U19 WC QF: India skittle Bangladesh for 111

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The batting of Bangladesh wilted under pressure as a superb Indian bowling attack bundled them out for a paltry 111 in 37.1 overs in the quarterfinal match of the ongoing ICC U19 Men’s World Cup here on Saturday. New ball bowler Ravi Kumar (3 for 14 in 7 overs) and Vicky Ostwal (2 for 25 in 9 overs) stifled Bangladesh for runs. Other bowlers among the wickets were Rajvardhan Hangargekar, Kuashal Tambe and Angkrish Raghuvanshi, who picked a wicket each. SM Meherob (30 off 48 balls) was the only batter who was a standout performance, while others did not look like being a match to the Indian bowling unit. It was an extremely disappointing show from Bangladesh after being put into bat by India captain Yash Dhull. It needed some application from Bangladesh batters because of the tackiness of the track which made batting difficult. The batters rained too many poor shots and lost wickets at regular intervals. But for the dogged eight-wicket stand, things would have gotten to embarrassing levels. Indian bowlers were right on the money, except for a 50-odd runs partnership, otherwise, they were disciplined more often than not. Some of the umpiring calls were bizarre, but that doesn’t take away the fact that Bangladesh batted poorly. Kumar struck triple blows early on as Bangladesh batters struggled to cope up with the tight lines and lengths. He dismissed Iftakher Hossain Ifti for one run after getting the crucial wicket of Mahfijul Islam before for an individual score of two runs. He also bagged his third wicket by sending Prantik Nawrose Nabil caught in the slips by Kaushal Tambe for seven runs. At the end of the first power play, Bangladesh were 20 for 3. In the 16th over, spinner Ostwal claimed two wickets which further dashed Bangladesh’s hopes. He had Ariful Islam caught behind Dinesh Bana for 9 and then sent back Mohammad Fahim, who played an ugly reverse sweep, missing the ball as it crashed into his stumps. With this, Bangladesh’s woes only added as they slumped to 37 for 5 in 15.4 overs. They were soon six down as their skipper Rakibul Hasan walked back too for 7. Right-arm off-break bowler Kaushal Tambe got his first wicket of the match and his third of the tournament. He rapped Rakibul in front of the stumps with a straight ball, leaving Bangladesh tottering at 50 for 6 in 21.4 overs. The last thing Bangladesh needed at this stage was to lose further wickets. Aich Mollah, who was fighting a lone battle against India, was run out for 17. There was total miscommunication between Mollah and non-striker SM Meherob. They tried to go for a quick single, but Dhull was quick to react to the ball and gave it straight to bowler Tambe as he dislodged the bails at the non-striker’s end. Before he lost his wicket, Mollah slammed Ostwal a six over deep mid-wicket boundary. Meherob and Ashiqur Zaman stitched a very crucial 50-run partnership for 8th wicket, taking Bangladesh total from 56 for 7 to 106. Meherob, who had whacked 14 runs off Tambe which was studded with three boundaries, was stumped by Bana after he made 30 runs. He danced down the track to smack Angkrish Raghuvanshi out of the park but missed the ball completely. Bangladesh lost another set batter and were soon nine down. A direct hit from Siddarth Yadav from the deep fence and Zaman fell short of his crease at the striker’s end. Slight hesitation from Zaman in going for the second run and he paid the price for it with his wicket. Rajvardhan Hangargekar took the final wicket of Tanzim Hasan Sakib.

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