and that barred the team from holding their momentum for long. Captain Arslan Khan top-scored with his 63 as Bangladesh bundled Canada for 198 with 3 deliveries remaining, registering a massive 66-run victory to kick start their campaign. Atif was adjudged the Man of the Match for his all-round performance.

Brief scores:

Bangladesh U19 264 for 8 (Mohammad Naim 47, Towhid Hridoy 122, Atif Hossain 50; Faisal Jamkhandi 5 for 48) won against Canada U19 (Pranav Sharma 34, Arslan Khan 63; Hasan Mahmud 2 for 23, Atif Hossain 5 for 43) by 66 runs